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Designed for students who want to further develop their current leadership skills and competencies, the interdisciplinary Minor in Leadership Studies combines theory and practice; students learn about leadership and then experience it.

Through the leadership minor students are able to improve their leadership skills, add a differentiator on their resume and have specific leadership experiences they can discuss with future employers.

The process is simple:

  1. Students must have a 2.5 GPA, then they must declare the minor through the Change of Major/Minor form.
  2. Take the first of two courses, LED 200, Introduction to Leadership, which is offered in both the spring and fall terms. A complete listing of leadership studies minor required courses can be viewed on UT's online catalog.
  3. After the introductory course, the student will be paired with a leadership advisor who will help the student create a leadership portfolio of reflections and essays connecting the themes of leadership with samples of their college coursework.
  4. Complete 90 hours of experiential activities. The 90 hours are tracked on the student’s co-curricular transcript and can be anything of the student’s choosing, with a maximum of 30 hours in one area. Examples include 10 hours of volunteer work with a sorority or 30 hours of service from an alternative spring break.

Coordinated by the TECO Center for Leadership under the Sykes College of Business, the minor has a rolling admission with students eligible to apply at the beginning the following term.

For any questions, contact Deirdre Dixon, director of the leadership minor, for more information.

Suzanne U. McCormick

"More and more in today’s complex world, employees with exceptional leadership skills are critical to helping organizations navigate fast-paced change. The ability to set direction, plan strategically and then motivate others to move in a new direction is something I value most in employees. That is why a student with a minor in leadership would be someone I would look at first."

— Suzanne U. McCormick, President of United Way Worldwide