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Leadership Studies

  • GU Possibilities
    • The leadership studies program is focused on helping students develop the theoretical expertise, practical knowledge, personal insight and interpersonal awareness required to provide positive, authentic leadership in organizations, professions and communities.
    • Graduates of the leadership studies program will be prepared to advance their careers through academic and professional roles in their organizations, communities and service agencies.

    You Will Learn

    Leadership has been identified as one of the most pressing challenges facing organizations, communities and social institutions in the 21st century. Gannon's leadership studies program addresses this challenge by fostering the development of leadership capacity among students reared in a culture increasingly self-conscious about issues of social responsibility, global stewardship, entrepreneurial opportunities and community service. As a leadership studies minor you will gain an understanding of how social scientists study the dynamics of leadership to formulate theory, and how to apply this knowledge in a variety of professional, organizational and community contexts.

    You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to assess, develop and exercise leadership capacity in a wide range of vocational and occupational roles. You will become adept at understanding organizational culture, designing leadership interventions, and affecting institutional change.

    You Will Experience

    Gannon's urban location provides leadership studies minors the opportunity to gain experience within walking distance of campus. Internships opportunities include:

    • businesses
    • corporations
    • health care facilities
    • non-profit organizations

    You Will Achieve

    Leadership studies graduates will be prepared for entry-level employment in a wide variety of management, leadership and service positions or to continue their professional development through graduate study in leadership or related fields.

    Graduates of the program can work in corporate, non-profit, social or community organizations, politics, government and elected offices. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • educational assessment specialist
    • employee relations specialist
    • healthcare administrator
    • human resource professional
    • leadership development professional
    • non-profit executive
    • organizational development consultant
    • personnel development coordinator
    • project manager
    • social service administrator

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $40,700
    • Mid-career salary: $58,400

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    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    Courses offered in the leadership studies program provide an integrative conceptual foundation of leadership theory, research and practice to inform students' understanding of leadership behavior, contexts and applications. Leadership studies minors take various core courses including:

    LEAD 110: Holistic Leadership

    This course provides a comprehensive orientation to the field of leadership studies. Students will develop an appreciation for the complex, multifaceted nature of leadership in organizations and society, and will gain an understanding of the contributions to be made from various academic disciplines to understanding its emergence, development and consequences.

    LEAD 330: Leadership Contexts and Applications

    This course explores the application of leadership principles in a variety of organizational and societal contexts. Students will consider the implications
    of effective leadership for corporate, governmental, educational, community and service organizations.

    LEAD 340: Leadership Research & Assessment

    This course focuses on the empirical study of leadership, and the assessment of leadership capacity in individuals and organizations. Students gain experience applying knowledge of social scientific methods to the evaluation and interpretation of research on leaders and leadership development.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.