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Discover Your Leadership Potential

Leadership Minor

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in the world? Eager to contribute to meaningful change and help teams and organizations flourish? Position yourself for future career growth and opportunities by adding a Leadership Minor to your studies

Open to students across all majors, our Leadership Minor equips you with high-impact skills in communication, collaboration, emotional intelligence, values, social justice, ethics, and more. Taught through hands-on, experiential learning, you’ll make a real-world impact through service-learning and direct leadership practice.

Program Overview

  • Minimum 19 credits required
  • 9 upper-division credits in residence or approved education abroad/exchange
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.6 in minor courses


Why Choose Our Leadership Minor?

  • You will develop high-demand leadership skills
  • You will explore theories and ethics of leadership
  • We emphasize diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging
  • You will engage in hands-on, experiential learning
  • You will have real-world impact through service-learning
  • The program is customizable to fit your goals and interests


Leadership Core (Three required)

  • HD 205 [COMM] Developing Effective Communication & Life Skills (4 cr) or HD 305 [COMM] Developing Effective Communication & Life Skills for Transfer Students (3 cr)
  • HD 315 Leadership Theories and Practice (3 cr)
  • HD 415 [CAPS] Peak Experiences in Leadership (3 cr) or HD 416 Leading Change

Ethics (Choose one)

  • ASIA 320 [DIVR] Issues in East Asian Ethics
  • B_A 211 Ethics, Teams, and Innovation
  • COM 440 Media Ethics
  • CRM_J 450 [M] Senior Seminar: Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
  • CST_M 467 Ethics and Construction Management
  • MGMT 487 Business Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
  • NAV_SCI NAVAL Leadership and Ethics
  • NURS 309 Ethical Reasoning and Decision-Making Processes in Nursing
  • PHIL 103 [HUM] Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 360 [HUM] Business Ethics
  • PHIL 365 [HUM] Biomedical Ethics
  • PHIL 370 [HUM] Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 450 [HUM] Data Analytics Ethics
  • SPMGT 365 Ethics and Moral Reasoning in Sport
  • WGSS 462/PHIL 462 [M] Women and Ethics

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging (Choose one)

  • ANTH 220 [DIVR] Perspectives on Race
  • ANTH 316 [DIVR] Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • CES 101 [DIVR] Race and Racism in the United States
  • CES 291 [DIVR] Anti-Semitism
  • CES 440 [CAPS] Global Social Justice
  • CES 462 Race, Justice, and Food Ecosystems
  • CES 464 Racial Justice Movements
  • CES 489 [CAPS] Everyday Struggles for Justice and Equality
  • COM 321 [DIVR] Intercultural Communication
  • CRM_J 205 [DIVR] Realizing Justice in a Multicultural Society
  • H_D 350 [DIVR] Family Diversity
  • H_D 403 [CAPS] Families in Poverty
  • HIST/WGSS 399 [DIVR] Lesbian and Gay History: Culture, Politics, and Social Change in the US
  • NURS 455 [DIVR] Cultural Safety and Social Justice in Global Society
  • PSYCH 309 Diversity in Organizations
  • SOC 340 [DIVR] Social Inequality
  • WGSS 120 [DIVR] Sex, Race, and Reproduction in Global Health Politics
  • WGSS/ENGLISH/SOC 300/310/300 [DIVR] [M] Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
  • WGSS/SOC 385 [DIVR] Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

Leadership Electives (Choose one)

  • AERO 311 Leading People and Effective Communication
  • AMDT 440 Organizational Leadership
  • HBM 381 Hospitality Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • HD 334 [SSCI] Principles of Community Development
  • I_BUS 280 International Relations and Global Leadership
  • I_BUS 480 Advanced International Business and Leadership
  • KINES 315 Leadership in Recreation and Sport Activities
  • MGMT 301 Principles of Management and Organization
  • MGMT 315 Women in Management and Leadership
  • MGMT 401 Leading People and Organizations
  • MIL_SCI 301 Applied Leadership and Management
  • NAV_SCI 206 Naval Leadership and Management
  • NURS 405 Nursing Leadership
  • NURS 408 Professional Development III: Leadership and Management
  • POL_S 442 [M] Leadership Skills for the Public Sector
  • PSYCH 308 Organizational Psychology
  • SOC 341 Inclusive Workplace Leadership
  • UNIV 295 Introduction to Models of Leadership
  • UNIV 497 Peer Leadership

Leadership Experience (One credit HD 499)

Leadership Minor students must complete at least one applied leadership experience and one credit of HD 499 concurrently. Students must complete HD 315 and receive approval for their leadership experience by a Leadership Minor faculty advisor prior to enrollment in HD 499.

Please reach out to the faculty advisors Joe Hewa or Anna Whitehall for any questions about the Leadership Minor or to have your leadership experience approved and enroll in HD 499.