Leadership & Communications Minor

Leadership & Communications Minor

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Program Summary

Combining a minor with your major will enrich your degree and help open opportunities for you in the job market. Studies of organizations show that the 2 most important characteristics employers associate with success are communication and interpersonal skills. Employers want to hire competent, technical professionals who are also strong leaders, effective communicators, and top-notch people persons.

The Leadership and Communication minor provides focused coursework that strengthens your employability base by helping you build leadership and communication skills. These leadership and communication development courses are appropriate for students from every Nebraska college.

Students eligible for the leadership and communications minor:

  • Current University of Nebraska–Lincoln degree-seeking students enrolled in a Nebraska undergraduate program. (Minor is noted on your university transcript.)

Students who can enroll in leadership and communications minor courses but are NOT eligible for the minor (considered non-degree seeking students at Nebraska):

  • Inter-campus University of Nebraska students from UNO, UNK and UNMC.
  • Visiting students from other colleges and universities.
  • You should consult with your program advisor regarding transferability of courses to your college or university.

Program Courses & Options

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The leadership and communications minor provides an overview of the critical areas of communications and interpersonal skills in six courses (18 hours):

  • All courses are online.
  • Courses follow the same schedule as on-campus/classroom courses, including final exam week.
  • Textbooks or materials for courses are available through the University Bookstore.
  • Some of the courses fulfill Nebraska ACE requirements. You should consult with your university advisor to verify courses needed for your degree program.
  • Some online courses require on-campus testing on specific dates. Off-campus students may need to secure a proctor for testing in these courses.
  • For university degree-seeking students: there is no limit to the number of online courses you can take per semester. However, you should consult with your major advisor before enrolling.
  • For visiting students: there are limits to the number of online courses you can take per semester. Please review the information at Admissions on Visiting Student requirements and limitations.

Please check with Registration & Financial Aid offices to ensure:

  • Courses count toward your financial aid (e.g., scholarships, grants, loans, etc.).
  • Courses apply toward full- or part-time enrollment status for insurance and financial aid purposes.

Required Courses (18 Credit Hours)

Complete the 3 courses: (9 credit hours)

ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership (meets ACE 2 requirement) (3 credit hours)

ALEC 202 Leadership Development in Small Groups and Teams (3 credit hours)

ALEC 302 Effective Leadership in Organizations (3 credit hours)

Complete 3 additional courses chosen from the following: (9 credit hours)

ALEC 337 Instructional Internship in Leadership Development (3 credit hours)
For students who have taken ALEC 102 AND who have been selected as teaching assistants.

ALEC 407 Supervisory Leadership (3 credit hours)

ALEC 410 Environmental Leadership (3 credit hours)

ALEC 414 Class Figures in Leadership (3 credit hours)

ALEC 466 Leadership and Diversity (3 credit hours)

ALEC 477 Leadership and Motivation (3 credit hours)

Admission Requirements

If you are already admitted to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, you can begin by registering for semester-based courses through MyRED

Steps to Declaring Your Minor

If you are not a Nebraska student and wish only to take courses, you should apply as an inter-campus student (for those currently enrolled at UNO, UNK or UNMC), or a visiting student (for all others).

Steps to Declaring Your Minor

Take the following steps to initiate your enrollment with a leadership and communication minor:

1. Request a College-Degree-Major-Advisor (C-D-M-A) form be sent to you from the registrar's office at 402.472.3635. This form will need to be signed by the ALEC advisor, your campus advisor and the CASNR Dean's Office.

2. Contact the ALEC advisor to determine the courses you will need to take:

ALEC Advisor
L.J. McElravy, Ph.D.
300 Agricultural Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583-0709

3. Mail the C-D-M-A form to the ALEC advisor for his signature.

4. Request the ALEC advisor send this form to your campus advisor for their signature.

5. Request your advisor send the signed C-D-M-A form to the CASNR Dean's Office (Ag Hall 103) for a final signature.

Tuition & Fees


Per Credit Hour*


Per Credit Hour*

*Rates may differ slightly based on the college from which you take classes
and for any additional fees associated with special classes. Contact us with questions.


Online courses are taught by the same award-winning professors and researchers who teach on-campus classes.

Faculty advisors will help you choose courses that will define your personal and career goals while completing your degree.

See Leadership & Communications Faculty