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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Public Leadership

Maryland School of Public Policy
1118 Taliaferro

The minor in Public Leadership allows students to examine pressing issues (the global environment, democratization and human rights, crime and the penal system, diversity and affirmative action, poverty and inequality, and the quality of public education) facing leaders today.  The minor directs students to think critically about the viable solutions needed to solve problems which require effective leadership for the public good. The Public Leadership minor engages students in learning about leadership for the public good and effective citizenship. Additionally, the minor will serve as a feeder for the school’s graduate program.

Objectives and Learning Outcomes

The minor in Public Leadership has the following objectives:

  1. To develop students’ knowledge of leadership theories;
  2. To offer undergraduate students a coherent and integrated public leadership curriculum;
  3. To give undergraduate students an education providing knowledge and skills appropriate to the understanding and exercise of appropriate leadership in their chosen professions, organizations, and communities;
  4. To create and support a community of young public leaders who hold a common interest in leadership studies;
  5. To offer students who are interested in public service a place to begin to build an intellectual foundation which will allow them to address the problems of the next decade;
  6. To prepare our students for the responsibilities of leadership and citizenship in a complex world; and
  7. To gain experience in applying leadership theories and concepts in a structured internship experience.

Requirements: 15 approved credits, at least 9 of which are 300- or 400-level. All courses taken for a minor must be completed with a minimum grade of "C-". A minimum C (2.00) cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy the minor is also required. Notes: No more than 6 credits may overlap between the major and the Public Leadership Minor, unless otherwise approved by the major department. Additionally, courses completed in one minor may not be used to satisfy the requirements in another minor.

At least 3 credits from one of the following Anchor courses:

  • PUAF201 Leadership for the Common Good; (3 credits): Two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion/recitation per week. This course is designed to provide undergraduate students an introduction to leadership theory and civic studies and a chance to practice a core set of practical skills relevant to various kinds or leadership, such as transformational and collaborative leadership.
  • PUAF302 Leadership: Philosophy, Policy and Praxis; (3 credits): Leadership as a search for meaning, identity and purpose are explored. Also introduces major philosophical traditions, from the ancient world to the modern one, and encourages students to ground their leadership interests and aspirations in a disciplined process of self-reflection, critical thinking and inquiry.
  • PUAF288P Special Topics in Public Policy; Introduction to Public Policy (3 credits): There is much more to public policy than who wins and who loses. This course will provide a broad understanding of the policy making process, and the tools for analyzing and managing successful policies and briefly considers various policy arenas, including education policy, and economic/fiscal policy.  There will be optional visits to external institutions involved in the practice of public policy.

The remaining 12 credits will be selected by the student from a list of approved signature courses and electives. A credit-bearing experiential learning option for which a grade is earned, e.g., internship, study abroad, research project, etc. can count as part of the remaining 12 credits. The experiential learning option must be linked to public leadership and approved in advance.

Please see the Public Leadership Minor website or email plminor@umd.edu for additional information on requirements and the application process.

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