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2019-2020 College of Liberal Arts (Admitted Fall 2019/Spring 2020) 
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Applied Leadership Minor

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Effective: Fall 2017

About the Program:

The minor program in applied leadership connects knowledge of the field of leadership studies with practical experience in the service of socially responsible action. This program seeks to educate leaders who understand the larger impact of their decisions and strive to align personal and organizational goals and values with a commitment to the well-being and stewardship of society. Its curriculum is designed to connect knowledge about leadership and practical experience in observing, building, and exercising leadership skills with ongoing opportunities for reflection on values and purpose.  

Using the knowledge base of the liberal arts to develop a practical set of career skills for students from all disciplinary backgrounds and intended careers, the core of Applied Leadership is multidisciplinary. It is designed to be relevant to the exercise of leadership in nonprofit, for profit, government, and community contexts. The program’s philosophy envisions leadership as a craft that encompasses skills and actions such as planning, collaborating, communicating, and mediating that are valuable in all forms of human partnerships and at all levels of organizational hierarchy.

Requirements for the Minor (20 credits)

No more than 8 credits taken for this Minor may be counted towards a Major.

I. Gateway Course (4 credits)

IV. Experiential Learning (6 credits)

  1. Select one Community-Based Learning class at or above the 200 level in any field (4 credits).
  2. Internship (2 credits)
    Must be approved by program director. You must arrange to shadow decision-makers at the internship site for 8-10 of the 70 hours required for this internship. The internship paper should emphasize three components of Applied Leadership:
    1. Analysis of ethical or value driven decisions observed or utilized
    2. Examples of the leadership skills observed or utilized
    3. Connecting internship experiences in a scholarly way to the field of leadership studies and best practices.

V. Capstone Leadership Project (2 credits)

  • (Fall Semester)
  • (Spring Semester)

  • The Capstone Leadership Project is an opportunity to implement an original leadership project that focuses on real world problems and has a socially responsible impact. Ideally, your project should develop from classes or research that you’ve already completed so that you have a strong theoretical background to scaffold its implementation.

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