Columbia College offers a Minor in Leadership Studies which includes formal coursework and experiential learning. Areas of emphasis include historic and contemporary models of leadership, issues of social context, ethics, cultural and self-awareness, critical thinking, decision-making, strategic planning, group communication, and an understanding of the social importance of service.
The requirements for a Minor in Leadership Studies includes 16 hours of coursework as outlined below.
Required Courses (10 semester hours)
- LEAD 101: Leadership in Context (1 s.h., offered Spring Semesters)
- Students will be introduced to the real-world practice of leadership in a particular career context. Content will focus on personal and professional leadership skills and behaviors necessary for career success.
- LA 201: The Sophomore Experience: Gender, Diversity & Social Justice (3 s.h.)
This course is already required of students, and offers a range of perspectives on the work, class, and lives of women and men in our local, national and global communities.
- LA 301: Women, Leadership, & Social Change (3 s.h.)
This course is an introduction to the study of women as leaders and agents of social change. Students design a Service Project based on their interests and expertise as part of this course.
- LEAD 401LS: Leadership in Action (3 s.h., capstone Leadership Semester)
- In this capstone course, students will have the opportunity to implement their LA 301 Service Projects or tackle another experiential community initiative.
- TWO ELECTIVES:
Students select two courses based on their major, personal goals and interests (these courses must be approved prior to completion).
Elective Courses (6 semester hours)
* Proposals to count other courses for elective credit will be considered by the Director of Leadership Studies, but only prior to enrolling in the course.
“Just thought you should know, I am about to start a new AMAZING job. And the reason I got it…my leadership minor!!! [They] Said it was one of the most surprising and impressive things they’ve ever seen on a résumé!”
Columbia College Graduate 2012
For more information, contact:
Tamara L. Burk, Ph.D.
Director of Leadership Studies