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Leadership and Social Change Minor

The Social Change Model (Description and graphic from, reprinted with permission from the National Clearinghouse for Leadership Programs.)

The Leadership and Social Change Minor (ILRM) offers students a theoretical foundation combined with the practical knowledge and skills necessary to lead in a complex global work environment. 


ILRM will be of interest to students planning to pursue careers in a variety of different fields including non-profit organizations, government governmental and non-governmental agencies, industry, and educational sectors.

The Social Change Model:

Established in 1994, the Social Change Model approaches leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, and values-based process that results in positive social change. The model was built upon the following assumptions:

  • Leadership is socially responsible; it impacts change on behalf of others
  • Leadership is collaborative
  • Leadership is a process, not a position
  • Leadership is inclusive and accessible to all people
  • Leadership is values-based
  • Community involvement/service is a powerful vehicle for leadership

The model is sometimes called the “7Cs for Change” because it espouses seven values of leadership that occur on three dimensions with the goal of positive social change. Each dimension interacts with one another as shown in the model/graphic.

Admission Requirements for the minor:

  • Open to all Virginia Tech undergraduate students
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.50

Completion Requirements for the minor:

  • Completion of coursework from leadership core classes, social change electives, and a capstone project (19 credit hours total)
  • At least six hours of coursework to be completed at the 3000 level or above
  • Applications are reviewed in cycles by a panel of faculty members who teach courses for the minor. The next cycle of applications will be reviewed on March 25th & May 4th
  • Links to current check sheet and application are posted in the right-hand column of this page.
  • Questions? Contact Dr. Austin Council



Austin Council
175 West Campus Dr.
204 Litton-Reaves Hall
Phone: 540-231-8188

Why complete the Leadership and Social Change Minor?

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