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Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics

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  • The CDAE department has community partners in five countries and has partnered with some for over TEN years!
  • CDAE offers 3 majors and 8 minors.
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About CDAE

The challenges affecting our communities and world are complex, interconnected and ever changing, fueling the demand for professionals with a unique set of knowledge and skills. The Department of Community Development and Applied Economics (CDAE) uses economic, social, and environmental principles to identify community needs, analyze problems and advance sustainable solutions in partnership with organizations and communities.

Our Mission

CDAE supports sustainable local and international community development through interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach that serves the public interest. CDAE offers three innovative majors: Community Entrepreneurship, Community and International Development, and Public Communication. Students in CDAE focus on the application of economic principles and their relationship to leadership and management, economic and enterprise development, environmental sustainability, and social responsibility. CDAE offers many courses with experiential learning, including service-learning courses in which students partner with community organizations to work on real-world issues.

CDAE also offers seven minors: Community Entrepreneurship; Community and International Development; Public Communication; Applied Design; Consumer Affairs; Consumer and Advertising; and Green Building and Design. CDAE also participates in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences inter-departmental Food Systems minor.

Expertise among the CDAE faculty includes economics (both ecological and neoclassical), ecological design and renewable energy, public policy, community entrepreneurship, consumer affairs, food systems and political process. CDAE's research and outreach is global (e.g., Honduras, St. Lucia, Dominica, Belize) and local (e.g., dairy farming and farmers' markets in Vermont). More information on CDAE and the majors/minors offered, including faculty, student, and alumni profiles, is available online: Inquiries are accepted by email at or by phone at 802-656-2001.

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