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.