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Agricultural Education and Communication

Agricultural Education and Communication

  

Students in the leadership minor will develop fundamental skills, capacities, and knowledge necessary to assume leadership, supervisory, or management positions in public, private, and non-profit organizations. Because the minor is interdisciplinary, it draws on the expertise of faculty and staff in colleges across the campus including Agricultural and Life Sciences, Business Administration, Health and Human Performance, Journalism and Communications, Psychology, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The leadership minor is the only selective university-wide minor at the University of Florida. In order to be considered, students must meet the requirements below and fill out an application.

Requirements

In order to be considered for the leadership minor, students must fill out an application before they complete 90 credit hours* in their respective program of study. Additionally, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to be admitted. The minor is open to all University of Florida students.

The minor will only be conferred for a student if they meet the following criteria after acceptance in the minor:

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken in the minor
  • Earn a B or higher in AEC 3414: Leadership Development
  • Complete 15 hours of coursework in approved leadership minor courses

Apply

Applications for the spring (2020) should be submitted by 11:59PM on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 via the online application portal.

Before completing the application, please be sure to have your UFID, number of coursework hours completed and GPA available. The application consists of basic information such as that previously listed, as well as the following three essays. Each essay should be no more than 400 words.

  • Describe your previous leadership experience. Expand on opportunities you have had and positions you held. Include all relevant experiences (high school clubs, teams, collegiate organizations, work experiences or internships).
  • Describe your current leadership experiences. Expand on your current involvement with leadership (formally or informally). Discuss leadership positions you currently hold and include all relevant experiences (collegiate organizations, volunteer work, internships or work experiences).
  • Envision your future. What potential do you have to create influence through leadership? How do you see a minor in leadership contributing to your personal development?

Additional information prompt:

  • If you are aware of any extenuating circumstances which make you ineligible, please elaborate on this issue. This could be in reference to GPA requirements, total hours earned, etc.

Students will be evaluated and selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Minimum application requirements met (cumulative GPA of 3.0 and less than 90 credit hours* earned)
  2. Overall quality of his/her personal essays
  3. Overall quality of the application in comparison to their peers' applications

*90 credit hours is a parameter that prevents students from delaying graduation in an effort to earn the minor. However, if completion of the minor will not delay your graduation, this requirement can be waived. If this scenario applies to you, please note it in your application. 

Next Steps (after applying)

What happens to the application once it is submitted?

Upon completing the application through the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication, your application will be reviewed within two weeks of the next application deadline passing. Applications are reviewed twice per year. You will receive a confirmation only that your application has been received at the time of submission. After the deadline passes, your application will be reviewed within two weeks and you will be sent email notification of the admission decision with further instructions.

What happens once I have received notice of admission to the minor from an AEC representative?

Once admitted to the minor by AEC, an advising note will be added to your student record showing admission. You will be required to complete the “Add a Minor” form, which is found on the university registrar page. The form requires a signature from the college in which you are majoring as well as the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS). The CALS Dean’s office representative will not be able to sign the completed form unless you have been accepted by AEC and an advising note has been included in your student record. Once the form has been signed by both the college in which you are majoring and CALS, then you must return the form to the registrar’s office for processing. At that time, the minor will be added to your degree audit. Please direct any questions about this process to the AEC adviser for all minors and certificate programs, Becky Raulerson (beckyraulerson@ufl.edu).

Why can't I just complete an "Add or Cancel a Minor" form?

The leadership minor is the only selective university-wide minor at the University of Florida. In order to be considered, students must meet the requirements and complete an application through the Department of Agricultural Education and Communication first.