Community Leadership Program
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The Community Leadership degree program is designed to prepare you for community leadership, service, development, social change, organizing, and research. It enables you to act more effectively on your commitment to a better society by helping you systematically develop concrete skills for collaborating with others in organizations to achieve social change.
The program draws on interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches to managing community problems. You will learn how to assess problems, identify assets, and develop financial skills, at the level of communities and organizations. This will allow you to plan and implement proposed solutions for improving community life, and to evaluate the efficiency of the results. Courses are a combination of sociology, political science, community development, business, management, leadership, and communication. You will develop an understanding of your individual leadership style and consider the ethical implications of your work and how to integrate these with a community perspective. The result allows students to engage first-hand in the process of effective citizenship.
This program prepares students with the skills necessary for leading non-profits, organizing, program evaluation, grant writing, mobilizing, and community development.
Community Leadership Major
As a Community Leadership major, you will explore cultural diversity and the organizations that various groups create to meet their personal, social, economic and development needs. You will develop your ability to conduct social research, and learn to analyze community issues and execute various strategies for addressing them. Through concrete action projects, you will develop your interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, analytical, and leadership skills. You will manage small groups, develop marketing strategies, refine your leadership philosophy, write grants, review proposals for funding, develop social-change strategies, debate value questions and explore social justice, and develop your ability to influence the political process through effective citizenship.
Community Leadership Minor
As a Community Leadership minor, you can enhance your major with the opportunity to explore your individual leadership style along with opportunities in the non-profit sector. You will develop your ability to conduct social research, and learn to analyze community concerns while developing various strategies for addressing social issues Through concrete action projects, you will develop your interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, analytical, and leadership skills. You will learn how to identify needs, develop and implement social-change strategies, and develop your ability to influence the political process through effective citizenship.