Minor in Leadership and Civic Engagement

The leadership and civic engagement minor is an academic program available to undergraduate students who are interested in developing their skills as a leader in their field of study or as a student leader within the university community. We offer eight 3-credit courses designed to provide additional educational opportunities, which supplement degree programs and support the growth of civically engaged leaders needed in the global community.

All students and community members are welcome to enroll in the 200 level classes without pursuing the minor. The minor is administered and taught by Student Affairs staff. All classes are housed in the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs and are listed with PUA course numbers. The LCE minor is a separate program from the PUA major and these eight classes do not count towards the PUA major.

The LCE minor can benefit any major of study by heightening awareness and developing leadership and civic engagement skills. Add a minor with major impact. Join the LCE minor today.

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Degree Description

The Leadership and Civic Engagement Minor includes eight 3-credit classes. Of these 24 credits, students must complete 18 to complete the minor. Students must complete three required courses. PUA 230 and PUA 231 are required prerequisite courses. These 200 level classes can be taken in and out of numeric order or simultaneously. PUA 387 is the required capstone course for the minor.

Once a student completes the two 200 level classes they can enroll in our 300 level elective classes. Three of the five elective courses are required to complete the minor. Leadership and Civic Engagement Minor elective classes are: PUA 381, PUA 382, PUA 385, PUA 386 and PUA 388.

Learning Objectives

PUA 230

  • Demonstrate an understanding of leadership theory through class discussions and personal reflection activities.
  • Gain understanding of one’s own leadership style to assist in the development of a personal philosophy of leadership.
  • Develop an understanding of group dynamics and collaboration.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of their own identity and culture and will gain an appreciation for people different than themselves.
  • Develop an understanding of service and social justice as individuals.

PUA 231

  • Students will gain an understanding of group dynamics and their individual impact on groups.
  • Students will complete the course with an understanding of ethical decision making processes.
  • Students will gain a framework of morals vs. ethics.
  • Students will understand the implantations of unethical decision making.
  • Students will explore the role of conflict management and managing groups in ethical conflicts.
  • Students will identify personal ethical and moral principles and recognize their origins.
  • Students will understand the ethical implications of civic engagement.

PUA 381

  • Gain understanding of one’s own leadership style in a global context.
  • Understand different systems of privilege and global issues that affect the world.
  • Seek involvement with people different from oneself in interests and activities.
  • Articulate the advantage and challenge of a diverse global society.
  • Challenge appropriately abusive use of stereotypes by others.
  • Acquire and understanding of establishing a team environment where all work collaboratively.
  • Understand their own identity and culture and will gain an appreciation for people different from themselves.
  • Understand the Social Change Model of Leadership Development.

PUA 382

  • Understand the important role of civic engagement through service learning and within leadership.
  • Participate in service/civic engagement activities with reflective written and dialogue components.
  • Understand the Social Change Model of Leadership Development.
  • Seek engagement with people different from oneself in interests and activities.
  • Understand and abide by/participant in the development, maintenance, and/or orderly positive change of community.
  • Appropriately challenge unfair, unjust, or uncivil behavior of other individuals or groups.
  • Understand their own identity and culture while gaining an appreciation for people different from themselves.
  • Acquire an understanding of establishing a team environment where all work collaboratively.
  • Learn to be an ally and appropriately advocate for others.

PUA 385

  • Be knowledgeable about the concepts and theories of community building and community conflict resolution.
  • Have a greater understanding and appreciation for the ways conflicts have been managed or mis-managed by leaders in history.
  • Experience a greater awareness of current international, national, state, local and campus conflicts and the role a leader can have in decreasing the conflicts.
  • Be more competent leaders as a result of developing greater skills in conflict resolution.

PUA 386

  • Plan, coordinate, and evaluate training programs and workshops.
  • Work efficiently in a group setting.
  • Evaluate performance of self, team members, and classmates through evaluation processes and self-reflection.

PUA 387

  • Consciously facilitate the formation of a team toward the completion of its goals.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of diversity and its impact on leadership.
  • Verbalize a deeper understanding of their preferred communication styles, personality styles and conflict resolution styles, as well as an understanding of how to work across style differences to further their success as leaders.
  • Demonstrate knowledge about a variety of leadership experiences in relationships, families, groups and communities, within and across age, race and ethnicity, class, ability, and family and cultural context.
  • Articulate the components of an effective leader.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of power use and abuse in leadership scenarios.
  • Apply the comprehensive knowledge explored throughout the Leadership and Civic Engagement Minor to lead an effective life as an engaged citizen and active community member.

PUA 388

  • Students will enhance skills in communication and interpersonal relations.
  • Students will draw connections between theory and practice.
  • Students will work with and lead diverse populations.
  • Students will reflect upon and understand other people and oneself in the context of field work.
  • Students will appreciate the role of ethics and values in promoting social justice through the participation in leadership roles.
  • Students will communicate online about internship experience.


Students completing the Leadership and Civic Engagement Minor from multiple areas of study have benefited from developing the ability to assess  the needs of communities and organizations, to effectively lead groups, from a heightened level of self-awareness and from increased comfort and ability to interact with other individuals.

Our recent graduates have gone on to graduate study and into the fields of dental medicine, tourism and hospitality, education, business and technology to name a few.

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