The minor in Leadership Studies consists of courses from the Department of Leadership Studies and a number of other academic departments. The minor highlights and reinforces the centrality of leadership in the Citadel experience. The minor in Leadership Studies is intended for students who wish to supplement their study with a scholarly consideration of the subject of leadership, as applied to their major field. Leadership Scholars will undertake a minor in Leadership Studies.
The minor in Leadership Studies addresses learning concepts and critical thinking about leadership from various analytical perspectives and, as a result, gives students a broad understanding of the nature of effective, ethical leadership. This minor complements the “leadership laboratory” aspect of cadet life and the development of leadership skills gained through required leadership courses at The Citadel. The minor focuses on building an understanding of the nature and concepts of leadership through interdisciplinary study employing historical, political, literary, psychological, and organizational approaches to the subject. Whereas ROTC courses and participation in the structured, hierarchical regimen of the Citadel Corps of Cadets teach the students discipline, perseverance, respect for authority, and the ability to lead, the minor in Leadership Studies builds on those practical experiences with a scholarly focus on the subject. Looking at the dynamics and theoretical models of leadership, the various courses examine leadership questions and challenges, not only with respect to effectiveness, but also in their ethical aspects-such as diversity and inclusion, power dynamics, and questions of duty versus individual responsibility.
Structure of the Minor:
The minor in Leadership Studies consists of five courses (15 credit hours total): LDRS 371 - Leadership in Organizations ; LDRS 433 - Special Topics in Leadership (W) , LDRS 433 - Special Topics in Leadership (1), and LDRS 433 - Special Topics in Leadership (2); LDRS 401 - Senior Leadership Seminar/Project ; as well as two approved academic electives from the schools/departments of Education; English; History; Leadership Studies; Health and Human Performance; Political Science; and Psychology. The list of approved minor courses is provided below. Please review the various Department sections to identify pre-requisites for any of the Leadership Studies minor courses.