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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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Leadership Studies Minor

Learn to Lead and Make Change

Through K-State's interdisciplinary minor in leadership studies, our innovative faculty will challenge you to exercise leadership in the moment. You will not find a typical classroom experience. Instead, you will build confidence in your ability to innovate change and inspire diverse groups of people to come together for the common good.

Complement Your Major

Pairing the 16-credit-hour leadership studies minor with your major sets you apart from other professionals. It will enhance your coursework, giving you the confidence to exercise leadership in your career, community, and personal life. And with smart planning, students can often achieve the minor through coursework already required by their academic major, resulting in very little additional investment.  


Core Courses, 12 credit hours

LEAD 212: Introduction to Leadership Concepts, 3 credit hours  Human Diversity

Students will work to understand leadership competences, theories, and frameworks to further your self-awareness, values, and purpose. We will engage in a collaborative learning community to exercise socially-responsible leadership.

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

Leadership behavior and practice varies across cultures and contexts. Students will unpack cultural identity, life experience, and world views on leadership relationships. We will practice inclusive leadership through advocacy for social change.

LEAD 405: Leadership in Practice, 3 credit hours  Ethical Reasoning

Through practice, we will work to understand the process of facilitating change in self, others, and systems. Students will 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. We will focus on personal values and current events, analyzing them through the lens of ethical dimensions of leadership.

Elective Courses, four credit hours

In addition to the four core courses, select a minimum of four credit hours from a list of elective courses that complement your academic major.

Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

The Staley School of Leadership Studies also offers the nonprofit leadership certificate to prepare students to exercise leadership in today's rapidly growing non-profit sector.

Learn More and Next Steps

Visit our frequently asked questions page to learn more about the requirements and declaring the minor.

Current Students
We would love to connect with you about your K-State experience and any questions you have about declaring the minor. Visit our advising help page for more information, or set up an appointment with a Staley School advisor by calling our main office at 785-532-6085 or emailing leadreps@k-state.edu.

Prospective Students
Find out why K-State is a good fit for you by experiencing it in person. If you're interested in scheduling a campus visit, contact New Student Services and request a tour that includes Leadership Studies. Learn more about scheduling a tour, or call 785-532-6250.