Are you interested in becoming an engaged citizen and a leader for social change locally and globally? If so then Brescia’s Community Development Program may be the undergraduate program for you. Through community service-learning, you will develop the skills you need to connect life experiences to more theoretical classroom study. Through our student-centred and responsive teaching style, you will be challenged to become engaged and socially responsible citizens, as well as compassionate leaders.
The Community Development Program at Brescia will provide you with a solid grounding in the principles, practices, methods, laws, and policies relevant to community development. You will be involved in placements or projects in the community as an interactive component to your academic study. You will be given opportunities to learn and apply community development skills in real world settings. Finally, you will have the opportunity to expand your study to the global community, if you wish to.
The Certificate in Community Development is offered through Sociology and Brescia University College. Students in professional programs may pursue the Certificate concurrently with their degree program. All Community Development courses may count towards your undergraduate program. This program has a number of required courses, including a practicum course, equivalent to three courses, and two optional courses to be selected from an approved interdisciplinary list.
To learn about prerequisites for the Community Development program, please click on the appropriate category below:
- Honors Specialization in Community Development in a Global Context
- Honors Specialization in Community and Criminal Justice
- Honors Specialization in Families and Communities
- Major in Community Development
- Minor in Community Development
- Certificate in Community Development
- Major in Spirituality and Community Leadership
For more specific course information, please see the Western University Academic Calendar.
Students who are taking modules that include a community development placement are required to complete the following Community Placement Application form no later than May 1.
“The community development program fueled my passion for helping others. Three courses in particular helped shape my character which in turn motivated me to pursue a path of service to the community. I remember an action learning project in the introductory course where I joined a group that was doing research on a topic that I knew very little about — community resources for LGBTQ2 youth. I remember the anger and shame I felt after learning about the Residential Schools in Canada through our Social Inequality class. I remember learning about government’s role in funding organizations through my CD Placement at the Ministry of the Attorney General’s, Victim’s Services Secretariat. I am using my learning today to make a difference as a board member at Nokee Kwe which serves the community by promoting Indigenous education and culture to the public.”
– Carmelita Tang ’07 – Corporate Learning Consultant | Manager, Executive Education, Ivey Business School, Western University
“As a graduate of Community Development and Dimensions of Leadership, I was constantly challenged to do better. I had many opportunities to reflect on my own position in relation to the rest of world and analyze my power and privilege; a necessary tool in today’s society. By understanding my individual experience, I can now better relate to and understand others. The CD program provided me with a number of tools, theories, and real life experience to make me a better employee, friend, and citizen.”
– Nikita Miller ’13 – London Cross Cultural Learner Centre
“I graduated from Brescia’s Community Development and Religious Studies programs, completed medical school at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and psychiatry residency at the University of Saskatchewan. I currently work in a travelling psychiatry clinic, providing psychiatric care to the communities of La Loche, Stony Rapids and La Ronge, as well as LGBT friendly mental health at the OutSaskatoon community center and young adult mental health at the University of Saskatchewan’s Student Health. I am also involved in teaching medical students and residents. The Community Development program at Brescia gave me the lens to help provide culturally and community responsive psychiatric care to these under-serviced communities.”
– Dr. Sara Dungavell ’06 – Psychiatrist, University of Saskatchewan