Planning and Community Development

Planning and Community Development

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In majoring in the planning and community development major you will learn how to create better places to live and work. You will acquire a toolbox of skills for working in an evolving, dynamic field that tries to improve a community's economic, social and environmental qualities. You'll learn to balance the value of heritage, natural environments and cultural features in changing economic and social conditions. Through internships and work in the field with established planners and developers, you'll learn strategies for community organization, urban and regional planning, citizen action, advocacy and sustainability. You'll build a network of support for your ideas.

Program Highlights

  • Full-time, semester-long internships available in rural, suburban or urban communities connect to each student's personal interests.
  • Internship placements that have included:
    • Sartell Community Development Department
    • St. Cloud Downtown Council
    • Region 5 Regional Development, Staples
    • Brainerd Housing and Redevelopment Authority
    • Brooklyn Park Community Development Department
    • Benton County Development Department
    • Anoka County Highway Department
  • Small classes and department organization emphasizes individual attention for students.
  • Emphasis on communication and leadership skills helps our graduates quickly assume community leadership roles.
  • Development of strategies to address divisive community issues such as suburban sprawl, aging neighborhoods, heritage preservation, redevelopment and traffic congestion.

Program Distinctions

  • Minnesota's only undergraduate program that integrates planning and community development.
  • Minnesota Economic Development Foundation scholarships fund two $2,500  internships at Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and two $1,000 internships with Minnesota cities
  • Kent Robertson Memorial Scholarship provides additional student funding.
  • Graduates influence development, transportation and flood planning in cities such as Richfield, Waconia, Big Lake, Eagan, Tracy and Sartell, and Anoka and Stearns counties.
  • Our Mentorship Program connects our students to peers and professionals who can help them design a career path while they learn.

Student Organizations

Continuing Education

Graduate Certificate in Planning and Community Development
Major Minor Online Courses

University Facts & Stats

  • 91% of planning and community development graduates employed
  • 15 members of the 2013-14 Minnesota Legislature are St. Cloud State grads
  • $106 million in scholarships loans and grants
  • 2021 Military Friendly® Top 10 School designation
  • Commitment to carbon neutrality by 2035

Popular Careers

  • City/Regional Planner
  • Environmental/Zoning  Regulation
  • Economic Development
  • Urban Design Development
  • Historical Preservation
  • Transportation Planner
  • Housing Planner

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