K-State's interdisciplinary minor in the Mary Lynn and Warren Staley School of Leadership Studies is designed to complement your academic major while providing a formal and structured learning experience as part of the total leadership development process. The minor is 16-credit hours and combines a theoretical focus with an emphasis on personal leadership development and practical experiences. The discipline of leadership studies as it is taught at K-State is based on a broad definition of what constitutes leadership, best articulated by Joseph C. Rost (1991): "Leadership is an influence relationship among leaders and followers who intend real changes that reflect their mutual purposes."
Core Courses (10 credit hours)
Students will practice leadership in a collaborative learning community as it relates to self, others, and community. This course is an introduction to understanding the leadership through the perspective of person, position, process, practice and purpose.
Students are provided the opportunity to integrate course and leadership experiences in the light of contemporary issues in the study of leadership behavior across cultures and contexts. Students will explore the impact of cultural identity, life experience and world views on the leadership relationships as it relates to privilege and inclusion. Students will develop the capacity to practice inclusive leadership through advocacy for social change.
Students will engage in a leadership practicum to understand the process of facilitating change in self, others and systems. The course is designed to develop the capacity to exercise leadership to make progress on personal and community issues.
In this capstone course students will integrate and apply learning from the minor. Emphasis will be on the clarification of the students' personal values, their evaluation of codes of ethics for organizations in their proposed professions, and their analysis of current events through the lens of ethical dimensions of leadership.
|Elective Categories (6 credit hours)|
You must take six hours total from the list of Electives. Read more about the elective list.
|Required Elective Courses|
Students minoring in Leadership Studies must receive a grade of C or higher in all courses (core and electives) counted toward the minor. In addition, students must achieve a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in the sum of their courses (core and elective). Both requirements must be met to be eligible to receive the minor.