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About the Leadership Studies Minor

The Leadership Studies Minor/LSM-Honors prepares career-ready, self-authored leaders through a holistic academic curriculum including increasingly complex coursework, coached experiences, and skills development that culminates in a Senior Capstone project.

The trans-disciplinary Leadership Studies minor offers a 12-hour curriculum of applied leadership education and is open to students of every major.

Hallmarks of the Leadership Studies Minor

Leadership Experience. Students of the minor engage in intentionally structured educational experiences exploring leadership concepts, theories, and models as applied to collegiate individual, group, organizational, and community settings. These experiences emphasize global intercultural perspectives alongside the ethical, intercultural, and communication dimensions of leadership including group dynamics, conflict management, vision casting, values clarification, mentorship, and more.

Faculty, Peer, and Community Networks. The minor provides ample opportunities for faculty engagement, which enables students to meet increasingly complex learning outcomes. Students gain experience through 30-plus hours of a Coached Leadership Practicum, and apply scholarship and leadership knowledge within a self- or faculty-directed senior capstone project.

The Leadership Studies minor network of instructors, administrators, student leaders, alumni, and community members also work closely to coach students through 60+ hours of personalized leadership development.

Throughout LSM coursework, students learn and interact with their peers initially in small course sizes that evolve toward the end of the program to opportunities to work more and more independently.

Career-Ready Skills. At the time of their graduation, students will graduate from the minor having developed a personal leadership philosophy and framework, a capacity to apply critical thinking skills, and a profound ability to hone their leadership style while identifying areas of application. Leadership Minor students graduate as leadership scholars who understand recognize, critique, and apply leadership frameworks and theories in real world situations.

At the conclusion of the minor, students have developed a personal leadership framework that fosters an in depth understanding of oneself and leadership style, thus preparing them for lifelong leadership development and self-awareness.

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