Community & Leadership Development
Undergraduate Degree

If you have strong communications and interpersonal skills, enjoy teaching and sharing your knowledge with others, and want to make a difference by changing the social, political, and economic environment of your community or organization — this is your major!

There are four major subject areas within Community and Leadership Development: Community Communications, Community and Community Development, Leadership, and Non-Formal Education.

All areas share a common core of classes and allow you to concentrate on one or more of the four areas while tailoring the classes to fit your interests. Graduates find success as communications specialists in the public and private sector, managers in business and industry, government agencies, community associations, and non-profit organizations. You can also use this degree as a stepping stone to graduate and professional school opportunities.


Students pursuing a degree in Community & Leadership Development focus on understanding community from three different angles:

Communities of Place

We begin focused on the geographic areas in which people live. Communities are built on proximity—so our students must meet people where they are. Real change begins at the local level.

Communities of Practice

Projects happen around common areas of work or profession. We believe your vocation can be your passion and filled with purpose. We can change a "9-to-5" to a blank canvas of potential.

Communities of Interest

People connect when they share common interests. Your life is guided by your sense of purpose, and we want to meet you where you're most enlivened. Then, you can share your passions with others, growing community.


Use the links below to download important documents related to the CLD Undergraduate Program:

If you would like to speak with one of the CLD Undergraduate advisors, please use the contact information below:

Kris Ricketts

Director of Undergraduate Studies

314 Garrigus Building
Phone: 859-257-3767

John C. Hill

Academic Coordinator

515 Garrigus Building
Phone: 859-218-4986
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