The department offers several academic programs in the area of Leadership and Social Change.  At the undergraduate level, we coordinate the university Minor in Leadership and Social Change as well as Virginia Tech's Leadership and Social Change Residential College.  At the graduate level, we coordinate a Graduate Certificate Program in Collaborative Community Leadership.  Example courses offered by the department include:

LDRS 1015/1016 - Exploring Citizen Leadership

This two-semester interdisciplinary course offers an introduction to citizen leadership.  1015 explores traditional and contemporary leadership theory and competencies by comparing cultural contexts of leadership.  1016 introduces leadership praxis (action and reflection) as a method of research and service designed to continually refine leadership theory competencies, and values.

ALCE 3014 - Leadership for Professionals in Agricultural Organizations

This course is designed to assist students in developing knowledge and understanding of leadership theory and basic skills required to perform effectively in leadership positions within agricultural community situations.

ALCE 5154 - Partnerships and Volunteerism

Students will explore current volunteer development models, collaboration process theory, and key management areas including:

  • Visioning
  • Organizing a partnership or collaboration
  • Creating motivating volunteer positions
  • Recruiting, screening, and interviewing; orientation and training
  • Supervising
  • Evaluation
  • Retention and Resolution
  • Risk Management
  • Measuring Program Effectiveness

LDRS 5454 - Leadership Foundations for Diverse Contexts

Identification and definition of leadership in formal and non-formal education settings, communities, and organizations are the foundations of this course. Focus leadership theories include:

  • Trait leadership
  • Skill-based leadership
  • Situatioinal leadership
  • Path-goal leadership theory
  • Transformational leadership
  • Team leadership


For additional resources, check out the Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog.

Leadership and Social Change Mission Areas