Leadership Studies Minor

The leadership studies minor (18 units) equips students with the foundational knowledge and skills to effectively serve in a variety of formal and informal leadership roles. The minor is designed to enhance students’ competitiveness in the labor market as a strategic complement to any major.

Upper Division Requirements


LDR310 Leadership Theory

The purpose of this course is to equip students with skills necessary for successful leadership in public, private, and non-governmental organizations. Emphasis is on assessment of personal growth needs and enhancement of administrative skills including communication, decision-making, motivation, leadership styles, and team building. Experimental class work will be utilized in conjunction with classic and current organizational literature so that students can appreciate the bridge linking theory and practice. Students completing this course for credit may not also earn credit for BUS 435. (3 units; As offered & Online)

LDR330 Personal Leadership

This course introduces the student to the concepts of personal leadership and helps identifies the skills and strategies that the student may employ to effectively lead. (3 units; Fall & Online)

Vanderslice, Gaynell
09/05/2023 MWF 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 250
Davis, Bryan
01/08/2024 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 253

Upper Division Elective Requirements


Complete 12 upper division units from the following:

LDR430 Decision Making and Leadership

This course explores various biases, common heuristics, and social dynamics that often lead to faulty decisions and evaluates strategies and tactics to safe guard the decision making process so as to enhance the probability of implementing good decisions. Students will also study the creative process and models for making wise decisions that optimize personal and collective outcomes. (3 units; Spring, even years, & Online)

LDR450 Culture and Leadership

This course examines organizational culture and leadership. Students will define and describe the structure of culture, examine what leaders need to know about macro cultures, analyze culture and leadership through stages of growth, and assess culture and leading planned change. (3 units; Spring, odd years, & Online)

LDR470 Groups and Leadership

Effective groups and teams are critical in modern organizations, yet there are often dysfunctional dynamics and processes within the group. This course will provide the student with fundamental concepts relating to group dynamics, group decision making, and interpersonal conflict. Special attention will be paid to diversity in this class. Students will gain a better understanding of dynamics of group interaction in professional and social settings. Understanding the dynamics of small group interaction and having an understanding of some of the techniques for solving conflict and improving communication toward future benefits. This course will provide the platform necessary for the student to engage in accurate communication of ideas which can influence other behavior. (3 units; Fall, even years, & Online)

LDR480 Communication for Leadership

This course provides an analysis of the principles of communication in the workplace. Students will learn basic communication theories, strategies, and processes as they relate to the modern organizational structure. (1 unit; Fall)

Vanderslice, Gaynell
09/05/2023 F 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 252
Pearson, MaryAnn
01/08/2024 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 253

LDR481 Cross Boundary Communication

Students learn how to manage multidisciplinary team communications vertically and horizontally in the organizations to meet objectives. Help facilitate effective communication, improve listening skills, and develop a mastery for asking for, giving, and receiving feedback. These traits increase a team and departmental collaborative approaches. (1 unit; Spring)

LDR482 Leading Change in the Workplace

Develop an understanding of the requirements, barriers, and successes relevant to leading effective organizational change. Students will analyze case studies and utilize change management simulations to enhance the learning process. (1 unit; Fall)

Vanderslice, Gaynell
01/08/2024 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 252

LDR483 LeadingPplwithEmotionalIntellig

The course focus on increasing ones emotional intelligence awareness to enable high performance in the workplace. Students will learn principles to increase the emotional intelligence (EQ) of self and others, build strong relationships and a support active environment. (1 unit; Fall)

Vanderslice, Gaynell
09/05/2023 W 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 252

LDR484 The Art of Stewardship Leadershi

God calls us to be good stewards of the things he has given us. Stewardship leadership examines the relationship between self, others, and society. Students will gain insight into the various ways stewardship leadership practices are implemented and sustained. Students will engage in dialogue and analyze the relationship between succession planning and corporate sustainability. (1 unit; Spring)

Davis, Bryan
01/08/2024 F 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 104

LDR485 Women and Leadership

Learn how to effectively handle common challenges that impede success for emerging female leaders. Develop insight and implement principles that help students expand their sphere of influence and skills to make a positive difference. Students develop strategies and tools for creating structural change and moving towards greater equity. (1 unit; Spring)

Vanderslice, Gaynell
09/05/2023 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 252
Vanderslice, Gaynell
01/08/2024 W 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM BUS 251



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