Leadership Development, Minor

Program Code: LDEV_UMNR

Program Description

This minor is designed for students in any major of the University wanting to supplement their program with studies in leadership development. The minor consists of 18 credits, at least 3 of which are an internship experience. Up to 9 additional credits may be required depending on the student's selection of courses under "Additional Courses". This minor provides students with a fundamental concept of leadership development and expands in three related dimensions.

What is Leadership Development?

The goal of the Leadership Development minor is to expand students’ knowledge, skills, and understanding of specific leadership theories, concepts, models, and current leadership issues in applied settings. It is intended for students interested in a cross-disciplinary approach to gathering, interpreting, and applying knowledge about leaders and leadership practices. This minor teaches students the skills necessary to excel as leaders in their professions and help others accomplish their goals.

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You Might Like This Program If...

  • You want to learn a variety of skills that allow you to lead teams, groups, and organizations.
  • You are interested in how effective leadership skills and techniques can advance you and your organization.
  • You seek to make change happen in your community and beyond.
  • You want to pursue a career in your major and to gain the leadership skills that will allow you to advance in your career.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
AEE 360Leadership Development for Small Groups3
AEE 460Foundations in Leadership Development3
AEE 495Internship3
AEE 465Leadership Practices: Power, Influences, and Impact3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits in consultation with an adviser from courses on the Department approved list that focus in one of three support areas: leadership styles, ethical and moral dimensions of leadership, or global leadership6

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Mark Brennan
Professor and UNESCO Chair
204 Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-0387
mab187@psu.edu

Career Paths

Leadership Development minor students can attain the skills and knowledge necessary to drive change within their organizations, communities, and governments. Faculty and professional academic advisers in the Leadership Development program support and serve students in career decision-making, tailoring the minor to fit students’ career goals, internship and job search strategies, interview preparation, and preparing for employment or graduate school. With a Leadership Development minor, you can be prepared for a career in your major and have the leadership skills to advance in your career. A minor in Leadership Development can lead to, and support, advanced degrees in all areas.

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Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURAL ECONOMICS, SOCIOLOGY, AND EDUCATION
204 Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-0387
mab187@psu.edu

http://aese.psu.edu/majors/minors/leadership-development