PLC requires rigorous academic course work and strong communication skills. Our five required courses are designed and instructed to develop your leadership abilities and broaden your perspectives. Each course pushes you to grow academically, and introspectively and will challenge you to apply your leadership skills in new and increasingly creative ways. The sequence of the PLC curriculum is not meant as a beginning and end to your leadership education, but rather as a broad foundation from which you will continue your leadership growth beyond graduation. If desired, you will be able to earn a Leadership Studies Minor by completing the PLC curriculum and taking a required Leadership Capstone course to capture your leadership development and education here at CU Boulder.

At PLC, you are part of a small family of highly driven peers with a dedicated staff that offers you individualized support throughout your undergraduate experience. The challenge and support you get from the program and your PLC peers is immediate and lasting; providing guidance and reinforcement with everything from your academics to your social life, and from balancing your busy schedule to managing your new life on campus. Your community will extend to our Board of Advocates, the PLC Alumni Club, and many other friends & supporters of the program.

The best way to develop as a leader is to lead. Accordingly, PLC will provide you with opportunities to experience practical leadership through your Applied Leadership Experiences (ALE) process, community dinners, experiential weekends, student staff, and your other involvements both on and off-campus. At PLC, we recognize that the best way for you to learn how to both lead and follow is by experiencing both, inside and outside of the classroom.

PLC students strengthen their communities through a commitment to service. Leading is not about personal accolades, power, or the accumulation of wealth. Rather, we believe leaders serve noble purposes and serve others. We believe acting with humility and kindness drives positive change and inspires empathetic, compassionate leadership. Each PLC scholar must provide 10 hours of service each year in the program, totaling 40 hours of meaningful, philanthropic service for PLC, CU Boulder, the City of Boulder, Colorado, and beyond.

Inclusive Excellence

PLC fully embraces CU Boulder’s strategic goal of inclusive excellence, where the university becomes a place where diversity and an ingrained commitment to making excellence inclusive define its community and its work. PLC fulfills our committment to our pillars from an operational foundation of inclusive excellence. Click here to read our statement about Inclusive Excellence.