Minor in Leadership Studies

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At its April 2015 meeting, Widener’s Faculty Council unanimously approved a Minor in Leadership Studies to be housed at the Oskin Leadership Institute and under the administration of the Oskin Academic Committee, composed of faculty from each School and College.



Over 1,500 U.S. colleges and universities currently grant a leadership degree, whether a major, minor or a certificate (see International Leadership Association, 2014, www.ila-net.org/resources).

As an academic discipline, the field of leadership studies has spawned a range of peer-reviewed journals, from the highly-respected Leadership Quarterly to the Journal of Leadership Studies and the Journal of Leadership Education. Significantly, the academic study of leadership leverages scholarship across the humanities, social sciences and beyond.

The primary aim of Widener’s Minor in Leadership Studies is to provide students with the skills and capacities to understand and recognize the relevant theories, styles and practices of effective leadership. A secondary aim is to equip students with the ability to critically assess, reflect and learn from their own personal leadership experiences, both inside the classroom and beyond.  

Why a leadership studies minor?

  • Advances the university’s 2021 Strategic Plan
  • Differentiates Widener from other (metropolitan area) universities
  • Responds to growing student interest
  • Leadership studies is increasingly recognized as an academic discipline 

Guiding principles for a proposed leadership studies minor

  • Available to all Widener undergraduates (regardless of major)
  • Vigorously inter- and multi-disciplinary
  • Involve faculty across all Schools and College
  • Academically rigorous (especially writing enriched)
  • Ample experiential learning opportunities

Proposed learning outcomes

Upon completion of the leadership minor, the student will be able to:

Outcome #1:   Demonstrate understanding and recognition of relevant theories, styles and

             practices of effective leadership

Outcome #2:   Critically assess, reflect and learn from personal leadership experiences

Outcome #3:   Model leadership as an influencing process

Outcome #4:   Consistently practice the four key attributes of professional and civic

leadership (ILO#3): integrity, initiative, collaboration, decision-making skills


Course of study

  • A total of 18 credits required
  • One introductory Leadership Theory course (3 credits, aligns with Outcomes 1 and 3)
  • Three Leadership-in-Context courses, ranging across the Widener course catalogue

(9 credits, aligns with Outcomes 1 and 3). Each of these courses, in some capacity or context, will underscore that leadership is an influencing process. Applicable courses will be approved by the proposed Oskin Academic Committee.

  • Two Leadership Development modules (1.5 credits each, aligns with Outcome 4)
  • One Leadership Capstone course (3 credits, aligns with Outcomes 1-4, especially Outcome 2)