Leadership Minor

Fall 2017 will be the inaugural class for the Leadership Studies minor. Contact your advisor today to register for LEAD 1003 Introduction to Leadership class.

The 18-hour interdisciplinary program is designed for undergraduate students wanting to gain leadership skills that can be applied to their involvement with co-curricular activities while they are pursuing their degree and also can be applied to their work in their chosen profession following graduation. Students will complete the minor with knowledge and experience so they may be better prepared to become leaders in both their professional careers and communities. This will be accomplished by offering students opportunities to practically apply what they have learned in the classroom into their real world experiences. In this program, students will be exposed to partners from the university, local, and state level leadership to role model, instruct, and mentor undergraduate students wanting to make a positive impact in their communities.

The curriculum includes courses specifically focused on leadership development, electives that are identified as leadership focused from a variety of disciplines, and will require completion of an internship (capstone seminar) that will have students put what they have learned in their leadership coursework into practical action.
The 18 hours for the Leadership Studies Minor is comprised of the following courses:

  • LEAD 1003—Introduction to Leadership
  • LEAD 2003—Ethical Decision Making with Leadership
  • LEAD 3003—Leadership Skills Development/Group Dynamics
  • LEAD 4003—Leadership Internship (Capstone Seminar)

*Six hours (6) of approved, electives with at least three (3) hours at the 3000 or 4000 level that are focused on leadership. Three (3) hours of the six (6) hours must come from a college outside of the college in which your major is located. Contact the Program Coordinator for a list of approved electives.

What will a Leadership Studies minor enable students to do?

  • To gain exposure to leadership opportunities available in academic and co-curricular areas at Arkansas Tech
  • To identify leadership theories and how to put those theories into practical application inside and outside of the college environment
  • To develop a personal philosophy of ethical leadership,
  • To understand diversity and cultural influences on leadership on the impacts on our communities
  • To recognize traits and characteristics that make individuals successful in leadership
  • To learn how to understand the change process and what it means to be a leader of change
  • To interact with others and understand how group dynamics influences leadership
  • To identify the principles of service learning and to implement those practices into action

For more information, please visit or contact Dr. Linda Bean, Associate Dean for the College of Education and Program Coordinator, at 479.880.4401 or

Approved Electives for Leadership Minor:

College of Arts and Humanities
PHIL 3023: Ethics
JOUR 3173: Public Relations Principles
PSY/SOC 4043: Social Psychology
COMM 4063: Organizational Communication

College of Business
MGMT 4123: Business Leadership

College of Education
LEAD 4103—Special Problems in Leadership

College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
EAM 3053: Introduction to Ethical and Legal Issues in Emergency Management
EAM 3013: Public Policy and Politics in Emergency Management
EAM 4043: Disaster and Emergency Management Ethics
EAM 4063: Leadership

AGLE 3003: Personal Leadership Theory and Development
AGLE 3013: Team Leadership and Organizational Change