SDSU Leadership Minor

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Why enroll in the Leadership Minor?

sdsu leadership minor: explore, serve, inquire, integrateAs one of a handful of universities offering a minor in leadership, we recognize the important role that leadership plays in shaping our world. Across industries (educational, political, or corporate), leadership has a significant impact on our quality of life calling for strong leaders throughout the global community. Leadership Minor graduates obtain skills and experiences that distinguish them as being prepared to meet the challenges of leadership in the modern world. Our comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach to leadership education has been designed to give you the resources you need to transform your future career and build a better world for us all.

The SDSU Leadership Minor seeks to develop emotionally intelligent, transformational leaders capable of taking themselves and others to higher levels of performance, purpose, and passion. Established in 2008, the minor is an interdisciplinary program open to all SDSU undergraduate students. The Leadership Minor consists of required coursework, experiential opportunities or Field Labs (which include internships, service learning, and formal leadership roles), plus elective coursework determined by the student, and a capstone class that integrates the art and science of leadership. The minor requires the completion of 15 units.

I'm interested in the SDSU Leadership Minor! See below to find out how to declare the SDSU Leadership Minor.

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Why is SDSU offering a Leadership Minor?

The research is clear that employers want students who can lead and work well with others. In the Leadership Minor program, students explore a variety of leadership theories and foster critical thinking related to leadership styles and practices. Central to the minor is increasing students’ self-awareness through the exploration of strengths, values, beliefs, culture, and identity. The curriculum considers ethical approaches to leadership, relational leadership, and a social change perspective.

Course Requirements for the Leadership Minor

lightbulb icon = inquire Inquire: Students engage the SCIENCE of leadership through sound theoretical exploration by critically examining the underpinnings of current leadership research. In collaboration with their instructors, students lay a foundation for understanding leadership and its application. Through the process of inquiry, the Leadership Minor fosters self-awareness and emotional intelligence and a corresponding awareness of others in order to promote effective engagement that transforms people, programs, and organizations.

hand icon: serveServe: The data are clear: employers want to hire college graduates who can lead others and work collaboratively as part of a team (National Association of Colleges and Employers November 6, 2015). According to NACE (2015), leadership and teamwork are the number one and two skills employers seek on a candidate’s resume. The ART and practice of leadership is explored through three modes of service that develop these critical skills:

o Internships: Students engage in a 1-unit internship experience in an area of work of their choice. o Service: Students connect with organizations to serve in the local San Diego community. o Leadership Opportunities: Students choose from the many opportunities to serve at San Diego State University in an on-campus leadership position.

book icon = exploreExplore: SDSU Leadership Minor students benefit from cross-discipline collaboration with peers and faculty from the College of Education, the College of Business Administration, the College of Engineering, and other academic departments. These schools and colleges collectively offer key courses affording students the opportunity to choose courses that support their academic and professional pursuits; courses that prepare them to effectively lead in the workplace and in their communities.

star icon = integrateIntegrate: The Capstone course, led by award-winning faculty, integrates the art and science of leadership and extends students’ understanding of leadership through the completion of an applied project. The focus of the Capstone is the interplay of current research on leadership along with the students’ experiences as leaders. One cornerstone of the Leadership Minor is connecting theory with practice.

I’m Interested! How do I declare the Leadership Minor?

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Students interested in pursuing the Leadership Minor should enroll in the first required course entitled LEAD 205: Exploring Leadership. Next, obtain and complete a Declaration of Minor form available at the Registrar’s Office Student Services West, Room 1641 and deliver it to the Leadership Minor Advisor, Dr. Lisa Gates. You may drop the form off ARPE Office Suite in Education and Business Administration (EBA) 246. From there, your form will be signed and submitted on your behalf to the Registrar’s Office for processing. Once your form has been processed, it will show up in Web Portal.


Students can contact Dr. Lisa Gates, the Leadership Minor Advisor, at [email protected] with questions.

For more information on the Leadership Minor email: [email protected].