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Organizational and Community Leadership

UD's Organizational and Community Leadership students pose for a group photo

Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration


Conceive It, Believe It, Achieve It


Are you the type of person who questions “what is” and want to become the type of person who can inspire and motivate others to achieve “what could and should be”? If you are, then the Organizational and Community Leadership major is right for you. Organizational and Community Leadership majors accept the challenge of leadership in an increasingly complex, global and fast-paced world. With strong backgrounds in communication, business, creativity, policy, decision-making, innovation, strategic planning and project management, our graduates are prepared to lead change that improves the lives of individuals and provides vision for the future growth and well-being of public, private, government and community organizations.

Areas of study

  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Teamwork
  • Communication Strategies
  • Innovative Decision Making
  • Strategic Leadership
  • Project Management

Career Options

  • Communication Production
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Nonprofit Lobbyist
  • Corporate/Community Relations
  • Financial Services Specialist
  • Strategic Analyst
  • Project Coordinator
  • Leadership Development Educator

Graduate Programs

  • Public Administration (MPA)
  • Business Administration (MBA)
  • Law
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Public and Corporate Communication


What’s special about this program?

Leadership is a team effort that requires you to understand other people and yourself, so our students gain deep insights into their own personalities, desires, traits and strengths. Classes are small and interactive to provide students ample hands-on opportunities to build skills and practice leadership strategies. Through partnerships with private, nonprofit and public organizations, students work side-by-side with professionals and community leaders to design and implement change strategies for organizational improvements. Faculty are dedicated to our students’ academic growth and their personal development, and are committed to providing effective academic advisement services.

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Independent Research

Service Learning

Study Abroad


Summer Fellowships

Legislative Fellowships

Honors Degree

4+1 combined Bachelor and Master's degree

Sample curriculum



First Year Experience



Intro to Microeconomics



Intro to Microeconomics

Seminar in Composition




Leadership, Integrity and Change



Global Contexts for Leadership



Perspectives on Leadership




First Year Experience

University Breadth Course



Foreign Language Course 107 or higher



Math Course


  Sociology Course



Introduction to Marketing

Oral Communications in Business



The Leadership Challenge




Presentation Strategies



Critical Thinking

Cont. Moral Problems



Elective Courses



Accounting/Finance Course



Univeristy Breadth Courses


  Communications Course

Law and Social Issues in Business



Leadership, Innovation and Creativity



Decision-Making and Leadership




Basic Statistical Practice



Advanced Statistics or Research Methods Course

Area of Interest Courses



Community Leadership Elective



Second Writing Requirement



University Breadth Course




Leadership in Organizations



Senior Capstone

Area of Interest Course



Nonprofit Leadership Elective



Discovery Learning Courses


  Elective Courses

Ready for the next step? 


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Career Outcomes