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.

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

Potential Career Pathways

  • Lawyer*
    2016 Median Salary: $118,160 per year
    Job Outlook: 6%
  • Fundraiser
    2016 Median Salary: $54,130 per year
    Job Outlook: 9% (faster than average growth)

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics 
*Post-graduate work required

Student Groups Associated with this Program

Our college supports dozens of organizations to help students apply their learning outside the classroom and gain valuable work and leadership experience.  To learn more about the organizations listed below, click here.

Pre-Professional Tracks

The College of Agriculture, Food and Environment has specialized advising services for students planning to attend professional school (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Law, etc.).  

In addition to helping students fulfill foundational coursework, the college's pre-professional advisor also helps student secure relevant experience such as internships, volunteer opportunities, and job shadowing positions. 

For more information on the college's pre-professional advising, click here.