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Social Responsibility and Leadership Development

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
>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.

CORE COURSES: 9 credits

EXL 210: Intro to Leadership Theory and Practice

EXL 362: Social Change and Leadership

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 an informed perspective.  The final course product will analyze leadership issues in the student’s field of study, an in-depth reflection of experiences and class readings.

ELECTIVES: 6-8 credits

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.

Ongoing Donation Project:

St. John’s Breadline: Plastic bag and container collection
Donated items can be dropped off in BRK 482.

This long-running project consists of collecting plastic grocery bags and 16oz. or bigger plastic containers for the Breadline.  These bags and containers are used to provide carry-out meals and carry-out soup for the consumers.  The Breadline goes through dozens of these materials everyday and they are in constant demand.

picture of St. John's Breadline on 5th Street