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Leadership Studies Minor

The Leadership Studies Minor will prepare students of all majors to study the qualities and skills of effective leaders and apply these concepts to improve their leadership behaviors and ethical decision making that effects constructive and effective change. The program seeks to educate students to be prepared to serve as leaders in their professions and in their community.

See Leadership Studies Minor requirements in the course catalog.

The 18-unit Leadership Studies Minor is a multi-disciplinary program providing students the opportunity to study and practice leadership from multiple disciplines, including both theoretical and experiential components, emphasizing active learning and community service.

Regardless of one’s academic major, this minor seeks to improve a student’s abilities for leadership roles in their chosen field. The program has four components: theoretical, experiential, skill building and a culminating capstone.

The Leadership Studies Minor emphasizes ethical, cultural, historical, organizational, philosophical, political, psychological, societal and ethical dimensions of leadership. Students will learn the nature of leadership, examine strategies for effecting change and practice ways to become a better leader in multi-cultural contexts.

The program comprises courses offered by several of the University’s academic departments.

NOTE: Students may use any three of the 1-­unit courses listed in a category to satisfy that category’s 3-­unit requirement. Not all courses are available every semester. To determine day, evening, weekend and online course options, please consult the current semester’s schedule on Self Service or contact the Office of the Registrar. Adult Degree Completion Program: Students enrolled in the Adult Degree Completion baccalaureate programs may also complete the Leadership Studies Minor. Adult Degree Completion (ADC) students may take any course approved in the current catalog for the Leadership Studies Minor offered in the evening, online or on weekends, unless they are designated for a Cohort program. Classes in the Barowsky School of Business numbered as BUS 44XX are only offered to the Business Administration Cohort, however cohort students may take courses designated as BUS 41XX to meet the requirements for the Leadership Studies Minor.

Students contemplating a Leadership Studies Minor are required to meet with their major advisor, and then the advisor for the Leadership Studies Minor, preferably by the beginning of their sophomore year.

● 18 units required: Complete 3-units in each of six categories.
● At least 12 of the 18 units in the minor must be Upper Division.
● 9 units of the 18 may be also used to fulfill general education categories.
● Applicable unit in one’s major may be applied to the major and the minor.
● Students must complete at least 12 of the 18 units of the requirements for the Leadership Studies Minor at Dominican University of California.

Learning Outcomes

    Students will demonstrate the ability to: 
    Category 1: Leadership Theory and Practice 
    Compare the prevailing leadership and followership theories and apply the theories as a leader and/or team member in a project. 
    Category 2: Planning and Leading Effective Change 
    Analyze, explain and evaluate the tenets of change leadership and transformation of cultures from an historical, organizational, political, or societal perspective. 
    Category 3: Effective Interpersonal and Group Communications 
    Compare and apply the major theoretical and experiential approaches to effective leadership communication. 
    Category 4: Organizations, Communities and Teams 
    Explain key theories of organizational behavior and provide examples of their impact, or analyze the diversity of political structures and practices around the world. 
    Category 5: Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility 
    Analyze and discuss the challenges facing individuals and organizations in pursuit of ethical behavior and socially responsible decision making at the individual, governmental, non­profit and corporate level. 
    Category 6: Integrative Leadership Practice 
    Lead and follow through participation in campus organizations, clubs, community leadership projects or activities approved for this category.


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