What You Will Study
As a Community Leadership major, you will explore cultural diversity and the organizations that various groups create to meet their personal, social, economic and development needs. You will develop your ability to conduct social research, and learn to analyze community issues and execute various strategies for addressing them. Through concrete action projects, you will develop your interpersonal, communication, problem-solving, analytical, and leadership skills. You will manage small groups, develop marketing strategies, refine your philosophy, write grants, review proposals for funding, develop social-change strategies, debate value questions, and develop your ability to influence the political process.
Off-campus professional internship
You will put your learning to work in at least one off-campus internship. Examples of recent internships include Future Milwaukee, Family Service America, Inc., United States Social Security Administration, Office of United States Senator Lena Taylor, Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN), Urban Ecology Center, Independence First, Southside Organizing Committee, Office of United States Senator Herb Kohl, and Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation.
Through various on and off-campus experiences, you will apply your learning in community-based settings. You may conduct organizational studies, program evaluations, and propose community development projects. You may be instrumental in social organizing, civic engagement, and developing strategies for addressing local political issues through effective lobbying. You may choose to do your internship in a local private or public organization, or take advantage of one of our national or international opportunities. Many of our students further their experiences in order to fully develop their social networks and build community relationships through Americorp, Public Allies, Emerge Wisconsin, and Future Milwaukee.