Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Community Development

The certificate in community development provides an enriched, hands-on academic pathway to careers in community service and engagement. By the time students have completed the certificate, they will have experienced doing service at the urban, rural and global levels.

​Program Highlights

  • Coursework includes an entry-level course that systematically examines poverty, a rural/international course, a community development methods course and a capstone research paper.
  • Students complete a 300-hour internship and a five-week global internship with nonprofits in Bolivia and South Africa.
  • Students develop skills in: critical thinking, application of theory to practice, leadership development, event planning, fundraising, public speaking, project management, budget development, sustainability of programs, curriculum development, student development, recruitment, public relations, marketing, digital media marketing, graphic design, teamwork and collaboration, creation of transferable resources, facilitation, communication and community outreach, advocacy, research and project development.

Employers of our Graduates

  • New York Cares
  • Teach for America
  • City Year
  • New York City Teaching Fellows Program
  • Bonner Foundation
  • Siena College
  • Skidmore College
  • Honest Weight Food Co-op
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
  • Pace University
  • America Works
  • Bennington College
  • PeaceCorps
  • PeacePlayers International
  • Albany Leadership Charter High School for Girls
  • Long Island : National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Capital Pride Center
  • Troy YMCA
  • Fr. Peter Young Housing, Industries, and Treatment
  • Girl Scouts in New Jersey
  • Siena Research Institute

Internship Sites

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Albany
  • Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless
  • ACE Trailblazers
  • Green Tech High Charter School
  • Girl Scouts of Northeastern New York
  • Peter Young Foundation
  • Capital City Rescue Mission
  • Brighter Choice Charter Middle School for Girls
  • Parson’s Child and Family Center
  • St. Peter’s Hospital Cardiac Unit
  • Siena College Academic Community Engagement
  • Fr. Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment
  • 15 Love
  • Capital District Community Gardens
  • Undergraduate Railroad History Project
  • Troy YMCA

Academic Community Engagement

Building communities that thrive in the Capital Region and beyond.

Certificates:


Career Opportunities

People who work in community and social service occupations are concerned with improving society and the lives of individuals. These workers perform a diverse array of duties that may include counseling individuals with substance abuse and behavioral problems, providing social assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of families, and offering spiritual and moral guidance to members of a faith.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $44,240 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the social service industry is expected to grow 17.2% by 2020.

Managers plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.

Job titles include: Operations Manager, General Manager (GM), Director of Operations, Plant Manager, Store Manager, Facilities Manager, Plant Superintendent, Vice President of Operations, Warehouse Manager, Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Wages:

The median annual wage was $95,440 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Directors of Religious Activities and/or Education plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.

Job titles include: Children’s Ministries Director, Christian Education Director, Religious Education Director, Christian Education Minister, Youth Ministry Director, Youth Pastor, Youth Director, Associate Pastor, Children’s Minister, Women’s Ministry Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $37,280 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Today our focus on preventing disease, illness and injury is just as apparent as our fight to diagnose and treat them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports we not only need to retain those workers already in the field, but also add a substantial number of new ones, with the most occupational growth expected among health care support jobs.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the finance and insurance industry is expected to grow 26.5% by 2022.

Education Administrators for Elementary and Secondary Schools plan, direct, or coordinate the academic, administrative, or auxiliary activities of public or private elementary or secondary level schools.

Job titles include: Principal, Assistant Principal, Superintendent, Middle School Principal, Elementary Principal, High School Principal, School Superintendent, School Administrator, Athletic Director, Special Education Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $87,760 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Higher education administrators, or postsecondary educational administrators, plan, direct, or coordinate research, instructional, student administration and services, and other educational activities at postsecondary institutions, including universities, colleges, and junior and community colleges.

Job titles include: Dean, Registrar, Academic Dean, Provost, Academic Affairs Vice President, College President, Admissions Director, Dean of Students, Financial Aid Director, and Academic Affairs Dean.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $86,490 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% (faster than average) from 2012 to 2022.

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers plan, direct, or coordinate activities designed to create or maintain a favorable public image or raise issue awareness for their organization or client; or if engaged in fundraising, plan, direct, or coordinate activities to solicit and maintain funds for special projects or nonprofit organizations.

Job titles include: Public Relations Director, Account Supervisor, Account Executive, Public Relations Manager (PR Manager), Communications Director, Community Relations Director, Director of Public Relations, Public Affairs Director, Account Manager, Business Development Director

Wages:

The median annual wage was $95,450 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Public Relations Specialists engage in promoting or creating an intended public image for individuals, groups, or organizations. May write or select material for release to various communications media.

Titles include: Account Executive, Public Affairs Specialist, Public Relations Specialist (PR Specialist), Public Information Officer, Communications Director, Communications Specialist, Public Information Specialist, Public Relations Coordinator, Corporate Communications Specialist, Media Relations Specialist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $54,170 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Marketing Managers plan, direct, or coordinate marketing policies and programs, such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors, and identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm’s profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm’s customers are satisfied. Oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

Job titles include: Marketing Director, Marketing Manager, Vice President of Marketing, Business Development Manager, Marketing Coordinator, Account Supervisor, Business Development Director, Commercial Lines Manager, Commercial Marketing Specialist, Market Development Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $119,480 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

The education sector comprises establishments that provide instruction and training in a wide variety of subjects. This instruction and training is provided by specialized establishments, such as schools, colleges, universities, and training centers.

Wages:

Depends on job function.

GROWTH FORECAST:

​Employment in the education is expected to grow 9.4% by 2022.