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Staley School of Leadership Studies

Staley School of Leadership Studies
Kansas State University
257 Leadership Studies Building
1300 Mid-Campus Drive N.
Manhattan, KS 66506

785-532-6085 ph
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Course Requirements

K-State's interdisciplinary minor in the 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)

LEAD 212 Introduction to Leadership Concepts 2 credit hours Human Diversity

Students will practice leadership in a collaborative learning community as it relates to self, others, and community. This course is an introduction to understanding leadership through the perspective of person, position, process, practice, and purpose. 

LEAD 350 Culture and Context in Leadership 3 credit hours Global Issues Human Diversity

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 leadership relationships as it relates to privilege and inclusion. Students will develop the capacity to practice inclusive leadership through advocacy for social change.

LEAD 405 Leadership in Practice 2 credit hours Ethical Reasoning

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. 

LEAD 450 Senior Seminar in Leadership Studies 3 credit hours Social Sciences Ethical Reasoning

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.

Standard FocusNonprofit Focus
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
  • LEAD 420  Theories of Nonprofit Leadership
    3 credit hours
  • LEAD 499  Internship Seminar
    3 credit hours

Other Requirements:

Students minoring in leadership studies must receive a grade of C or higher in all courses (core and elective) 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.