The ALEC Department offers three minors that are designed to help you become a more effective leader and communicator in your future career. Whether preparing to be a leader in commerce and community, learning to share the story of science, or developing the leadership and critical thinking skills to effectively influence others, ALEC minors are value added to any major!
Leadership and Communication Minor
An 18-hour minor in leadership and communication is available through the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. Combining a leadership and communication minor with any degree strengthens students’ “employability” base by making them competent technical professionals who are also strong leaders and effective communicators.
Students earning a minor in leadership and communication will be able to:
- Competently apply leadership knowledge and skills at the individual, team and organizational levels.
- Develop a level of self-awareness as well as the cognitive and emotional ability to effectively work with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
- Develop leadership competencies to effectively communicate in a variety of contexts.
- Develop and practice using critical thinking skills related to leadership and communication in order to effectively influence others.
The 18-hour minor is comprised of upper and lower division courses. Click to view the course catalog for information on courses, department admission, and major requirements.
Leadership and Entrepreneurship Minor
The Leadership and Entrepreneurship minor is designed for students across University boundaries with interests in both leadership and entrepreneurship.
Increasingly, students will be required to formulate and develop trans-disciplinary solutions as professionals in their respective fields. Students completing this minor will be better prepared to utilize such trans-disciplinary approaches in effective problem solving, business creation, and community building, all of which are underpinned by innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership.
The vision behind this minor is to build integrative approaches to connecting the various disciplines through the creation of leadership and entrepreneurial capacity. Expected outcomes from a minor in Leadership and Entrepreneurship and course work can be found in the Undergraduate Course Catalog.
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Communication Minor
Learn to share the story of science through a 15-hour minor in agricultural and environmental sciences communication. Combining subject area knowledge from your major with communication frameworks, strategies and multimedia tools, you will learn to effectively communicate science to a variety of audiences. Students in this minor build knowledge and skills in visual literacy, media literacy, science literacy, and an increased understanding of issues related to communication, agriculture, natural resources, and the environment.
- Develop an understanding of the importance of communication in addressing global issues related to food, fiber, fuel, and water.
- Identify and analyze effective communication strategies for discussing challenging issues influencing science literacy.
- Create messages and campaigns about controversial scientific issues utilizing critical communication theories and frameworks, as well as multimedia tools and applications for increasing the science literacy of diverse audiences.
- Design, implement, and evaluate a communications project integrated into real-world science engagement contexts connected to CASNR disciplines that demonstrates an understanding of media literacy, science literacy, visual literacy, and digital citizen concepts.