Leadership Minor

The Minor in Leadership is an interdisciplinary course of study meant to complement any major on campus by introducing perspectives and competencies to empower students to exercise leadership in their roles as professionals and active citizens. It contributes to Radford University’s mission, which includes a mandate that “develops students’ creative and critical thinking skills, teaches students to analyze problems and implement solutions, helps students discover their leadership styles, and fosters their growth as leaders.”

Aspiring leaders will learn to engage the complex challenges of exercising authority and managing change in their professions, communities, the nation, and the world at large. The framework of learning experiences in the Leadership Minor are designed to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and values to lead effectively and ethically in different contexts.

Students will be exposed to the theories and tools of leadership and the use of authority as well as the practical strategies for undertaking what leaders do – communicate and negotiate, build and inspire teams, manage organizations and enterprises, solve problems and produce results.

Required courses will incorporate experiential learning, team assignments and peer assessment, and reflections for students to gain an appreciation of their own styles and aspirations, strengths and weaknesses. These are steps toward greater self-awareness and personal effectiveness. Through the e-Portfolio assignment, students will reflect upon their experiences on the journey as developing leaders while at Radford University.

The Leadership Minor is administered by the Department of Political Science in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences.  The Minor is administered by the Director of the Leadership Minor housed in the department, and its courses are taught by faculty members from multiple disciplines. 


Students in the Leadership Minor must complete three (3) hours of coursework in each of the following six (6) areas of coursework:


  1. LEAD 110: Emerging Leadership  (Core Couse - 3 hours)


Prerequisites: Minimum of 2.0 GPA. The course is designed to expose students to new perspectives on leadership and to encourage students to recognize their own potential as leaders.  Through class discussions, readings, speakers and interactions, both on campus and in the community, students are introduced to leadership theories, traits, and skills. This course encourages students to be creative leaders, accept and celebrate diversity, recognize the importance of risk and change, and see the potential in every person to be a leader.


  1. Organizational, Professional, and Public Leadership (Electives - 3 hours)


CRJU 415 – Emergency Management

CRJU 470 – Criminal Justice Management

MGNT 350 - Owning and Managing a Business

MGNT 361 - Managing Professional Communication and Negotiation

MGNT 421 - Leadership and Motivation

MGNT 425 - Management of Change

MGNT 436 - Cultural Diversity and International Management

MGNT 450 - Managing New Venture Creation

NURS 449 - Leadership in Professional Practice

NURS 453 - Leadership in Nursing

POSC 300 - Public Administration

POSC 320 - Congress

POSC 321 - Presidency

POSC 339 - State and Local

POSC 335 - Public Policy

POSC 390 - Topics in Political Science (if approved)

POSC 432 - Public Organization Theory and Leadership

POSC 435 - Contemporary Problems in Public Administration

POSC 474 - American Political Thought

POSC 485 – Internship: Only three hours of POSC 485 are counted toward the minor.

POSC 498 - Independent Study: Only three hours of independent study are counted toward the minor.


  1. Leadership in a Globalizing World (Electives - 3 hours)


INST 101 - International Studies

INST 490 - Senior Seminar on Global Issues

POSC 231 - Introduction to Comparative Government

POSC 241 - Introduction to International Relations

POSC 341 - European Politics

POSC 350 - US Foreign and Defense Policy

POSC 351 - Model United Nations

POSC 352 - International Development

POSC 360 - International Law and Organizations

POSC 461 - Latin American Politics

POSC 343 - Asian Politics

POSC 485 – Internship: Only three hours of POSC 485 are counted toward the minor.

POSC 498 - Independent Study: Only three hours of independent study are counted toward the minor.


  1. Leadership Competencies, Strategies, and Issues (Electives - 3 hours)


COMS 114 - Public Speaking

COMS 250 - Interpersonal Communication

COMS 314 - Organizational Communications

COMS 430 - Crisis Management Communications

COMS 439 - Communication and Leadership

COMS 440 - Listening and Nonverbal Communication

COMS 444 - Media Management

COMS 451 - Intercultural and International Communication

COMS 457 - Diversity

COMS 459 - Conflict Management

ENGL 306 - Professional Writing

ENGL 307 - Business Writing

SOCY 110 – Introduction to Sociology

SOCY 121 - Understanding Cultures

SOCY 250 - Social Inequality

SOCY 331 - Race and Ethnic Relations

SOCY 361 - Work, Organizations, and Society

SOCY 365 – Society and the Individual


  1. Ethics in Leadership (Electives – 3 hours)


COMS 400 - Media Law and Ethics

POSC 202 - Ethical Inquiry in Political Science

PHIL 112 - Introduction: Ethics and Society

PHIL 310 - Professional Ethics


  1. POSC 410: Leadership Capstone (Core Course - 3 hours). 


The capstone course of the leadership minor includes independent research on leadership topics, case studies and in-class exercises on leadership challenges, actual or simulated problem-solving, team assignments, and reflection exercises.  Course activities will culminate in the development and presentation of the participants’ e-Portfolios. The course is designed to cultivate the personal disciplines of an effective leader.