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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Leadership Studies

Leadership Studies

Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education (CHSE)

3214 Benjamin Building, 301-405-8627


The Leadership Studies program promotes college student leadership development by educating undergraduate students for and about leadership in a complex world.  The goal of the Minor is to prepare students to serve effectively in formal and informal leadership roles in campus, local, national, and global contexts. The Minor also encourages students to identify a working philosophy of leadership that can advance students’ thinking around ethics, civic engagement, and the importance of working within diverse and multicultural environments.  These areas are critical aspects of leadership that require faculty and students to build and critically evaluate existing theoretical, research-based, and practical knowledge of leadership.  Students in the Minor can use their knowledge, skills, and competencies gained from this academic program to enhance their sense of self, engagement with others, and better identify their values in future aspirations.  Core courses in the Minor are sequenced to meet increasingly complex sets of learning outcomes across cognitive, personal development, and group/organizational domains.


In order to apply for the Certificate or Minor in Leadership Studies, students must: 

  1. You have completed at least 30 credit hours of college credit
  2. You are in good academic standing
  3. You are enrolled in HESI 217 or have completed EDCP 217/HESI 217 with a C- or better.
  4. You have completed no more than 9 credits of the Leadership Studies program coursework
  5. You have more than one full academic year before you graduate

Application Procedures and Forms:

Applications will be made available as an online form, during select times each semester, for a period of two weeks.  The application will ask eligible students to identify demographic information, a list of (on and off-campus) involvements (if any), and respond to three short-essay questions.  Applicants must also provide a resume and an unofficial University transcript. 

After the closing application date, applications will be reviewed and applicants will be notified within two to three weeks by email. 

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrates a commitment or experience in leadership, either in studying or practicing leadership
  • Contributes to the diversity of students in the Minor
  • Illustrates capacity to utilize leadership theories and skills
  • Exhibits a commitment to intrapersonal and interpersonal growth and development through the study of leadership

Minor Completion Requirements

The CHSE Minor in Leadership Studies consists of 15 credit hours. No more than six credits can also be applied to a student's major, and no more than six credits may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland College Park. No course with an earned grade below "C-" may count towards the Minor.

Requirements for the Minor (15 total hours)*

  • HESI217 - Introduction to Leadership (3 credits)
  • HESI315 - Leadership in Groups and Organizations (3 credits)
  • HESI318 - Applied Contextual Leadership OR HESI418 - Special Topics in Leadership (3 credits)
  • HESI417 - Advanced Leadership Seminar (3 credits)
  • ONE elective course, from our pre-approved elective list (total 3 credits)

Contact Leadership Studies at  leadershipstudies@umd.edu   with questions and interests in the Minor.  

The Leadership Studies program is a partnership between the College of Education and the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, Center for Campus Life.  More information is also listed at: http://umddepartments.orgsync.com/org/leadershipstudies/ .

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