Requirements for the Leadership Minor 

Modern education with its focus on material goals and a disregard for inner values is incomplete. There is a need to know about the workings of our minds and emotions. If we start today and make an effort to educate those who are young now in inner values, they will see a different, peaceful, more compassionate world in the future.”       Dalai Lama
 

Program Overview:

This is an interdisciplinary minor, integrating both curricular and co-curricular experiential components. The program is housed in the College of Education (Dept. of Leadership, School Counseling, and Sport Management) and is administered by the Division of Student Affairs through the Taylor Leadership Institute (TLI). The program strives to empower students to be authentic self-directed learners through a highly engaged pedagogy that brings together the intentional study and practice of leadership. This minor offers opportunities for personal and professional leadership development to all UNF students regardless of their major, enabling them to acquire an important credential on their academic transcript that complements their major. The program is grounded in the Social Change Model (SCM) of leadership development and challenges students to become effective, ethical leaders with a commitment to excellence, accountability, and responsibility in the real world of the workplace and the global community. 

The minor is comprised of two components. Component #1 consists of 12 credit hours of classroom coursework (4 courses); Component #2 requires documentation of co-curricular leadership learnings documented on the Experiential Learning Transcript (ELT). Students must maintain a minimum 2.50 Institutional (UNF) GPA. In addition, leadership minors are required to attend the annual Student Leadership Summit, sponsored by TLI each Fall, and are encouraged to attend other TLI special events from time to time. There is no charge to students to attend the Summit or other TLI special events.


The Leadership Minor should be declared not later than the last semester of one's junior year.
Before declaring it, students should first consult with the Taylor Leadership Institute to assure they understand all components of the program. Students should then ask their academic advisor in the area of their major to officially declare the leadership minor on their student record. Once declared, the student should maintain ongoing contact with TLI to assure they are on track to successfully complete the program in a timely manner by the time they graduate. For more information, call 904-620-9534 or email leadership@unf.edu  

 

COURSEWORK:  

 

Course #1 / LDR 3003: Introduction to Leadership (3 Credit Hours); This is the Gateway course to the Leadership Minor but is open to ALL students except first year students. Students are not required to declare the leadership minor prior to taking this course. Though seniors may take this course, those who seek the minor should take this course not later than the last term of their Junior year.   Following completion of LDR 3003 and throughout the remainder of one's time at UNF, leadership minors students document their "real-world" on-campus and off-campus co-curricular leadership learnings on the Experiential Learning Transcript (ELT), accessed through myWings. Prior to posting to the ELT, students are required to attend a one-hour workshop about the ELT. These workshops are offered in the first or second week of each term.  For the next ELT workshop, see Upcoming Events  

 

Course #2 / One Primary Leadership Elective (3 Credit Hours); must be taken from a wheel of the following three Leadership courses;  For Leadership minors, the Primary Elective must be taken after LDR 3003; LDR 3320 has a pre-requisite (LDR 3003); the other two courses have no pre-requisite and are open to all students, whether or not they have declared the leadership minor;

  • LDR 3240: Inter-Group Dialogue Among Diverse Populations; OR
  • LDR 3320: Collaborative Leadership; OR
  • SOP 3515: Fundamentals of Conflict Transformation;    

Course #3 /One Inter-Disciplinary Leadership Elective (IDLE) (3 Credit Hours); Note: This course must be taken AFTER completing LDR 3003 (Intro to Leadership), but may be taken concurrent to the Primary Elective (Course #2); Students should select an appropriate course in consultation with TLI before enrolling in the course. This can be a second course from the list of 3 primary leadership electives described above in lieu of the IDLE, or any of a number of courses certified by the Taylor Leadership Institute across the UNF undergraduate curriculum. For a partial listing of IDLE courses and policy regarding the selection of the IDLE, consult the TLI website at: CLICK HERE 

 

Course #4 / LDR 4263: Leadership Practicum  (Capstone Course) (3 Credit Hours); This course is generally taken in the student's final term just prior to graduation. Admission is limited to students who have completed all other course requirements for the minor and have a minimum of 12 submissions to the Experiential Learning Transcript over at least two terms prior to enrollment in the course. The Practicum course considers leadership learnings gleaned from students' current and prior co-curricular activities, retroactive to their enrollment at UNF, including on-campus and off-campus activities documented on the ELT. These leadership learning activities include employment, volunteerism, internships, study abroad experiences, and other forms of community-based engagement. During the practicum course, students meet in class on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings every two weeks as they  review past learnings and reflect on their experiential learning about leadership. They finalize their ELT entries and prepare their Leadership Capstone Presentation.