Leadership Minor

Major in anything. Minor in Leadership.

The University of Minnesota Undergraduate Leadership Minor is among the oldest and largest Undergraduate Leadership Programs in the nation. As a department, we draw interest from local, national, and international organizations regarding our unique Intentional Emergence teaching style. We have compiled this site as a way for you as a student, educator, or guest to gain useful information on our program. We look forward to meeting you!

Minor Overview

The Leadership Minor program is interdisciplinary, multidimensional, experiential, and global. Students explore and experience multiple frameworks of leadership. The program prepares them for real-life leadership experiences, both on campus and in the larger global community by combining social change theories of leadership with the practice of adaptive leadership.

Academic Opportunities Non-Academic Opportunities
4 Core Courses CoffeeTalk Series
Directed Research Leadership Minor Blog
Directed Study Leadership Minor Intern Program
Study Abroad: Indonesia Mentorship Program
New York, San Francisco, and Minneapolis Internships Alumni Engagement


Strategic Partnership

The Undergraduate Leadership Minor’s strategic partnership within the University of Minnesota is core to its identity and mission. The conceptual idea to create the minor originated from an OSA assessment of student needs and interests related to leadership development. Housed within the Office of Student Affairs with academic partner the Office of Undergraduate Education, the Undergraduate Leadership Minor is uniquely structured within the University allowing for its activities to be a unique blend of both academic rigor and student support.

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The Partnership Structure Drives the Leadership Minor’s Work:

  • The program activities are a unique blend of academic rigor and student support
  • Able to leverage resources and expertise from academic and non-academic units
  • The program appeals to a diverse group of students and creates a multidisciplinary learning environment where students gain an understanding of leadership across disciplines and contexts
  • Our multidisciplinary structure guides our collaborative culture and behavior, allowing for the program to collaborate with many units (i.e CIE; OFYP) across the University as well as serve as a test site for various pilot projects.
  • The program curriculum translates theory to practice; Student Development Theory and Cognitive Development Theory aligns well with Personal Leadership Development Theory

Office of Undergraduate Education

OUE is our collegiate partner, connecting the Minor to its academic foundations and officially offers the Leadership Minor degree. The University Student Learning Outcomes has informed much of our curriculum development.

Office for Student Affairs

OSA has been a partner for the Leadership Minor since its founding in 1999 and highlights the importance of student development in our work. OSA is the home of our human resource and finance functions. The University Student Development Outcomes has been a foundation upon which we have built our pedagogy.

Faculty Steering Committee

The Faculty Steering Committee, headed by a Faculty Committee Chair, are our partners in curriculum and instruction in the program. The faculty steering committee and program course leads work together to develop curriculum, hire adjunct instructors, and appoint faculty instructors.