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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
785-532-6542 fax
leadership@ksu.edu


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Frequently Asked Questions About the Minor

What is the difference between the standard and nonprofit focus? 

Students working toward an undergraduate minor in leadership studies choose either the standard or nonprofit focus. The core coursework is the same for either option, but the nonprofit focus allows students interested in this career field an opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and practice. Additionally, electives are designated for students in the nonprofit focus. Students in the standard focus select elective courses that complement their academic major(s). 

Helpful Note! We get confused with all this standard and nonprofit focus talk, too. The minor in leadership studies is a single undergraduate minor where students choose to pursue a standard or nonprofit focus. Throughout this page, when we refer to "the minor" we are meaning it collectively to include both the standard and nonprofit option.

Why pursue a minor in leadership studies?

We believe leadership is needed at the personal, organizational, community, state, national, and global levels. That leadership is a process and is not defined simply by position or authority. And that leadership can be taught and learned. We also hear from employers and communities that we need graduates that are prepared to exercise knowledgeable, ethical, caring and inclusive leadership. Leaders that can make progress on the challenges facing our diverse and changing world.

In that spirit, we believe you will be better prepared to exercise leadership in all areas of your life - personal, professional, and community - after completing the leadership studies minor. It will strengthen your personal philosophy of leadership; help you engage with those of other backgrounds and cultures; and provide service for the common good. 

Are there any GPA requirements with the minor?

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.

How do I sign up?

You will need to set up an advising appointment. To do this stop by Room 257 in the Leadership Studies Building anytime Monday through Friday between 8am to 5pm, email leadreps@k-state.edu or call 785-532-6085. During this appointment you can complete the form to add the minor. 

To add the nonprofit leadership focus, ask to schedule your appointment with the nonprofit advisor.

Advising & Graduation Questions

How do I get help with planning my leadership studies course of study?

Contact Kaitlin Long, Program Administrator at Leadership Studies, by emailing kaitlinl@k-state.edu, or calling 785-532-6085.

How do I make sure I graduate with my leadership studies minor?

Complete all 16 hours of required coursework and submit the Certification of Minor form to leadership studies. 

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.

How do I apply for graduation with my leadership studies minor?

During the semester you plan to graduate from K-State, you will need to complete the following two steps in order to graduate with the Leadership Studies minor:

1. Apply for graduation from the Leadership Studies minor on KSIS. You will do this at the same time you apply for graduation from your major.

  • Sign into KSIS
  • Go to Self Service
  • Go to Degree Progress/Graduation
  • Go to Apply for Graduation
  • Follow the process from that page (don't forget to select Leadership Studies)

If you have difficulties with the KSIS application process, please contact your major's Dean's office.

2. Complete the Certification of the Minor form and return it to Room 257 in the Leadership Studies Building or email to kaitlinl@k-state.edu.