Interdisciplinary Minor in Leadership

Daniel Tompkins, Ph.D., Coordinator

Mitchell Alegre, Advisor

This minor prepares students for crucial roles as leaders in their organizations, communities and society. Students in any college can complete the interdisciplinary minor in leadership by taking six courses, by participating in a service learning project and by engaging in campus life activities. The leadership minor translates theory into practice and stresses motivation, teamwork, ethics, experiential activities and analytical activities across different disciplines within the university. First, students are provided with an introduction to leadership concepts within a Principles of Management course. Then, the students participate in experiential activities in a Leadership and Teamwork course. They receive courses that include a strong grounding in ethics and critical thinking skills. This is followed by another course that focuses on experiential learning, which could include an internship experience. Finally, the leadership capstone course ties together previous course work in an interdisciplinary framework with discussions of timeless issues of leadership, motivation and culture in history and literature and application of those issues to current societal problems. For more information, contact the Commerce Department at 716.286.8160.

Course Requirements

Core requirements

For arts and sciences, education and business majors:

  • MGT 271 Principles of Management
  • MGT 315 Leadership and Teamwork
  • For hospitality and tourism majors:
  • HRT 140 Management and Leadership
  • MGT 315 Leadership and Teamwork

Ethical course requirements (choose one)

  • POL 337 Ethics and Politics
  • PHI 320 Business Management Ethics
  • PHI 304 Social and Political Philosophy

Analytical Course requirement (choose one)

  • CMS 361 Politics and Media
  • CMS 362 Information as Power
  • POL 334 American Presidency
  • POL 368 Revolutionary Leaders
  • Free elective with analytical content approved by student’s adviser and minor coordinator

Experiential Course requirement (choose one)

  • Internship or practicum as departmental or advised elective
  • MIL 101/102 Military Leadership
  • SPK 101 Public Speaking
  • Free elective with experiential content approved by student’s adviser and minor coordinator

Capstone course

  • MGT 461 Classics in Leadership
  • Internship/coop
  • Listed under various titles and descriptions.