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Leadership Minor

Develop the leadership skills employers value and you'll use every day as you advance in your career. Learn to work in interdisciplinary teams. Study how organizations work and how you can make them more effective. Our leadership minor pairs well with any major — business, communication, education, recreation and more.

Program Highlights

In the leadership studies minor, you will:

  • Take courses emphasizing service learning and practical experiences.
  • Finish your program with a field study project in leadership, either on-campus or in the community.
  • Further your understanding of leadership theory and how it connects to your personal leadership experiences.
  • Become part of the first academic minor in leadership offered by a four-year public university in the state of Michigan.

Leadership minor coursework

The Leadership minor is a 24-credit-hour interdisciplinary program that includes both theoretical and experiential components. The major objective of the program is to educate students for and about leadership and prepare them to acquire leadership positions in their community and profession. The minor complements a wide variety of academic programs such as: recreation, parks and leisure services, business, health professions, communications, psychology, political science, and education. The Leadership Minor is administered by the Department of Recreation, Parks and Leisure Service

Required courses I (12 credit hours)

COM 461: Communication in Leadership 

LDR 200: Introduction to Leadership

LDR 302: Field Experience in Leadership

LDR 499: Contemporary Issues in Leadership

Required courses II (3 credit hours)

Selection one of the following:

PHL 118L: Moral Problems

PHL 318: Business Ethics

Elective courses (9 credit hours)

Select three (3) courses from the electives listed below, representing at least two (2) different designators. Students should meet with an advisor in the leadership program for consultation on selecting elective courses. Elective courses are designed to help students explore and understand human behavior and development; interpersonal and group interaction; and view leadership in a social, political or historical context.

BCA 210: Revolutions in Mass Media: From Gutenberg to Zuckerberg and Beyond

BLR 310: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Business

CGL 145 / IGR 145: Racism and Racial Justice through Dialogue

COM 195: Intercultural Communication

COM 264: Communicating in Workplaces and Volunteer Organizations

COM 267: Introduction to Debate

COM 353: Small Group Communication

HDF 100: Lifespan Development

HSC 203 WI: Leadership for the Health Professions

HSC 520: Health Services Administration

HST 110: The American Experience

HST 312: American Military Experience

HST 325: 'By Any Means Necessary': African American History, 1877-Present

MGT 348: Dynamics of Organizational Behavior

MSA 501: The Emotionally Intelligent Organization

PSC 101: Political Behavior

PSC 105: Introduction to American Government and Politics

PSC 125: African-American Politics

PSC 275: Great Political Thinkers

PSC 321: The American Chief Executive

PSY 100: Introduction to Psychology

PSY 330: Social Psychology

PSY 336: Psychology of Work

PSY 340: Studies in Personality

RPL 205: Outdoor Leadership

RPL 206: Recreation Activity Facilitation

SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology

SOC 221: Social Problems

WGS / PSC 326: Women and Politics

Note: You may only count one of PSY 330 or SOC 201

Total: 24 semester hours