2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 21, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Leadership Studies Minor

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The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, through its Leadership Studies minor, offers a 12-hour curriculum of applied leadership education within the collegiate setting. This minor is open to students of every major. This cohort approach to leadership education (i.e., knowledge, disposition, and skill development) combines seminar, experiential learning, and lecture formats with mentoring and portfolio-based self-assessment, skill development and application to the collegiate setting.


Admission to the Leadership Studies minor is limited to a select cohort of students per year. Student applications to the minor are accepted annually. The application packet includes a completed application (e.g., contact information, references, a list of activities and involvements), an essay, and permission to access student records. An Admissions Committee comprised of ELPS faculty and student affairs staff teaching in the program conduct a holistic review of the applications with the goal of creating a diverse cohort of students with leadership potential and varied experiences. Students are admitted into the minor based on the following criteria:

  • Academic potential as demonstrated by the GPA or leadership coursework;
  • Demonstrated passion for engaging in leadership, social change, and/or service;
  • Positional and/or non-positional leadership while in college;
  • Evidence of commitment to developing leadership potential; and
  • Unique contributions to the leadership learning cohort.

Minimally, students must be and remain in good standing with the university.

Additional admission, timeline, curricular, and program contact information is available at: http://leadershipminor.utk.edu/.

Minor Requirements:

The minor requires 12 hours of coursework.

In addition to the nine hours of Core Requirements students must complete three hours of electives to be selected from the following list of approved electives. Approved electives taken prior to admission may be accepted toward completion of the minor. Portfolio requirements must be completed for each term of enrollment. Co-curricular requirements must be met prior to graduation.

Core Requirements


Co-curricular Requirements

  • 60 hours of Leadership Co-curricular Experiences **
  • Leadership Development Portfolio
Elective substitutions may be considered by the program. Student may petition the Department for a course not included to count as an elective.
**  Approved leadership co-curricular experiences are provided. Additional activities may be considered by the program upon departmental approval of the student petition.

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