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Community, Environment, and Development: An Undergraduate Research Journal

The Community, Environment, and Development (CED) major of the department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education at Penn State University embodies the spirit of community sustainability, progressive development, and environmental awareness.

The three specialization areas of the CED major allow students to engage in critical thinking exercises with respect to local community issues. Emerging from these lessons, students create upper-level essays and research papers contributing to knowledge with respect to policy, democracy, and professional practice. Undergraduate research is important for CED majors because of the nature of our work, as it is a tool for laying the groundwork for career exploration and development.

The Community, Environment, and Development undergraduate research journal offers students the opportunity to extend their findings beyond the classroom, in order to educate the entire Penn State community, as well as an opportunity to showcase undergraduate work and insights into CED fieldwork and professional practice. The entirely student-run journal, under the guidance of CED faculty members, is an online publication with an annual copy to be published each spring. Each manuscript is subject to blind peer review by the student-run editorial board, made up of CED undergraduate students.