2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    Dec 09, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Native Communities and Economic Development Certificate

Location(s): Online

Program Coordinator/Contact

Paul Markel, Director, Acting Graduate Coordinator 
School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies
Agricultural Engineering 107, Box 2120

Program Information

This certificate is designed for graduate students interested in expanding their skills and understanding in regard to Native community and economic development and an interest in working with native communities. Today students taking these courses are often employed or seeking employment in native-serving organizations and agencies who have extended their programming to Native-majority communities and neighborhoods.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate understanding of tribal sovereignty and apply to all aspects of work with tribal partners and communities.
  • Understand and apply indigenous methodologies to scholarship and practice; be cognizant of indigenous critiques of mainstream sociological and economic approaches to development.
  • Understand and apply appropriate ethical considerations, respect for data sovereignty, and tribal governance.
  • Demonstrate understanding of various approaches to economic development and potential connects and disconnects with specific tribal nations.
  • Understand traditional approaches to leadership, cultural and spiritual priorities, and natural resource management and be able to apply community and economic development theories and practices within that context.

Course Delivery Format

Coursework for the program is delivered in multiple formats including face-to-face lecture and online courses. Students enrolled in Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) program may sign up for courses through the Community Development program.

Total Required Credits:12

Additional Admission Requirements

TOEFL: 71 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 7.5
IELTS: 6.0
Duolingo: 100

Please refer to the following for additional information: Graduate School Admission

Additional Information

Students enrolled in SDSU certificate programs are not eligible for federal student financial aid. The non-federal alternative loan programs may be used for students meeting the lender criteria as found at www.sdstate.edu (search alternative loans). For further information, please contact the SDSU financial aid office at 605-688-4695 or finaid@sdstate.edu.