Frequently Asked Questions

Are there grade minimums for the Leadership Minor?

There is no grade minimum for the leadership minor coursework, however if you are struggling academically in a minor course please do not hesitate to talk with a leadership minor advisor.

Can I count a class in my major or another baccalaureate core class in my Leadership Minor?

Yes, we allow students to count some classes that may be included in the primary major. 

Can I S/U a minor course?

You cannot S/U a course that is required for the minor. Occasionally students S/U a class prior to entering the minor, and in this case, assuming an “S” grade was earned, you can apply this to a leadership minor course. The Leadership Theory section should be traditional letter grades.

How do I add the Leadership Minor?

If you are ready to declare the minor, you need to set up an appointment with a leadership minor advisor. For questions or to set up an appointment please email: or phone: 541-737-2661. If emailing, please be sure to include your OSU student ID number and your phone number to assist us in scheduling an appointment. It is also important for us to know whether you are an Ecampus student or a Corvallis campus student.  To add the minor, you will need to complete an Undergraduate Change of Minor form available on the Registrar’s website. The minor advisor will sign and complete this form during your initial appointment:

How long does it take to complete the Leadership Minor?

On average, the Leadership Minor takes students one to two years to complete. The Leadership Minor includes a number of bac-core and upper division courses that fit within the requirements of various OSU majors; therefore, some students can complete the minor in a year.

How many credits are required to earn a Minor in Leadership?

The Leadership Minor requires a total of 28 credits. Eight credits in Leadership Theory, ten credits in Trait and Skill development, and ten credits in Applied Leadership development (experience based section). Often helpful toward degree progress, a lot of our coursework is upper-division (300-400 level).


How often do I need to consult with a Leadership Minor advisor?

The Leadership Minor advisors are here to help you be successful in the minor; therefore, we encourage you to contact us as often as you need. However, there are two expected points of contact:

  1. Prior to enrolling in the minor
  2. Prior to beginning your applied leadership development experience 
Is there a way I can petition to include an additional class in the Trait/Skill development section?

Yes, please fill out a petition form and contact your leadership minor advisor to turn it in and schedule a follow up appointment if needed. Click Here: PetitionForm.docx

Do I have to take the leadership minor courses in a sequence?

No. Although we traditionally encourage students to take the theory courses in the sequence (LEAD 242, LEAD 342) this is not required. However, a majority of coursework should be completed prior to enrolling in the LEAD 444 Leadership Minor Capstone Course.

I have prior military leadership experience. Is there a way to include any of this in the minor?

Yes. Part of our trait and skill development courses include ROTC classes. We would encourage you to petition for some of these credits. 

What are the learning outcomes for the OSU Leadership Minor?

For a complete outline of the OSU Leadership Minor's mission and learning outcomes, go to your "About Us" page. 

When should I take the LEAD 444 capstone course?

Ideally this course should be taken as your final Leadership Minor Course. If this proves difficult, please consult with a leadership minor advisor to explore options.

Are there options for fulfilling the Applied Leadership Development section?

Yes, the applied section can be completed with a combination of coursework and internship. View our Corvallis Campus Coursework or Extended Campus Coursework for more information. 

Can I complete multiple applied leadership development projects?

Yes, please complete the proposal process seperately for the multiple experiences.

Can I do the applied leadership development section in my hometown?

You may complete the applied component of the minor in almost any location or setting.  However, before moving forward with your experience remember, applied leadership development credits must be approved by submitting a proposal for the experience. Review our navigation tool on how to apply for the applied leadership development credits and have your experience provide. 

Please note: Due to state regulations,distance students cannot complete internships in Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Tennessee. Your leadership minor advisor can work with you on another type of meaningful experience if you live in one of these states.   

Can I get paid for my applied experience?

Yes, but not required.

Do I have to be in a leadership position for my applied experience?

No. As long as you can identify that you are developing leadership skills through the experience you do not have to be in a “positional” leadership role.

How far in advance can I complete the applied leadership development portion of the Leadership Minor?

The idea of the applied component is to build upon the work and knowledge you’ve obtained through leadership theory and trait/skill development. Generally, the applied leadership development credits should be taken after you have taken some trait/skill and leadership theory coursework. 

How many hours equate to how many credits?

The internships, service learning, and research credits are variable, meaning your approved credits will be based upon your time spent/involved with the experience. Generally, 1 credit is given for 33 hours of work. 

I completed a service learning/research project/internship prior to enrolling in the minor, can I count this?

No. We structure the applied component of the leadership minor so that you enter into the experience with defined leadership learning outcomes. Therefore, we do not count previous experiences. 

If I work already and feel my position and duties would apply, could I get applied leadership development credit?

Yes, we only request that you purposefully change/include a component of your position to develop new leadership skills.

I’m doing an internship for my primary major, can I use this for the leadership minor internship as well?

You should contact your leadership minor advisor and communicate with them. We will accept up to 5 credits of internship experience from another major or college; however, you must pre-approve the internship with us, and meet all of our leadership minor requirements in addition to the requirements of your home major or college.

The applied experience courses are ten weeks long; my experience is shorter/longer than that. What should I do?

This is common issue; please contact the course instructor as soon as possible to develop a plan.

Will faculty help me find an internship for my Applied Leadership Development requirements?

No, but we have developed resources to help you develop your experience. If you are still stuck after using these resources, please contact a leadership minor advisor. To access these resources you can Click Here: Resources

Is the Leadership Minor open to any OSU student?

The OSU Leadership Minor is open to all students from any department or discipline area.  Just like any OSU minor, it is designed to be taken by any OSU student and is not specific to agriculture. More importantly, the content is specific to leadership and can be applied to any academic content area.  Students participating in the minor come from every college at OSU: Engineering, Liberal Arts, Science, Business, and Public Health to name a few.

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Is there industry/business support for a Leadership Minor?

What is industry saying?  Corey Seemiller, author of The Student Leadership Competencies Guidebook, conducted a research study examining 97 difference professional business accreditation agencies. She examined the professional competency requirements listed by these 97 professional agencies and identified 60 different leadership competency areas clustered into seven categories of personal behavior, interpersonal interaction, learning & reasoning, civic responsibility, communication, strategic planning, and group dynamics.  All of these are essential areas for your professional success and all are key components of the OSU Leadership Minor. 

Why a minor in leadership?

Leadership development is an essential component to your professional success. Whether you are looking to land your first job, interested in advancing in your current profession, or interested in creating local, national, or global change, the leadership minor will empower you with the skills necessary to find success.