The Minor

The Sustainable Community Development minor assures that students are broadly exposed to the historical and theoretical aspects of the fields of planning and design.  The minor prepares students to be engaged in envisioning a more socially and environmentally balanced world through both design and planning.  These courses provide the academic background for understanding a wide range of cultural and ecological aspects of the built environment, past, present and future. 


The minor requires 5 courses selected from core classes within the Sustainable Community Development curriculum.  The five courses for the Sustainable Community Development minor can be selected from the following classes:

  • SUSTCOMM 110 Community Engagement/Transform Your World (fall semester)
  • SUSTCOMM 125 Global Cities & Global Issues (spring semester)
  • SUSTCOMM 140 Awareness of the Visual Environment (fall semester)
  • SUSTCOMM 197D Intro to Environmental Design (3 cr)
  • SUSTCOMM 205 Dynamics of Human Habitation (spring semester, summer online)
  • SUSTCOMM 232 History of Sustainable Community Development (spring semester) (4 cr)
  • SUSTCOMM 297G Climate Change and Resilient Cities (4 cr)
  • SUSTCOMM 297L Visual Communication: Design Principles and Digital Skills (3 cr)
  • SUSTCOMM 314 Writing in Community Development and Landscape Architecture (3 cr)
  • SUSTCOMM 333 Introduction to Community Economic Development (4 cr)
  • SUSTCOMM 335 Plants in the Landscape (3 cr)
  • SUSTCOMM 394RI Research Issues in Community Development (3 cr)
  • SUSTCOMM 397P Planning Tools & Techniques (3 cr)
  • SUSTCOMM 543 Landscape Architecture History I (fall semester)
  • SUSTCOMM 544 Landscape Architecture History II (spring semester)
  • SUSTCOMM 574 City Planning (fall semester)
  • SUSTCOMM 597A Digital Technology for Design Representation (3 cr)
  • REGIONPL 545 Intro to Land Use (3 cr)
  • REGIONPL 577 Urban Policies (3 cr)
  • REGIONPL 580 Sustainable Cities (3 cr)
  • REGIONPL 585 Planning for Climate Change (3/4 cr)
  • LANDARCH 294A Contruction Materials (3 cr)
  • LANDARCH 297A Fundamentals of Design-Studio I (3 cr)
  • LANDARCH 297M Business Concepts of Landscape Contracting (3 cr)
  • LANDARCH 547 +547L Landscape Pattern and Process with Lab (fall semester)
  • LANDARCH 582 Landscape Green Urbanism (3 cr)
  • LANDARCH 587 People and the Environment (3 cr)
  • LANDARCH 591G  Urban Greening Theory and Practice (3 cr)
  • LANDARCH 591I Green Infrastructure (3 cr)
  • LANDARCH 592M Material Experiments (3 cr)

Other coursework with SUSTCOMM, LANDARCH or REGIONPL designation may be counted toward minor with prior departmental approval.

All coursework for the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better.