Leadership Studies

Steve Grande, coordinator

Leadership Studies is a multidisciplinary minor combining theoretical and applied coursework in a variety of organizational contexts. The Business emphasis is designed for students who are entrepreneurs, future heads of non-profits, and organization leaders. The emphasis on Community and Social Change is for motivated students in any field who are interested in social action and increasing their sense that individual intervention in community action is possible and consequential. The military leadership emphasis is for VWIL students who will commission into the one of the armed services. All VWIL students are required to complete the leadership minor as part of the overall VWIL leader development program.

Requirements for the Minor in Leadership Studies
21 semester hours

INT 230
INT 330/331
PHIL 235
Emphasis requirements (see below) An internship is required regardless of emphasis.
One of the following: COMM 100, COMM 280, or REL 237

Business Emphasis
Three of the following: BUAD 200, BUAD 202, BUAD 250, or BUAD 287/387

Community and Social Change Emphasis
CE 281
Two of the following: ECON 215, HCA 245, PHIL 320, SGS 261, SOC 112, SOC 240, SOC 248, or SOWK 353

Military Leadership Emphasis
ROTC 3XX
ROTC 4XX
INT 287/387

Certificate in Leadership Studies
The certificate is available to degree-seeking students also involved regularly in volunteer or campus activities or who have significant work experience. Adult learners may be either degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking students.

Requirements for the Certificate in Leadership Studies
21 semester hours

INT 230
INT 330/331
PHIL 235
One of the following: COMM 100, COMM 280, or REL 237
Emphasis requirements (see below)

Business Emphasis
Three of the following: BUAD 200, BUAD 202, BUAD 250, or BUAD 287/387

Community and Social Change Emphasis
Three of the following: CE 281, ECON 215, HCA 245, PHIL 320, SGS 261, SOC 112, SOC 240, SOC 248, or SOWK 353

Military Leadership Emphasis
Required courses:
INT 287/387
ROTC 3XX
ROTC 4XX

Note: The Military Leadership Emphasis is only available to VWIL cadets seeking commission.

Civic Engagement Opportunities

Students pursuing this minor have three options for practical experience: service in a non-profit community-based or advocacy organization, participation in field training for one of the U.S. armed forces, or a business internship. In each case the experience focuses on organizational leadership and specific leadership skills of both student and employer.