Leadership Studies

The minor in leadership studies is based on a broad cross-disciplinary philosophy of leadership. The goal is to prepare students for leadership roles and responsibilities. The minor will provide students with opportunities to develop and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership that includes understanding of self, others, and community as well as the acceptance of responsibility inherent in community membership. The curriculum is focused on expanding students’ knowledge, skills, and understanding of specific leadership theories, concepts, and models in applied settings.

The minor includes the following three areas: education that consists of exposure to leadership theories, concepts, and models; leadership training that is directed at skill areas in leadership; and developmental aspects that require academic and co-academic experiences and reflection intended to empower students to mature and develop greater levels of leadership complexity, integration, and proficiency.

To declare a minor in leadership studies, a student must first visit the Center for Student Leadership Development (CSLD) in the Memorial Union to begin the enrollment process, and then inform his or her major academic advisor. A program advisor will facilitate the student’s process through the minor, and help assure that class, internship, and portfolio requirements are completed.

Leadership minors must complete 18 or more credits related to leadership offered by more than one department. Requirements include a core of nine credits as follows: 1) a choice of an introductory course (HDF 190 or HDF 290); 2) a choice of a capstone course (BUS 441/COM 402 or HDF 412); 3) an internship with specific requirements including conceptual understanding, skill development through experience and feedback, and personal awareness, assessment, and growth; each internship requires 80 hours of fieldwork; the specific internship course will depend on the student’s particular major or depend on the specific supervisor and/or advisor for the internship site; 4) a one-credit portfolio course. The portfolios are multidimensional collections of work that reflect the students’ experiences in and out of the classroom as they relate to leadership knowledge, training, and experiences. The student’s program advisor will work with the student on the development of the portfolio as an ongoing project.

Students will also choose nine elective credits from several approved courses. Other courses may be appropriate and may be added to this list with the approval of the Leadership Advisory Committee: AAF 300; BUS 340, 341, 342, 441, 442, 443; COM 100, 202, 208, 210, 220, 221, 302, 308, 322, 351, 361, 383, 385, 402, 407, 413, 421, 422, 450, 451, 461, 462; CSV 302; GWS (WMS) 150, 310, 350; HDF 190, 290, 291, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416, 417, 437, 450; HPR 118, 203, 412; KIN 375; MSL 201, 202, 301; PSC 304, 369, 504; PHL 212; SOC 300/GWS (WMS) 350; THE 221, 341.

Visit mu.uri.edu/leadership for a complete, up-to-date list.

For more information on this minor, contact the Center for Student Leadership Development, Memorial Union, room 210, 401.874.5282.