Completion of the Leadership Studies Minor requires students to take 9 credits of elective coursework across three categories:

Leadership Foundations

Courses focused on:

  • Moral and ethical reasoning
  • Ability to critically evaluate behavior
  • Improved decision-making of life choices

Leadership Application

Courses focused on:

  • Enhanced ability to function in a team
  • Building a team with a diverse perspective
  • Leading a team effectively to accomplish a shared goal

Leadership in Context

Courses focused on:

  • Historical and situational analysis
  • Critical evaluation of historical and contemporary leaders
  • Ability to connect leadership behaviors to organizational outcomes

One elective from each category is required and of the three electives, at least one course must be outside of a student's major.

Students are responsible for understanding any pre-requisites or conditions for chosen electives. 

Ideally, electives are taken sophomore through junior years and completed after taking LEAD 100 (Introductory Course) before entering the LEAD 4000 (Capstone course).

Leadership Foundations Elective Courses

Course Number Course Title
AIRR 3010* Air Force Leadership Studies I
ANTH 1200 Culture and Power
ARSC 2000 Ways of Knowing: Constructions of Knowledge in the Academy and Beyond
COMM 2400 Discourse, Culture & Identities
COMM 2500 Interpersonal Communications
COMM 2600 Organizational Communication
COMM 3410 Intercultural Communication
COMM 3420 Gender & Communication
COMM 3320 Persuasion in Society
EDUC 2400 Cultural Diversity and Awareness
EDUC 2919/ iNVS 2919 Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools 
ENLP 3100 Complex Leadership Challenges
ETHN 2001 Foundations of Comparative Ethnic Studies: Race, Gender, and Culture(s)
ETHN 2304 Introduction to Social Justice 
GEOG 3742 Place, Power. & Contemporary Culture 
HONR 1810* Honors Diversity Seminar
LEAD 2400 Power, Privilege & Oppression in Contemporary US Society
LEAD 2410 Dynamics of Privilege and Oppression in Leadership
MGMT 4040 Individual, Team, and Organizational Development
MILR 2031* Methods of Leadership and Management
NAVR 4020* Leadership and Ethics
PHIL 2140 Environmental Justice
PHIL 2220 Philosophy & Law
PHIL 2270 Philosophy & Race
PHIL 2290 Philosophy & Women
PHIL 3140 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 3180 Critical Thinking Contemporary Topics
PHIL 3200 Social & Political Philosophy
PHIL 3260 Philosophy & the International Order
PSCI 2004 Survey of Western Political Thought
PSCI 3084 Diversity, Disagreement, and Democracy: An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Democracy 
PSCI 4774 Free Speech - Dangerous Ideas
PSYC 2606 Social Psychology
PSYC 3456 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 3684 Developmental Psychology
SOCY 1021 United States Race and Ethnic Relations 
SOCY 2011 Contemporary Social Issues & Human Values
SOCY 2031 Social Problems
SOCY 2077 Environment & Society
SOCY 3171 Whiteness Studies 


Leadership Application Elective Courses

Course Number Course Title
AIRR 3020* Air Force Leadership Studies II
ANTH 2100 Frontiers of Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 4180 Anthropological Perspectives: Contemporary Issues
CESR 4000 Leadership Challenges: Exercises in Moral Courage
CESR 4005 Business Solutions for the Developing World
CESR 4828 Corporate Boards in Action
COMM 1300 Public Speaking
COMM 1600 Group Interaction
COMM 2410 The Practice of Intercultural Communication 
COMM 2650 Business and Professional Communication
COMM 3320 Persuasion in Society
CVEN 5564 Water Profession: Leadership and Communication
CVEN 5834 Water Profession: Management and Utility Finance
CVEN 5834 Managing Water Utilities: Current Issues & Future Challenges
EDUC 2500 Strategies for Social Change 

