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Community Leadership and Development Track

The Community Leadership and Development (CLD) track prepares students for community leadership in a globally changing world. The CLD track focuses on developing skills and knowledge for careers in community and for-profit organizations in the public and private sectors, government and policy organizations, non-profit agencies, housing, and community development banking. Students are prepared for staff positions or graduate study in law, policy, journalism, education, the social sciences, and related fields, obtaining applied professional experience in such venues as the Vanderbilt Institute for Public Policy Studies, agencies in state government or surrounding counties, and selected community agencies and organizations.

The nine-hour CLD track core requires 3 of the following 6 courses:

  • HODC 3202, Community Development Theory
  • HODC 3232, Ethics for Human Development Professionals
  • HODC 3262, Social Entrepreneurship: Principles and Application
  • HODC 3342, Introduction to Community Psychology
  • HODC 3352, Philanthropy and Social Problem Solving
  • HODC 3650, Community Development Seminar (Rotating topics; one CLD seminar will count in the CLD track core)

Additionally, every track requires that all HOD majors take 2 additional track level courses called "HOD track electives." The two HOD track electives are not limited to courses within the HOD track the student has declared. HOD track electives are any HOD, HODE, HODC, HODH, HODI, and HODL courses from 3000 - 4999 excluding 3850, 3860, 3870, 4950, 4951, 4952, 4953, 4960 and 4978.

Recommended courses include the following:

  • HODI 3200, Global Dimensions of Community Development
  • HODI 3220, International Organizations and Economic Development
  • HODH 3221, Health Service Delivery to Diverse Populations

Video: HOD Chair Paul Speer speaking about the Community Leadership and Development Track