Certificate in Leadership Studies

Overview

A total of 21 hours of coursework is required to earn the Certificate in Leadership Studies: a 3-hour core interdisciplinary course, 15 hours of area electives, and 3 hours of experiential learning. In addition, a final personal and program evaluation is required as part of the graduation application. Each requirement is explained in more detail below.

For more information, contact Kelley Ashby at 319-335-1023.

Background

The need for competent and effective leaders in today's complex and global communities has always been a pressing issue and, consequently, leadership development programs have a long history in higher education. The Certificate in Leadership Studies is available to all undergraduate students at The University of Iowa, regardless of major. The certificate offers undergraduate students access to an integrated curricular and co-curricular, multi-disciplinary experience that challenges them to take on more responsibility for themselves and their communities. The certificate will provide a structure for involvement, introducing students to the concepts of leadership while giving them the necessary, hands-on leadership experiences to begin the life-long development of these skills.

Certainly one certificate cannot create leaders, but it can provide incentive for that first leadership experience and an academic understanding of how and why leadership is important. By earning a certificate, students are introduced to these basic goals and skills and are called on to make a conscious commitment to lead.

Real world leadership requires a constellation of knowledge and skills that includes but is certainly not limited to: managing oneself, coordinating the work of groups, acting with integrity, communicating effectively, and leveraging benefits of diverse ways of thinking and acting. The coursework for the Certificate for Leadership Studies will include a core course (Perspectives on Leadership: Principles and Practices), which is a multi-disciplinary introduction to leadership class that all students will take, and additional electives focused on five main areas: self leadership, group leadership, ethics and integrity, cultural competency, and communication.

Clearly no single academic discipline and no one unit within the University can adequately cover all of these topics. For this reason, the Certificate in Leadership Studies will be coordinated by a multi-disciplinary committee composed of faculty from the Colleges of Business, Education, and Liberal Arts & Sciences, administered by the Pomerantz Career Center, and supported by the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. The Certificate in Leadership Studies is housed in University College under the Leadership Studies Department (LS).

Policies
  • Undergraduate students pursuing a degree from the University of Iowa are eligible for the certificate.

  • Students must declare their intention to pursue the certificate with a Certificate in Leadership Studies Advisor in the Pomerantz Career Center. First, complete a Plan of Study Form (fill in and save as) and then print and bring to a meeting with the Certificate in Leadership Studies Advisor. Please call 319-335-1023 to schedule the meeting. Then, you can register for the core course, Perspectives on Leadership: Principles and Practices (Core Course, 3 hours) LS:2010.

  • Students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree from The University of Iowa may return to complete or earn the certificate if they are not enrolled in a graduate or professional program.

  • Holders of baccalaureate degrees from other institutions who are not enrolled in a graduate or professional program may enroll at the University of Iowa to complete the certificate.

  • A maximum of 6 s.h. of approved transfer credit may be counted toward the certificate. Transfer credit must be approved by the home department or college.

  • A course may not be used to satisfy more than one certificate requirement.

  • Students who want to pursue an internship to satisfy the experiential learning requirement for the Certificate in Leadership Studies must consult with a Pomerantz Career Center staff member in advance.

  • When students complete the certificate requirements and graduate, the Certificate in Leadership Studies is noted on their transcript.

  • Certificate in Leadership Studies courses may be used to satisfy major or minor requirements.
Requirements

A total of 21 hours of coursework is required to earn the certificate: a 3-hour core interdisciplinary course, 15 hours of area electives (in self-leadership, group leadership, communication, cultural competency, and ethics and integrity) and 3 hours of experiential learning. In addition, a final personal and program evaluation is required as part of the graduation application. Each requirement is explained in the general catalog.

To complete the Certificate in Leadership Studies, students must complete a final plan of study and have their coursework verified to receive final approval.

Call 319-335-1023 to schedule an appointment with a Certificate in Leadership Studies Advisor.

How to Apply

It is beneficial to consult with a Certificate in Leadership Studies Advisor early in the undergraduate course of study because many of the classes that satisfy the Certificate in Leadership Studies requirements may also apply to general education credit and a major or minor.

You can declare your intention to pursue the certificate by:

  1. Completing the Plan of Study Form (fill in and save, then print the form).
  2. Scheduling a meeting to review your Plan of Study with a Certificate in Leadership Studies advisor. To schedule a meeting, please call 319-335-1023. The advisor will provide you with the registration code for the core course - "Perspectives on Leadership: Principles and Practices: LS:2010" (Restricted to sophomores with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00)
  3. Visiting your academic department to inform them that you are pursuing the Certificate in Leadership Studies
Advising

Advising services will be provided by the Pomerantz Career Center. Please call 319-335-1023 and ask to schedule an appointment with one of the Certificate in Leadership Studies Advisors.

Checklist

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Early planning is important; students must allow sufficient time to acquire prior approval from the Certificate in Leadership Studies advisors and other University departments. The checklist below may be helpful in the planning process:

1. ___ Complete the Plan of Study Form (fill in, save, then print).
2. ___ Schedule an appointment to review your Plan of Study form with a Certificate in Leadership Studies advisor in the Pomerantz Career Center (call 319-335-1023).  The advisor will provide you with the registration code for Perspectives on Leadership:  Principles and Practices course LS:2010 (Restricted to students with sophomore standing or above and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00). Administrative Log-in for Plan of Study Form
3. ___ Register for and successfully complete LS:2010 Perspectives on Leadership:  Principles and Practices (3 credit hours).
4. ___ Complete the additional academic electives (15 credit hours). To request a substitute course be considered by the faculty advisory committee, please follow the course substitution guidelines.
5. ___ Complete the experiential course work (3 credit hours). Choose one of the 3 options:
1. Service Learning Option - Contact Mary Mathew Wilson in the Pomerantz Career Center for the Service Fellow course (319-335-1023).
2. Internship Option - Contact Kelley Ashby in the Pomerantz Career Center to get internship approved (319-335-1023).
3. On-Campus Leadership Practicum Option - Contact Paul Mintner in the Center for Student Involvement & Leadership to get practicum approved (319-335-3059).
More information on these options can be found in the general catalog.
6. ___ Complete the final report detailing how the Certificate in Leadership Studies requirements have been fulfilled.
7. ___ Schedule an appointment with a Pomerantz Career Center staff member to submit and discuss the final report to have your coursework verified and receive final approval and signatures.  Please call 319-335-1023 to schedule an appointment. The Pomerantz Career Center staff will notify the Registrar that the requirements have been met.