This minor is an excellent choice for students planning careers in community service, education, government, and nonprofit organizations. You’ll be prepared to lead with effective strategies for solving problems, managing staff, and coordinating projects.
Employers will see the Community and Civic Leadership Minor on your transcripts and know you are ready to take charge.
The Community and Civic Leadership Minor prepares you to build an effective team. You’ll learn strategies for empowering other people and motivating them to action. Whether for a staff of employees or a group of volunteers, leadership skills are essential
in this field—and this minor shows employers you took the extra steps to polish your skills.
In the Community and Civic Leadership Minor, you’ll also study strategies for solving key problems and promoting sustainable change. You’ll explore the planning, managing, and evaluation of services: organizational leadership skills that make you stand
out in the job market.
You can also show employers your leadership skills in action with a hands-on experience through the program’s Experiential Applications in Leadership course.
The minor was designed to add minimal credits, allowing even the most credit-packed majors to take the minor. Although the minor requires 18–19 credits, most majors will only need to take about 9 additional credits to earn the minor. Some of the classes
taken for your liberal studies or major requirements can also count toward the Community and Civic Leadership minor.
Students who are interested in the Community and Civic Leadership Minor are advised to take SOC 161 (instead of SOC 151) and THTR 161 (instead of THTR 101) their first year at IUP. Students should declare the minor early with the appropriate form (PDF) to
receive proper advising by the director of Team and Leadership Studies, Professor Justin Fair. Fair handles advising students for all minors in the program except for the military
You can enhance your skills by pairing the Professional Leadership Minor with the Effective Teamwork and Communication Minor. Military Science students accepted into upper-level classes can, instead, pair this leadership minor with the Military Leadership
Minor. Many of the same core courses are required, making double minoring easier.
If you want to also complete the Effective Teamwork and Communication Minor, you will take a minimum of 24 credits toward the Community and Civic Leadership Minor by taking COMM 261 and about 9 credits of controlled electives. All controlled electives
within the respective tracks are open to students who are doing both minors.
*For the Experiential Applications in Leadership course, you must have your experiential application approved by the program coordinator before starting the experience and before the end of the drop/add period. You may be able to substitute other courses
focusing on leader experiences with approval by the program coordinator. You must get approval for an alternate class before starting any coursework for the substituted class.
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