The Minor in Leadership provides a formalized pathway for students to study and develop competencies for leadership in their professional and public lives.
We believe leadership education is a critical component of an undergraduate education, whatever major they choose to pursue. Designed to make explicit the often implicit teaching and learning of leadership, this 25-credit interdisciplinary minor offers a framework that combines explicit leadership teaching, practice and reflection. This minor will support students’ unique leadership development paths through a combination of required and self-determined courses that leverage course offerings throughout the university community.
The creation of the Minor in Leadership was motivated by the following needs:
- In today’s increasingly complex and interconnected global society, higher education institutions are called upon to cultivate students’ leadership capacity to respond to the social, political, scientific and moral dilemmas and opportunities of our time. An interdisciplinary leadership minor provides a mechanism for making more explicit and activating the University of Washington’s vision to “educate a diverse student body to become responsible global citizens and future leaders.” The interdisciplinary aspect of this minor acknowledges the importance of cross-disciplinary learning for effective leadership in addressing today’s complex societal and global challenges.
- Research demonstrates that the study and practice of leadership can be developed, which affords higher education institutions both the opportunity and responsibility to invest in student leadership education. While many leadership education opportunities currently exist for students in and outside the classroom, a formalized and structured approach to study and practice leadership more effectively accelerates students’ leadership learning and development. In addition, a critical but often overlooked aspect needed to accelerate one’s leadership development is intentional reflection. This leadership minor places an emphasis on students’ reflective practice to support them in making meaning and connections in their undergraduate education.
- An interdisciplinary leadership minor also meets the increased employer demand for leadership skills. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the top five skills sought by prospective employers are: leadership, teamwork, communication and problem solving skills (NACE, 2016). To meet the needs of today’s employers, higher education institutions must be able to graduate students who have content and technical competence and proficiency in core leadership skills.
- Program Contacts
- CELE Fellowships
- CELE K-12 Tutor and Mentor
- Community-Engaged Courses (formerly service-learning)
- Next Gen Civic Leader Corps
- Dream Project
- Husky Leadership Certificate
- Internship GEN ST 350 Course
- Othello-UW Commons
- Riverways Education Partnerships
- Undergraduate Community Based Internships (UCBI)