Interdisciplinary Leadership Minor

The world cries out for effective ethical leadership; and therefore, leadership is one of the most valued experiences and skills sought by employers.

Students completing the LEAD program not only make themselves more attractive to potential employers, but they are trained to help build a better society and solve complex global problems.


The minor is 15 semester hours including:

UNIV 2000. Foundations of Leadership. The students are exposed to modern theories of leadership and leadership application. The course offers students a basic framework for how to lead and points to consider when assessing and developing themselves, their people, and their organizations in the context of different situations.

UNIV 4000. Leadership In Practice. This course is designed as the capstone course for the LEAD Minor. Through the course, students will put into practice concepts learned in the courses taken as a part of the minor. By working together on teams to accomplish a major service learning project, students will have the opportunity to use their leadership, interpersonal, communication, decision making, and conflict management skills. Nine additional hours of electives are required. Using a menu of more than 25 courses, students must choose three hours from each of three competency areas. At least nine of the minor’s fifteen hours must be at the 3000 level or above. The competency areas are:

  • Communication. Students are exposed to concepts leading to more effective verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication. Communication skills are oriented on both personal and group levels. This competency includes skills and attributes associated with coaching, teaching, counseling, motivating and empowering.
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making. Students are exposed to modern theories and practices of solving problems and making logical decisions. In addition to the basic theories the student develops conceptual skills to deal with the complexity of the modern information age environment and the ability to see the connectedness of systems.
  • Civic and Social Responsibility. Through exposure to national, global and/or multi-ethnic/cultural issues, students increase their understanding and empathy of the world around them. Exploration of values, ethics and cross-cultural interdependencies enhance the students’ ability to understand and engage complex issues.

Inside each of us are powers so strong, treasures so rich, possibilities so endless, that to command them all to action would change the world. H.J. Brown Jr.

For information on AU LEAD, contact: Dr. Don Mulvaney Department of Animal Studies or Dr. Charlotte Sutton Department of Management


As a part of AU LEAD, students will participate in the Auburn University Challenge Course. The course uses games, initiatives, and low and high elements to develop skills essential to working effectively in teams. The exercises emphasize leadership, communication, problem-solving and trust. In a safe environment, the Challenge Course also allows students to enhance personal self-esteem, positive risk-taking and goal setting.


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