About the Minor in Community Leadership

Click Here to download an overview of the requirements for the Minor in Community Leadership /  Effective Spring 2013 (pdf) 


(Update 6/11/13): In December of 2012 The Division of Student Affairs, through the Taylor Leadership Institute (formerly the Institute for Values, Community & Leadership) and the College of Education & Human Services, through its Department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management, collaboratively announced new requirements for the academic Minor in Community Leadership. The credential was approved by the University's Academic Program Committee, and endorsed by the full Faculty Association. The new minor effectively merges the former Leadership Certificate offered through the TLI with the old Minor offered through LSCSM. 


Background: The old Leadership Certificate that had been offered through the Taylor Leadership Institute was grounded in co-curricular learning and gained considerable traction in terms of student popularity and support by the University's President and Board of Trustees. Coinciding with its growth, a separate and distinct academic program called the Minor in Community Leadership was launched by the Dept. of LSCSM in the College of Education & Human Services. As the LSCSM and the TLI strengthened their partnership, it became obvious that merging the two programs benefited students by enabling them to acquire a minor degree reflected on their academic transcript, an important add-on to complement any major. The new Minor in Community Leadership maintains an inter-disciplinary approach integrated with co-curricular learning, and is available to students across all five colleges. The program further reflects a highly engaged pedagogy and the practical application of community-based transformational learning components. The former Certificate program terminated with students graduating in August 2013.


The Taylor Leadership Institute administers the new Community Leadership Minor, and is applicable to all students graduating after August 2013. The new program consists of four courses (12 credit hours) as well as co-curricular learning documented on the student's Experiential Learning Transcript, accessed through myWings. For more information, contact the Taylor Leadership Institute by calling 904-620-5934 or email us at leadership@unf.edu.


Before declaring the Community Leadership Minor with their academic advisor, we recommend that students first consult with a member of the TLI staff and plan to attend one of the regularly scheduled Orientations to the New Community Leadership Minor listed on the TLI Upcoming Events page. Students are encouraged to declare the Minor early in their academic career at UNF, and preferably at the same time they declare their Major.



Requirements for the New Community Leadership Minor:

The Minor is comprised of 12 credit hours of classroom coursework and co-curricular learning documented on the Experiential Learning Transcript (ELT). Coursework is as follows: 

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 Course #1-     LDR 3003: Introduction to Leadership (3 Credit Hours); this course is open to all students except first year students in their first term. Students are not required to declare the Minor in Community Leadership prior to taking this course. To allow sufficient time to earn the minor, we recommend that this course be taken no later than one's Junior year.  Though this course is open to Seniors, they are advised that they may lack sufficient time to attain the minor.  Following completion of LDR 3003 and throughout the remainder of their time at UNF, students track their on-campus and off-campus co-curricular leadership experiential learning 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 regularly offered by the Taylor Leadership Institute and are listed under Upcoming Events


 Course #2-     One Primary Leadership Elective (3 Credit Hours) must be taken from a wheel of three Leadership courses;

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 (3 Credit Hours) can be any of some 80 courses that have been certified by the Taylor Leadership Institute across all five colleges at UNF. Click here for listing of Interdisciplinary Leadership Electives


 Course #4-     LDR 4263: Practicum in Community Leadership (3 Credit Hours); this course is generally taken in the student's final term just prior to graduation; 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 every two weeks in the Senior Leadership Seminar as they reflect on their experiential learning about leadership. They finalize their ELT entries and prepare for their Leadership Capstone Presentation.