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

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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