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Applied Humanities: Rural Leadership & Renewal Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts

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Quick Facts

Credits Required: 120
Cost Per Credit: $500
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Program Details

In the BA in Applied Humanities: Rural Leadership & Renewal emphasis, you will learn how to create opportunities for rural communities to overcome challenges such as economic stagnation, population decline, environmental degradation, persistent systemic racism, and public health crises.

You will be introduced to the principles and practices central to organizational innovation and leadership and develop skills in project planning, community enrichment, environmental stewardship, intercultural competence, and more. Through this emphasis, you will learn how to help revitalize and serve historically underserved yet vital communities.

The exploration of the public and applied humanities, agricultural production, e-commerce, sustainable tourism, and entrepreneurial leadership will equip you with the skill base necessary to be a leader of change. These invaluable skills have the potential to make an impactful difference within agricultural organizations that extend across educational, public, governmental, and industrial settings and environments.

The program involves a mandatory internship that can be completed remotely.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


Courses in this emphasis include:

ALC 409: Team and Organizational Leadership
ALC 410: Entrepreneurial Leadership in Agriculture and the Life Sciences
ALC 411: Principles and Applications of Organizational Innovation
ALC 422: Communicating Knowledge in Agriculture and the Life Sciences



Earning your Bachelor of Arts in Applied Humanities: Rural Leadership & Renewal Emphasis will build core skills, including:

  • Abstract and critical thinking
  • Analytical abilities­
  • Communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Flexibility
  • Innovation development
  • Leadership
  • Opportunity recognition
  • Organizational skills
  • Professionalism
  • Resource mobilization
  • Strategic planning
  • Storytelling
  • Teamwork/collaboration
  • Creative problem solving
  • Adaptability
  • Intercultural competence
  • Interdisciplinary problem solving
  • Iterative problem solving

Graduates of the Applied Humanities: Rural Leadership & Renewal program will be prepared to pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Entrepreneurship/Small Business
  • Extension Education
  • Community Development
  • Workforce Development
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Tourism
  • Arts and Culture
  • Governmental and Public Relations