Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in Leaders and Leadership (LEADLDRMIN)Political and Civic Engagement Program

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


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.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 16 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Core Course. One (1) course:
  2. Introductory Elective. One (1) course:
    • College of Arts and Sciences electives
    • Electives Outside the College
      • SPEA-V 236 Managing and Leading Organizations
  3. Advanced Electives. Nine (9) credit hours:
    • College of Arts and Sciences electives
      • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • 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 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:
    • (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.