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Sustainable Community Development

Sustainable Community Development

Sustainable Community Development students engage in studies and experiential learning aimed at mastering knowledge and skill-sets that span four core content areas designed to support comprehensive and balanced knowledge of communities and their ecological, psychological, social, spiritual, and physical dynamics. Community-based research and outreach are emphasized.

Students have created degrees in Sustainable Community Development with emphasis in areas such as Sustainable Community Regenerative Development and Sustainable Community and Human Development.

Limited Residency Bachelor of Arts

Sustainability & Environmental Studies  is home for those students who are passionate about extending their knowledge and skills toward sustaining whole communities for generations to come. Students choose to focus on one of two distinct tracks, both rooted in a commitment to helping people understand and appreciate that their well-being is inextricably connected to the health of the natural world.

Prescott College Offers two tracks for Limited Residency Undergraduate students:

Sustainable Community Development Track

Environmental Studies Track

Program Components - Limited-Residency Undergraduate

Program Components - Limited-Residency Undergraduate


All incoming Prescott College students are required to participate in New Student Orientation at the beginning of their first semester. During Orientation, you will receive information and experience activities designed to guide you through your specific program.  Orientation is a time during which students and faculty from diverse cultures, different areas of study, and with a variety of expertise can come together to build friendships, exchange ideas, and develop cohorts or informal networks to support you through your distance learning journey.  Students typically come away from Orientation inspired, energized and ready for the next phase of independent scholarship.

Prior Learning Assessment

Prescott College’s commitment to student-centered, experiential learning includes a respect for the adult student’s prior learning, whether that learning occurred in non-college settings, recognized Massive Open Online Courses, or in extended, demanding professional experiences. After the first semester, Limited-Residency Undergraduate students may apply to begin a process in which they document and request assessment of their prior learning in order to earn Prescott College credits. 

Mentored Study

Our mentored study program is the special ingredient that makes our distance program a high-touch, face to face experience that is customizable for each student, and a proven success across the country. Mentors are experts in their field and are vetted by our faculty. You can work with your mentor in your home community, virtually, and even abroad. The mix of mentored studies and online coursework allows you to achieve your educational goals while maintaining your personal schedule.

Life & Career Outcomes

Life & Career Outcomes
  • Ecologist
  • Labor and Community Organizer
  • Non-Profit Manager
  • Sustainability Project Manager

Academic Resources

Academic Resources

Prescott College Library

Library From Above

The Prescott College Library supports the curriculum with a variety of print and electronic resources. Our library catalog  reflects not only our collection but that of more than 30 other libraries in Yavapai county. A system-wide library card allows borrowers to request books from any library in the county.  Online resources include millions of full-text articles available through our article databases, and over 130,000 e-books available through ebrary.  

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