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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Leadership Studies

Minor in Leadership Studies

Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE)


3214 Benjamin Building, 301-405-8627



The Minor in Leadership Studies promotes college student leadership development by educating undergraduate students for and about leadership in a complex world.  The goal of the Minor is to prepare students to serve effectively in formal and informal leadership roles in campus, local, national, and global contexts. The Minor also encourages students to identify a working philosophy of leadership that can advance students’ thinking around ethics, civic engagement, and the importance of working within diverse and multicultural environments.  These areas are critical aspects of leadership that require faculty and students to build and critically evaluate existing theoretical, research-based, and practical knowledge of leadership.  Students in the Minor can use their knowledge, skills, and competencies gained from this academic program to enhance their sense of self, engagement with others, and better identify their values in future aspirations.  Core courses in the Minor are sequenced to meet increasingly complex sets of learning outcomes across cognitive, personal development, and group/organizational domains.


In order to apply for the minor in Leadership Studies, students must:

  1. Complete at least 30 credit hours prior to application to the program.
  2. Be in good academic standing.
  3. Complete EDCP217 with a "C-" or better.
  4. Be admitted to the Minor prior to the completion of the last 9 credits of Minor coursework and no later than one full academic year before the expected date of graduation.
  5. Complete an application form and meet the Minor in Leadership selection criteria listed below. 

Application Procedures and Forms:

Applications will be made available as an online form, during select times each semester, for a period of two weeks.  The application will ask eligible students to identify demographic information, a list of (on and off-campus) involvements (if any), and respond to three short-essay questions.  Applicants must also provide a resume and an unofficial University transcript. 

After the closing application date, applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified within two to three weeks by email. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrates a commitment or experience in leadership, either in studying or practicing leadership
  • Increases the diversity of students in the Minor
  • Illustrates capacity to utilize leadership theories and skills
  • Exhibits a commitment to intrapersonal and interpersonal growth and development through the study of leadership

Minor Completion Requirements

The CHSE Minor in Leadership Studies consists of 18 credit hours. No more than six credits can also be applied to a student's major, and no more than six credits may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland College Park. No course with an earned grade below C- may count towards the minor.

Required Courses: (6 required courses)

  • EDCP 217 - Introduction to Student Leadership
  • EDCP 315 - Student Leadership in Groups and Organizations
  • EDCP 318 - Applied Contextual Leadership OR EDCP 418 - Special Topics in Leadership
  • EDCP 417 - Advanced Leadership Seminar

Elective Courses: (2 elective courses)

Students must choose two 3-credit courses; at least one of the courses must be at the 300 level or higher, from an approved list of electives from the Minor in Leadership Studies website.


Contact the Minor in Leadership Studies at lsm-advise@umd.edu with questions and interests in the Minor.  

The Minor is a partnership between the College of Education and the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Center for Campus Life.  More information is also listed at: http://thestamp.umd.edu/student_involvement/lcsl/academic/minor_in_leadership_studies .

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