Community Leadership

If being involved in your community and helping people to realize their potential motivates you, a Bachelor degree in Community Leadership may be the right program of study for you.  This board-based program allows you to focus on the area of non-profit service.  Many Community Leadership courses emphasize applied learning through practical experience allowing students to emerge from this program with solid professional ties with non-profit organizations, governmental services, and/or tribal agencies. In addition, our Community Leadership program provides you with a combination of social science basics, communication theory, and non-profit business concepts to be an effective community leadership professional.

Mission Statement

The Community Leadership program engages students in civic interests, developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for professional careers of public service, guiding systems, managing change, and advancing egalitarian principles.

Learning Outcomes for Community Leadership, BA

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply foundational principles of communication studies to analyze and explain the dynamics of verbal, written, and nonverbal exchanges, from dyadic to mass communication, across cultural contexts.

  • Apply foundational principles of psychology and sociology to analyze and explain the dynamics of mental processes and behaviors, from interpersonal relationships to social settings, across cultural contexts.

  • Apply foundational principles of leadership studies to analyze and explain the dynamics of leader-follower interactions, exchanges, and relationships.

  • Apply foundational principles of civics and political science to analyze and explain the dynamics of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in a democratic society with a mixed economy.

  • Apply foundational principles of systems theory to analyze and explain the structure and processes of communities.

  • Apply foundational principles of change theory to plan and evaluate the transformation of communities.

  • Apply specialized knowledge and skills in non-profit management to guide organizations in mission implementation.

  • Apply specialized knowledge and skills in public administration to guide agencies in mission implementation.

    Learning Outcomes for Community Leadership, Minor

    Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply foundational principles of civics and political science to analyze and explain the dynamics of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors in a democratic society with a mixed economy.

  • Demonstrate deep understanding of critical theories explaining the dynamics of community structure and processes.

Bachelor of Arts Community Leadership - Minor Required

Learning Outcomes: Students will prepare a funding plan for a nonprofit or governmental organization. Students will research, analyze and propose a strategic development plan for a non-profit program. Students will conduct a simple program evaluation.

General Education Core33
Required Courses
CMLD 101Intro to Community Leadership (CAT IV)3
CMLD 260Fndtns of Non Profit Service3
CMLD 301Concepts in Comm Leadership3
COMX 412Communication and Conflict3
CMLD 355Assmnt & Dsgn Comm Programs3
CMLD 360Eval of Comm-Based Programs3
CMLD 401Seminar in Comm Leadership3
PSYX 100Intro to Psychology3
SOCI 101Introduction to Sociology (CAT IV)3
COMX 212Intro to Intercultural Comm (OR)3
Race, Gndr, & Ethnic Relations
COMX 210Communication in Small Groups3
PHIL 210Ethics3
COMX 320Prin of Organizational Comm3
WRIT 338Public Relations Writing3
ENGL 328Media Literacy3
With an Option in Nonprofit Managment
BUS 215Mngrl Plng Not-For-Profit Entr3
BUS 455Managing Not-For-Profit Org3
PSCI 411Nonprofit Grant Writing3
Cooperative Education
Option subtotal 15 credits
Or(/And) With an Option in Public Administration
PSCI 210Intro to American Government3
PSCI 260Intro to State and Local Govt3
Intern/coop education/omnibus
Option subtotal 15 credits
Minor21-30
Total minimum credits required for degree/minor120

Minor

Community Leadership

Learning Outcome: Students identify a community need, prepare a simple assessment to determine appropriate action, and then apply knowledge and skills gained in planning, problem-solving and community development to demonstrate foundational skills in addressing a community need. Activities may be carried out as a service-learning project, as feasible, or as a simulation of a community action project.

Required Courses
CMLD 101Intro to Community Leadership (CAT IV)3
CMLD 260Fndtns of Non Profit Service3
CMLD 301Concepts in Comm Leadership3
CMLD 355Assmnt & Dsgn Comm Programs3
CMLD 360Eval of Comm-Based Programs3
CMLD 401Seminar in Comm Leadership3
Select one of the following combinations of courses for an additional 6 credits:3
Option 1
BUS 215Mngrl Plng Not-For-Profit Entr3
BUS 455Managing Not-For-Profit Org3
Option 2
ENGL 328Media Literacy3
WRIT 338Public Relations Writing3
Option 3
PSCI 411Nonprofit Grant Writing3
Option 4
PSCI 210Intro to American Government3
PSCI 260Intro to State and Local Govt3
Option 5
ECNS 201Principles of Microeconomics3
ECNS 202Principles of Macroeconomics3
Option 6
COMX 210Communication in Small Groups3
COMX 320Prin of Organizational Comm3
Total minimum credits required for minor24