Minor in Leadership

Minor in Leadership Studies

Minor requirements*

  • LEAD101 Introduction to Leadership (3 hours)
  • LEAD206 Leadership and Ethical Worldviews (3 hours)
  • LEAD307 Leadership Research (3 hours)
  • LEAD408 Leadership Practices (3 hours)

Choose one course from the following:

  • POLS100 Active Citizenship and Integrative Learning (3 hours)
  • LEAD225 Nonprofit Leadership and Social Impact (3 hours)

At least three additional hours selected from SOCS 330 Service-Learning Travel, a practicum or internship in the student’s major field of study (approval required from the director of leadership), or study abroad.

*2022-2023 Academic Catalog

A minor in Leadership Studies can provide individuals with an advantage in the workforce and is a strong complement to every major that Southwestern offers.  Almost any career benefits from your competence in:

  • Increased knowledge of self
  • Use of persuasion, collaboration, conflict, and creativity
  • Ethical use of power
  • Knowledge of community building
  • Vision

 Read more about Leadership Development in this article by authors at the Center for Creative Leadership.

Leadership Studies Course Descriptions

LEAD 101 Introduction to Leadership. An introduction to leadership theory begins the class. Analysis of historical leaders, contemporary leaders, and self as a leader follows. Students end the class with a learning experience designed to foster collaboration among a team of students and one that gives opportunity for that team to articulate a shared vision. Credit 3 hours.

LEAD 206 Exploring Leadership. Study of proactive thought, personal and group visioning, ethics, and areas of personal leadership self-assessment will be covered. Facilitating group process and giving and receiving constructive criticism will be emphasized during the class time. Prerequisite: LEAD 101. Credit 3 hours

LEAD 225 Nonprofit Leadership and Social Impact. Students will explore the intersection of nonprofits, businesses, and the government as they relate to the public good.  Specifically, this course will provide the opportunity to explore nonprofit organizations in relation to organizational structures, relationship to the public and private sectors, and funding strategies.  Students will explore the concept of voluntary action for the public good and analyze leadership theories that are well-suited to the nonprofit and public contexts. Special topics focused on social change and innovation will be addressed.  As a part of the course, students will analyze and visit a community nonprofit organization of their choice and study needs, assets, and stakeholder groups.  Additionally, students will participate in awarding a grant to a nonprofit organization. Credit 3 hours.

LEAD 307 Leadership Research. Readings, experiential learning activities, and reflective writing will help students develop leadership knowledge in four areas: collaboration, conflict resolution, creativity, and written persuasion. After an introduction to all four areas, students will choose one area to study in-depth. Prerequisite: LEAD 206. Credit 3 hours.

LEAD 408 Leadership Practices. Students will envision, design, implement, and evaluate a project as the project leader, in consultation with peers and faculty. All project leaders will meet weekly for consultation. Prerequisite: LEAD 307. Credit 3 hours.


Dr. Cheryl L. Rude
Professor Leadership Studies
Director Leadership Southwestern
B.S. University of Kansas
M.Ed. Wichita State University
Ph.D. Union Institute & University
(620) 229-6381

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