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College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

A Bachelor of Science Degree

The CRD major offers a unique opportunity and a distinctive challenge: it enables you to shape your university experience to your own needs. In this regard, CRD students are among the most self-directed students here at Davis. They are also involved in a major that has a distinct identity of its own: a focus on community studies and development.

The goal of the Community & Regional Development (CRD) major is to provide a broad, comparative understanding of theories, methodologies, and issues relevant to the study of communities and the people in them. The program focuses on community and organizational development, the role of culture and ethnicity in shaping community life, and the ways that knowledge can be used to solve social problems and improve the quality of life.


The Community and Regional Development major is an interdisciplinary program which emphasizes the integration of theory and practical experience and features a perspective on learning that stresses selfdevelopment and critical thinking. It also provides a broad, comparative understanding of theories, methodologies, and issues relevant to the study of communities and the people in them. The upper division coursework consists of a depth subject core which all CRD majors must complete, and a field of concentration which can be tailored to meet the individual student's interests and career goals.

Two identifying features of the major are: 1) its interdisciplinary character enabling you to bring together courses from different departments into your field of concentration; 2) its emphasis on viewing social problems in context, recognizing that to become an effective social analyst or practitioner you need not only mastery of a circumscribed area of expertise but also an understanding of the social setting within which this expertise will be applied.


The Community and Regional Development major encourages students to combine practical experience with theoretical knowledge. CRD students are required to have an internship in their field before graduation. Internships have been arranged with such agencies as local, county, and state planning units, health departments, schools, housing offices and community education programs. Students have received other field experience in personnel offices, probation offices, organizational consulting firms, rehabilitation centers, transportation departments, women's centers, food and agricultural cooperatives, medical centers, and youth programs.


Successful completion of the honors program requires enrollment in CRD 194HA in fall, continuation of enrollment in CRD 194HB in winter and completion of a research project and senior thesis.

The overall responsibility of coordinating the Honors Program will be done on a rotational basis by Community Development faculty. This will count as service in the merit and promotion process.

Due to the anticipated individual nature of the project, the selection, research project, supervision, and evaluation of the individual undergraduate research project and thesis will be done by the sponsoring faculty member. Eight (8) units will be allocated to this faculty.

In addition, students participating in the Honors Program will be required to give a public presentation of their work in a departmental seminar program, therefore evaluation is supplied by fellow faculty members who attend public presentation of the each student.

For more information please contact Honors Program Director, Martin Kenney or visit the Human Ecology Advising Office in 1303 Hart Hall.


The major also provides effective preparation for graduate or professional study in the social and behavioral sciences. CRD graduates have been admitted to graduate law and medical schools, emphasizing such fields as community law or community medicine.


The Community and Regional Development major provides the appropriate educational background for any career that involves improving people's social and physical environments. CRD graduates are prepared for and have taken positions in social research, program evaluation, organizational and educational consulting, city and regional planning, economic development, community health, counseling, social work, community education, health care administration, human resources management, and public policy and law.

Need more information?

Contact the Human and Community Development
Advising Office
Undergrad Advisor
(530) 752-2244