Program Directors

To learn more about the leadership studies minor at IUPUC, please contact:

Dr. George Towers, PhD
Division Head, Liberal Arts
Professor, Geography
Office: CC Room 162A
Phone: 812.348.7371
E-mail: gtowers@iupuc.edu

Dr. Sandra Miles, PhD
Director of student affairs & university ombudsman
Office: LC Room 1200
Phone: 812.375.7525
E-mail: smiles3@iupuc.edu

  

This minor is interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multidimensional. Students must complete 15 hours in the minor.

If you want to delve deeper into the meaning, constructs, and practical skills of leadership, a minor in leadership studies is essential. Through this interdisciplinary, multicultural, multidimensional, and experiential minor, you will be exposed to current theory and practice designed to prepare you for future leadership roles, whether you pursue a career in nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, community groups, the corporate world, or other workplaces.

Why Earn a Minor in Leadership Studies?

Understanding the principles of effective leadership will serve you well throughout the course of your collegiate journey and post-graduation career path. By earning a minor in leadership studies at IUPUC, you will:

  • Learn knowledge, skills, and values utilized by effective leaders
  • Discuss and explore various leadership theories and leadership in the context of social change
  • Supplement, strengthen, and enhance your academic major
  • Gain practical leadership and service-learning experiences
  • Have the leadership studies minor appear on your academic transcript

Career Options

There is no industry that exists without leaders! Large and small employers of all types in the public and private sectors seek new talent who possess the knowledge, skills, and values to lead. Pursuing a minor in leadership studies is useful and profitable no matter what career path you choose, whether in business, communications, education, engineering, health care, IT, liberal arts, science, or other fields.

This minor is also beneficial if you plan to apply to graduate school and earn a master’s or Ph.D. degree in a specialized field like business, dentistry, law, or medicine.

Requirements

This minor is interdisciplinary, multicultural, and multidimensional. Students must complete 15 hours in the minor including:
1. DLA-L 100 Introduction to Leadership Studies (3 credit hours)

2. At least 3 credit hours from each of these 3 leadership content areas*:

a. Foundations of Leadership

• COMM-C 223 Business and Professional Communication
• COMM-C 380 Organizational Communication
• OLS 28400 Leadership Principles
• OLS 38800 Leadership Through Teams
• OLS 39000 Leadership Theories & Processes
• PHIL-P 120 Ethics

b. Ethical, Social, and Political Components to Leadership

• BUS-J 404 Business and Society - P: BUS-Z 302, senior standing
• BUS-Z 302 Managing and Behavior in Organizations - P: BUS-W 200
• COMM-R 309 Great Speakers: American Public Address
• COMM-R 390 Political Communication
• HIST-A 317 American Social History, 1865 to Present
• OLS 25200 Human Behavior in Organizations
• POLS-Y 101 Introduction to Political Science
• SOC-R 315 Political Sociology – P: SOC-R 100 or consent of instructor
• SOC-R 325 Gender and Society – P: SOC-R 100 or consent of instructor
• SOC-R 425 Gender and Work – P: SOC-R 100 or consent of instructor
• SPEA-V 170 Introduction to Public Affairs

c. Diversity, Global and Community Leadership

• ANTH-E 402 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
• ANTH-E 457 Ethnic Identity
• BUS-D 101 Introduction to International Relations
• BUS-Z 447 Leadership, Teamwork & Diversity – P: BUS-Z 302
• COMM-C 395 Gender and Communication
• COMM-C 482 Intercultural Communication
• EDUC-E 201 Multicultural Education and Global Awareness
• ENG-L 207 Women and Literature
• ENG-L 378 Studies in Women and Literature
• ENG-L 379 Ethnic and Minority Literature
• PSY-B 203 Ethics and Diversity in Psychology
• SOC-R 415 Sociology of Disability - P: SOC-R 100 or consent of instructor
• SOC-R 461 Race and Ethnic Relations - P: SOC-R 100 or consent of instructor
• SPEA-J 275 Diversity Issues in Criminal Justice
• SPEA-J 355 Global Criminal Justice Perspectives - P: SPEA-J 101 or consent of instructor
• SWK-S 102 Diversity in a Pluralistic Society
• WOST-W 105 Introduction to Women’s Studies
• WOST-W 300 Advancing Women in Leadership

3. DLA-L 400 Leadership Practicum (3 credit hours)

• To receive credit for DLA-L 400, students must submit a portfolio based on a leadership experience. Leadership experiences typically include but are not limited to scholarly research, study abroad, service learning, or experiential learning. Scholarly research experiences are typically gained through capstone courses, independent study courses, and Office of Student Research and/or Honors Program projects. Experiential learning includes internships and practicums. Students should plan their leadership experience for DLA-L 400 at least one semester in advance with the consultation and approval of the program directors.

No more than 6 credit hours may come from the same discipline. At least 9 credit hours must be at the 200 level or higher. At least 6 credit hours must be at the 300 level or higher. Courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

* With approval from the Division of Liberal Arts, classes not listed here that emphasize relevant aspects of leadership may satisfy content area requirements. Classes that involve a service learning component may be applied to any of the three content area requirements.

For students beginning the minor prior to spring 2017:
Please download and complete this form when you are enrolled in your final leadership studies class, submitting it to Vicki Kruse in CC Room 162.

For students beginning the minor spring 2017 or after:
Please download and complete this form  when you are enrolled in your final leadership studies class, submitting it to Vicki Kruse in CC Room 162.