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Minor in Leadership


The Leadership Minor (LEAD Minor) at Western Carolina University is an interdisciplinary minor focused on providing in-depth instruction and participatory learning opportunities for students who wish to further develop their leadership potential and skills. Designed to be complementary to students' intended majors, the minor provides developmental opportunities aimed at enhancing leadership potential in collegiate, local, regional, national, and international settings. The LEAD Minor is rooted in the tenets of the Social Change Model of Leadership. Under the framework of the Social Change Model (SCM) for Leadership Development, students enrolled in the in the leadership minor will learn that leadership is more than a positional point of view. It is the art of self-discovery and the role that one plays in a group to make an impact on the greater community.

The LEAD Minor is a part of the Department of Human Services in the College of Education and Allied Professions. Specifically, it is housed in the Higher Education Student Affairs Program.

Students are encouraged to officially declare the minor as part of their academic program of study as soon as possible. To do so, contact your academic advisor or email Declaring the minor will let the program director know you are interested and they can build your needs into the course scheduling. This will also put you in the communication thread for updates on the minor, including course offerings each term.

“My favorite thing about taking classes in the LEAD minor was that it was a different learning experience compared to my major classes, this was kind of like my outlet to me where I could focus more on my personal developmental growth vs. major courses. The most useful thing I have learned in my LEAD class was my own personal leadership style that I best align with, the LEAD class helped me figure it out and now I better understand myself in many situations wherever I am at. I use what I learned in the LEAD classes in my current life by best knowing how to approach conflict, understand others, and also the key points needed to know to best serve my clients in my graduate program now.”
* Alejandra Gonzalez-Cespedes, Graduate, Class of 2020
* Majors: Communication Sciences and Disorders / Spanish
* Minors: Leadership / Special Education 

The LEAD Minor consists of 18 credit hours of coursework. Of those credit hours, nine are required courses and nine may come from approved electives. Within the elective options there are three types of courses: LEAD Core Electives, LEAD Track Electives, Partner-Program Electives. Students from any major may elect to complete the LEAD Minor. LEAD Core Electives are leadership courses taught through the LEAD Minor and highlight leadership in specific contexts. LEAD Track Electives are, generally, living learning community classes for freshmen, as well as freshman leadership programming courses and job training classes specific to on-campus employment. Partner-Program Electives are non-LEAD courses that complement the mission and goals of the LEAD Minor. These classes count for the minor and are taught by other majors.

Required Courses:

LEAD 244 Principles of Leadership, 3CR
LEAD 344 Advanced Leadership Practices, 3CR
LEAD 444 Leadership Minor Capstone, 3CR

Electives (9 hours required)

LEAD Core Electives
LEAD 249 Diversity and Leadership, 3CR
LEAD 250 Leadership Lessons Through Film, 3CR
LEAD 294 Special Topics in Leadership, 3CR
LEAD 300 Leadership for Racial Justice, 3CR
LEAD 301 Women-Centered Leadership, 3CR
LEAD 302 International Perspectives of Leadership, 3CR
LEAD 343 Dimensions of Spirituality in Leadership, 3CR
LEAD 346 Civic Engagement and Leadership, 3CR
LEAD 381 Leadership Minor Independent Study, 1-3CR
LEAD 494 Special Topics in Leadership, 3 CR

LEAD Track Electives (maximum of 3 credit hours)
LEAD 140 Freshman Leadership Initiative, 2CR
LEAD 141 Leadership in the Campus Community, 1CR
LEAD 150 Band of Brothers: Leadership and Masculinity, 2CR
LEAD 151 Secrets of Powerful Women, 2CR
LEAD 152 Going Green: Leadership & Environmental Responsibility, 2CR
LEAD 153 Global Citizenship: Leadership from a Global Perspective, 2CR
LEAD 156 Cultural Competency & Social Justice, 2CR
LEAD 180 Freshman Leadership Initiative II, 2CR
LEAD 241 Leadership in the Campus Community II, 1CR
LEAD 483 Leadership Minor Internship, 1-3CR

Partner-Program Electives
BA 195 Movers and Shakers: Experienced Leaders and Experiential Leadership, 3CR
ENT 195 Social Entrepreneurship: Creating Innovative Solutions to Social Problems, 3CR
ENT 301 Innovation Leadership, 3CR
HPE 305 Adventure-Based Learning, 3CR
PAR 102 Western Moral Traditions, 3CR
PRM 270 Leadership and Group Dynamics, 3CR
MGT 300 Introduction to Management
PSC 101 American Government, 3CR
PSC 169 Global Issues, 3CR (previously PSC 110)
SOC 103 Human Society, 3CR
SOC 240 Social Change, 3CR
SOC 448 Social Movements, 3CR
SOCW 251 Social Issues, Policy, & Programs, 3CR

We make every attempt to offer the LEAD required classes and LEAD Electives on the following schedule*:


LEAD 244
LEAD 344
LEAD XXX (one LEAD Elective – selected on a rotating basis)


LEAD 244
LEAD 444
LEAD XXX (one LEAD Elective – selected on a rotating basis)

           LEAD XXX (one LEAD Elective – selected on a rotating basis)

This schedule does not account for the class offerings designated as LEAD Partner-Program electives. Many of the courses listed in this category are offered each semester. Since they are taught in other academic programs, those interested in the offerings need to check the course schedule each term or contact the academic program that offers the course.

* The schedule on which courses are offered depends on many factors, including: number of available faculty along with their expertise, having sufficient numbers of students to enroll in a course, scheduling courses that match the majority of students working to complete the minor, and more. We do try to offer the core courses in the minor within a pattern so that students can anticipate how they might complete the core sequence. Given this, the information offered here is aspirational and not a guarantee.

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