Rural Leadership & Renewal

Rural communities routinely face a multitude of challenges, from economic stagnation, population decline, and environmental degradation, to public health crises, persistent systemic racism, and, in the case of many indigenous peoples, the continued effects of a long history of willful neglect. In the Rural Leadership & Renewal emphasis, you’ll learn how to create opportunities for overcoming these challenges through innovation in the public and applied humanities, agricultural production, e-commerce, environmental entrepreneurship, and sustainable tourism. In the process, you’ll develop skills in project planning, community enrichment, environmental stewardship, entrepreneurial strategy, innovation literacy, and intercultural competence.

Core Courses

  • PAH 200: Introduction to Applied Humanities (3 units)
  • PAH 201: Applied Humanities Practice: Techniques and Technologies for Public Enrichment (3 units)
  • PAH 372: Intercultural Competence: Culture, Identity, Adaptation, and Intercultural Relations (3 units)
  • PAH 383: Pre-Internship: Building Career Readiness (3 units)
  • PAH 420: Innovation and the Human Condition: Learning How to Improve Life in the Community and Beyond (3 units)
  • PAH 493: Internship (3 units)
  • PAH 498: Senior Capstone (3 units)
  • One elective (3 units) from the approved list.

Emphasis Courses

  • ALC 409: Team and Organizational Leadership (3 units)
    • Only available in Spring (Main Campus)
  • ALC 410: Community Innovation & Entrepreneurial Leadership (3 units)
    • Only available in Spring (Main Campus)
  • ALC 411: Principles and Applications of Organizational Innovation (3 units)
    • Only available in Fall (Main Campus)
  • ALC 422: Communicating Knowledge in Agriculture and the Life Sciences (3 units)
    • Only available in Fall (Main Campus)
  • ALC 499: Independent Study (3 units)

— and 1 additional course from among the following —

  • ALC 309: Leadership Principles and Practices (3 units)
  • AED 437: Methods of Facilitating Learning (3 units)
    • Only available in Spring (Main Campus)
  • ALC 497: Assessment of Early Stage Investment Opportunities in Agricultural and Life Science Innovations (3 units)