Leadership Minor (Undergraduate)

Expand your knowledge of leadership and how to be a leader by pursuing a minor in leadership.

Overview of the program

The 18 credit minor in Leadership is designed for students interested in becoming a leader in any field. The minor combines both theory and practice allowing for a holistic approach to learning about organizational leadership.


Advising for the minor can be completed via the advisor at the University’s Advisement Services Center. Each semester the Department of Educational Policy & Leadership will also host an information and special advising session for all declared leadership minors.

For more information about the minor, students can also contact Dr. Gina Giuliano, Director of Advising for the Department of Educational Policy & Leadership at ggiuliano@albany.edu.

Declaring the Minor

To declare the leadership minor as part of your program of study, please contact the University’s Advisement Services Center.

Co-Curricular Experiences

In addition to the minor, the University at Albany offers a range of co-curricular leadership development experiences as well. Students are encouraged to explore these at the Center for Leadership & Service, which is a partner of the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership in offering the leadership minor.

Student Learning Objectives for the Minor

Students will be able to:
1) Understand the basic forms, definitions and functions of “leadership.”
2) Discern among different types of leaders and leadership in both theory and practice.
3) Compare and contrast different leadership theories.
4) Identify and utilize sources of leadership research.
5) Apply critical thinking to leadership theories and practice and critically examine leaders
and organizations
6) Identify the role of leaders in the organizational environment.
7) Identify their own leadership style/characteristics and apply knowledge attained to
improve their skills as a leader.
8) Better identify sources of conflict and devise means for working with conflict.

Course Requirements

Below is a description of course requirements. Please be advised that the official requirements are subject to change and the official requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Required courses (9 credits)

3 Credits EAPS 202 Leadership in Organizations
3 Credits RPAD 329/329Z (= R POS 329/329Z) Administrative Leadership or EPSY 411 Foundations of
Leadership in College and University Student Organizations
3 Credits EAPS 370 Leadership in Practice or EAPS 350/AGLO 350 Global Leadership

Support Courses (9 credits- 3 credits at 300 level or above)

ACOM 201 Interpersonal Communication
ACOM 204 Group Communication
ACOM 212 Argumentation and Debate
ACOM 304 Conference and Group Leadership +
ACOM 369 Theories of Organizational Communication +
APHI 114 Morals and Society
ASOC 326 (= A WSS 326) Sociology of Race, Gender, and Class +
ASOC 342/342Z Organizations in Society
AWSS 100 Women creating Change
AWSS 101 Introduction to Feminisms
AWSS 202/202Z Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer Studies (LGBTQ)
AWSS 240 Classism, Racism, and Sexism: Issues
CEHC 389 (= H SPH 389) Introduction to Emergency Health Preparedness and Response
CEHC 455 (= R PAD 455) Disaster, Crisis and Emergency Management and Policy
EAPS 120 Toleration
EAPS 201 College: Past, Present, and Future
EAPS 300 Social Foundations of Education
EAPS 301 Current Issues in American Higher Ed
EAPS 400 United States Educational Governance, Policy, and Administration
ECPY 301 Methods in Peer Helping I
EPSY 411 Foundations of Leadership in College and University Student Organizations
HSPH 341 Promoting Healthy People and Communities
HSPH 343 Mass Media and Health Behavior

Experiential courses:

Only 3 credits may be experiential and cannot fulfill the upper division requirement. Student taking an experiential course as part of their support courses will also need to take a separate upper division course from the list above.

EAPS 390 Internship in Higher Ed
EAPS 456 Introduction to Peer Education
EAPS 457 Advanced Peer Education
ECPY 302 Methods in Peer Helping II
ECPY 303 Methods in Peer Helping III
ECPY 311 Helping Skills in Human Services: Sexuality and Young Adults
ECPY 312 Service Learning: Designing Sexuality Education and Peer Helping Programs
ECPY 400 Foundations of Peer Counseling and Peer Education
ECPY 406 Theory and Practice in Peer Counseling and Education: Peer Supervision

+ Course requires prerequisites to enroll.

Note: Students may not double-count credits between the Minor in Educational Studies and the Minor in Leadership.