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Leadership Institute Academic Programs

An integrative approach to the education, experience, and empowerment of leadership development

Do you want to develop your leadership skills or find your leadership style? Leadership courses can help you discover the leader within and are open and available to students pursuing any area of study at Washburn University. The focus of the Leadership Studies Minor and Certificate is to teach students about leadership and prepare them to exercise effective leadership by providing them with hands-on leadership experience.

Leadership Studies Minor and Certificate


The Leadership Studies Minor is a way to complement your major program with leadership education and experience. The minor is designed to be completed while earning a bachelor's degree, so students in all majors can pursue this program. Collaboration between the Leadership Institute and other major departments, such as the School of Nursing, integrate the leadership concepts already covered within the major courses into the Leadership Studies Minor curriculum.

To earn a Leadership Studies Minor, you must complete 18 credit hours of coursework, including the Leadership Institute's required four core courses, which equates to 12 credit hours. Six credit hours of elective courses from one of four thematic tracks is also required. Two of the core courses, LE100 and LE200, may also count as General Education courses in the Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities areas.


You can add leadership education and experience to your associate's degree through the Leadership Studies Certificate. Students in all degree programs can pursue this program, which is designed to be completed while earning an associate's degree but can also complement a bachelor's program.

To earn the Leadership Studies Certificate, the Leadership Institute's required four core courses, must be completed. The Leadership Institute may also collaborate with an Associate's degree program of study that integrates the leadership concepts covered into the leadership curriculum.

Core Courses of the Leadership Studies Program

Four core leadership studies courses are the foundation of the Leadership Studies Minor and Certificate. Completing these courses will give you an advantage in developing yourself as a leader in today's ever changing world.

LE100 - Exploring the Concepts of Leadership

    • First course of the Leadership Studies program
    • Meets a Social Science General Education requirement

LE200 - Ethical Responsibilities of Leadership

    • Second course of the Leadership Studies program
    • Meets an Arts and Humanities General Education when taken as HN201 course


    • Third course of the Leadership Studies program
    • Focus on developing individual and interpersonal leadership skills, teamwork and collaboration skills


    • Final course of the Leadership Studies program
    • Internship based on your major and interest
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