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Community Development and Applied Economics at the University of Vermont

Community Development and Applied Economics

FAQS and Forms

  1. I need a (...) form, what do I do?
  2. Why choose the Community Development & Applied Economics Department?
  3. What is "Service-Learning?"
  4. I want to do an internship for credit. How do I do that?
  5. What kind of job can I get with a CDAE major?
  6. Your slogan is "How will you change the world?" What do you mean by that?
  7. My major is not in CDAE, but one of your minors sounds perfect for me, what can I do?
  8. I filled out a form to declare my major or minor in CDAE and nothing happened, now what?

Q: I need a (...) form, what do I do?

A: It is always best to discuss any decisions regarding your acadmics, and the forms that go with them, with your advisor. In addition, you are always welcome to see (or contact) a student services staff member. If you are an undergraduate student, contact Tina Haskins (205 Morrill Hall; tina.haskins@uvm.edu; 802.656.2001). If you are a graduate student, contact Leslie Barchard (103 Morrill Hall; leslie.barchard@uvm.edu; 802.656.0009). If Tina or Leslie are not available, you can always see Rose Laba in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (106 Morrill Hall; rose.laba@uvm.edu; 802.656.0289).

The following forms and instructions are available online:

Q: Why choose the Community Development & Applied Economics Department?

A: CDAE prides itself in its hands-on approach to learning, which transforms the student experience from academia to the real world. Students are tested not only on their knowledge and skills, but also their ability to work with "clients," community partners, on tasks they will perform as professionals.

Q: What is "Service-Learning?"

A: Service-learning is a structured and supervised professional experience which allows students to learn and develop through active participation that is conducted in and meets the needs of the community. Internships, research, travel, and in-class hands-on learning help students test their interests, learn more about their chosen careers, and get involved with real-life problem solving. More information on service-learning at UVM can be found at www.uvm.edu/partnerships.

Q: I want to do an internship an internship for credit. How do I do that?

A: Talk it over with your advisor when you meet with him/her and also contact CDAE's internship coordinator Charlie Ferreira by email at Charles.Ferreira@uvm.edu or visit him in 004A Morrill Hall. For more information on internships, go to http://www.uvm.edu/cdae/?Page=jobs.html.

Q: What kind of job can I get with a CDAE major?

A: With the real world experience of CDAE grads, it's not surprising how many diverse job opportunities are out there. Public Communication majors work in organizations such as marketing or public relations firms, non-profits, and small businesses, in positions like communication coordinator, publicist, event planner, graphic designer, market researcher, and more. Community and International Development majors can find jobs in areas like economic development, municipal/regional planning, non-profit management, community organizing, international sustainability, and more. Community Entrepreneurship majors find (or start up) jobs in financial consulting, marketing and market research, business ownership and management, alternative energy, and more. Graduate students find positions working in diverse positions in diverse fields including transportation, agricultural systems, consumer advocacy, social marketing, community entrepreneurship, community design and development.

Q: Your slogan is "How will you change the world?" What do you mean by that?

A: It's one thing to have good intentions and want your future career to make a difference. But you need to understand how the world works. What are the underlying social and economic factors that cause the problems that our communities face today? How can we implement sustainable solutions within our communities and the global community? CDAE students learn by doing and they put the tools in their toolbox to leave their undergraduate programs with a sense of who they are in the world and how they can make it a better place. CDAE students start their own businesses, help spread the word about social causes, conduct relevant research, work with community partners on sustainable development planning. CDAE not only focuses on sustainable problem-solving in the villages and towns in Vermont and New England, but also with our international partner communities. Each year, students return to communities in Belize, St. Lucia, Dominica, and Honduras to start up new projects or continue to work on projects initiated by other students years before. Through long-term engagement with communities, we are providing time, energy and resources to help communities in these counties improve their livelihoods... and in the process we are learning a lot about how development works (and sometimes doesn't work). These are experiences that students draw from in their professional endeavors after their degrees.

Q: My major is not in CDAE, but one of your minors sounds perfect for me, what can I do?

A: CDAE's minors (applied design, consumer and advertising, consumer affairs, community entrepreneurship, community and international development, and green building and community design) are available to most UVM undergraduate students. Students majoring in other programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences or in other colleges throughout UVM can minor in one of several complementary programs in CDAE. Each minor offers students the opportunity to obtain knowledge and skills that will help translate their UVM education into real world applications. Explore CDAE's majors/minors. Note: To add a minor in CDAE, you must come in and full out a CALS Minor Declaration Form.

Q: I filled out a form to declare my major or minor in CDAE and nothing happened, now what?

A: CDAE requires that all incoming students check-in with us to finalize declaration of a major or minor. Please contact Tina Haskins at thaskins@uvm.edu or 802.656.1013 to set up an appointment. You can also visit Tina during business hours in 205 Morrill Hall.

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