Minor in Community and Civic Leadership

  • Minor in Community and Civic Leadership

  • Community and Civic Leadership Minor Prepares You to Take Charge

    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.

    Solving Community Problems, Promoting Sustainable Change

    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.

    Some Classes Required for Your Degree Count Toward the Minor

    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.

  • Apply Early to the Minor, Before Scheduling

    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 leadership minor.

    Pair the Community and Civic Leadership Minor with a Related Minor—Some Classes Count for Both

    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.

  • Courses Needed for the Minor

    For more information, see the Undergraduate Catalog descriptions of each class.

    Core Courses

    • BCOM 321: Business and Interpersonal Communications—or
      COMM 261: Teamwork and Communication Skills for College and Career—or
      JRNL 301: Presentation Making
    • LDSP 361: Introduction to Leadership
    • LDSP 499: Leadership Capstone
    • SOC 161: Foundations of Sociology: Social Relations in Groups and Organizations
    • THTR 161: Introduction to Theater: Interpersonal Practice

    Required Course

    • PLSC 370: The Practice of Public Administration—or PSYC 390: Industrial-Organization Psychology

    Controlled Electives

    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.

    • LDSP 482: Experiential Applications in Leadership*
    • PHIL 122: Contemporary Moral Issues—or
      MGMT 432: Business and Society
    • SOC 345: Interpersonal Dynamics
    Courses That Also Count as Other Degree Requirements
    Course Number Course Name Liberal Studies/Major Requirement
    THTR 161 Introduction to Theater: Interpersonal Practices Counts as a Fine Arts requirement
    SOC 161 Foundations of Sociology: Social Relations in Groups and Organizations Counts as a Social Science requirement
    COMM 261 Teamwork and Communication Skills for College and Career
    Counts as an Elective in Oral Communication and Information Literacy

    *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.