Leadership Studies

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The Leadership Studies Minor complements any major and is designed to create a framework of opportunity for all students to experience intersections between their academic training and the principles and practices of effective leadership.

At Columbia College, we are confident that by providing education, we are empowering our students with knowledge and skills; we also recognize that power brings social responsibility. Consequently, we define leadership as the choice to exercise the opportunity to create positive change not just in ourselves but in the world around us.

We believe that leadership is a developmental process that begins with the courage to visualize a change, the commitment to embrace a goal, and the confidence to struggle without immediate rewards. Through a series of challenging and reflective experiences, Columbia College students are encouraged to identify their own areas of competence and strength and to put them to work in their discipline of choice. They develop the self-determination that will prepare them to emerge from their College experience with a desire to pursue and sustain social change within any context or community that presents itself.

Some sample internships include: Auntie Karen Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Children’s Theatre, Mayors Fellows, and many others.

Minor in Leadership Studies

Required Minor Courses (10 semester hours):

  • LEAD 101 Leadership & Professional Development (1 s.h.)
  • LA 201 The Sophomore Experience: Gender, Diversity, and Social Justice (3 s.h.)
  • LA 301 Women, Leadership, and Social Change (3 s.h.)
  • LEAD 401LS Leadership in Action (Capstone) (3 s.h.).

Elective Courses (6 semester hours)

Students select two electives (with approval) based on their major, personal goals, and interests.

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