Frequently Asked Questions

If I have not yet declared a major, can I still take courses in the minor?

Yes! Start with LEAD 260. That is the pre-requisite course for the rest of the required courses in the Minor. Then take one or more of the elective courses. Once you have declared a major and have earned at least 30 credit hours, you can complete the Statement of Intent for the minor and continue completing the requirements.

How is the Leadership Studies Minor different from the Illinois Leadership Center's Leadership Certificate program?

A significant emphasis within the Minor is the academic study of leadership theory, while the emphasis of services within the Leadership Center is successful leadership practice. The Minor in Leadership Studies will appear on your University of Illinois transcript, while the certificate will not.

While the Leadership Certificate requires two leadership courses, the Minor-approved courses are specific to studying leadership with a theoretical lens. The Minor will also include a cross-campus Faculty Advisory Committee to ensure academic rigor.

How many semesters will it take me to complete the minor?

Typically students take 3-4 semesters to complete the Minor in Leadership Studies.

Who is currently on the Minor in Leadership Studies Faculty Advisory Committee?

Geoffrey Love, Associate Professor, Business Administration (Chair)
Jenn Smist, Coordinator, Minor in Leadership Studies, College of ACES (ex officio)
Tara Earls-Larrison, Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work
Kim Graber, Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Community Health, College of AHS
Beth Hoag, Associate Director, Illinois Leadership Center (ex officio)
Peter Kuchinke, Professor, College of Education
Susan Larson, Assistant Dean, College of Engineering
Kathy Martensen, Assistant Provost, Office of the Provost
David Rosch, Interim Associate Dean, College of ACES (ex officio)