Community-Based Leadership Minor

Students will explore leadership as it is practiced in communities, organizations, and public institutions. Explorations of leadership as a critical activity for contemporary public life in a democratic society.

Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in minor classes required to receive minor degree.

Education Studies majors taking the minor may share up to 6 credit hours of program requirements which already count towards the CBL minor.

Program Requirements

(18 semester hours)

Required Leadership Courses
EDL 232Introduction to Community-Based Leadership3
EDL 351Leadership Ethics in Community Contexts3
Required Communications Course
Select one of the following:3
Writing with Purpose: Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Communication
Communication in Conflict Management
Journalism and American Life
Principles of Public Speaking
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Foundations of Campaign Design
Persuading Audiences
Select six hours of the following:6
Introduction to American Cultures
America: Global and Intercultural Perspectives
Identity, Race, Gender, Class
Critical Inquiry: Penny Lecture Series
Race and Ethnic Relations
(Dis)Ability Allies: To be or not to be? Developing Identity and Pride from Practice
Family School and Community Connections
Team Building Development - Facilitation & Group Dynamics
Introduction to Critical Youth Studies
Sociocultural Studies in Education
The Nature of Group Leadership
Youth, Media & Pop Culture
Transnational Youth Cultures
Sexuality, Youth, Education
Community-Based Research & Learning in Education
Children and Families: Ages Conception - 12
Adolescent Development in Diverse Families: Ages 13-25
Geography of Urban Diversity
Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation
Women, Gender, and the Environment
Urban and Regional Planning
Introduction to Public History
Strength Through Cultural Diversity
Games and Learning
Latin American Diaspora: Communities, Conditions and Issues
Revolution in Latin America
Theories of Civic Leadership and Democracy
Introduction to Nonprofits and NGOs
Introduction to Ethics
Contemporary Moral Problems
Creating Global Peace
EMPOWER I: Educational and Economic Justice and Service-Learning
EMPOWER II: The Intersections of Race, Class, and Education
Sociology in a Global Context
Sociology of Gender
Self and Society
Media, Advocacy & Social Change
Special Techniques for the Actor
Introduction to Women's Studies
The following upper level courses may also be selected as electives but require prerequisites:
Family Poverty
Disability in Global and Local Contexts
Family Policy and Law
Citizenship and the City
Social Justice and Change
Systems of Justice
Social/Political Activism
Women and Difference: Intersections of Race, Class, and Sexuality
Engaged Learning Practicum
The department strongly supports student participation in immersive learning opportunities. Elective credits can also be earned through participation of the following (credit cannot be granted retroactively):
EDL Independent Study Course
EDL Independent Study Research Course
Required Culminating Course
EDL 464Community-Based Leadership and Change3
Total Credit Hours18

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