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About the Leadership Minor

The university-level Leadership Minor provides students the skills and knowledge needed to become leaders demonstrated by an ability to apply ethical frameworks to varied settings and situations, respect others, and do what is right even if it is more difficult. The minor in leadership focuses on leadership practice with a grounding in leadership theory. Thus, the minor’s 15 credit hour curriculum consists of six hours of foundational courses in leadership theory, six hours of practice-focused courses that allow students to develop depth or breadth in areas that support their professional goals, a three hour capstone experience that requires a leadership practicum, and a required reflection. Undergraduate Studies’ units have modified services available to students enrolled via distance education, at branch campuses, or at other instructional locations.

Leadership Minor Courses

Who is allowed to sign up for the Leadership Minor?

All undergraduate students, regardless of major, can sign up for the Leadership Minor (LEAD).

How do I sign up for the Leadership Minor?

There is no special form – simply ask your advisor to sign you up for the LEAD minor.

Does the Leadership Minor have any final requirement?

Yes, students will be asked to take a zero-credit “Directed Studies” course in which they can critically reflect on their experiences.

What is covered in the Leadership Minor?

“Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” – Steve Jobs

The Leadership Minor includes over 50 courses from which students must complete 15 hours. What does “leadership” look like in different academic disciplines? Here are a few unique offerings:

Contemporary Moral Issues

PHIL 111: Representative ethical positions and their application to contemporary social problems.

Military Studies
Tactics and Leadership Theory I

MLSC 221: Dimensions of creative and innovative leadership strategies through team dynamics and leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework (trait and behavior theories); infantry tactics, techniques and procedures…

Agricultural Leadership and Development
Cultural Pluralism in Agriculture

ALED 422: Selected topics on the diversity of human resources in agriculture; emphasis on working in a multicultural society & developing a sensitivity toward different cultures; explores the interrelationships between the contributions of diverse…

Sport Management
Introduction to Leadership in Sport Organizations

SPMT 230: Attainment and application of leadership skills in the sports setting; analysis of sports leaders and their styles; ethics in sport leaders; preparation to work in youth sports institutions; youth community agencies…

Leadership: Not Just a Core Value

The Minor covers a wide variety of aspects of leadership, including:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Followership
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Leadership Context
  • Mission, Vision, and Goals
  • Navigating Change
  • Sense of Self and Others
  • Teams and Groups

Questions about the Leadership Minor?
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