Skip Navigation

Skip to main content

A department within Student Affairs

Academic Connections

The Office of Leadership Development understands that one’s education and development is most transformational when in and out of classroom learning is intricately linked. Therefore, the office works to both create and instruct leadership courses and build connections amongst the various Schools, Colleges, and faculty that offer existing leadership-related content.

Currently, the program director creates the curriculum and instructs a one-credit leadership-themed first year seminar course taught within the Leadership Living Learning Community. During the summer of 2009, the General Education Program awarded the program director and Dr. Tracey Weiss, a faculty member in the Department of Strategic Communication, a stipend to create the curriculum for a GenEd Human Behavior course titled “Emotional Intelligence and Leadership.” This course was team-taught for the first time during the Fall 2010.

Students can earn up to 15 Leadership Diamond Points towards their application to become a Diamond Leader by taking academic courses that are related to leadership and completing a very brief process for the Leadership Students Academy, part of the Student Leadership Challenge.

Academic Partners

The Office of Leadership Development understands that one’s education and development is most transformational when in and out of classroom learning is intricately linked. Therefore, the office works to both create and instruct leadership courses and build connections amongst the various Schools, Colleges, and faculty that offer existing leadership-related courses.

If you are a Temple University faculty member, please contact Lauren Bullock, Program Director for Leadership Development, regarding ways the office can support your academic course curriculum. Support can include in-class presentations about leadership and career development and extra credit or alternative assignment opportunities through programs sponsored by our office.

Leadership Minor

The Department of Strategic Communication offers a minor in leadership to provide students with the theoretical background, historical contexts, and core competencies needed to become effective leaders and team members in a variety of fields and professions.

The Leadership Minor consists of six courses (18 s.h.) to provide students in other programs at Temple University the opportunity to better prepare them for life after graduation by gaining the knowledge and skill sets required to communicate effectively and lead at the organizational, team, and individual levels. It is an ideal pairing with any Temple major and can serve as a "selling point" to future employers and graduate schools.

In particular, this program will enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform in the following areas:

  • Understanding of high performance teams
  • Discovery of  potential and personal values, passions, and vision
  • Competency in communication skills
  • Ability to effectively work with a diverse group of individuals and in diverse contexts
  • Understanding of organizational systems and implementing change

Leadership is a communication and relational process, not a position. Leadership requires responsible, thoughtful reflection and action from all levels of society. This approach requires competencies in self-awareness, team skills, ethical decision-making, as well as the ability to generate a vision and lead with, through, and for others to bring about positive change.

Course Course Name Hours
STRC 1111 Public Speaking 3
STRC 1112 Communicating Leadership 3
STRC 2661 Introduction to Organizational Communication 3
STRC 2672 or 2696 Global Communication or Diverse Communication and 3
STRC 2662 Leading Groups and Team Building 3
STRC 4879 or 4670 Collaborative Advocacy or Special Topics In Organizational Leadership 3
Total credits required for the minor in Leadership 18

If you are interested adding a minor in Leadership, contact an advisor in the SMC Advising Center. Please note, the Leadership minor is not available to StratComm majors.