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Department of Leadership Studies

Leadership Minor

The Leadership Studies minor offers undergraduate students in any major the opportunity to learn and develop leadership abilities in their personal and professional lives. Studies include: an understanding of how organizations function; how change occurs in people’s lives, in the organizations to which they belong, and in society in general; and the nature and purpose of leadership in transforming people, organizations and society. Leadership Studies minor students learn about group dynamics and study the ethical dimensions of leadership. Students articulate their own philosophy of leadership that will guide them in their future careers and throughout life. Leadership Studies minor students will take a capstone course that will guide them in affecting change in our society. Practical experience is included to provide students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills. Students may take this program separately or in conjunction with the Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate Program.

Leadership Studies Minor (18 Units)

LEAD 160
LEAD 350

LEAD 357
LEAD 351
LEAD 388

Personal Leadership, Self-Inquiry, and Discovery (3)
Leadership and Group Development (3)
OR
Leadership and Practice of Presence (3)
Leadership for Change Capstone (3)
Leadership Internship and Skill Development I (3)

AND
Choose six units of electives from the following:

LEAD 161
LEAD 162
LEAD 349
LEAD 352
LEAD 353
LEAD 354
LEAD 357
LEAD 359
LEAD 372
LEAD 373
LEAD 379
LEAD 387P
LEAD 389
Emerging Leaders (2)
Outdoor Leadership (3)
Women in Leadership (3)
Nonprofit Leadership and Management (3)
Professional and Ethical Issues and the Practice of Leadership (3)
Leadership and Diversity in Organizations (3)
Leadership and the Practice of Presence (3)
Models of Participatory Leadership (3)
Leadership and Spirituality (3)
Lessons in Leadership: The American Presidency (3)
Professional Engagement (1) unit
Student Leadership: Practical Experience (1-3)
Leadership Internship and Skill Development II (1-3)

No course substitutions permitted in the Leadership Studies Minor

Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate Program

The Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate program is an innovative course of study that develops and certifies students to become skilled professionals and leaders in nonprofit agencies. The program is available to undergraduate students in any major. Students completing the program will receive national certification from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. Completion of the national credential earns students a Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) designation that verifies students have met national standards in critical nonprofit management and leadership competencies, completed internships and attendance at a four-day professional nonprofit leadership and management conference. Students have the option of completing the certificate in conjunction with any USD degree program or completion of a 20-unit program to obtain the Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate and the Leadership Studies minor or the Education minor.

Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate (11 units)

LEAD 352
LEAD 355S
LEAD 356S
LEAD 387P

LEAD 388

LEAD 389*

Nonprofit Leadership and Management (3)
Agency Seminar 1 (1)
Agency Seminar II (1)
Student Leadership: Practical Experience (3)
OR
Leadership Internship and Skill Development I (3)
Leadership Internship and Skill Development II (3)

Attendance at one Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Conference is required.
*Business majors may substitute BUSN 498 for LEAD 389 in this program

Leadership Studies Minor and Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate
(20 units)

LEAD 160
LEAD 350

LEAD 357
LEAD 351
LEAD 352
LEAD 355S
LEAD 356S
LEAD 387P

LEAD 388

LEAD 389*

Personal Leadership, Self-Inquiry, and Discovery (3)
Leadership and Group Development (3)
OR
Leadership and the Practice of Presence (3)
Leadership for Change Capstone (3)
Nonprofit Leadership and Management (3)
Agency Seminar 1 (1)
Agency Seminar II (1)
Student Leadership: Practical Experience (3)
OR
Leadership Internship and Skill Development I (3)
Leadership Internship and Skill Development II (3)

Attendance at one Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Conference is required.
* Business majors may substitute BUSN 498 for LEAD 389 in this program

Education Minor and Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate Program
(20 units)

Please contact the Learning and Teaching Department’s advisor in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES).