Leadership Studies

Leadership Studies Undergraduate Minor

About the Leadership Studies Minor

Take the initiative. Stand out as a leader.

Every career field needs leaders - confident individuals who can address problems, find creative solutions and motivate others in an ever-changing world.

Explore leadership in depth, and develop the skills that every leader needs, with California University of Pennsylvania's interdisciplinary minor in leadership studies.

This 21-credit, on-campus leadership studies program is open to Cal U students in any major. The minor program consists of four required leadership courses (12 credits) plus nine credits of elective courses, so you can explore leadership issues within your area of interest.

Gain a competitive edge with a program that's valued in the workplace.

Employers seek out job candidates who have the educational tools and social skills to make a positive difference within their organizations.

This minor introduces you to leadership theories and case studies, and expands your ability to understand the dynamics of local, national and world events. Studying historical and emerging issues in leadership has both professional and personal benefits, making you a more responsible citizen of the world.

The internship required to complete the leadership studies minor provides opportunities to apply what you've learned in a real-world setting. And students in the minor program are connected to the Harry and Linda Serene Leadership Institute,  which sponsors a speaker series, leadership scholarships, internship opportunities and conferences at Cal U.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Leadership Studies Minor

Interdisciplinary learning: Leaders are found in all career fields, making the leadership studies minor appropriate for Cal U students in every academic discipline. Students in programs ranging from environmental science and criminal justice to psychology, sport management and political science find that leadership can be a solution to issues within their academic field. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing electives from across the curriculum. Students can enter the minor program at any time.

Real-world experience: The leadership studies program and the Serene Leadership Institute work closely with the University's Internship Center and The Washington Center, which provides opportunities for students to live and work in Washington, D.C. Through the center, students have been placed in internships at the U.S. Senate, the Federal Reserve, the Kennedy Institute, the Center for Democracy and Technology, and other D.C.-area organizations. Students in the minor also can request an internship with the Serene Institute to complete their program requirements.

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Credits required for the leadership studies minor at Cal U.
Year the Harry and Linda Serene Leadership Institute was founded at Cal U.
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Benefits of the Minor

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that leadership "consists of a set of skills that can be taught. … Leadership programs teach important life skills, such as introspection, cultural sensitivity, moral acuity, people skills and decision-making acumen." Cal U's interdisciplinary leadership minor is unique within Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.

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Graduate Outcomes

By examining case studies and exploring leadership theories, students learn to apply similar processes to challenges they face within their organizational environments. Many students in the leadership studies minor have gone on to graduate school. Others are working in areas such as corporate security, victim services, education and government.

Leadership Studies Minor in Leadership Studies
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A program graduate says ...

"We studied different styles of leadership that help to enhance our everyday leadership strategies. Examining these different styles of leadership allow you to use the best style in any leadership situation."

- Dalton Leedy '17, political science major, leadership minor 

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Added value

A minor in leadership studies can add to your college experience and help your resume stand out. It demonstrates your commitment to excellence and lets employers know that you are serious about advancing within your career.

Leadership Studies Courses

Example Courses
  • Introduction To Leadership Studies: Leadership And Power
  • Selected Topics In Leadership

  • Selected Topics In Leadership

  • Capstone: Seminar In Leadership