Sustainable Community Development

The Sustainable Community Development (SCD) major produces graduates who integrate the pursuit of truth with Godly character pertinent to professionally helping community leaders identify needs and create sustainable solutions. This major is an interdisciplinary degree that integrates biblical principles with sustainable economic and environmental practices. Students majoring in Sustainable Community Development learn ways to practice sustainable lifestyles, plan sustainable development with community leaders, and establish locally appropriate communities of faith among all people, including unreached people groups.


  • Social Work
  • Biology
  • Outdoor Leadership & Education
  • Global Engagement
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESOL)

Program Layout

The Sustainable Community Development major is a 126 hour program that includes 70 hours of general education courses (including 30 hours of Bible & Theology), 15 hours of open electives, and 42 hours in Sustainable Community Development-specific courses. Classes include Applied Ethnography, Strategy of Missions, Introduction to Global Public Health, Macroeconomics, and Applied Technology classes at the Lawson Center for Sustainable Community Development.
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