Community Studies (CMTY) Undergraduate Course Descriptions
CMTY 195. Community & Democratic Citizenship [Goal 9]
Exploration of the role of community in the United States, and the relationship between community, active citizenship and civic engagement. Emphasis on issues of diversity and sustainable communities. 3 Cr. F, S.
CMTY 200. Cities, Suburbs, and Small Towns [Goal 5, Goal 8]
Explores the social, economic, historical, and architectural dimensions of urban areas and urbanism. Focus is on problems, issues, alternatives, and policies that shape urban form and human societies globally and in the U.S. 3 Cr. F, S.
CMTY 222. Diversity in the American Experience [Goal 5] (Diversity/MGM)
Interdisciplinary exploration of selected aspects of the cultures and experiences of women and minority groups within the U.S. Focus on developing a theoretical and practical understanding of the concept of diversity as it relates to the American experience. 3 Cr. F, S.
CMTY 333. Studying Communities
Research on sustainable communities. Skills and techniques, models, and theoretical and ethical issues of studying community from the perspective of sustainability. Students will design, develop, and implement a community-based research project. 3 Cr. F, S.
CMTY 350. Community Development Theory, Practice and Ethics
Common planning methods, programs, and ethical considerations framing the practice of importance to planners and development practioners. 3 Cr. F, S.
CMTY 363. Downtown Development
Downtown revitalization in terms of design, preservation, organization, promotions, and economic restructuring using the Main Street Approach. 3 Cr. F.
CMTY 367. Housing Policies and Programs
Theoretical and practical issues regarding housing policies and programs in the United States. 3 Cr. F.
CMTY 369. Transportation Planning in Communities.
Multi modal transportation systems (pedestrians, bicycles, automobiles, and mass transit), community impacts (traffic congestion, environmental, energy, economic, social, safety, parking) benefits, and strategies. 3 Cr. S.
CMTY 394. Urban Planning
Theory, objectives, and methods of the planning process, particularly in the United States. Topical. 3 Cr. F, S.
CMTY 493. Internship
Students will be placed on a part-time basis with a public, private, or non-profit organization, participating in research, planning, public meetings, analysis, and decision-making. Majors only, permission required. 6 Cr. F, S.
CMTY 494. Senior Colloquium
An interdisciplinary senior-level seminar to help students synthesize various concepts, skills, and field experiences. Helps students to create a clear, individualized career development strategy. By permission only. 3 Cr. F, S.
Community Studies (CMTY) Courses for Advanced Undergraduate and Graduate Students
CMTY 422/522. Land Use Planning and Zoning
Basic and advanced tools, applications, and frameworks of contemporary land use planning and zoning in the United States. Prereq.: GEOG 394. 3 Cr. F.
CMTY 428/528. Site Planning and Development
Processes and tools for site planning, preparation, development, and implementation. 3 Cr. S.
CMTY 450/550. Community Heritage
American shaped environment from colonial period until present. Focuses on meanings of building forms and analyzes key roles a community's shaped environment can play in healthy community development. 3 Cr. F.
CMTY 451/551. Community Design
Examines the meaning of design, forces affecting quality of natural and built environments, basic design elements, comparative approaches, and role of the design professional. 3 Cr. S.
CMTY 452/552. Environmental Planning
Theory, tools, principles and techniques, policy, regulation, and socio/economic impacts on communities emphasizing sustainable development, land use, economic growth, transportation, and environmental impact and mitigation issues. 3 Cr. F.
CMTY 454/554. Regional Planning
Comparative regional planning. Economic distribution and ideologic differences. Topical. Integrated Lab. 3 Cr. DEMAND.
CMTY 455/555. Grant Development
Raising funds for public or non-profit organizations in Minnesota. Project or program design, budget creation, objective and result delineation and writing for grants from foundations, government and corporations. 3 Cr. S.
CMTY 464/564. Local Economic Development
Context, theory, process, and practice of local economic development policies for communities. 3 Cr. S.
CMTY 466/566. Issues in Community Studies
A seminar on a special topic or issue in Community Studies. May be repeated under different topics. 3 Cr. DEMAND.