Sustainable Community Development

The Global Ministries Department (GMD) at Toccoa Falls College offers a major in Sustainable Community Development (SCD). Sustainable development is a global priority. Sustainability means meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. “Think Global, Act Local” reflects the pragmatic conviction that sustainable development must be a community activity.

Students gain practical skills at the SCD farm where theory becomes practice as they compost, amend soil, select seeds, raise plants, care for animals, and gain hands-on experience in food production through Applied Technologies courses.

The GMD believes the church is most effective when it communicates the good news clearly and demonstrates the impact of that good news in the local community. Christians should be strategic participants in the planning and implementing of sustainable development in their local community. The SCD major is housed in the Global Ministries Department because it addresses a global problem and does so as part of fulfilling God’s desire to take His good news to all nations.


** Please note: This program description is for students entering Toccoa Falls College in the 2015-2016 catalog year.


BIBLE & THEOLOGY – 30 hours

BIB 213 Hermeneutics
BSF 103 Foundations for Spiritual Formation
NTE 103 Introduction to the New Testament
NTE ___ New Testament Elective
OTE 103 Introduction to the Old Testament
OTE ___ Old Testament Elective
THE 303 Introduction to Theology
3 hours of Theology Elective
6 hours of Bible/Theology Elective

HUMANITIES – 15 hours

COM 113 Introduction to Communication
ENG 113 Freshman Composition I
ENG 123 Freshman Composition II
HUM 103 Western Thought & Culture
PHY 113 Introduction to Philosophy or  Language*
3 hours 200- or 300-level Literature Elective from AML or ENG except ENG 201, 243, 393

*Global Ministries Department highly recommends its students take at least one semester of a language; however, students with TESOL Minor must elect SPN 113 or FRN 113.


ANT 203 Cultural Anthropology
ECO 213 Microeconomics
ICS 323 World Religions
PSY 113 General Psychology
3 hours History Elective


BIO 104 General Biology
SCI 243 Earth Science
3 hours Mathematics Elective

MAJOR – 42 hours

Anthropology & Cross-cultural Core (18 hours)

ANT 213 Introduction to Sustainable Development
ANT 323 Applied Ethnography
ANT 363 Religious Belief Systems
ANT 483 Anthropology Research Project
ICS 113 Gifts, Guidance, & Goals
ICS 463 Strategy of Missions

Biology & Economic Core (9 hours)

BIO 323 Introduction to Global Public Health
BIO 423 Ecology
ECO 223 Macroeconomics

Sustainable Community Development Core (15 hours)

SCD 302 Applied Technology I
SCD 312 Applied Technology II
SCD 352 Sustainable Community Development Internship
SCD 493 Sustainable Community Development Strategy Project
6 hours Sustainable Community Development Elective



TOTAL = 127 hours