EDUC 2919/

INVS 2919

Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools 
EDUC 4610 Becoming a Learning Assistant 
EDUC 4620 LA Mentoring: Becoming a Mentor 
EMEN 4050 Leadership and Professional Skills
EMEN 4825 Entrepreneurial Business Plan Prep
ENLP 3000 Intelligent Leadership
ESBM 3700 Entrepreneurial Environments
ETHN 3015 Asian Pacific American Communities
ETHN 3026 Women of Color: Chicanas in US Society
ETHN 3201 Social Justice, Leadership and Community Engagement Internship 
GEOG 3682 Geography and International Development
INVST 1000 Responding to Social and Environmental Problems Through Service Learning
INVS 2989 Dialogue Across Difference
INVS 3302 Facilitating Peaceful Community Change
INVS 3931 Community Leadership Internship I
INVS 3932 Community Leadership Internship II
LEAD 1571 Topics in Leadership
LEAD 2910 Leadership Practicum 1
LEAD 2920 Leadership Practicum 2
LEAD 4932 Community Leadership in Action
MGMT 4010 Redefining the Employee-Employer Relationship
MGMT 4030 Managing Employee Reward Systems
ORGN 4040 Individual, Team, and Organizational Development 
PACS 3700 Communication and Conflict Management 
PRLC 1820* Leadership Foundations and Applications II
PRLC 2820 Multi-Level Issues in Leadership
PSCI 2106 Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
PSCI 3031 Political Parties and Interest Groups
PSYC 4136 Judgment & Decision Making
PSYC 4553 Women’s Mental Health
WGST 3302 Facilitating Peaceful Community Change

Leadership in Context Elective Courses

Course Number Course Title
ARSC 3100 Multicultural Perspectives and Academic Discourse
EDUC 3013 School and Society 
EMEN 4830 CU in D.C. Our Sustainable Future (Maymester)
ENLP 4000 The Empire of Modern Science
ETHN 2232 Contemporary African American Social Movements
ETHN 2536 Survey of Chicana/o History and Culture
ETHN 3403 Indigenous Rights and Red Power Movement
ETHN 3671 People of Color and Social Movements
ETHN 3701 Gender, Sport, and Culture
ETHN 3777 Inside-Out: Prison and Social Justice 
ETHN 4672 Seminar on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements
ETHN 4714 Sport for Social Justice 
GEOG 2002 Geographies of Global Change
GEOG 4712 Political Geography
HIST 2100 Revolution in History
HIST 2126 Issues in Modern U.S. Politics and Foreign Relations
HIST 2326 Issues in History of U.S. Society and Culture
HIST 4020 Topics in Comparative History 
HIST 4021 Athens and Greek Democracy
HIST 4031 Alexander the Great and the Rise of Macedonia
HIST 4048 Latin American Revolutions
HIST 4083 Revolution and Nationalism in Modern Ireland
HIST 4116 United States Diplomatic History, 1865-1939
HIST 4126 United States Diplomatic History since 1940
HIST 4146 US Military History since 1898
HIST 4166 The War in Vietnam and It's Legacy
INVS 4302 Critical Thinking in Development 
INVS 4402 Nonviolent Social Movements
LEAD 3100 Multicultural Leadership: Theories, Principles & Practices
MILR 4072* Officer Leadership & Development
MILR 4082* Leadership in a Complex World
NAVR 4010* Leadership and Management
ORGN 4040 Individual, Team, and Organizational Development 
PRLC 3800* Global Inquiry in 21st Century Leadership
PRLC 3810* Global Issues in Leadership
PSCI 2004 Survey of Western Political Thought
PSCI 2012 Intro/Comparative Politics
PSCI 2106 Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
PSCI 2223 Introduction to International Relations
PSCI 3011 The American Presidency
PSCI 3031 Political Parties and Interest Groups
PSCI 3041 The American Congress
PSCI 3163 American Foreign Policy
PSCI 4012 Global Development
PSCI 4173 International Organization
PSCI 4774 Free Speech - Dangerous Ideas
SOCY 3044 Race, Class, Gender, and Crime


* These courses are not available for open enrollment and/or require professor approval prior to registering.