Home Faculties & Departiments Arts and Social Science Bachelor of Arts in Community Development

Objectives of the Programme

The three years Bachelor of Arts in Community Development is designed to instil knowledge, skills and attitudes and to provide tools, all of which are focused on responding to the social and economic needs of the people as identified by the people themselves.

Career Opportunities For Graduates

Graduates in this degree programme will fit under several employment opportunities,including in the government as community development workers, social,poverty and community development policy analysts and planners. They will also work with the private sector as coordinators, managers, and programme officers, social and community development workers in Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) and Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs) involved in poverty reduction programmes, natural resource and environment management, gender issues, social services delivery,HIV/AIDS control, and food security improvement. The graduates will also be able to work with teaching, research, training and consultant institutions in areas related to socio-economics, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects. They will also work as socio-economic, nutritional and environmental advisors to decision makers; informal, semi-formal and formal  income-generating activities (IGAs); and credit and savings societies. Moreover, they will be able to employ themselves and create employment to others during this era of competitive global labor market and globalization.

Duration Of the Programme

The degree programme shall be of a minimum of six semesters or three academic years. Students will be required to take all the core courses and at least TWO credits from elective courses. The minimum total credits will be 21 per semester, and the minimum credits required for a student to graduate are 126. It has to be noted that these credit hours exceeds the minimum credit hours set by TCU for the aim of enabling students to have much longer time to understand the subjects.


First Year

1st Semester

  • Introduction to Community Development
  • Communication Skills I
  • Information Technology I
  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Extension Education
  • Rural Development
  • Development Studies
  • Introduction to Food Science

2nd Semester

  • Participatory Development Methods
  • Introduction to Leadership
  • Child care, Development and Safe Motherhood
  • Communication Skills II
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Change and Development
  • Information Technology II
  • Gender and Development
  • Principles of Management

Second Year

1st Semester

  • Sociology of Development
  • Communication and Diffusion of Innovation
  • Introduction to Social Statistics
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Human Resource Management
  • Poverty Analysis
  • Demography and Population Studies

Elective Courses

  • Principles of Home Management
  • Public Relations

2nd Semester

  • Principles of Community Development
  • Conflict Resolution and Management
  • Partnering and Networking in Development
  • Cultural Studies and Community Development
  • Project Planning, Management and Evaluation
  • Social Science Research Methodology
  • Research proposal writing

Elective Courses

  • Disaster Management
  • Public Administration

Third Year

1st Semester

  • Research Project
  • Field Attachment


2nd Semester

  • Foundation of Faith and Professional Ethics
  • Community Economic Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Nutrition
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Environmental Conservation and Management of atural Resources

Elective Courses

  • Law for Community Development
  • Information Management for Community Development



The student’s entrance requirements are based on the following conditions and categories:

Category A: Direct Entry (Form VI graduates)

Applicants eligible for direct admission to the Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) degree programme must have earned:

  • A Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) with credit passes in three or more subjects, obtained prior to sitting for the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSEE). AND
  • An Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) with at least two principle level passes and subsidiary from all disciplines of studies. The total points from any two principles passes should not be less than 4.5.

Category B: Equivalent Qualifications (Diploma holders)

  • Applicants eligible for equivalent admission to the Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) degree programme must have either: Be holders of a diploma of an overall average of B in Community Development,Rural Development, Agriculture Extension or related fields.
  • Have credit passes in at least three subjects in their Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) or five passes at “O” level. OR
  • Meet entry requirements at an accredited University in the applicant’s home country for international applicants subject to approval by the IUCO Academic Board and the Tumaini University Senate.


Category C: Mature Age Entry

Applicants eligible for mature age admission to the Bachelor of Arts (Community Development) degree programme must:

  • Be 25 years of age or older in the year of application.
  • Have completed Form IV or equivalent at least five years prior to the year of application.
  • Have attended extra – mural classes of residential courses and submit a letter of recommendation from the tutor, OR
  • Have attended a residential course at an Adult Education College and submit a letter of recommendation from the principal.