The Comprehensive Leadership Program (CLP) at Gonzaga University provides selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to develop core knowledge and skills for leadership. The CLP fosters the development of individuals who lead for the common good. This interdisciplinary, experiential program exposes undergraduates to, and prepares them for, leadership experiences in the world. Students will explore power, authority and influence through three dimensions of leadership: self-awareness, relationship with others, and leadership for the common good.
Students who complete this undergraduate leadership minor will:
- gain knowledge and understanding of foundational leadership theories and demonstrate the ability to apply theories in the practice of leadership
- construct an evolving personal philosophy of leadership that demonstrates self-knowledge and theoretical understanding
- develop an understanding of organizational change processes, team dynamics, emotional intelligence, and conflict management within the practice of leadership
- acquire knowledge of diverse cultures, cross-cultural communication, the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the uses of power between groups
Undergraduates take the Minor in Leadership Studies in conjunction with their chosen major in any academic field, including business, engineering, nursing, computer science, biology, chemistry, education and the liberal arts. Admission to the Comprehensive Leadership Program is competitive and the application takes place during the fall of a student’s first year, and is based on demonstrated leadership and desire to study leadership through written essays, individual interviews, and group interviews.
Students in the Comprehensive Leadership Program complete the requirements for a Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, the arts and sciences, nursing and human physiology, or education, etc., along with a Minor in Leadership Studies. Students must satisfy the University and college core curricula relevant to their major.
The courses listed below constitute the Minor in Leadership Studies for undergraduate students. The program is designed flexibly so that students with any major can graduate in four years. Waivers and substitutions for department requirements may be granted to meet special academic needs. In addition, the University waives the fees for credits in excess of the usual eighteen-credit per semester limit for qualified students, up to 21 hours per semester when taking an LDRS course in that semester.
CLP students will complete the following Leadership Studies LDRS courses that amount to 15 credit hours, and select 6 credit hours from the interdisciplinary list of courses, one of which must be an LDRS course.
Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership Studies (COML) and Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (ORGL) 4+1 Pathway Program:
Majors interested in pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication and Leadership Studies (COML) or a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership (ORGL) may apply to the graduate program at the end of the academic year immediately preceding their final year of undergraduate study. Those who meet the COML or ORGL admissions standards will be granted provisional acceptance. During their final year of undergraduate study, these students will be able to enroll in up to six graduate-level COML or ORGL credits in addition to their undergraduate course load, with no additional or separate charge for graduate credits. "4+1" students will be limited to a maximum of 18 credits per semester, including graduate credits, in each of the two semesters of their final year of undergraduate study.
Leadership Studies Minor: 21 credits
|Leadership Studies Common Courses: 15 credits|
|LDRS 200 Foundations of Leadership||3 credits|
|LDRS 315 Theories of Leadership & Organizations||3 credits|
|LDRS 325 The Practice of Leadership||3 credits|
|LDRS 375 Leading Across Cultures||3 credits|
|LDRS 450 Contemporary Issues in Leadership||3 credits|
|Interdisciplinary Electives for Leadership Minor||6 credits|
|BENT 490 Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship|
|BRCO 470 Broadcast Leadership|
|COMM 401 Communication and Leadership|
|COMM 430/INST 430 Intersectional Communication|
|COMM 440/INST 440 Rhetoric of Social Change|
|ECON 311 Global Economic Issues|
|EDTE 305 Intercultural Competence Development|
|ENSC 405 Engineering Project Management|
|INST 344 International Organizations|
|INST 350 International Ethics|
|LDRS 355 Intercultural Experience on Leadership|
|LDRS 390 Outdoor Leadership|
|LDRS 392 Women in Leadership|
|LDRS 394 Leadership and Storytelling|
|LDRS 395 Service and Leadership|
|LDRS 396 Leadership & Social Change|
|LDRS 397 Leadership and Film|
|LDRS 497 Leadership Internship|
|MGMT 350 Principles of Management|
|MGMT 355 International Management|
|PHIL 455 Health Care Ethics|
|PRLS 450 Organizational Issues for PR|
|PSYC 380 Industrial-Organizational Psychology|
|RELI 327 Christian Leadership|
|SOCI 330 Society and the Individual|
|WGST 202 Gender, Difference, and Power|
|WGST 303 isms: Racism, Classism, Sexism|
In addition to the course work above, Comprehensive Leadership Program students participate in a variety of co-curricular activities including seminars, retreats, and speakers.