Overview of the Leadership Development Minor
- Leadership core courses – 9 hours
- Leadership internship – 3 hours
- Leadership electives – 6 hours
Why create this minor?
One of LSU’s fundamental roles is to develop tomorrow’s leaders. In addition, most organizations report they are hungry for new leadership talent and come to LSU looking for that talent. Yet, there was no systematic academic mechanism on campus for students to a) develop a complete set of skills needed to lead organizations and communities, and b) obtain formal transcript recognition that can be marketed to future employers.
As a result, students from many curricula will find themselves thrust into leadership roles within their profession and chosen organizations without complete preparation.
This minor will enable students from any curricula to develop the skills and competencies for leadership in any setting, including organizations and communities. It is designed to be taken in conjunction with any major/curricula as leadership will be taught from a broad perspective rather than a single disciplinary perspective.
Why is it called a minor in Leadership “DEVELOPMENT”?
This minor specifically develops leadership skills, not just an intellectual understanding of leadership. Students will take a progression of courses that move them from the self-awareness needed for leadership all the way through an internship experience where they practice skills learned. By focusing on competency, we will be able to market these students to employers, graduate and professional schools as having demonstrated the ability to lead, not just having learned about leadership.
Do I have to be in any specific major to sign up for this minor?
NO! This minor enables students from any curricula to develop the skills and competencies for leadership in any setting, including organizations and communities. It is designed to be taken in conjunction with any major/curricula as leadership will be taught from a broad perspective rather than a single disciplinary perspective.
When will classes be offered?
The leadership core courses (HRE 2723, HRE 3723, HRE 4723) and the leadership internship (HRE 4808) needed for this minor are offered exclusively online every semester, including the summer semesters. Honors versions of the core courses are available (HRE 2724, HRE 3724, HRE4724)
What do I have to do to add this minor?
Contact your course advisor in the department/college of your major to declare this minor for your program of studies.
Will this be marketable to employers?
The short answer is a resounding YES! Leadership skills are one of the most important characteristics employers look for in today’s graduates. Students from all majors who have developed leadership competency are highly sought after. This minor should make LSU a premier source of employment and professional/graduate school candidates as it will be one of the few universities offering such a minor.
How will the minor help me market myself to employers?
By creating a minor, we are offering students a way to make their leadership skills much more marketable. This minor will provide students a formal credential through transcript documentation that certifies they have developed leadership competency and help them be more competitive in the marketplace. In addition, students can put the minor on their resumes along with their major. The internship provides a marketable project to demonstrate your skills to employers.
Will this minor help me if I am going on for a graduate/professional degree?
Yes. Many graduate programs are looking for evidence of leadership ability and potential in their applicants. This includes technical as well as non-technical degrees. For example, even medical schools are looking for applicants with leadership experience.
Leadership Development Minor Conceptual Framework (18 Semester Hours)
The minor consists of three components totaling 18 semester hours:
- Leadership core courses – 9 hours (HRE 2723, HRE 3723, HRE 4723) or (HRE 2724, HRE 3724, HRE4724)
- Leadership internship – 3 hours (HRE 4808)
- Leadership electives – 6 hours
The leadership internship will provide a strong mechanism for integrating academic coursework with practical leadership experience. Students will be asked to engage in some type of leadership activity, which may be a formal office in a student organization or more informal types of leadership. We also envision collaborating with the Communication Across the Curriculum as well as the Center for Community Engagement, Learning and Leadership to develop the minor and integrate it as appropriate with these programs.
Who should I contact for more information about the minor?
You may contact any of the following:
School of Human Resource Education – Human Resource and Leadership Development concentration
Charles Beard, Instructor – 578-0102, firstname.lastname@example.org
The 6 hours of electives will allow students to utilize a variety of electives from around campus to supplement the core curricula. The electives will also allow them to take courses within their major curricula that are appropriate for a leadership development minor. We intend to collaborate with any department that has suitable elective courses so the minor will work for their students.
Following is a list of approved electives. Most students are able to meet the elective requirement as part of their general education courses.
