College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2018-2019

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.

No more than 50% of the units used to satisfy minor requirements may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Minimum Units for Completion 20
Major GPA C

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to: 

  1. Relate urban economic, social, political, built environment and legal considerations to past, present and future land use patterns
  2. Understand the issues of design, sustainability and livability in regard to human and physical landscapes
  3. Design or redesign areas or spaces using various visual technologies, research and justifications
  4. Effectively work in teams to produce quality and relevant projects



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

    Select one from the following courses with your 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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