The Department of Community Development and Leadership has recently completed a major curriculum revision process. Several circumstances led to an intense review of the existing degree offerings, and resulted in changes to the curriculum that had existed since the preceding re-accreditation. The process of revising and developing this curriculum was driven by the overall need to come up with a curriculum that would meet stakeholders’ changing needs.
Rationale of the Program
Program Focus and Concentration
This program has the following focuses:
- Development theories and practices with their implications for development policy formulation, implementation and evaluation
- Development leadership and change management with multidisciplinary— methodological and theoretical—footings to enable and prepare the students for public and private settings of development ;
- Social and economic development principles with emphasis on poverty reduction and livelihoods development; and Entrepreneurial and small business development principles and practices to ensure the self employment and corporate social development.
Graduates in Community Development and Leadership work with a holistic approach to the community; making a difference in uplifting of the standards of living in the community; and rendering a service without discrimination in regard to gender, race, and class.
The goal of this department is to prepare young men and women for service as development agents and development organization leaders, and workers in the local communities, either independently or with government and non-governmental organizations which are committed to bring change through empowerment of the communities and committed service.
Community Development and Leadership department endeavors to equip students with knowledge, skills and values in development leadership, and social services and social administration; producing graduates who can make a difference in the work place in various communities. It aims to impart sound community development principles with sound leadership theory in order to produce competent and committed community development agents. Specifically, the program endeavors to:
- Provide development workers with the professional development competencies in order to alleviate poverty and enhance national development from the grassroots with the ability to facilitate planning, implementing and monitoring viable Community Projects for people holistic development.
- Produce graduates with skills for research and data interpretation, initiating and implement responsive programs in the community.
- Prepare individuals that will offer social welfare and social services to communities without regard to class, gender or race.
- Establish community development programs with excellence in rural improvement and poverty alleviation in rural and urban communities with components of research and adult literacy.
- Establish entrepreneurial and income-generating programs for development and the facilitation of self-reliance.
- Prepare students for graduate studies with a Commitment to be agents of change in this World.
The following criteria should be fulfilled by the students to be accepted in to the program:
- Students who have successfully completed preparatory program and passed entrance exam set by the Ministry of Education (MOE) each year.
- Students coming from TVET Level 4 should secure or fulfillthe following requirements:
- Certificate of Competence
- Certificate of work experience of the same field at least one year
- Pass the entrance exam prepared by the College.
Duration of the Program
The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Community Development and Leadership requires 111 credit hours, which requires three years of total six semesters to be completed.
Requirements for Graduation
The candidate for graduation must have acquired a minimum of D grade in his/her general education courses and a grade of C- in the major area courses to be accepted for graduation provided that the CGPA is 2.0 or above and CGPA in major area is 2.25 or above.
Summary of Program Requirements
Course Category Credit Hours
Major Courses 70
Supportive Courses 24
General Education Courses 17