College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2016-2017

Department of Geography, Planning, and Recreation

Community Design, Minor

Communities have evolved in adaptation to environments, geography, political pressures, food production, or simply population sprawl. This minor provides a useful foundation for those interested in land-use planning, historic preservation, as well as the legal and ethical components of contemporary community design.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Community Design?

The field of community and urban design puts you in the driver's seat to help redesign poorly functioning places or to create fresh designs for more livable and sustainable neighborhoods and cities. With this minor you learn about the environmental, political, and social aspects of places and how to improve community designs through 2-D and 3-D modeling tools. Classes include a mixture of academic and theoretical perspectives, coupled with applied, real-world projects that challenge you to design better places in Flagstaff and beyond.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 20
Major GPA C


Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 20 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:

    Select two of the following courses with your advisor's approval (6 units):Additional units chosen with your minor advisor's approval (3 units).

    Contact the Geography, Planning, & Recreation department to be assigned a minor advisor.
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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