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Human & Community Development

Doctoral Degree

The Doctorate of Philosophy in Human and Community Development (HCD) area of emphasis is intended for candidates with a design background and/or professionals with prior experience in community and/or economic development. The program provides graduates with access to a variety of courses and faculty expertise to help candidates develop an interdisciplinary perspective of human and community development. To this end, the program is flexible and relies on the intellectual maturity and curiosity of the student and the guidance of the student’s graduate committee, particularly the major professor, to develop an individualized, tailor-made curriculum to suit a student’s career and professional aspirations. The primary objective of the program is to educate professionals capable of meeting the demands at the highest levels of their chosen occupations.


Shan Jiang
Program Coordinator of HCD
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
4320 Agricultural Sciences