Brian Fikkert, Community Development Program Coordinator
Lance Wescher, Department Chair and Economics Program Coordinator
The Department of Economics and Community Development examines humanity’s stewardship of the resources of God’s creation. The department believes that the manner in which humans cultivate and develop the creation emanates from their basic worldview commitments. However, human stewardship is not autonomous but takes place within God’s sovereign plan as expressed through His unfolding story of creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. This framework shapes the manner in which the department analyzes and critiques the ways in which individuals, communities, and nations have responded to their stewardship responsibilities.
The department offers a major and a minor in economics, both of which lay a strong theoretical and analytical foundation for understanding the manner in which resources are allocated in the local, national, and global economy. Students pursuing the economics major or minor are well prepared for graduate study in a range of disciplines and for careers in government, international agencies, non-government organizations, and the corporate sector.
The department also offers a major in community development and minors in community development and social innovation, all of which prepare students to address poverty in a range of sectoral, institutional, and cultural settings. Recognizing the multifaceted and integrated nature of both God’s creational design and the problems plaguing low-income individuals and communities, the department takes an interdisciplinary approach that combines training in the liberal arts, in development theory and practice, and in sector-specific development strategies. The faculty teaching in the major and minors have expertise in Adult Education, Bible and Missions, Urban or Rural Development, Economics, History, Sociology, Business, and in various sectors pertaining to development work (e.g. health, education, environment). In addition to laying a biblical foundation for thinking about poverty, students are equipped to support positive change in intercultural settings both domestically and internationally. Students pursuing these programs are well-prepared for graduate study or for employment in community-based organizations, churches, missions, relief and development agencies, businesses, and the public sector.
The Chalmers Center for Economic Development
The Chalmers Center for Economic Development is a research and educational institute which trains workers in church-centered ministries to promote economic development and spiritual transformation in the context of poor communities. In collaboration with partnering agencies and churches worldwide, the Center initiates pilot projects that serve as laboratories for the development of new models that can be replicated by others. Students in the community development major may apply for domestic and international research internships in these projects, providing them with a unique opportunity to participate in the development of state-of-the-art strategies and to gain practical experience.
Students interested in teaching economics for grades 6-12 should complete a BA degree with a major in economics and then enroll in the one-year Master of Arts in Teaching at Covenant College. It is recommended that the Education Minor be completed. Three of the courses in the minor, EDU 121 Introduction to Teaching, EDU 222 Educational Psychology and EDU 361 Education of Exceptional Children, are required for admission to the MAT. For information about certification, see Teacher Certification under the Education section of the catalog.
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