Leadership & Communications, Minor

Minor in Leadership and Communications

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 18
  • $259.00
  • $830.00

Program Overview

The online Leadership and Communication Minor was designed to enhance a student’s understanding of the relationship between communication and leadership. 

Combining a leadership and communication minor with any degree prepares students by making them competent technical professionals who are also strong leaders and effective communicators.

Through this program, students will be able to: 

  • Apply leadership knowledge and skills at the individual, team and organizational levels. 
  • Develop a level of self-awareness as well as the cognitive and emotional ability to effectively work with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. 
  • Gain communication competencies to effectively advocate, negotiate and relate in a variety of contexts. 
  • Practice and apply critical thinking skills related to leadership and communication in order to effectively influence others. 

The program is offered through the UNL Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. 

Career Outlook: Students add value to their existing degree by increasing their leadership knowledge and skills through a leadership and communication minor. This minor complements a variety of undergraduate degrees and the additional skills in the areas of communication and leadership can increase a student’s employability, regardless of their career field. 

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Official transcripts from all previous schools

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete and submit the online application
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ALEC 102Interpersonal Skills for Leadership3
Introduction to the principles and practices of positive interpersonal relationships for leadership development. Self-awareness, awareness of others, effective interpersonal communication, and the building of trust relationships as a basis for understanding and developing leadership. An experiential approach, field projects and a supervised service project.
ALEC 202Leadership Development in Small Groups & Teams3
Leadership and followership skills in small groups and teams. Leadership dynamics which make team leaders and members influential and satisfied in both informal and work group settings. Leadership from the perspective of student practical experience. A shadowing experience and simulation exercise.
ALEC 302Effective Leadership in Organizations3
Prereqs: ALEC 202. Principle and process of effective leadership in complex organizations of society and commerce. Dynamic interactions of personal characteristics, technical skills, interpersonal influence, commitment, goals and power.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
ALEC 477Leadership & Motivation3
Classic and contemporary motivation theories applied to leadership in organizations and communities.
ALEC 414Class Figures in Leadership3
Prereqs: Junior standing. Requires extensive writing and oral presentations. Leadership theory in an applied context. Leadership analyzed through a variety of genres: autobiography, drama, fiction, tracts and treaties, speeches.
ALEC 466Leadership & Diversity3
Leadership theories and their applications to human diversity in organizations and communities. Prerequisites: Junior standing
ALEC 410Environmental Leadership0
Prereqs: Junior standing. Major leaders in conservation and ecology that emphasizes agricultural and cultural issues and relationships with the environment.
ALEC 407Supervisory Leadership3
Prereqs: ALEC 302. Knowledge and theoretical basis for practicing supervisors in a changing workplace where supervisors have increasing responsibilities due to the flattening or organizational structures, solving supervisory challenges in organizing and planning, problem solving and decision making, performance appraisal and leading a diverse workforce.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines