Leadership Studies Minor
The Leadership Studies Program is interdisciplinary in nature and is a significant benefit to students in all areas of study. Courses are designed to give students a practical and theoretical grasp of leadership on the basic assumption that leadership can be learned and, therefore, taught. The program has a unique approach to leadership education that combines practical theories and opportunities for students to study the characteristics of authority, leadership, social and role dynamics, political processes and the values that orient their careers.
The University of South Florida’s Leadership Studies Program will seek to develop students into knowledgeable, capable, and ethical leaders who are inspired and prepared to effectively engage the complex challenges of leadership and affect positive change in their personal lives, organizations, communities, the nation and the world.
The University of South Florida’s Leadership Studies Program provides intentional and rigorous academic courses that educate students in a cross-disciplinary understanding of leadership. This is achieved through a diverse, relevant, and comprehensive curriculum emphasizing active-collaborative learning, self-reflection and critical thinking.
The leadership Studies Program is interdisciplinary in nature and is a significant benefit to students in all areas of study. Courses are designed to give students a theoretical and practical grasp of leadership relying upon the basic assumption that leadership can be learned and, therefore, taught. The program takes a unique approach to leadership education that combines practical application of leadership theories and opportunities for students to study the characteristics of authority, leadership, social dynamics, political processes and the values that orient human behavior. The minor in Leadership Studies consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours with a minimum grade of C (not C-) better in each course.
**The minor is offered through Undergraduate Studies & the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement**
Required Core Courses
(All 3 core courses are required to receive the Minor)
The minor in Leadership Studies consists of a minimum of 15 credit hours with no grades less than a C in the Leadership courses. 9 credit hours must include the core courses: Fundamentals of Leadership or Leading in the Workplace, Theories and Foundations of Leadership, and Capstone Seminar on Leadership. Additionally, you must earn at least 6 hours of elective credits from the remaining approved course offering.One Elective must come from each of the two identified "Dimensions of Leadership": Personal, Group/Global.
LDR 2010: Fundamentals of Leadership OR LDR 3331: Leading in the Workplace - 3 Credits
This special topics course is designed to provide a basic introduction to leadership by focusing on what it means to be a good leader. Emphasis in the course is on the practice of leadership. The course will examine topics such as: the nature of leadership, recognizing leadership traits, developing leadership skills, creating a vision, setting the tone, listening to out-group members, overcoming obstacles, and addressing values in leadership. Attention will be given to helping students to understand and improve their own leadership performance.
LDR 4104: Theories and Foundations of Leadership - 3 Credits
This course will provide learners with a review of major leadership theories designed to incorporate research findings, practice, skill-building, and direct application to real world scenarios. Beyond leadership theories, the course will cover a variety of topics impacting today's student, public and private-sector leaders as a foundation for learning including power and ethics, diversity, teamwork, leadership development, politics, coaching and mentoring, motivation, creativity, conflict and communication.
LDR 4951: Capstone Seminar on Leadership - 3 Credits
The goal of this course is to assist students in the integration of their academic study of leadership and their leadership experiences in preparation for their roles as members of the contemporary work force. Foundation texts of Leadership Studies as well as current research will be highlighted. The course will provide students with an opportunity to reflect and act on what they have learned about leadership.
CORE COURSES (all are required to receive the Minor)
- LDR 2010 Fundamentals of Leadership or LDR 3331 Leading in the Workplace
- LDR 4104 Theories of Leadership
- LDR 4951 Leadership Capstone Seminar (preferred taken as last course)*
One course must be taken from each of the following Dimensions of Leadership:
Personal Dimensions of Leadership (at least one course for 3 credits)
- LDR 4114-Survey of Leadership
- LDR 4564-Images of Leadership in the Media
- LDR 4204-Ethics and Power in Leadership
- LDR 3115-Contemporary Issues in Leadership
- LDR 3930-Selected Topics
Organizational/Group Dimensions of Leadership (select one course for 3 credits)
- LDR 3263 Community Leadership Practicum*
- LDR 3280 Leadership in the Political Context
- LDR 4164 Organizational Theories and Processes*
- LDR 4230 Global Leadership
- LDR 3216 Leadership and Social Change*
- COM 3120 Organizational Communication
- LDR 3930 Selected Topics
*These courses require LDR 2010 Fundamentals of Leadership with a minimum grade of C as a pre-requisite
** Fundamentals of Leadership is a pre-requisite and first in the sequence, although it may be taken in conjunction with another course that does not require it as a pre-requisite. **
For more information, contact:
Cynthia Brown Hernandez
Assistant Director, Undergraduate Studies