What is the Minor in Leadership Studies?

The Minor in Leadership Studies is an interdisciplinary minor open to all undergraduate students at the University of Illinois. The focus is on the study of leadership theory and its application in real-world situations. It draws from the fields of social psychology, philosophy, organizational development and administration, communication, and educational theory and aims to enhance our understanding of the social and organizational processes that influence effective leadership across diverse contexts.

What are the curricular requirements of this minor?

This is a 17-18 credit hour minor in which students will take four required courses and two electives.  The curriculum is outlined below:
Required Courses:
AGED 260:  Introduction to Leadership Theory
AGED 380:  Leadership in Groups and Teams
PSYC 245:  Industrial & Organizational Psychology
AGED 480:  Collaborative Leadership (Capstone Course)

Elective Context Courses (choose two from this list):
ACE 231, ACE 291, ACES 298, AGCM 430, AGED 230, AGED 340, AGED 360, AHS 365, BADM 310, BADM 311, CMN 321, ENG 315, ENG 598, SE 361, SE 462, JOUR 250, KIN 239, PHIL 436, PS 304, PS 453, PSYC 455, RST 200, SOCW 321

Because leadership is practiced differently depending on the setting, students can choose to focus on leadership scholarship from a variety of contexts (e.g., business, non-profit/service, agriculture).  Students have the opportunity to choose elective courses offered across academic colleges from this set of courses approved by a Faculty Advisory Committee for the Minor.

What academic unit is responsible for administration of the Minor in Leadership Studies?

The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).

How do I sign up for this minor?

Students in good academic standing who have already declared a major and have completed at least 30 credit hours are eligible. You must complete the “Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus-Approved Minor” form. Download and complete this form and submit it to the College of ACES Academic Programs Office, 128 Mumford Hall.  You must complete the Statement of Intent by day 10 of the semester in which you plan to graduate.  It is recommended that you complete the Statement of Intent as soon as you have decided this minor is right for you to avoid courses not being available to you at the time you need them.

If I have not yet declared a major, can I still take courses in the Minor?

Yes! Start with AGED 260. That is the pre-requisite course for the rest of the required courses in the Minor. Then take one or more of the elective courses. Once you have declared a major and have earned at least 30 credit hours, you can complete the Statement of Intent for the minor and continue completing the requirements.

How is the Leadership Studies Minor different from the Illinois Leadership Center’s Leadership Certificate program?

A significant emphasis within the Minor is the study of leadership theory, while the emphasis of services within the Leadership Center is successful leadership practice

While the Leadership Certificate requires two leadership courses, the Minor-approved courses are specific to studying leadership with a theoretical lens.  The Minor will also include a cross-campus Faculty Advisory Committee to ensure academic rigor.