Course of Study
The 18-credit minor is best suited to students involved in co-curricular leadership activities who want to illuminate what they experience with knowledge gained from investigating leadership principles in breadth and depth.
Leadership Studies Minor is a Rolling Application
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LDST 201 - Introduction to Leadership Studies (2 hrs)
LDST 202 - Introduction to Leadership Studies Applications (1 hr)
LDST 203 Introduction to Leadership, Honors (3)
LDST 431 - Communication and Leadership (3 hrs)
LDST 532 - Leadership Practicum (3 hrs, taken across 2 semesters)
LDST 535 - Seminar in Leadership Strategies and Applications (3 hrs)
A course in Ethics (3 hrs)
A course in Community Development (3 hrs)
A course in Leadership, Diversity, and Culture (see below) (3 hrs)
At least one of the three electives must be 300 level or above.
Prerequisite Course Descriptions
LDST 201: Introduction to Leadership
This course, offered every semester, introduces students to the study of the leadership process. The course covers theories and research on core themes of leadership, focusing on how course materials relate to students' own leadership experiences. This course is taught online. Concurrent enrollment in LDST 202 is recommended. Not open to seniors. The course, combined with LDST 202, also fulfills Core Goal 5 Learning Outcome 1 for Ethics.
LDST 202: Introduction to Leadership Studies Applications
This course focuses on the application of information learned in LDST 201. Activities and discussions emphasize application, analysis, and engagement with the process of leadership. Concurrent enrollment in LDST 201 is recommended. Students considering the Leadership Studies Minor must complete LDST 201 and 202. Not open to seniors. The course, combined with LDST 201, also fulfills Core Goal 5 Learning Outcome 1 for Ethics.
This course examines leadership as a process and the role of communication in effectively exercising the leadership process. Drawing from the theoretical paradigm of Adaptive Leadership, students develop core leadership competencies, diagnose and analyze leadership dilemmas, and examine the role of ethics, diversity, and community development in the leadership process. The course format is active and experiential. Prerequisite: LDST 201, LDST 202. The course is taught every fall semester.
LDST 532: Leadership Studies Practicum
Students participate in leadership and community service activities that fall within the following areas: leadership development, community service, field-work experience. Written assignments and group discussions are used to analyze their learning. Must be taken for a total of three credit hours, across more than one semester. This course satisfies Goal 6 Learning Outcome 1 of the KU Core for Integration and Creativity. Prerequisite: LDST 201, LDST 202, and Admission to Leadership Minor or consent of instructor.
LDST 535: Leadership Strategies and Applications
This seminar serves as the capstone course for the Leadership Studies minor. It includes advanced readings on the theory and practice of Adaptive Leadership, as well as major individual and group projects. Students will demonstrate their understanding of Adaptive Leadership, apply core leadership competencies, and synthesize the connections between effective leadership, ethics, diversity, and community development. Prerequisite: LDST 201, LDST 202, LDST 431, and Admission to Leadership Minor or consent of instructor. The course is taught every spring.