Blend this minor into your studies to strengthen your competitive edge in the job market. You can explore group dynamics, gain new organizational tools, and learn about current trends for creating an environment where staff feel empowered and motivated.
With the minor listed on your transcripts, employers will know you are serious about being an effective leader—and have studied how it’s done. The Professional Leadership Minor makes you stand out as someone who is ready to move ahead.
In the Professional Leadership Minor, you’ll build your identity as a leader, transforming your management toolkit with the top leadership theories and models.
You’ll learn how to establish highly effective teams by studying human behavior, group dynamics, and motivation. You’ll also explore situational leadership strategies, social responsibility, commercial sustainability, and corporate ethics.
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 nine additional credits to earn the minor. Some of the classes
taken for your liberal studies or major requirements can also count toward the Professional Leadership minor.
Students who are interested in the Professional 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 Professional Leadership Minor by taking COMM 261 and 8–9 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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