Leadership Studies and Practice

About the minor

The leadership studies and practice minor offers students an opportunity to develop a critical awareness of leadership theories and issues and provides essential leadership competencies and skills needed in any career field. Through a focus on leadership as a relational process, collaboration, and social change, students will acquire knowledge and develop dispositions and skills to address complex societal issues as effective, engaged, and ethical leaders.

Courses

The leadership studies and practice minor consists of 18 units (including at least 9 upper division units) 

HED 201: Foundations of Leadership (3 units)

This course will cover a broad range of areas associated with effective leadership including communication, mission and vision, group development, values, ethics, diversity, and creating change. This course is open to general UA students. Some sections of this course, however, are restricted to Blue Chip students only. Usually offered fall and spring.

EDL 200: A Global Perspective on Schooling (3 units)
This exploratory course will introduce students to the role of schools in society through a comprehensive review of culture and traditions.  Emphasis will be placed on social issues and trends that impact schooling and the implications for the future direction of education.  How effective is our current educational system?; how has the role of the teacher changed?; how does American education "stack up" against other countries? and are current reforms really going to improve education? are among the topical questions addressed in this course.  Students will be expected to participate in field study and observation experiences in school settings. Usually offered fall and spring.

EDL 280: Leadership Strategies (3 units)

The purpose of this course is to enhance interpersonal leadership competence with a focus on strategies to lead individuals and teams effectively. This course is open to general UA students. Usually offered fall and spring.

EDL 293A: Leadership Internship (1 unit)

This course allows students who serve as program advisors, research and assessment assistants, and project developers for Greek Life, Campus Activities, Commuter Student Affairs and student organizations to practice and reflect on their leadership skills. This course is only open to students selected as interns. Usually offered fall and spring.

EDL 322: Organizational Leadership (3 units)

The purpose of this course is to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for effective leadership within organizations. Restricted to students in the Minor in Leadership Studies & Practice. Usually offered fall.

EDL 370: Critical Perspectives on Leadership in Society (3 units)

This course is designed to help students develop critical thinking skills to analyze messages and images about leaders and leadership portrayed in and perpetuated by societal institutions. Restricted to students in the Minor in Leadership Studies & Practice. Usually offered spring.

EDL 371: Leadership for Social Change (3 units)

This course will cover theories, philosophies, and concepts related to social change as a process and outcome. Restricted to students in the Minor in Leadership Studies & Practice. Usually offered fall.

EDL 396A-101: Topics in Leadership: The Leadership Challenge (3 units) – iCourse

This fully online course provides an introduction to taking the challenge to be a leader in our society. Throughout the course, students will be challenged to think about leadership, practice leadership outside of the online context, and reflect on their various leadership experiences. As a result of completing this course successfully, students will:

  • Identify and apply the 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership
  • Articulate their mission, vision, values, and skills as a leader
  • Explore the importance of engaging in socially just leadership
  • Develop professional skills including personal branding and refining the resume
  • Develop teamwork through activities, case studies, discussions, and recognizing others’ contributions
  • Recognize what it means to be an engaged leader in the community

Usually offered fall, spring, and summer I.

EDL 396A-102: Topics in Leadership: Social Change (3 units) – iCourse

This fully online course provides an understanding of leadership and social change and allows students to select a thematic lens through which they will learn about these subjects. Throughout the course, students will be challenged to think about leadership and social change, implement their knowledge in their community, and reflect on their experiences.  As a result of completing this course successfully, students will:

  • Examine the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, in-depth
  • Recognize aspects of leadership and social change within a chosen thematic lens
  • Explore their role as a leader in the context of their chosen thematic lens (arts, community development, ecology, global, or social entrepreneurship)
  • Implement a social change project in their community, connecting the Social Change Model to their chosen thematic lens

Usually offered fall, spring, and summer II.
 

Contact

For more information or to declare this minor, please call the College of Education Office of Student Services at (520) 621-7865 or email.