Leadership Option

The Leadership Option is multidisciplinary, designed to develop students for training and leadership positions in organizations and agencies involved in the agriculture industry. The 120-hour curriculum focuses on the development of communication skills, teaching strategies, and leadership capabilities within various contexts in preparation for community roles.

Dr. Gina Matkin

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Dr. Gina Matkin
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Quick Points
College: College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
Hours Required 120
Minor Available Yes

What You'll Learn

Graduates of agricultural leadership, education and communication – Leadership Option will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of leadership theories, models, and behaviors to solve problems in agricultural and environmental sciences fields and beyond.
  • Develop competence to apply leadership skills at the individual, team and organizational/community levels.
  • Develop critical thinking skills to analyze and evaluate leadership issues in complex and global environments.
  • Develop a level of self-awareness as well as the cognitive and emotional ability to effectively work with and develop people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Develop and implement a personal plan for transfer of knowledge, skills, and behaviors gained to career/professional life via a guided capstone internship.

Career Outcomes

  • Extension Educator
  • Human Resources
  • Adult Leadership Training and Development
  • Youth and Team Development Coordinator
  • Non-Profit Work
  • Entrepreneur