Community Economic Development

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Harness 21st Century Tools to Help Communities Lift Themselves. Volunteers work with development banks, nongovernmental organizations, and municipalities to strengthen infrastructure and encourage economic opportunities in communities. They frequently teach in classroom settings and work with entrepreneurs and business owners to develop and market their products. Some volunteers also teach basic computer skills and help communities take advantage of technologies such as e-commerce, distance learning, and more.

Students who choose Community Economic Development, take three courses from one of the following areas:

  • International Business
  • Accounting 
  • Finance
  • Business Analytics
  • Economics

Students are required to take three courses from the following:

Recommended courses:

  • Any of the Business Core Courses
  • BU 320: Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace
  • AC 344:  Individual Taxation: Socioeconomic Applications
  • AC 380:  Municipal and Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • EC 120: Environmental Economics
  • EG 31 Fundamentals of Engineering     
  • EG 390, 391 Senior Design
  • FI 200:  Global Capital Markets
  • FI 240:  International Finance
  • All INBU (International Business) Foundational Courses (IL 50, 51, 52, 53)
  • All INBU designated courses
  • IS 220:  Technology and Society
  • MG 235:  Human Resources
  • MG 240:  Leading and Managing People
  • MG 303:  Special Topics
  • MG 320:  Diversity in the Workplace
  • MG 335:  Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • MG 336:  Social Entrepreneurship
  • MG 337:  Technology Ventures
  • MG 338:  Managing a Family Business
  • MG 350:  International Law
  • MG 360:  Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
  • MG 370:  Managing Non-Profit Organizations
  • MG 380:  Performance, Compensation, and Reward
  • MG 385:  Managing People for Global Business
  • MG 390:  Cross-Cultural Management
  • OM 140: Project Management
  • SW 304: Web Development

 Students must also build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity, such as:

  • Taking a Service Learning course in the Dolan School of Business, such as:
    • AC 344:  Individual Taxation: Socioeconomic Applications: students prepare income tax returns for taxpayers eligible for free tax return preparation service through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
  • Working with businesses, organizations, or cooperatives, in Accounting, Finance, Microfinance, Management, Project Management, Budgeting, or Marketing
  • Starting and running a business or other entrepreneurial activity (i.e Fairfield StartUp)
  • Training others in computer literacy, maintenance, and repair (i.e. working at Fairfield ITS)
  • Website design or online marketing (i.e. intern with a non-profit)
  • Founding or leading a community or school-based organization (i.e. a Fairfield club on OrgSync)

Students are required to have field experience hours and service learning courses determined or confirmed in writing by the faculty member teaching the course.

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