Established in 1994, the Social Change Model approaches leadership as a purposeful, collaborative, values-based process that results in positive social change. The Model was built upon the following assumptions:
Leadership is socially responsible. It impacts change on behalf of others.
Leadership is collaborative.
Leadership is a process, not a position.
Leadership is inclusive and accessible to all people.
Leadership is values-based.
Community involvement/service is a powerful vehicle for leadership.
The Model is sometimes called the 7Cs for Change because it espouses seven values of leadership that occur on three dimensions with the goal of positive social change.
Admission Requirements for the Minor
The Leadership and Social Change minor is open to all Virginia Tech undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50. However, admission is competitive. Applications will be accepted at the end of each semester. The limit on the number of students admitted to the minor will be based on enrollment capacities in the two required courses: LDRS 1414 Citizen Leadership and LDRS 4044 Leadership Studies Capstone.
The Leadership and Social Change minor requires satisfactory completion of coursework from a leadership core & electives, social change electives, and a capstone project, for a total of 19 credit hours. Specific selections and requirements within each area are posted below. In addition, the following requirements must be met:
At least 6 credit hours of coursework need to be at or above the 3000 level.
A 2.0 GPA across all courses taken in the minor is required for graduation.