The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, through its Leadership Studies minor, offers a 12-hour curriculum of applied leadership education within the collegiate setting. This minor is open to students of every major. This experiential learning approach to leadership education (i.e., knowledge, disposition, and skill development) combines seminar, coached experiences, and lecture formats with mentoring and portfolio-based self-assessment, skill development and application in a capstone project – either self-directed or faculty guided experiential learning course.
Student applications to the minor are accepted annually. Students may apply to declare the Leadership Studies minor after completing ELPS 351 with a grade of "B" or better. The application packet includes a completed application (e.g., contact information, references, a list of activities and involvements), application portfolio, project proposal, and permission to access student records. An admissions committee comprised of ELPS faculty and student affairs staff teaching in the program conduct a holistic review of the applications with the goal of creating a diverse cohort of students with demonstrated academic and experiential leadership success. The Leadership Studies minor must be declared before beginning a self-directed leadership capstone project. Minimally, students must be and remain in good standing with the university. Students are admitted into the minor based on the following criteria:
- Academic potential as demonstrated by the GPA or leadership coursework;
- Proven ability and preparation to lead a self-directed project;
- Demonstrated passion for engaging in leadership, social change, and/or service;
- Positional and/or non-positional leadership while in college;
- Evidence of commitment to developing leadership potential; and
- Unique contributions to the leadership learning cohort.
Additional admission, timeline, curricular, and program contact information is available at: https://elps.utk.edu/leadership-studies-minor/.