Minor in Leadership Studies

Undergraduate Program

Department of Leadership Studies

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Program Overview

The Leadership Studies Minor is designed to develop agents of change who think globally. Students are challenged to expand the ways in which they understand and address complex issues and problems. Multiple leadership frameworks are engaged both academically and experientially as students explore how to impact change personally, professionally and globally.

What classes are required for the Leadership Studies Minor?

To complete the Leadership Studies Minor, 18 credit hours are required. To complete the Leadership Studies Minor and Nonprofit Leadership and Management Certificate in tandem, 20 total credit hours are required. Review the required and elective courses.

Does it matter what I am majoring in to declare the Leadership Studies Minor?  

No, the leadership minor complements any major and is desirable for someone working in any field. View the testimonials of our students

What can I do with the Leadership Studies Minor?  Will it help me get a job?  

The Leadership Studies Minor will make you more marketable, most likely bringing you into a job interview with skills that your competition does not have on their resume. You can read what some students that have graduated with the Leadership Studies Minor have to say about it in our testimonials section.

Do I have to take classes in order?

While it is not required, it is recommended you do so. Taking LEAD 160: Personal Leadership, Self-Inquiry, & Discovery is very helpful in preparing to take LEAD 350: Leadership & Group Development, just as LEAD 350: Leadership & Group Development can be very helpful in preparing to take LEAD 357: Leadership & the Practice of Presence.

I am interested in taking a course but have a conflict/scheduling issues. Am I still able to take the course?

We recommend you speak with one of the teaching staff in the Department of Leadership Studies/your Leadership Studies Minor advisor about setting your schedule and any conflicts that may arise. We may be able to find a solution that accommodates your current course schedule and your long-term Plan of Study.

When should I take capstone?

It is best if capstone is the last class you take as it completes your journey in the Leadership Studies Minor. It is important to note that LEAD 160: Personal Leadership, Self-Inquiry, & Discovery and LEAD 350: Leadership & Group Development/LEAD 357: Leadership & the Practice of Presence are prerequisites.

I do not think I can complete 120 internship hours, what can I do?

Oftentimes students can complete the majority of the hours over a break and take the class while they finish up their hours the following semester. Contact Cheryl Getz, EdD, associate professor and director of the Leadership Studies Minor, at cgetz@sandiego.edu or (619) 260-4289, and have a discussion with your leadership studies minor advisor about planning out your schedule. There are also options to take a 1 or 2 credit internship if you have additional off-campus work experience or an internship for your major.

I had declared the Leadership Studies Minor, then I changed my major and the Leadership Studies Minor no longer shows up on my transcript. What happened?

If you make changes to your program of study, you need to make sure that you note all of your majors and minors. Check with your Leadership Studies Minor advisor, they will be able to help you navigate this.

Can I take multiple LEAD 387P classes?

Yes, you may take up to 3 credit hours, and they are considered elective credits. However you cannot take the same section twice. Make sure you check in with your Leadership Studies Minor advisor if you plan to take multiple LEAD 387P: Student Leadership Practical Experience classes.