Why study leadership studies?

The KU Leadership Studies Minor (LSM) believes that leadership is a process, not an outcome. Effective leadership starts with effective communication, and therefore students develop their learning around the adaptive leadership paradigm and develop core leadership competencies in order to mobilize others to tackle tough challenges and thrive.

Requirements for the Minor

Leadership studies is an 18-credit hour interdisciplinary minor offered through the communication studies department.  The minor requires completion of COMS 201 and COMS 202 as prerequisites, and the additional 18-credit hours as identified below. Due to limited space capacity, top candidates will be given preferential permission to enroll in the subsequent COMS courses in the minor. Therefore, students may apply for admission to the minor while taking COMS 202 or upon completion of the course. Course work involves studying theory and research in leadership and applying it to the students’ leadership experiences. Communication studies majors may earn a minor in leadership studies, but the COMS courses required for the minor cannot be used to fulfill communication studies major requirements.

Introductory Coursework (0)
Minors must complete intoductory leadership coursework. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the minor.
Introduction to Leadership. Satisfied by:
Introduction to Leadership
Introduction to Leadership Applications. Satisfied by:
Introduction to Leadership Applications
The minor requires 18 hours as follows:
Communication Studies Course Requirements (9)
Communication and Leadership. Satisfied by:
COMS 431Communication and Leadership3
Seminar in Leadership Strategies and Applications. Satisfied by:
COMS 531Seminar in Leadership Strategies and Applications3
Leadership Studies Practicum. Satisfied by:
COMS 532Leadership Studies Practicum3
1 course from each of the following categories:
Ethics (3)3
Ethical Issues in Political Communication
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Ethics Honors
Moral Issues in Business
Moral Issues in the Professions
Moral Issues in Medicine
Moral Issues in Computer Technology
Environmental Ethics
Medical Ethics: Professional Responsibilities
Social Problems and American Values
Social Problems and American Values, Honors
Religious Ethics and Moral Decisions
Religious Ethics
Science, Technology, and Society
Environmental Justice and Public Policy
Legal/Ethical Foundation for Professional Nursing Practice
Community Development (3)3
Community Leadership
Community Leadership, Honors
Building Healthy Communities
Organizations in Society
The Community
Urban Sociology
Social Organization
Social Movements
Conflict Resolution
American Economic Development
Environmental Policy Analysis
Environmental Law
Urban Geography
Political Communication
Campaigns and Elections
Interest Group Politics
Psychology and Social Issues
Leadership and Management in Nursing
Health Care Systems
Social Work, Social Welfare and U.S. Society
Community and Organizational Dynamics and Human Behavior
Concepts of Military Management
Leadership Studies
Principles of Naval Organization and Management
Leadership, Diversity, and Culture (3)3
The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation
Black Leadership
The Black Woman
Global Ethnic and Racial Relations
The Civil Rights Movement
Social History of Black Aging in America
American Identities
American Racial and Ethnic Relations
Cultural Diversity in the United States
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Communication and Gender
Intercultural Communication: The Afro-American
Communication and Culture
Black Leadership
Culture and Psychology
Topics in U.S. Ethnic Literature: _____
Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature
Introduction to African-American Literature
American Indian Literature: _____
Women and Literature: _____
Independent Living and People with Disabilities
History, Women, and Diversity in the U.S.
History of the Peoples of Kansas
History of the American Indian
History of Kansas
History of the Plains Indians
The Contemporary Afro-American Experience
Seminar in: _____
Language in Culture and Society
Women and Politics
Individual Differences
Stereotyping and Prejudice Across Cultures
Psychology of Women
Sociology of Sex Roles
Marginal Groups and Subcultures
Race and the American Theatre
Diversity in Media
Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice: Culturally Competent Social Work

Minor Hours & GPA

While completing all required courses, majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses and 3 hours of 201/202 as the pre-requisite to the minor.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 hours of junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including Fs and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.