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Leadership Studies

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The Minor in Leadership Studies provides a strong foundation of coursework and experiences for undergraduate students who seek to study, understand and apply the principles of leadership in their current activities and, eventually, in their careers. Complementing their major field of study, students earning the Minor in Leadership Studies will be well-prepared to enter the public, nonprofit or private sectors. The Minor in Leadership Studies is awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Completion of the minor will be noted on the student's transcript.


  • Develop students’ leadership capacity—which encompasses individual-level capabilities of self-awareness, integrity and commitment; group-level capabilities of collaboration, shared purpose and handling controversy with civility; and community-level capabilities of citizenship and civic responsibility.
  • Provide opportunities for students to study leadership by learning effective communication practices, organizational theories, ethical principles, an appreciation of diversity, intrapersonal development and the value of community service.
  • Cultivate students’ understanding of social empowerment and social justice to create positive and sustainable change.
  • Challenge students to critically examine leadership at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, team, organization and society levels.
  • Bring students into contact with community leaders and faculty members from diverse academic departments, backgrounds and leadership experiences.
  • Prepare students to undertake leadership roles in their careers and in service to their community through coursework and co-curricular engagement.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Minor in Leadership Studies, students will be able to:

  • Recognize leadership as a set of skills, knowledge and attitudes that can be learned.
  • Understand traditional and emergent leadership theories and apply them in practice.
  • Comprehend key concepts of communication theories, organizational theories, contemporary diversity issues and ethical principles.
  • Practice and evaluate their own capacity to lead effectively within teams, organizations and diverse communities.
  • Develop and implement plans for continually improving their leadership capacity.
  • Demonstrate proficiencies in written and oral communication.


The Minor in Leadership Studies requires 15 credits. At least 9 credits must be taken in courses numbered at the 300-level or above. At least 9 credits used for the minor cannot be used to meet any other department, college or university requirement for the baccalaureate degree except to satisfy the total credit requirement for graduation and to meet credit requirements in courses numbered 300 or above. Courses for the minor cannot be taken on a pass/not-pass basis. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required in courses taken for the minor. The program requires the completion of 15 credit hours through 3, 3-hour required courses in leadership, speech communication and organizational theory. An additional 6 credit hours come from approved leadership electives.

Core Courses: Choose 9 credits from the following required core courses.

CL PS 322Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society3
SP CM 312Business and Professional Speaking3
MGMT 371Organizational Behavior3

 Leadership Electives: Choose 6 credits from the following.

AESHM 211Leadership Experiences and Development (LEAD)3
AESHM 379Community Leadership: Examination of Social Issues3
AESHM 421Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential3
AGEDS 315Personal, Professional, and Entrepreneurial Leadership in Agriculture3
CL PS 122Leading with Purpose1
CL PS 270Campus Leadership Development3
CL PS 333Women and Leadership3
CL PS 488Research on Women and Leadership3
COMST 218Conflict Management3
COMST 313Leadership Communication Theories3
ENGR 150Foundations of Leadership Development and Learning1
ENGR 350Dean's Leadership Seminar1
ENGR 490LIndependent Study1-3
I E 570Systems Engineering and Project Management3
M E 412Ethical Responsibilities of a Practicing Engineer3
M E 484Technology, Globalization and Culture3
MGMT 370Management of Organizations3
MGMT 419Social Responsibility of Business3
MGMT 472Management of Diversity3
NREM 112Orientation to Learning and Productive Team Membership2
NREM 114Developing Responsible Learners and Effective Leaders2
PHIL 235Ethical Issues in A Diverse Society3
POL S 480Ethics and Public Policy3
PSYCH 450Industrial Psychology3
SOC 464Strategies for Community Engagement3

 For more information contact the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, 309 Catt Hall, 515-294-3181, , or visit http://cattcenter.las.iastate.ed/leadership/