College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Community & Leadership Development

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Interested in exploring the process of “community development?”  The Bachelor of Sciences in Community and Leadership Development is an interdisciplinary program that  prepares you to explore community development through a broad spectrum of social sciences.  You will be able to strengthen the abilities of individuals, organizations, and communities to act upon their shared visions, goals and challenges.

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With this degree, you will have skills and knowledge  to develop and/or lead communities and organizations, non-profit, business and industry, and advocacy groups.

CLD graduates find themselves in the following fields:

  • Agriculture
  • General Business
  • Human Education & Development
  • Politics
  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • Community Development
  • Extension & Education
  • Government Agencies
  • Food/Sustainability
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Non-profit organizations

Current Curriculum Information

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  • Community and Leadership Dev (BS) 120 hours

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Freshman Year

Fall Semester
  • Composition and Communication I3
  • CLD 100 - INTRO TO CLD1

    This course explores how communities of place and interest influence our lives and how these different types of communities are related to the media and leadership. Introduces the intellectual frameworks underlying this field as well as the types of research and outreach done by faculty.

  • GEN 100 - ISSUES IN AGRICULTURE, FOOD AND ENVIRONMENT3

    An introductory course requiring critical analysis of the major social, economic, political and scientific issues in agriculture and related disciplines. The historical development of agriculture will be surveyed, followed by discussions of major issues related to agriculture, food and environment. Development of skills in information gathering, critical analysis of issues, and written and oral communication will be emphasized. Satisfies the U.S. Citizenship area of UK Core. Prereq: Students enrolled in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; freshmen only in fall semesters and transfer students only in spring semesters.

  • Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities3
  • Quantitative Foundations3
  • Intellectual Inquiry in the Social Sciences3
    • Total16
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3

    Composition and Communication II

  • CLD 225 - CCOMMUNITY AND COMMUNICATION: EXPLORING THEIR INTERSECTIONS3

    This course will explore the inextricable link between community and communication by examining the social structure of communities and the media residing within them. Particular emphasis will be placed on the availability of information to citizens and in turn how this information environment facilitates/thwarts social interaction.

  • Statistical Inferential Reasoning3
  • Global Dynamics3
  • Intellectual Inquiry in Arts and Creativity3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours31

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester
  • CLD 230 - INTRAPERSONAL LEADERSHIP3

    This course is designed to provide a foundation for individuals “to get to know themselves better” in the context of leadership. Examination of effective leader characteristics, personality traits, motivation, personal leadership vision, and other concepts will encourage students to develop a better understanding of their own leadership skills and perspectives. In addition, students will determine their own personality style, and learn how to best use this style when leading others. Ultimately, this type of intrapersonal knowledge will serve as the building block for deeper exploration into the field of leadership.

  • CLD 260 - COMMUNITY PORTRAITS3

    This course introduces the social science concept of community. The focus will be on definitions of community, and the different types of communities that exist in society. Students will gather and analyze information about real communities that represent different types of community.

  • Agriculture Class3
  • Intellectual Inquiry in the Natural, Physical and Mathematical Sciences3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • CLD 305 - RESEARCH METHODS IN COMMUNITY AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT3

    This course will familiarize students with research concepts, methods, and skills used in community and organizational development and communication. The course focuses on applied research topics such as secondary data analysis, survey design, focus groups, key informant interviews and content analysis. In addition, the course considers the politics of information and ethical concerns in social research. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • CLD 370 - LEARNING IN SOCIETY3

    Learning in Society is designed to assist students in identifying and evaluating human learning and development within various social contexts. This course focuses on the impact social interactions have on human cognition, emotion and identity. Theoretical foundations for this course include social learning, social integration, multiple intelligences, emotional intelligence, systems psychology, and identity development.

  • CLD Class3
  • CLD Class3
  • Agriculture Class3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • CLD 300 - FOUNDATIONAL THEORIES IN CLD3

    This course illustrates the role of social theories and research. More importantly, it addresses the question, “How do we apply theory to guide our understanding of the world around us?” Students will study theories common to multiple social science contexts (communications, leadership, community, and education) and following critical analysis, describe how they are applied within various situations. Students will be expected to integrate the theories into a personal holistic viewpoint that affects their lives.

  • CLD Class3
  • CLD Class3
  • Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • CLD 362 - FIELD EXPERIENCE IN CLD3

    Supervised experience in businesses, agencies, or government. Required of all Community and Leadership Development majors. May include observation, participation, experience, field trips, inspection of programs, and professional organizations.

  • CLD Class3
  • Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
    • Total Junior Hours30

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • CLD Class3
  • Specialty Support3
  • Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • CLD 490 - SEMINAR IN COMMUNITY COMMUNICATIONS AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT3

    A capstone course for seniors in community communications and leadership development. Presentations, research papers, outside speakers and career guidance will be significant course components.

  • CLD 497 - PROFESSIONAL PRACTICUM IN CLD6

    This is a cooperative educational program between the Community and Leadership Development majors at the University of Kentucky and approved employers who furnish facilities and instructor that help students acquire the skills and knowledge required in their chosen field. Ultimately, this is a dually beneficial relationship; stakeholder relations are improved while students have an opportunity to build relationships/networks that could encourage future career development. This course is a Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement (GCCR) course in certain programs, and hence is not likely to be eligible for automatic transfer credit to UK.

  • Elective3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total14
    • Total Senior Hours29

what you'll study

You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to integrate communications,sociology, journalism, and community development theories and apply them to real-world situations involving local communities and agricultural organizations.The major focuses on such skills as written and oral communication; strategic problem solving; critical thinking; understanding of group, organizational, and community dynamics; and ethical decision making.

You will be able to chose one from four of the following concentration areas:

  • Community Education
  • Community Communications
  • Leadership Development
  • Community Development

The department also offers a Master’s Degree emphasizing the above areas, utilizing a unique theory-to-practice perspective.

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