Community Development Studies

Prepare for effective work in Indigenous communities


Major Summary

In partnership with NAIITS: An Indigenous Learning Community, Providence is offering a Bachelor of Arts in Community Development. This program is designed to prepare students for effective work in Indigenous communities while honoring the values, traditions, and strengths inherent within the individual community. 

The Community Development program focuses on the concept of a mutual learning exchange between cultures within and beyond North America. The program is multidisciplinary and strives to develop each co-learner's heart and mind, seeking to create opportunities for co-learners to gain both knowledge and experience appropriate for the 21st century.

NAIITS’ faculty have observed that Indigenous people in North America are resilient; this is evident in their perseverance in the face of historic social disparities including inadequate preparation for post-secondary education. This training will build upon the skills that have made Native North American people survivors and leaders in the Indigenous world globally.

Founded in 2000, NAIITS is already a worldwide leader in Indigenous faith-based education. Currently working in four countries, NAIITS partners with Universities and Seminaries to offer advanced degrees. The Providence/NAIITS agreement marks the beginning of another degree partnership inspired by NAIITS’ commitment to deliver culture specific programs for indigenous people.

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Major Options

Bachelor of Arts - Community Development (3 yr.)









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