May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Leadership Studies Minor

The Department of Psychology offers an interdisciplinary minor in Leadership Studies.

This minor can be declared through the Department of Psychology .


Eligibility for the Leadership Studies Minor requires a grade of C or better in LEAD 344 - Leadership in Organizations . In addition, cadets must earn a minimum of 18 credit hours of course work with a grade of C or better in the Leadership Studies courses listed below. Cadets must obtain the approval of the Department Head of their major and from the Psychology Department Head.


Upon completion of the Leadership Studies Minor, cadets will have evaluated leadership and its application through an interdisciplinary curriculum. Cadets will have an enhanced knowledge of interpersonal effectiveness, organizational structures, national cultural environments, and international dynamics. This framework, while focused on the acquisition of knowledge and perspectives, is intended to foster an increase in cadets’ personal effectiveness as leaders.

Required Courses (6 hours):

All cadets must complete PS 201 - Introduction to Psychology  and PS 302 - Social Psychology .

Electives (12 hours):

Select one course from each of the following groups:

Interpersonal Knowledge & Skills

Cadets will gain perspectives on interpersonal effectiveness that are essential to effective leadership. This includes (a) personal abilities such as critical thinking, writing, and influence through effective communication, (b) greater understanding of leader and follower emotion, behavior, and motivation, and (c) enhanced interpersonal interactions to support others as unique individuals.

Organizations and Systems

Understanding how to navigate organizational structures is an important skill for all leaders. These courses will expose cadets to different systems of management in various fields such as (but not limited to) business organizations, military structures, and the U.S. political system.

National Considerations

The cultural environment within a nation has a great effect on a leader’s ability to foster positive change. Cadets in these courses will have the chance to evaluate a leader’s position within national contexts, norms, traditions, and prevailing philosophies.

International Considerations

Leadership in an international context is complex. These courses challenge cadets to consider issues arising in relationships between nations and/or the dynamics of organizations that span international boundaries.