The department offers several academic programs in the area of Leadership and Service.  At the undergraduate level, we coordinate the university Minor in Leadership and Social Change as well as Virginia Tech’s Residential Leadership Community.  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
  • Situational leadership
  • Path-goal leadership theory
  • Transformational leadership
  • Team leadership

For additional courses, check out the Undergraduate Catalog and the Graduate Catalog

Leadership and Social Change Mission Areas