Community Development and Applied Economics Majors
Communities-rural and urban, local and global-are Community and Development and Applied Economic's laboratory. Regardless of which of Community Development and Applied Economic's three majors you select, you will develop a solid foundation in applied economics and policy analysis. You'll discover what it means to be an entrepreneur, and be introduced to the methods used to develop communities that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.
Public Communication (PCOM)
Local, state, and federal government agencies such as the Department of Health, non-profit organizations, international aid organizations, marketing and advertising agencies -- skills in public communication can be used across industry, government and the not-for-profit arena. Majors in Public Communication learn how communication systems work, how to solve complex communication problems and manage information, and how to apply knowledge to solve communication problems in an increasingly dynamic, global society. You may also consider an accelerated program that will allow you to earn both a B.S. in Public Communication and a Master of Public Administration in five years.
Organic coffee shops. Custom woodworking. Bed and breakfast inns. Landscape services. Specialty foods or clothing. Llama farms. How do entrepreneurs get a micro enterprise started so it will be a success in a community?
The major in Community Entrepreneurship focuses on the unique challenges and dynamics of creating and maintaining a small business in a rural community setting. The program begins with a solid foundation in applied economics, communication skills, and public policy. In advanced courses, with the world as the laboratory, students acquire knowledge in applied economics and skills in management, strategic planning, marketing, and public policy related to planning, starting or operating a natural resource-based micro enterprise.
Community and International Development (CID)
Clean water. Bike paths. Farmers markets. Retail space. Recreational facilities. Youth centers. Locally grown food in schools. A well stocked library. There are many parts to a strong, sustainable community. How are policies developed to make a community a great place to live? Why do some rural communities succeed while others struggle?
The major in Community and International Development addresses all aspects of community life -- the culture, the economic base, the environment, the social structures and more. The program begins with a strong foundation in applied economics, communication skills, and public policy. Initial classes such as World Food, Population and Development introduce a broad base of theory. Advanced courses, such as Community Leadership, Organization and International Development are more applied. Current computer applications and research methods are important tools students use to model, evaluate and problem solve local and global community issues. Special topics courses explore current issues that impact our communities, and include real world case studies and projects.
Exciting Opportunities Outside the Classroom
All Community Development and Applied Economic's students gain experience outside the classroom in either course-based service-learning activities or internships. Service-learning activities have ranged from planning micro-finance projects to connecting schools and farms in an effort to address both farm profitability and childhood nutrition. Interns have worked at a number of area businesses, including top advertising agencies and innovative manufacturing companies, including Burton Snowboards. In many cases internships have led to offers of permanent jobs upon graduation from UVM. Community Development and Applied Economic's offers students unique international opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Honduras and St. Lucia. Unlike most international programs, students in Community Development and Applied Economic's international program spend a semester studying the history, economy and culture of the country and developing projects to be completed during their trip abroad. They spend approximately two weeks in-country, working with local partners to complete their projects. The goal of Community Development and Applied Economic's international programs is to provide students with an academic and professional experience that helps them both define their interest and understand how the skills they learn in the classroom relate to real-world problems, while at the same time helping our international partners improve the quality of life of their citizens.
|Selected Undergraduate Courses|
| Community Entrepreneurship
Community and International Development
|Faculty and Area of Expertise|
|Jane Kolodinsky, chair||Public Policy and Consumer Economics
Ph.D. Cornell University
|Jay Ashman||Public Policy, Law, and International Development
J.D. George Washington University
|Daniel Baker||International Development
M.S. University of Vermont
|Ken Becker||Public Policy, Administration and International Development,
M.S. Cornell University
|Joshua Farley||Ecological Economics
Ph.D. Cornell University
|Charles Ferreira||Drafting and Design
Ph.D. Bowling Green State University
|Gary Flomenhoft||Public Policy, Energy
M.S. University of Maryland
|Christopher Koliba||Public Administration
Ph.D. Syracuse University
|Jonathan Leonard||Information Technology and Communications
Ph.D. University of Vermont
|Chyi-lyi (Kathleen) Liang||Agricultural Economics and Entrepreneurship
Ph.D. Purdue University
|Edward McMahon||International Government
Ph.D. Boston University
|Bob Parsons||Agricultural Economics
Ph.D. Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University
|Thomas Patterson||OrganizationDevelopment and Communications
Ph.D. Indiana University
|Jane Petrillo||Communication Design and Applied Design
M.F.A. Virginia Commonwealth University
|Hector Saez||International Environmental Economics
Ph.D. University of Massachusetts
|Fred Schmidt||Sustainable Community Development
Ph.D. Cornell University
|Richard Schramm||Sustainable Community Development
Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University
|Helen Wagner||Consumer Law
B.A. Brown University
|Qingbin Wang||Applied Economics
Ph.D. Iowa State University
|Adjunct Faculty and Area of Expertise<|
|Dianne Gayer||Sustainable Community Design|
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