Dec 10, 2023  
Undergraduate Record 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Record 2023-2024

Leadership Minor

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The Purpose

The purpose of the Leadership minor is to transform how students think about leadership and to develop the skills they need to lead people and organizations in today’s complex global environment. With this minor, students will be able to supplement the intellectual depth in their chosen fields of study and enhance their contributions within these fields by leveraging their leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities in their work.


The Leadership minor begins with an application process open to students who are enrolled in COMM 2600-Leadership Across the Disciplines (3 credit hours) during the spring of second year. The application process is open to all undergraduate students enrolled in COMM 2600 whose academic requirements allow them the flexibility to take the required 15 credit hours. For those admitted to the program, COMM 2600 constitutes the first three credit hours of the program. During this course, late in the spring semester, the application process begins and all students in the course are eligible to apply for the Leadership Minor Program.

The Selection Criteria

The application process becomes available in late spring, and student will receive decisions by mid-June. Students enrolled in COMM 2600 will be given specific information on how to apply for the Leadership Minor in April.

This application requires students to consider and articulate their motivation for completing the Leadership Minor, with particular emphasis on how the program will beneficially complement their core area of study and career goals. Admission is NOT limited to students with the most leadership experience. Students who have a demonstrated strong interest and potential for personal development and leadership are desired. Specifically the selection committee will consider academic potential, commitment to individual development, and diversity of experience.

Curriculum Requirements

The completion of any McIntire minor requires a minimum of 15 credits unique to that minor, i.e., not “double counted” for another major or minor in any school or any prerequisites for those degrees.

Persuasion & Influence Elective (3 credits)

Students must complete 3 credits from the list of pre-approved Commerce Communication Courses offered at the University. Students must meet any prerequisite requirements for elective courses. Preapproved courses include:

Open Elective (3 credits)

Students must also complete 3 credit hours from the list of pre-approved leadership electives: