Rural Leadership & Renewal

PAH Rural Leadership


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)

Ready to Declare?

Thank you for your interest in Public and Applied Humanities. There are many benefits of majoring in Applied Humanities.

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Meet in person with the Applied Humanities advisor.

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Complete the online major declaration form (NetID required). An academic advisor will follow up with more information as soon as possible. Please note that there may be slight delays during registration and other periods during the semester. If you have any questions, please contact