AGEC 3413 – Agricultural Business Management Decisions
AGEC 4433 – Agricultural Business Planning, Management and Policy
ANTH 1003 – Introduction to Cultural and Social Anthropology
ASST 3001/3002 – Air Force Leadership Studies
CMST 2010 – Interpersonal Communications
CMST 2060 – Public Speaking
CMST 2061 – Speech Communications for Business and Professions
CMST 2064 – Small Group Communication
CMST 3106 – Communications and Power
CMST 4100 – Political Communication
CMST 4101 – Communication in Organizations
CMST 4119 – Nonverbal Communication
ELRC 4002 – Philosophy of Education
ELRC 4003 – Cultural Pluralism in American Education
ELRC 4400 – Introduction to Educational Administration
ENVS 1000 – Environment and Technology: Perspectives on Environmental Problems
GEOG 1001 – Human Geography: Americas and Europe
GEOG 1003 – Human Geography: Africa and Asia
GEOG 4060 – Political Geography
GEOG 4073 – Urban Geography
GEOG 4077 – Economic Geography
HIST 1001 – Western Civilization to 1500
HIST 1003 – Western Civilization since 1500
HIST 1007 – World History Since 1500
HIST 2022 – Modern Europe
HIST 2023 – The World Since 1960
HIST 2057 – The United States from 1865 to Present
HIST 2061 – African American History
HIST 4078 – Asian American History
HIST 4079 – Women in American History
HRE 4301 – Assessment, Career Development and Productivity
HRE 4504 – Youth Leadership Development
HRE 4039 – Topics in International Development
HRE 4573 – Managing the Human Resource Development Function
HRE 4705 – Education, Business and Entrepreneurship
HRE 4859 – Special Topics: Leadership
HUEC 4060 – Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Programs
INTL 2001 – Introduction to International Studies
ISDS 3100 – Management of Information Resources
KIN 3508 – Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
MC 2000 – Introduction to Mass Media
MC 4050 – Media Management
MGT 3111 – Entrepreneurship
MGT 3211 – Business and Society
MGT 3200 – Principles of Management
MGT 4113 – Small Business Management
MGT 4420 – Multinational Management
MGT 4620 – Human Behavior in Organizations
MGT 4701 – Management of Innovation
MGT 4702 – Managing Technology Transfer
MKT 2000 – Marketing and Society
PHIL 2000 – Contemporary Moral Problems
PHIL 2018 – Professional Ethics
PHIL 2020 – Ethics
PHIL 4945 – Political Philosophy
PHIL 4946 – Philosophy of Law
POLI 2057 –International Politics
POLI 2060 – Introduction to Political Theory
POLI 2070 – Public Policy Making: An Introduction
POLI 4036 – The American Presidency
POLI 4050 – Globalization and Politics
PLSC 4052 – Poultry Management
PSYC 2040 – Social Psychology
PSYC 2050 – Introduction to Personnel and Industrial Psychology
PSYC 3140 – Advanced Social Psychology
PSYC 4030 – Psychology of Thinking and Decision Making
PSYC 4050 – Advanced Industrial/Organizational Psychology
SOCL 1481 – Introduction to Science, Technology and Society
SOCL 2001 – Introductory Sociology
SOCL 2501 – Current Social Problems
SOCL 2511 – Race Relations
SOCL 3061 – Human Behavior as Social Interaction
SOCL 4301 – Social Organization
SOCL 4311 – Complex Organizations
SOCL 4411 – Sociology of Work
SOCL 4421 – Political Sociology
SOCL 4431 – Sociology of Education
SOCL 4441 – Sociology of Religion
SOCL 4451 – Sociology of Medicine
SOCL 4471 – Sociology of Law
SOCL 4481 – Science, Technology and Society
SW 3003 – Skills in Working with People
SW 4022 – Correctional Administration, Management and Supervision
WGS 3600 – Women, Gender and Leadership
What if I want to request a new course be approved as an elective?
We are quite happy to entertain requests from students to have other courses either a) added to the approved elective list or b) substituted for an individual’s program. Here are the criteria we use when reviewing courses as a possible elective:
- Courses that would enhance specific skills important to leading organizations and people. Examples include communications, management, psychology, etc.
- Courses that would provide a foundation of understanding for societal leadership. Examples include history, geography, political science, etc.
- Courses that would address specific leadership issues that cut across professions. Examples include race, gender, globalization, education in society, culture, ethics, religion, technology, etc.
- Courses that address leadership in specific professions. Examples include air force, agriculture, education, HRD, early childhood programs, athletic training, etc.