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 Institute for Leadership Studies.  The minor requires completion of LDST 201 and LDST 202 or LDST 203 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 LDST courses in the minor. Therefore, students may apply for admission to the minor while taking LDST 202 or LDST 203 or upon completion of the course. Course work involves studying theory and research in leadership and applying it to the students’ leadership experiences. 

Introductory Coursework (0)
Minors must complete intoductory leadership coursework. These hours do not contribute to the minimum number of hours required for the minor. Choose one of the following:
Introduction to Leadership
and Introduction to Leadership Applications
Introduction to Leadership, Honors
The minor requires 18 hours as follows:
Leadership Studies Course Requirements (7-9)
Communication and Leadership. Satisfied by:
LDST 431Communication and Leadership3
Seminar in Leadership Strategies and Applications. Satisfied by:
LDST 535Seminar in Leadership Strategies and Applications3
Leadership Studies Practicum. Satisfied by:
LDST 532Leadership Studies Practicum1-3
1 course from each of the following categories:
Ethics (3)3
Ethical Decision Making in Business
Ethical Issues in Political Communication
Ethics, Law, and Professional Issues in School Psychology
Sport Ethics
Science, Technology, and Society
Ethics and Professional Practice
Ethical Decision Making in Business
Professional Development II: Image, Roles, and Ethics
Legal/Ethical Foundation for Professional Nursing Practice
The Literature of Human Rights
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Ethics Honors
Moral Issues in Business
Moral Issues in the Professions
Moral Issues in Sports
Moral Issues in Medicine
Moral Issues in Computer Technology
Environmental Ethics
Contemporary Ethical Theory
Feminist Theories in Ethics
History of Ethics
Medical Ethics: Life and Death Issues
Medical Ethics: Professional Responsibilities
Ethical, Legal, and Cultural Issues in Patient Care
Environmental Justice and Public Policy
Corruption, Crisis and Scandal
International Ethics
Conducting the People's Business Ethically
Religious Ethics and Moral Decisions
Religious Ethics
Social Problems and American Values
Social Problems and American Values, Honors
Social Problems and American Values, Honors
Community Development (3)3
Community Leadership
Community Leadership, Honors
Community Leadership, Honors
Building Healthy Communities
Building Healthy Communities, Honors
Leadership Studies
Leadership Studies
Concepts of Military Management
Organizational Behavior
Income Distribution and Inequality
Income Distribution and Inequality, Honors
American Economic Development
Recent American Economic History
Making Connections Between Schools and Community
Environmental Policy Analysis
Environmental Law
Environmental Politics and Policy
The Politics of Public Health
Urban Geography
Stratcom I: Introduction to Strategic Communication
Leadership in Business Organizations
Organizational Behavior
Organizational Behavior, Honors
Principles of Naval Organization and Management
Leadership and Management in Nursing
Health Care Systems and Informatics
Political Communication
Social Welfare, Taxation, and the Citizen
Urban Politics
Campaigns and Elections
Interest Group Politics
Formulation of Public Policy
Public Policy Analysis
The Politics of Social Policy
The Politics of Public Health
Social Psychology
Social Psychology, Honors
Psychology and Social Issues
Introduction to Public Administration
Introduction to Public Administration, Honors
Hard Choices in Public Administration: _____
Bureaucracy, Public Administration, and the Private Sector
Metropolitics and Macroproblems: The American City in Local and Global Context
Generating, Allocating and Managing Public Resources
Principles of Social Problems
Population and Society
Organizations in Society
The Community
Urban Sociology
Sociology of Immigration
Conflict Resolution
Groups and Associations
Social Organization
Social Movements
Social Work, Social Welfare and U.S. Society
Community and Organizational Dynamics and Human Behavior
Social Policy Analysis and Advocacy
Women and Leadership: The Legislative Process
Leadership, Diversity, and Culture (3)3
The Black Experience in the U.S. Since Emancipation
African American Women: Colonial Era to the Present
Black Leadership
The Black Woman
Global Ethnic and Racial Relations
The Civil Rights Movement
Social History of Black Aging in America
Independent Living and People with Disabilities
American Identities
America's Latinos/Latinas
American Racial and Ethnic Relations
Global Ethnic and Racial Relations
North American Indians
Cultural Diversity in the United States
Introduction to Intercultural Communication
Communication and Gender
Intercultural Communication: The Afro-American
Communication and Culture
Cultural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in K-12 Schools
Twentieth Century Literature and Culture
Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature
Introduction to African-American Literature
Topics in U.S. Ethnic Literature: _____
American Indian Literature: _____
Women and Literature: _____
U.S. Latina/o Literature: _____
African American Literature: _____
Race and the American Documentary
US Diversity in Visual Culture
Environment, Culture and Society
American Culture, 1877 to the Present
History, Women, and Diversity in the U.S.
History of Women and the Body
History of the Peoples of Kansas
History of American Women--1870 to Present
History of the American Indian
History of Kansas
History of the Plains Indians
The Contemporary Afro-American Experience
Seminar in: _____
Comparative and Cross-Cultural Management
Diversity in Media
Language in Culture and Society
Language in Culture and Society, Honors
Language and Gender
Latino Politics in the U.S.
Women and Politics
Individual Differences
Stereotyping and Prejudice Across Cultures
Psychology of Women
Culture and Psychology
Diversity in Public Administration
Health, Gender, and Society
Sociology of Sex Roles
Marginal Groups and Subcultures
Gender and Society
Women and Work
Wealth, Power, and Inequality
Global Ethnic and Racial Relations
Gender in the Global Context
Ethnicity in the United States: _____
Diversity, Oppression, and Social Justice: Culturally Competent Social Work
African-American Theatre and Drama
Race and the American Theatre
Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Honors
African American Women: Colonial Era to the Present
Perspectives in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Women in Contemporary African Literature
The Anthropology of Gender: Female, Male, and Beyond
History of American Women: 1870 to Present

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.