The minor in leadership offers:
- both theoretical and experiential components
- in-depth instruction on desired qualities of leaders and on the application of such qualities
- courses and experiences necessary for UND graduates to serve as leaders in their community and professions
- Local, regional, and national employers are looking for significant “soft” skills in their employees. Given the difficulty to recruit new leadership talent to the state, and the difficulty of developing individuals for community leadership roles, UND seeks to educate and develop those skills within our regional work force. The ability to rise to positions of leadership within corporations and the ability to fill positions of leadership help to raise the level of employment and employability within the state and region. Similarly, leadership development may help to identify talent that will help to enhance the diversity of employment opportunities within the region.
- All organizations need leadership and individuals with leadership potential. Similarly, individuals with leadership skills can apply those skills to most professional and personal situations. While some individuals have natural leadership potential, formal training can enhance those abilities and make graduates more appreciative and cognizant of their own role within an organization and their own leadership ability. Leadership skills are among the top ranked, and important soft skills identified in a recent national survey.
- The service sector is the fastest growing sector in the nation. Both for-profit and non-profit organizations within regional communities are trying to identify individuals who will serve on organization boards and as leaders in their organizations and within the community.
Total requirement for the minor is 20 credits, including the following required courses (13 Credits):
- Introduction to Leadership (LEAD 101) - 3 credits
- Interpersonal Communication (COMM 212) - 3 credits
- Advanced Leadership (LEAD 400) - 4 credits
- Ethics (chosen from PHIL 250, 251, 252, 253, or RELS 342) - 3 credits
- or, if there is an ethics course within the student's major, it may fulfill this requirement (upon CoBPA advisor approval). For example, Mgmt 395-Business Ethics for Management majors; Acct 494-The Literature of Accounting (the version of this course that focuses on accounting ethics) for Accounting majors; COMM 414-Media Law and Ethics for communications majors.
Elective Courses (7 credits): To be chosen in consultation with the minor adviser from courses that have significant leadership components and are educationally appropriate to meet the goals of the student and the program. See Electives tab for more information.
LEAD 101 Learning Leadership
An introduction to leadership as a discipline including the theories of leadership, the role of leadership in history and today’s society, communication and interaction with diverse individuals and groups, basic network-building concepts and assessment of application of leadership theory and skills. Fall, Spring
LEAD 400 Advanced Leadership
An in depth analysis of the applications of leadership skills in a variety of contexts, including an experiential analysis of self (and others) as a leader within context. Students will demonstrate creative and critical thinking about leadership, communicate effectively in oral and written format, and apply networking concepts and leadership skills in an applied setting. Spring
Prerequisites: LEAD 101, completion of one ethics course, and enrollment in the minor.
To select elective courses, CoBPA students should review the additional electives information available below. Then they should contact their advisor in the Office of Academic Advisement in Gamble Hall 127.
Students need at least one course from each of the three categories listed below. A total of
7 elective credits
- COMM 110 public speaking, or COMM 308 Argumentation, or COMM 313 Persuasion, or COMM 401 Organizational Communication, or ISBC 320 Professional Communication for Business.
Classes about Leaders and their impact upon society:
- POLS 115 American Government,
- RELS 120 Religion in America,
- WGS 225 The Study of Women,
- HIST 101 Western Civilization I, HIST 102 Western Civilization II, HIST 103 United States to 1877, HIST 104 United States since 1877, HIST 332 Women in American History to 1865, or HIST 333 Women in American History since 1865
- RELS 203 World Religions
- MGMT 475 Strategic Management
Courses which discuss the topic of leadership:
- MGMT 300 Principles of Management, MGMT 310 Organizational Behavior,
- PSYC 301 Industrial and Organizational Psychology,
- various coaching-oriented Recreation and Tourism classes (upon approval by CoBPA advising).
*Successful completion of the Military Science series: MS 301, MS302, MS 401, MS 402 fulfills all leadership elective credit requirements.
Alternatives to elective courses listed above:
Students may propose alternative elective courses, However, they must provide evidence that the proposed course contains significant leadership skill development, discussion about leaders, or discussion of the topic of leadership to be acceptable as a substitute. All substitute courses must be approved by CoBPA advising.
Civic leaders in North Dakota have identified civic leadership skills as an important need. The leadership minor will educate students to be more effective in civic, professional and personal leadership roles and address current and future workforce needs.
The purpose of the leadership minor is to develop students’ understanding of and capabilities for leading and working collaboratively in professional and civic settings. Learning objectives are to:
- Critically and creatively think about the role and types of leadership on multiple levels (e.g., interpersonal, professional, organizational, civic, global).
- Effectively communicate and interact with diverse individuals and groups.
- Understand and apply network and team building concepts by identifying and cultivating a diverse set of relationships.
- Apply leadership skills, and reflect on the use of leadership skills, in a practical setting.
For information on the minor and aid in selecting courses, or to delcare a Leadership Minor, visit the CoBPA Office of Academic Advisement in Gamble Hall 127.