Structure & Coursework

The Comprehensive Leadership Program (CLP) consists of:

  • Six (6) Academic Courses (Phase 1, 2, & 3), and
  • A series of Co-curricular Leadership Opportunities, Activities, and Experiences.

The courses and activities are organized around three distinct "themes" or phases. By design, each phase begins in the Spring semester, and approximately 40 students will be admitted into the program within a given academic year.

If a CLP course puts a student over 18 credits in a semester (up to 21), the extra fee will be waived. Students are responsible for extra fees related to any non-CLP credits.

Phase 1 - Leadership in the Context of Self-Identity

Construction of a personal definition of leadership on the basis of knowledge of self and the acquisition of concepts in formal academic leadership theory

  • LDRS 220 Introduction to Leadership (1 credit) – Spring, Freshman Year
  • LDRS 221 Profiles in Leadership (1 credit) – Fall, Sophomore Year

Phase 2 - Relational Leadership

Development of key leadership skills: empathy, social skills, conflict management, team building

  • LDRS 320 Theories in Leadership Development (1 credit) – Spring, Sophomore Year
  • LDRS 321 Dynamics of Leadership (1 credit) – Fall, Junior Year

Phase 3 - Leadership in Action

Creation of mentoring opportunities; community-based servant leadership; increased involvement in leadership activities

  • LDRS 489 Leadership Elective* (2-3 credits) select from classes listed below – Spring Junior Year or Senior Year
  • LDRS 440 Servant Leadership (2 credit) – Fall Senior Year

Leadership Elective Courses offered:

*Electives will be offered by faculty based on student learning objectives and faculty expertise. Electives offered through the program include:

  • LDRS 489.01 Service and Leadership (2 credits)
  • LDRS 489.02 Leadership and Storytelling (3 credits)
  • LDRS 489.04 Leadership and Film (3 credits)
  • LDRS 489.05 Leadership and Governance (1 credit)
  • LDRS 390 Outdoor Leadership (2 credits)

Co-curricular activities

In addition to the academic component (six academic courses listed above), students are required to take part in a number of co-curricular activities, designed to complement the in-class experience. These include:

Leadership FishBowl
An event held each semester in which a featured leadership speaker is sponsored by the Comprehensive Leadership Program. This leadership conversation has included leaders from various educational and business institutions in the Inland Northwest including Jess Walter (New York Times Best-Selling author), Tyler Lafferty (Entrepreneur and Principal of Seven2 and 14Four), Harold Gilkey (CEO of Sterling Savings Bank), Betsy Cowles (Chair of the Board of Cowles Publishing Co), amongst many others.

Annual Leadership Seminar/Workshop (Fall)
Each fall semester, the Comprehensive Leadership Program hosts a half-day seminar focusing on a specific aspect of leadership development. Previous topics have included leadership and diversity, improv and leadership, and team building skills.

Annual Overnight Leadership Retreat (Spring)
During the spring semester, the CLP provides an overnight retreat with the goal of building community and developing additional leadership competencies and skills. In recent years the topics have included: Unpacking Civic Identity, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership through the eyes of Native American culture, and Leading through Conflict. 

CLP Spring Break Service Trip
During Gonzaga's Spring Break, the Comprehensive Leadership Program brings 12-15 students to Los Angeles for a week-long service experience.  This optional experience for CLP students offers an opportunity to serve in various communities while reflecting on Robert Greenleaf's Servant Leadership principles. 

Coughlin Hall Leadership Living/Learning Community
Coughlin Hall Leadership floor is a themed residence at Gonzaga University for freshman and sophomore students interested in living and studying leadership and service.  In partnership with Housing and Residence Life office, the Comprehensive Leadership Program offers students various educational programming opportunities within the context of a leadership community. 

Zambia Servant-Leadership Summer Course
In the spirit of developing leaders for the common good, the Comprehensive Leadership Program sponsors a summer academic course in the southern African country of Zambia.  This optional experience for CLP students provides an international service-learning experience for one month in a small African town.  The course entitled, Intercultural Servant Leadership, offers a unique perspective on Greenleaf's servant-leadership principles and concepts while providing rigorous academic and experiential education in this international setting. 

Ignatian Leaders Scholarship Competition
Each spring, Gonzaga University hosts a scholarship competition for incoming students committed to academics, community service, character, and leadership. The students of the Comprehensive Leadership Program assist in the facilitation of the leadership competition and the selection process. Many of these Ignatian Leaders Scholars (ILS) participate in the Comprehensive Leadership Program as enrolled students. 

Leadership Development Consultation
The CLP students have facilitated leadership training and development for various organizations, agencies, and businesses. This has included half-day retreats or leadership talks for the ARC of Spokane, Lewis and Clark High School, Creston School, Central Valley High School, Youth Leadership Spokane and Inchelium School District.

Tilford Center
502 E. Boone Ave.
Spokane, WA 99258-2616
Phone: (509) 313-3569

CLP Program Coordinator
Kristin Telin
Tilford Center, Office 223
Phone: (509) 313-3485