College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

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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
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. I3
  • CLD 260 - COMMUNITY PORTRAITS3

    This course introduces the social science concept of community. The focus will be on definitions of community, community basics and the different types of communities that exist in society. Students will explore the development of community as defined by place and interest, structure and function. Finally, students will begin developing a theory to practice mentality by gathering and analyzing information about real communities that represent different types of community (i.e. place, practice and interest).

  • 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.

  • UK Core - Humanities3
  • UK Core - Quantitative Foundations3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • UK Core - Comp. & Comm. II3
  • CLD Elective3
  • UK Core - Statistical Inferential Reason3
  • UK Core - Global Dynamics3
  • UK Core - Arts and Creativity3
    • Total15
    • Total Freshman Hours30

Sophomore Year

Fall 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 Elective3
  • Specialty Support3
  • UK Core - Natural, Physical and Math3
  • UK Core - Social Sciences3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • 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 Elective3
  • Specialty Support3
  • Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
    • Total Sophomore Hours30

Junior Year

Fall Semester
  • CLD 320 - 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.

  • CLD Elective3
  • Specialty Support3
  • 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.

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

Senior Year

Fall Semester
  • CLD 430 - LEADING IN COMMUNITIES: VISION, ACTION, AND CHANGE3

    This course examines the nuances of leadership within communities. To learn what makes an effective community leader and the role a leader plays in community action, students will explore the importance of framing ideas, mobilizing resources, and developing social capital. This course expands on theories to highlight correlation with servant leadership, community behavior, and collaborative leadership styles. Finally, working with community visioning, change and ambiguity will reinforce the need for flexibility within the community leader’s toolkit.

  • Specialty Support3
  • Specialty Support3
  • Specialty Support3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
Spring Semester
  • CLD 490 - SENIOR CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN COMMUNITY AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT3

    One of the two senior capstone courses in Community and Leadership Development. Students will learn to integrate theories common to multiple social science contexts. Following critical analyses, students will learn to describe how these theories are applied within various situations. Presentations and applied research papers will be significant course components.

  • CLD 497 - SENIOR CAPSTONE PRACTICUM IN COMMUNITY AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT6

    A senior capstone course for seniors in community and leadership development. This is a cooperative educational program between the CLD majors at the University of Kentucky and approved employers who furnish facilities and instruction 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.

  • Elective3
  • Elective3
  • Elective3
    • Total15
    • Total Senior Hours30

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