K-State's interdisciplinary minor in the 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 18-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 (9 credit hours)
This course is an introduction to the Leadership Studies curriculum, focusing both on the academic study of leadership theories and the development of leadership skills. Topics will focus on the themes in the program’s mission statement: knowledge, ethics, caring, and diversity.
This course is organized to provide students with a formal opportunity to integrate their course and leadership experiences in light of contemporary issues in the study of leadership behavior across cultures and contexts. The course is based on the current research and writing that introduce and discuss the impact of culture and context on the concept of leadership and development of individuals as interculturally competent leaders.
Students will identify a leadership experience on campus or in the community that will be utilized as a practicum. Students must serve a minimum of 45 hours over the semester within the practicum. This class will utilize the adaptive leadership theory as a way to integrate theory to practice.
Students take this course during the last one or two semesters before graduation. Foundation texts of leadership studies as well as current research will be highlighted. The goal of this course is to assist students in the integration of their academic leadership course work and leadership experiences in preparation for their roles as members of the contemporary work force.
|Elective Categories (9 credit hours)|
Introductory ethical concepts, social and political philosophy, ethical theories, and ethics as applied to specific professions.
Theories of Leadership and Organizational Behavior:
Management and organizational theories and their application in organizational and industrial settings.
Foundations and Applications of Leadership:
The application of leadership skills and theories to specific groups, organizations, fields of work, or academic disciplines; knowledge of various cultures; leadership communication.
You must take three hours from each of the elective categories.
|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. (*Effective for minors declared Fall 2011*)