traditional undergraduate on campus

Community Development

Trevecca’s Bachelor of Business Administration in community development combines a solid business foundation with courses in social justice that increase students’ understanding of the causes and challenges of poverty. This degree prepares students to use a knowledge of business to improve the lives of those in disadvantaged communities.

Program Benefits

  • Gain the skills and experience you need to make a difference in the world. 
  • Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.
  • Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
  • Take advantage of incredible learning opportunities, internships and jobs available in the Nashville market.

What to Expect

As a student in Trevecca’s Bachelor of Business Administration in community development, you’ll gain the business skills to serve and influence change in under-resourced communities. This degree equips you to find and create applicable solutions to real problems. 

With courses available in sociology, social justice and business, you’ll be able to tailor your coursework to match your goals and interests. You’ll gain a solid foundation in economics, accounting, finance, management, marketing, law and quantitative analyses. You’ll also take courses that increase your understanding of the causes and challenges of poverty, so you can help address them.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.

Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you and your goals.


Course Descriptions

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Career Opportunities

With your B.B.A. in community development, you’ll be well-equipped to address the needs of disadvantaged communities. Your degree prepares you to serve in the U.S. international communities; to work for nonprofit organizations; or to develop your own solutions as a social entrepreneur. Your B.B.A. in community development degree can position you for roles like these:

  • Community development director
  • Development services technician
  • Neighborhood services specialist
  • Project coordinator (homelessness)
  • Project implementation coordinator
  • Corporate relations specialist
  • Housing developer
  • Planner/program coordinator

Our graduates have gone on to serve in large nonprofits, participate in small community development corporations, establish credit unions in local communities, serve in food banks and assist refugees with resettlement in the U.S.


Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

Computer Applications Using Spreadsheets and Databases
ITI 2020

Designed to review the basics and give the student an in-depth understanding with hands-on experience in using electronic spreadsheets to support business needs. In addition, this course will introduce the student to relational databases and require practical, hands-on application of many of the functions available with database technology.

Urban Sociology
SOC 3300

An examination of urban lifestyles, problems, development, and change from a historical perspective, providing both theoretical and practical background for analysis of various urban conditions, and seeking to identify and apply practical solutions to these problems. A major experiential learning component is field work and ethnographic research in core urban Nashville neighborhoods. A section on urban planning and urban ministry is included.

Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
BUS 2300

Designed to teach the student concepts and skills needed to succeed in an entrepreneurial venture. It will include understanding unique characteristics an entrepreneur should possess, and it will view marketing, economics, finance, accounting, management, communication and legal issues from a small business perspective.

Career Internship in Business Administration
BUS 4510

Business Administration service laboratory (on-the-job experience) under faculty supervision. Graded S/U.

Economics of Poverty and Public Policy
ECO 3500

Examines the economic forces that shape poverty and public policy responses. Concepts of equity, efficiency, absolute vs. relative poverty and economic justice will be explored. Alternative approaches to policies in areas such as taxation, income redistribution, poverty, and equal opportunity will be analyzed from the perspective of policymakers and policy advocates.

Introduction to Community Development
SJS 3010

Examines the theory, goals, and practice of community economic development and acquaints students with methods of analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the local economy and community. Students will explore such issues as asset-based community development, asset-building strategies, community-oriented economic development strategies such as community and cooperative business development, self-employment and microbusiness, community loan funds and credit unions.

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
SJS 4010

An introduction to the field of the integration of nonprofit and for-profit worlds. Utilizing case studies, key readings, and primary information sources, students will examine critical issues including sustainability, impact and performance, measuring social return, and leadership qualities demanded by the field. Each student will develop a business plan for a social enterprise.

Principles of Nonprofit Administration and Management
SJS 4020

Acquaints students with the primary components of nonprofit management. Students will learn the process for starting a new nonprofit organization, including legal steps for pursuing tax-exempt status. Students will also be introduced to key areas of nonprofit leadership, including program development and evaluation, strategic planning, board development, grant writing, and volunteer management.

Leadership in the 21st Century
BUS 2500

Focuses on foundational leadership theories with an emphasis on the roles of leader, follower, and situation. Content concentrates on leadership development, leadership traits and behaviors, followership, and situational factors that impact leadership. Leadership theory will provide a solid foundation for informing future leadership practice.

Case Studies in Leadership
BUS 2600

Integrates major leadership theories with case study analyses of notable military, political, religious, civil-rights and business leaders. Debate and discussion of the case studies also will be used to enhance the understanding of leadership theory and application. The analysis of cases and theories from the Biblical world-view are also designed into the curriculum where appropriate.

Advertising Management
MKT 3220/COM 3220

Advertising as a function of marketing and merchandising; uses and limitations of advertising as a tool of management; fundamentals in getting a finished advertisement before potential customers; media selection; evaluation criticism and control of advertising.

Internet Marketing
MKT 3500

Designed to educate and equip students in acquiring basic skills in applying information technologies within the domain of marketing. The course will provide the fundamental knowledge and marketing perspective needed to successfully integrate the internet into the organization's marketing activities. Students will learn the importance of integrating offline and online strategies into the marketing mix for segmenting and targeting consumers. Topics covered include, among others, strategic planning and its tactical implementation in electronic marketing, target market analysis and identification, the internet's marketing capabilities and limitations, marketing channels and digital distribution management of customer and supplier relationships, concerns about privacy and ethics, marketing strategies using social media, the World Wide Web, the different functions and applications of the internet, and the impact of international internet marketing (IIM) on worldwide consumers.

International Economic Development
ECO 3300

An introduction to the economics of development in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and in the nations of Eastern Europe that are undergoing transition from socialism to capitalism. Relevant economic theory will be combined with institutional and structural analysis and Biblical principles to explore problems such as poverty, income inequality, unemployment and rural stagnation. The impact on development of education, healthcare, capital formation, trade, foreign assistance, foreign investment and macroeconomic policy will be examined.

Social Problems
SOC 3200

A sociological description and analysis of some of the contemporary social problems in American Society with an emphasis on programs designed to help remedy these problems.

Principles of Intercultural Communication
COM 2025

A study of how culture affects communication behavior and intercultural relationships. This course provides a broad theoretical and contextual base that emphasizes intercultural communication competency as it relates to Western and non-Western cultures.

Human Diversity
SWK 3350

This course is designed to increase students’ awareness, knowledge, and understanding of diversity, human rights, and social and economic justice through exploring culture, socialization, power, oppression, privilege, and identity. Students will analyze individual and systemic forces that operate in society to oppress, marginalize, and impact the life experience of groups of humans. During this semester, students will engage in a substantial amount of self-reflection about their own identities while having the opportunity to listen and learn from others’ stories.

General Electives — 10-11 hours
*The required course INT 1100 Life Calling and Purpose (3 hours) is included in these general elective hours for those students who enter as first-time Freshmen (those enrolling with less than 24 hours).

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.