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Leadership Studies Minor

Leadership Studies Minor Program of Study

Leadership Studies Minor Brochure 

Mission Statement

The Minor in Leadership Studies is designed to address learning, scholarship, and critical thinking about leadership from various analytical perspectives and, as a result, to give students a broad understanding of the nature of effective leadership. This minor complements the "leadership laboratory" aspect of cadet life at The Citadel through interdisciplinary study employing historical, political, literary, psychological, and business administration approaches to the subject. Whereas ROTC courses and participation in the structured, hierarchical regimen of the Citadel Corps of Cadets teach the students discipline, perseverance, respect for authority, and the ability to command, the minor in Leadership Studies builds on those practical experiences with an academic focus on the subject.

Looking at factual, fictional, and theoretical models of leadership, the various courses examine leadership questions not only with respect to effectiveness but also in their more problematic aspects-such as abuse of power, male and female stereotypes, cultural chauvinism, and questions of duty versus individual responsibility. The curriculum as a whole addresses issues of leadership as such, as opposed to a concern with issues directly related to the circumstances of particular times and places.

Program Overview

The minor in Leadership Studies consists of core leadership courses and from a number of academic departments. The minor highlights and reinforces the centrality of leadership in all organizations and in The Citadel experience. The minor focuses on the nature of leadership as well as on the development of effective leadership skills and practices. The minor in Leadership Studies is intended for students who are majoring in any field and seeking to supplement their study with a scholarly consideration of leadership.

Structure of the Minor

The minor in Leadership Studies consists of five (5) three credit hours courses (15 credit hours total). Minor students must take LDRS 371 or BADM 371- Leadership in Organizations, LDRS 433 - Special Topics in Leadership, and LDRS 401- Senior Seminar in Leadership as well as two academic electives from the schools/departments of Education, English, Business Administration, History, Political Science, and Psychology. At least nine (9) of the credit hours must be completed at The Citadel. All leadership minor courses also count towards ROTC Fulfillment credit.

Required Courses (3 courses, 9 credit hours)

Academic Electives (2 courses, 6 credit hours)

Total Credits: 15 credit hours (at least 9 credits must be completed at The Citadel)

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