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Political and Civic Engagement Program

Minor in Leaders and Leadership

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements LEADLDRMIN

The Minor in Leaders and Leadership affords students a solid understanding of the history and theories of effective leadership as well as hands-on experiential learning of leadership styles and processes in practice. The goal of the minor is to certify to employers, graduate programs, and professional schools that students have undertaken a sustained and thoughtful study of leadership and possess key skills for effective leadership, such as strong communication skills, sensitivity to ethical issues, critical thinking and reasoning skills, among others.


The minor requires at least 16 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Core Course. One (1) course:
    • PACE-C 100 Leaders and Leadership
  2. Introductory Elective. One (1) course:
    • PACE-C 250 Leadership and Public Policy
    • College of Arts and Sciences electives
      • AMST-A 201 U.S. Movements and Institutions
      • ENG-L 208 Topics in English and American Literature and Culture
      • ENG-R 209 Topics in Rhetoric and Public Culture
      • ENG-R 223 Group Communication
      • ENG-R 224 Persuasion
      • ENG-R 228 Argumentation and Public Advocacy
      • ENG-W 240 Community Service Writing
      • HIST-B 204 Medieval Heroes
      • HIST-B 270 Inside Nazi Germany
      • HIST-C 220 Ancient Leaders and Leadership
      • INTL-I 103 Global Business: Politics, Policy, and Practice
      • INTL-I 203 Global Development
      • INTL-I 212 Negotiating Global Challenges
      • PHIL-P 145 Liberty and Justice: A Philosophical Introduction
      • PHYS-P 133 Physics for Future Leaders
      • POLS-Y 202 Politics and Citizenship in the Information Age
      • POLS-Y 208 Leadership, Civil Society, and Public Policy
      • POLS-Y 212 Making Democracy Work
      • POLS-Y 243 Governance and Corruption across the World
      • POLS-Y 249 Religion, Politics, and Public Policy
      • REL-R 170 Religion, Ethics, and Public Life
      • SOC-S 205 Gender and Leadership
      • SOC-S 210 Economic Sociology
      • SOC-S 230 Society and the Individual
    • Electives Outside the College
      • SPEA-V 236 Managing and Leading Organizations
  3. Advanced Electives. Nine (9) credit hours:
    • PACE-C 300 Issues in Political and Civic Engagement
    • PACE-C 350 Leadership, Social Movements, and Modern American Politics
    • College of Arts and Sciences electives
      • AAAD-A 332 Art of the Civil Rights Movement
      • AAAD-A 405 Civil Rights and Black Power Movements, 1954-1974
      • CLAS-C 351 Change and Innovation in Greece
      • CLAS-C 361 Ancient Roman Revolutions
      • CJUS-P 408 Mass Imprisonment
      • CJUS-P 419 Race, Class, and Crime
      • ECON-E 327 Game Theory
      • ECON-E 337 Economic Development
      • ENG-R 340 The Rhetoric of Social Movements
      • FRIT-M 334 Power and Imagination in Italy
      • GEOG-G 315 Environmental Conservation
      • GEOG-G 417 Development Geography: Critical Perspectives on the Historical and Spatial Rhythms of Capitalism
      • GEOG-G 448 Capitalism and Nature
      • GEOG-G 461 Human Dimensions of Global Environmental Change
      • HIST-B 356 French Revolution and Napoleon
      • HIST-C 377 Greek History: The Persian Wars to the Legacy of Alexander
      • HIST-D 303 Heroes and Villains in Russian History
      • HIST-D 308 Empire of the Tsars
      • MSCH-F 445 Media, Culture, and Politics
      • MSCH-S 312 Politics and the Media
      • PHIL-P 343 Classics in Social and Political Philosophy
      • PHIL-P 345 Problems in Social and Political Philosophy
      • PHIL-P 376 Leadership and Philosophy
      • POLS-Y 301 Political Parties and Interest Groups
      • POLS-Y 302 Public Bureaucracy in Modern Society
      • POLS-Y 303 Formation of Public Policy in the United States
      • POLS-Y 315 Political Psychology and Socialization
      • POLS-Y 318 The American Presidency
      • POLS-Y 379 Ethics and Public Policy
      • POLS-Y 382 Modern Political Thought
      • PSY-P 304 Social Psychology and Individual Differences
      • PSY-P 323 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
      • PSY-P 430 Behavior Modification
      • PSY-P 452 Psychology in the Business Environment
      • REL-A 485 The Life and Legacy of Muhammad
      • REL-C 420 Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X in American Religion
      • REL-D 430 Problems in Social Ethics
      • REL-R 300 Studies in Religion (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
      • SOC-S 302 Organizations in Society
      • SOC-S 311 Politics and Society
      • SOC-S 315 Work in the New Economy
      • SOC-S 410 Topics in Social Organization
      • SOC-S 431 Topics in Social Psychology
    • Electives Outside the College
      • AERO-A 201 Team and Leadership Fundamentals I
      • AERO-A 202 Team and Leadership Fundamentals II
      • AERO-A 301 Leading People and Effective Communication I
      • AERO-A 302 Leading People and Effective Communication II
      • BUS-G 303 Game Theory for Business Strategy
      • BUS-J 306 Strategic Management and Leadership
      • BUS-J 375 Strategic Management
      • BUS-Z 302 Managing and Behavior in Organizations
      • BUS-Z 370 I-core - Leadership Component
      • BUS-Z 447 Leadership, Teamwork and Diversity
      • SPEA-A 450 Contemporary Topics in Arts Administration
      • SPEA-V 362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
      • SPEA-V 412 Leadership and Ethics
  4. Departmental Requirement. Courses selected toward the Introductory Elective and Advanced Electives must come from at least two (2) different departments.
  5. Experiential Learning. One (1) course:
    • PACE-C 200 Issue Forum
    • PACE-C 440 Forum Discussion Leader
    • PACE-X 473 Internship in Political and Civic Engagement
    • ASCS-Q 296 College to Career II: Navigate Your Arts and Sciences Experience (any topic)
    • SPEA-V 482 Overseas Topics in Public Affairs
  6. College Residency. At least 13 credit hours must be earned within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  7. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.