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SDSU Leadership Minor
A cross-departmental program offered through ARPE and Student Life & Leadership
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Leadership Starts with the SDSU Leadership Minor

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The SDSU Leadership Minor seeks to develop emotionally intelligent, transformational leaders capable of taking themselves and others to higher levels of performance, purpose, and collaboration. 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.

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

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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.

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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). According to NACE (2016), leadership and teamwork are among the top 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:

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

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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 praxis: connecting theory to practice.

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