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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Minor in Leadership Studies

Leadership Studies Minor Brochure

Mission Statement

The Minor in Leadership Studies is designed to address learning, scholarship, and critical thinking about leadership from various analytical perspectives and, as a result, to give students a broad understanding of the nature of effective leadership. This minor complements the "leadership laboratory" aspect of cadet life at The Citadel through interdisciplinary study employing historical, political, literary, psycholgical, and business administration 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 command, the minor in Leadership Studies builds on those practical experiences with an academic focus on the subject. Looking at factual, fictional, and theoretical models of leadership, the various courses examine leadership questions not only with respect to effectiveness but also in their more problematic aspects-such as abuse of power, male and female stereotypes, cultural chauvinism, and questions of duty versus individual responsibility. The curriculum as a whole addresses issues of leadership as such, as opposed to a concern with issues directly related to the circumstances of particular times and places.

Program Overview

The minor in Leadership Studies consists of core leadership courses and from a number of academic departments. The minor highlights and reinforces the centrality of leadership in all organizations and in The Citadel experience. The minor focuses on the nature of leadership as well as on the development of effective leadership skills and practices. The minor in Leadership Studies is intended for students who are majoring in any field and seeking to supplement their study with a scholarly consideration of leadership.

Structure of the Minor

The minor in Leadership Studies consists of five (5) three credit hours courses (15 credit hours total).Minor students must take LDRS 371 or BADM 371- Leadership in Organizations and LDRS 401- Senior Seminar in Leadership, three academic electives from the schools/departments of Education, English, Business Administration, History, Political Science, and Psychology. At least nine (9) of the credit hours must be completed at The Citadel.

Required Courses (3 for a total of 9 credit hours)

BADM 371 (Taken Fall 2019 or before only)

Leadership in Organizations

LDRS 433

Leadership in Community Engagement

Leaders Abroad


Senior Leadership Seminar/Project


Academic Electives (Choose 2 for a total of 6 credit hours)

LDRS 320

Leadership Communications

LDRS 433*

Experiential, Internship, Study Away, Service Learning, Research Course, Special Topics Course
*This option will only count as an elective if you have already taken your required LDRS 433 and are choosing a different option for your elective.

BADM 409

Human Resource Management

BADM 412

Business Ethics

BADM 424

Inclusion and Diversity at Work

BADM 430-02

Market Ethics in Modern Society

BIOL 292 Leadership for Environmental Sustainability

EDUC 330

Developing Leadership Skills through Peer Counseling

ENGL 371

Literary Paradigms of Leadership

HIST 371

Historical Studies in Leadership

HIST 382

History/Military Leadership

NURS 404 Nursing Leadership

PESM 404

Leadership in Health, Exercise, and Sport Science Organizations

PHIL 290


PMGT 401

Project Management Career Skills

PSCI 305

American Presidency

PSCI 306

The Legislative Process

PSCI 371

Leadership in Politics

PSYC 371

Psychology of Leadership Experiential Course

 Total Credits Required

15 credit hours (at least 9 credits must be completed at The Citadel)

Sophomore Seminar in Principled Leadership

Course Overview

Required of all second-year cadets, this course focuses on The Citadel core values of honor, duty, and respect as those values constitute principled leadership. The course also assists cadets in the process of transitioning from the fresman year to the sophomore year and enables them to reflect upon their experiences of The Citadel's fourth-class system as they learn more about effective, ethical leadership. In addition, the course includes a focus on service as a component of principled leadership through a service learning experience. This course is a graded, one (1) credit hour course.This course is a pre-requisite to LDRS 371 and Krause Center experiences in LDRS 311 and LDRS 411. A student must have permission of the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs to withdraw from LDRS 201.


ROTC Fulfillment Program

The ROTC Fulfillment Program is for non-contracting upper-level cadets. To find more information on this program, click the ROTC Fulfillment Program menu tab to learn more.


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