University Studies (USAL/LED)


Academic advising  for all ALEC majors is now being serviced by AGLS Advising Center 2 at  where any of the advisors will be happy to assist you.

Current TAMU Students

To schedule an appointment please use the Navigate link in Howdy.


Students seeking transfer from another institution, and students seeking readmission, please select advisor based on major

University Studies-Leadership (USAL)



Welcome to the University Studies-Leadership website! Here you can find information for prospective students and helpful resources for our current students. Contact the AGLS Advising Center 2 if you have any additional questions.

What is University Studies-Leadership?

University Studies-Leadership is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program offered at Texas A&M University.  This program allows you the ability to customize your higher educational experience to suit your future career goals.

Each University Studies-Leadership degree plan consists of one concentration area (Leadership-24 credit hours) and 2 minors (15-18 credit hours each). Students in this degree program are able to gain a foundational knowledge of leadership theory and practice as well as the additional experience gained from the minor courses.

Graduates with University Studies-Leadership degrees pursue careers in profit and non-profit organizations, law, politics, public service, military careers, etc. Specific fields are determined by the students’ interest, which makes each University Studies-Leadership degree as unique as each of our students.

Coursework Credit
Leadership Theory & Practice
Students study leadership theory, team building, personal leadership development, change theory, and how to apply these theories and models in real-world situations. Students learn how to work with people and how to think organizationally.
Minor #1 15-18
Minor #2 15-18
University Core Curriculum 42
General Electives & Prerequisites 16-22
Total 120

Eligibility Requirements for USAL

Current TAMU Students

Change of major requirements can be found on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Change of Major Information website.

Change of major deadlines:

Eligible students will be allowed to initiate a change of curriculum request starting ten business days after final grades post and ending on the 20th day of the semester. Student must be notified of a decision regarding their change of curriculum request on or before ten business days after posting of final grades. The curriculum change will be effective for the next academic term (per Texas A&M University Student Rule 5 Change of Curriculum).

The change of major application is found in Howdy.  A helpful video on how to fill out the application can be found here.

The Essay portion is required.  All other questions should be directed to the USAL-LED advisor.

External Transfer Applicants
March 1—Summer/Fall
October 15—Spring

  • Must select USAL-LED as first choice major.
  • Must meet TAMU Transfer admission standards.
  • Must have completed less than 90 hours.

Less than 45 hrs: Must complete at least 21 hours of core curriculum including 1 core curriculum MATH.
45 hrs or more: Must complete all core curriculum.

  • Must discuss interest in Leadership and two potential minors in essay.

Readmission Applicants

April 1 – Summer

July 1 – Fall

November 1 – Spring

  • Must select USAL-LED as first choice major
  • Must be within the university academic deficiency thresholds based on classification
  • Must be away from TAMU for 1 full academic year if TAMU GPA is < 2.0
  • Must have at minimum a 2.5 GPA on coursework since leaving TAMU
  • Must have completed all University Core Curriculum
  • Must discuss interest in Leadership & your two desired minors in essay
  • Application will not be considered unless applicant has met with an advisor prior to application

For all UCC (University Core Curriculum) electives, use the current Texas A&M University Catalog available at

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