Leadership Minor Overview

The Leadership Minor - Watch the video description (WMV)

The Leadership minor provides formal opportunities and acknowledges efforts by Wartburg College students to demonstrate and reflect upon the Wartburg definition of leadership. Students completing the requirements for the program graduate with a minor in Leadership.

Students pursuing the Leadership minor initially develop an individual plan with assistance from their academic advisor and faculty and staff of the Institute for Leadership Education. The individual plan guides meeting the requirements of the program. The end result is a written portfolio presented to the Director of the Institute for Leadership Education for review that demonstrates competence in seven required areas.

Each student will complete requirements in seven areas. The elements of these components may be met through various combinations of curricular, co-curricular, and activities within or outside Wartburg College. The Leadership minor can be designed and tailored to each student’s interests. Click on each of the following components for additional information.

I. Academic component - View video description (WMV)
The student will complete a minimum of 5.5 courses:

LS115: Exploring Elements of Leadership OR WS150:Intro to Women’s Studies
ID315: Leadership Theories & Practices
Three elective courses:
  One course within the student’s major
One course outside the student’s major
One course either in or out of the student’s major
LS405: Leadership Summary Seminar


II. Individual Plan
The student will develop an individualized plan that articulates how s/he intends to meet the requirements of the leadership minor.

III. Initiative component
The student will demonstrate initiative in some way that is consistent with the Wartburg College definition of leadership. This may be undertaken through curricular or co-curricular opportunities, or independent of the college. View video description (WMV)

IV. Difference and diversity component
The student will have at least one significant experience where s/he is exposed to a cultural environment different from his/her own. This experience may be curricular, co-curricular, or independent of the college. View video description (WMV)

V. Group work component
The student will participate in a project demonstrating the capacity to work effectively within a group toward a common goal. This experience may be curricular, co-curricular, or independent of the college. View video description (WMV)

VI. Service component
The student will engage in a project that is consistent with the Wartburg College mission of “taking responsibility for our communities and making them better through public action.” This activity can be curricular, co-curricular, or independent of the college. View video description (WMV)

VII. Leadership summary
After completing all other components, the student will prepare a leadership resume and a summary reflection portfolio in LS405: Leadership Portfolio Summary Seminar that integrates student understanding of leadership.

How do I learn more about the leadership minor?
You have several options for learning more about the minor: 1) continue reading through this web site, 2) contact your academic advisor, of 3) contact a representative of the Institute for Leadership Education.