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Social Responsibility and Leadership Development

This new MINOR is appropriate for any academic major.

This 15-17 credit minor will provide students with multiple perspectives for understanding their social responsibility and how they can develop as leaders in this world.  These perspectives include leadership development, student development, transformative learning, community-based learning pedagogy and democratic involvement.  Within these disciplines, as well as across them, students will learn a variety of theoretical approaches for understanding both social responsibility and leadership and will be provided with the tools necessary to understand how to put their learning to the test of experience.

In addition to the core curriculum, students will choose two additional electives approved by the SRLD advisor in coordination with the appropriate program chair if the electives are not EXS-L courses.

EXL 210: Intro to Leadership Theory and Practice (see below)
EXL 360: Social Change and Leadership (see below)
EXL 361: Capstone

The capstone course is designed to be both retrospective and integrative, encouraging the student to synthesize relevant concepts and experiences and to formulate his or her own informed perspective.  The final product of the capstone course will be a portfolio or a final paper, which analyzes leadership issues in their field of study, an in-depth reflection of their experiences and of the class readings.