Leadership Studies


Nature of Program

The leadership studies minor complements a traditional academic major by exposing students to leadership history and theory as well as giving them practical experience through experiential learning.


The study of leadership is supported by several scholarships and awards.  These funds support academic and extracurricular enrichment activities to enhance the student’s study, practice, and understanding of “mobilizing others to bring about sustained positive change,” the definition of leadership for this minor.  The scholarships include:

  • Milan Puskar Leadership Scholars Program
  • Emma G. Noe Scholarship

For more information about the application process, please contact the Leadership Studies Office or check the website.

Leadership Studies Minor


Students must earn a grade of C- or better in each of the three core courses and a minimum GPA of 2.0 across the nine elective hours.

Core Courses: (must be taken in sequence)9
Principles of Leadership
Problems in Leadership
Leadership in Action
Upper Division Courses *9
Select 9 hours from the following:
Principles of Marketing
Managing Individuals and Teams
Business Ethics
Survey of Marketing
Survey of Management
Business and Professional Communication
Organizational Communication
Nonverbal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Advanced Organizational Communication
Survey of Entrepreneurship
Colonial Africa and Independence
Modern China
The Vietnam War
The French Wars of Religion
Hitler and the Third Reich
History of Fascism
Britain 1455-1603
West Africa to 1885
History of Modern Mexico
Civil War and Reconstruction
United States Civil Rights Movement
Total Quality Management
Designing Decision Support System
Team Facilitation
Leadership and Athletics
Women and Leadership
Readings in Leadership
Special Topics
Independent Study
Human Resource Management Fundamentals
Corporate Social Responsibility
Military Science
Military Science
Military Science
Military Science
Ethical Theory
Philosophy of Law
History of Ethics
American Presidency
Public Opinion and Politics
West Virginia Government
Gender/Politics and Policy
Foreign Policy Decision-Making
Complex Organizations
Sociology of American Business
Social Movements
Leadership Studies 1
Leadership Studies 2
National Security/Active Duty 1
National Security/Active Duty 2
Total Hours18


LDR 201. Principles of Leadership. 3 Hours.

This course serves as an introduction to leadership theory and practice. The course will examine various aspects of the literature on leadership; provide practice for developing leadership skills; and offer personal experiences for self-reflection.

LDR 301. Problems in Leadership. 3 Hours.

PR: LDR 201. Students will survey a series of case studies, both historical and imagined, in which leadership either succeeds or fails.

LDR 330. Leadership and Athletics. 3 Hours.

PR: LDR 201. Examines leadership in the context of sport with historical and contemporary examples. Different levels of sport will be discussed. Issues related to followership and organizational culture, relevance of motivational theory, and team relationships are explored.

LDR 335. Women and Leadership. 3 Hours.

Uses academic literature related to leadership, women, and feminist theory to analyze differences in female and male leadership characteristics, behaviors, and effectiveness.

LDR 382. Readings in Leadership. 1-3 Hours.

PR: LDR 201. (May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.) Students critically analyze a variety of texts about leadership so as to evaluate practices, synthesize strategies and develop their own perspectives.

LDR 393A-G. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

LDR 401. Leadership in Action. 3 Hours.

PR: LDR 201 and LDR 301. This course serves to demonstrate that students have learned how strong, innovative leadership leads to organizational change. Students will tailor this capstone- level/service-learning course to suit their own major and interests.

LDR 493A-L. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

LDR 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

LDR 498A-B. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.



  • Lisa DeFrank-Cole - Ed.D. (University of Pittsburgh)

Assistant professors

  • Amena Anderson - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
  • Cheyenne Luzynski - (Eastern Michigan University)

Faculty Affiliates

  • Christopher Plein - Ph.D. (University of Missouri)
  • Andrea Soccorsi - MA (West Virginia University)