University of Vermont

  • CDAE Helps Bring Al Gore to UVM

    Thanks to Burlington-based Seventh Generation along with UVM's Clean Energy Fund, CDAE 006: Energy Alternatives is helped host Al Gore at UVM this fall. His speech, titled "The Climate Crisis and the Case for Hope." The event washeld at Ira Allen Chapel at 10:15 on October 6th.

    Click here to read a story of two CDAE students who won tickets to the event.
    Read more about the Energy Action Seminar's semester speakers

  • CDAE is where Service-Learning Began

    Service-Learning is a flagship of what CDAE offers for students and communities. Here, students from CDAE 295 are pictured with members of Bristol CORE, whom students will help with promoting downtown businesses, investigating models for access to local food, planning for the annual Pocock Rocks! Street Festival, and assisting with Bristol CORE’s re-designation process with the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.

  • Community Entrepreneurship

    Community Entrepreneurship provides students with the tools to become socially responsible entrepreneurs in their community. Students gain knowledge and skills to incorporate environmental, economic, and social values into the core of what they do. Students have the unique opportunity to learn traditional business practices while learning that a core strength of communities is rooted in creative, innovative entrepreneurs whose businesses are woven into the fabric of their community.

  • Community and International Development

    The Community and International Development major and minors offer students the opportunity to explore how they can change the world. Backed by rigorous coursework and experienced faculty oversight, students put ideas into action on the ground here in Vermont or all over the world. Students are engaged in complex, real world issues and learn about the social, economic, and cultural factors of community development. Learn more...

  • Community Partners

    The Department of Community Development and Applied Economics maintains long-standing relationships with community partners in Vermont and around the world. CDAE uses economic, social, and environmental principles to identify community needs, analyze problems, and advance sustainable solutions in partnership with organizations and communities. We understand that strong communities are founded on socially responsible entrepreneurs, policy leaders and public communicators working together. Learn more...

  • Our Faculty

    CDAE faculty are at the cutting edge of their fields. Whether authoring a textbook, report, peer-reviewed article, or grant, our faculty members are creative and innovative, but most importantly are able to pass their knowledge and skills onto students.

    See our faculty publications...


  • Masters of Science and Public Administration

    We offer the only accredited MPA program in Vermont, which also houses the Governor's Cabinet Internship program, placing graduate students in high-level internships directly in the statehouse. The MS program has a high-quality group of core courses and gives students the opportunity to pursue their interests, whether they be in Food Systems, Ecological Economics, Agricultural Economics or Policy, and beyond. Our MS program is for the student ready to explore what CDAE and UVM have to offer and who will hand-craft their course of study.

  • Public Communication

    Public Communication students learn to critically analyze social trends, manage information, and craft messages that communicate with local, regional, and global communities. PCOM students are embedded in projects with community partners through service learning courses allowing students to acquire the skills necessary to succeed professionally. Whether students are creating press releases, studying media communication, or designing visual marketing assets, PCOM students leave UVM with a competitive portfolio of work. Learn more...

Our Programs:

How will we change the world?

First step - prepare ourselves. CDAE offers hands-on, transdisciplinary learning and experience that empowers graduates to make professional contributions to their communities and the world.

CDAE supports sustainable local and international community development through interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach that serves the public interest.

Applied and Service Learning

Building and developing community connections requires connecting with your community.

CDAE is a unique and innovative department. We were doing Service Learning before it was called "Service Learning" because we found it to be an effective, rewarding way to teach and learn. CDAE works with countless local, regional, and international partners to give students experience in long-term project development, planning, and execution as well as the background, context, and lenses through which to view their work. It is our belief that pairing traditional classroom learning with applied experience in the field makes for the best graduates, and, most importantly, global citizens.

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