Public Leadership and Changemaking

Department: Social Inquiry
Delivery Method: On-Campus, Online
Type: Major

Our Bachelor of Science in Public Leadership and Changemaking is an interdisciplinary program that will prepare you to engage diverse groups to develop solutions to complex issues within local, regional, national and global communities. You will gain an understanding of systemic issues, and you’ll develop skills and gain real-world experience through a required internship, capstone courses and more. This major is unique in the region, making graduates highly sought after by nonprofits, planning agencies, civic and public agencies, Tribal government entities and many more.

This program is available in both on campus and distance learning formats. Students may join courses remotely via a synchronous learning “Room and Zoom” modality using the latest technology. A minor is required.

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Program Design

This program was developed in consultation with private and public sector leaders to prepare students to become professional advocates, public leaders and community change agents.



Benefit from UW-Superior’s many partnerships with local and regional organizations for research ideas, experiential learning opportunities, career networking and a required internship.

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Top Faculty

Work closely with faculty to plan your academic program, pursue field work, and conduct research.

What You’ll Learn

Through a major in Public Leadership and Changemaking at UW-Superior, you will be able to:

  • Understand key factors that may impact how systems and institutions function
  • Identify and apply a range of methods to facilitate change
  • Describe and compare how organizations engage in civic interventions
  • Recognize and analyze current complex issues and their historical roots
  • Describe characteristics of civic and social responsibility
  • Use a variety of communication tools to bring about change
  • Perform technical tasks like budgeting, grant writing, scenario planning, and report writing
  • Gather, evaluate and analyze information to understand an issue and inform a response
  • Work collaboratively with diverse partners to lead inclusive processes
  • Design and implement a concrete civic intervention

If I could define Public Leadership and Changemaking in a few words, I would say “life-changing” and “eye-opening.” This major is more than a typical bachelor’s degree. It is a compilation of the social sciences that care for human beings, their rights, and the development of society, while taking into account all races, minorities, religions, and backgrounds. If you want to make a positive change in society, this is the major for you!
Daniela Castiblanco Diaz,
Public Leadership and Changemaking
Public Leadership and Changemaking is a very nice major which could influence the whole entire world and which could make a huge impact on people’s life.
Kidest Mitiku,
Public Leadership and Changemaking

As a Public Leadership and Changemaking major at UWS, I have moved from being a lost non-traditional student trying to find their place in the world to someone with a focus on how they can be of service to it. I’ve gained a partner, lifelong friendships and a path forward in life.

John Cano,
Public Leadership and Changemaking

Program Outcomes/Career Opportunities

Graduates of this major will be “change makers” who are prepared for a wide range of career fields, including:

  • Community health
  • Sustainable management
  • Urban and regional planning
  • Social and community service
  • Community advocacy
  • Public relations and community engagement

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