The Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education at Virginia Tech is committed to preparing students for success in professions that apply agricultural content to social settings.  We offer a major in Agricultural Sciences (AGSC), a minor in Leadership and Social Change (ILRM), and a minor in  Teaching and Learning in Agriculture.

Our Agricultural Sciences students will experience an interdisciplinary program of study designed to address the growing needs of today’s evolving agricultural and food systems.  Students may enroll in one of two options: Teaching and Learning in Agriculture, or Community Leadership and Development. The Teaching and Learning in Agriculture option is for individuals pursuing a career related to the education of youth and adults regarding agricultural concepts. The Community Leadership and Development option is for individuals interested in non-formal education and leadership development to improve the sustainability of communities across Virginia and the United States.

The Leadership and Social Change minor is available to students of all majors across the university. The minor embraces a commitment to diversity and an agenda for social change that crosses all disciplines of study. The Leadership and Social Change minor requirements include three core classes in leadership theory and practice and three courses from a list of restricted social change electives. Students in Virginia Tech’s Leadership and Social Change Residential College complete two of the core classes as part of that program.

For additional information about the Agricultural Sciences degree, or the Leadership and Social Change minor, contact the department's advising office by calling 540-231-6836 or emailing Dr. Curtis Friedel.


214 Litton-Reaves Hall (0343)
Blacksburg, VA  24061
(540) 231-6836

Michelle Greaud
Undergraduate Coordinator

Curt Friedel
Undergraduate Director


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Prospective Students

Students interested in applying for one of our programs should work closely with the University’s Undergraduate Admissions office and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

If you are a transfer student, refer to the department’s Transfer Guide.