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A mix of classroom and experiential learning totaling 28 credits compose the Leadership minor. The bulk of the courses are designed to allow you to incorporate your interests and passions — whether it's landing your dream job, starting a business, volunteering in your community, or enhancing your current position, the minor allows these invaluable experiences to appear on your college transcripts in a manner that is verifiable and easily understood by employers.
These academic courses are designed to help you gain a deeper understanding of yourself and others through the study of ethics, cultural and social norms, and mechanisms for change at the personal and societal levels. With a focus on critical thinking, collaboration, and leadership theory, these courses culminate with a Capstone Seminar that requires you to synthesize leadership philosophy with the hands-on experience you will gain as you complete your work in the areas of Trait and Skill Development and Applied Leadership.
Courses that qualify for Trait and Skill Development help you strengthen your abilities of self-reflection and assessment within a structured academic environment. By focusing on diverse topics that can range from group dynamics to backcountry leadership, the courses within this area help you develop competency in multiple fields, while continuing to build your leadership abilities in varied environments. Designed to be flexible, the Trait and Skill Development area encourages you to seek out new perspectives from a wide variety of course subject areas.
There are three different course options within this area: Leadership Internships, Service Learning, and Undergraduate Research Experience. All three provide the opportunity to continue the development of your leadership education through practical, hands-on experiences in your areas of interest. This is a considerable portion of the minor and will need to be planned into your academic schedule in advance before applying for the experience. For more information on how to begin to apply for your experience, go to our Applied Leadership Development page!