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BA Community Development

The first of its kind in the nation, the undergraduate program in Community Development at Portland State University prepares students for careers as leaders and change agents in addressing myriad social challenges.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

The Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Community Development at Portland State University.

In these multi-disciplinary, social science programs, students have the ability to customize their focus of study, drawing from the multitude of academic disciplines and departments within PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs. In addition to coursework, these hands-on undergraduate degrees incorporate significant field research, in which students work with agencies and organizations throughout the Portland metropolitan area.

Career Opportunities

With an undergraduate degree in Community Development, students graduate with skills highly valued by employers. Alumni commonly find jobs in: local governments pertaining to housing, transportation, land use and the environment; nonprofit organizations as program coordinators and directors; and private companies in outreach positions, real estate development, and more. Alumni are also well-positioned to pursue graduate level studies.


Courses Included

  • Understanding Communities
  • Real Estate Principles
  • Healthy People, Healthy Places
  • Introduction to Urban Studies