Curriculum

The minor in Leadership consists of 15 units (see course requirements below). See the Leadership Minor Advisor to enroll in the minor. You may pick up a Declaration of Minor form from the Registrar’s Office. Use SIMS Minor Code 331907 on your form.

Two 3-unit courses on the Science of Leadership:

Prerequisite for all other Leadership Minor classes.

Understanding, applying and critiquing leadership theories, examining personal strengths, values, goals, and philosophy of leadership.

Prerequisite: Completion of all courses in the leadership development minor with a 3.0 GPA.

Capstone course. Synthesis and integration of learning to demonstrate self-efficacy. Apply analytical reasoning in leadership scenarios. Articulate individual leadership abilities and apply leadership principles to major field and career. (Formerly numbered Educational Leadership 405)

Three 1-unit courses on the Art of Leadership: 

Prerequisite: Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education 205.

Laboratory on campus and at other postsecondary settings to integrate academic work with experiences on campus and in postsecondary settings.

Prerequisite: Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education 205.

Community service and concepts associated with the servant leadership model. Not open to students with credit in Educational Leadership 206. Maximum credit six units.

Prerequisite: Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education 205.

Laboratory in public agencies and business settings to integrate academic work with experiences in the community. (Formerly numbered Educational Leadership 404)

Two 3-unit elective courses selected from: 

Prerequisite: Approved upper division business major, business minor, or another major approved by the Fowler College of Business. Proof of completion of prerequisite required: Change of major form or other evidence of acceptable major code.

Human behavior at individual, interpersonal, and group levels including effect of organization structure on behavior. Emphasis on managerial roles, historical evolution of management, ethics, and behavior in multicultural contexts.

Prerequisites: Eighteen units of upper division coursework in the School of Communication. Admission to a major or minor in the School of Communication.

Communication principles in professional contexts including interviewing and technical and nontechnical oral presentations. Skill in meeting management.

Prerequisites: Communication 103; and completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.B., Social and Behavioral Sciences required for nonmajors. Open to majors and nonmajors.

Study of communication with emphasis on influence of cultural background, perception, social organization, language and nonverbal messages in the intercultural communication experience.

Prerequisites: Communication 300 and 350. Admission to a major or minor in the School of Communication.

Current theory and research in leadership and communication. Understanding yourself, role of leadership, and selection of appropriate communication strategies for leadership.

Prerequisites: Communication 300 and 350. Admission to a major or minor in the School of Communication.

Key variables and theories in the persuasion process; persuasive sources, messages, receiver variables, propaganda, brainwashing, cognitive, behavioral, and social theories of persuasion.

Prerequisite: Management 350.

Leadership, communicating vision, initiating changes and innovation, and developing leadership competencies through self-assessment.

Prerequisite: Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.C., Humanities.

Ethical issues of contemporary life. Individualism vs. collectivism; democracy vs. dictatorship; ethical problems arising in law, medicine, business, government and interpersonal relationships.

Prerequisite: Completion of General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.C., Humanities.

Development of traditional values concerning the natural environment. Reasons for altering values in light of modern changes in relationship of human beings to the environment. Application of ethical principles to actions affecting the environment.

Prerequisite: Completion of General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II. C., Humanities.

Historical and contemporary arguments regarding morality of war, pacifism, and terrorism, with contemporary applications.

Prevailing and critical theories of international relations and application to historical developments and contemporary issues in global affairs.
Analysis of personnel problems. Supervision and management of public employees and public organizations in an age of change.
Social, psychological, and behavioral theories of organization; concepts of administrative leadership; organization and the individual; emphasis on governmental organizations. Not open to students with credit in Psychology 321.

Prerequisite: Public Administration 301.

Leaders as energizing forces for public administration. Analysis of leadership theories and case studies.

Prerequisite: Psychology 101. Proof of completion of prerequisites required: Copy of transcript.

Broad-based survey of various content areas of industrial (e.g. selection, appraisal) and organizational (e.g. motivation, leadership) psychology. Underlying psychological principles that influence human behavior in the workplace. Not open to students with credit in Psychology 320 or 321.

Prerequisite: Psychology 319. Proof of completion of prerequisite required: Copy of transcript.

Psychological principles applied to industrial problems of selection, placement and training.

Prerequisite: Psychology 319. Proof of completion of prerequisite required: Copy of transcript.

Human behavior in context of organizational life. Factors related to effectiveness of individuals and groups within organizations, including organization design, leadership and control, motivation, cooperation, and conflict.

If you have taken or intend to take a class that you believe should count as an elective for the minor, you can make a case for that. Visit the Leadership Minor FAQs for more information. 

Students can typically complete these requirements in 3-4 semesters. Students must have completed a minimum of 60 units to enroll in upper division courses. With the permission of the Leadership Minor Advisor, students may take courses concurrently and take Field Labs during their sophomore year. Courses in the minor may not be counted toward the major, but may be used to satisfy preparation for the major and general education requirements, if applicable. A minimum of six upper division units must be completed in residence at San Diego State University.

Recommended Course Sequence

Two Years (transfer students)

First Semester  Second Semester  Third Semester  Fourth Semester 
Courses:  Courses:  Courses:  Courses: 
ARP 205: Exploring Leadership (3 units) 

ARP 250: Leadership - Campus Leadership Experience (1 unit)

Pre-requisites:
(1) Students must have completed ARP 205

(2) Concurrent enrollment in ARP 250 and ARP 205 requires the approval of the program coordinator 

ARP 404: Field Lab in Leadership: Internship (1 unit)

Pre-requisite: Students must have completed ARP 205 and ARP 307 

ARP 405: Capstone: Enacting Leadership (3 units)

Pre-requisite: Students must have completed ARP 205, ARP 307, and ARP 250 

ARP 307: Leadership - Community Service (1-3 units)

Pre-requisite: Students must have completed 15 units of undergraduate coursework at the university prior to enrollment in ARP 307 

Elective Leadership Course (3 units)  Elective Leadership Course (3 units)   

Three Year

First Semester   Second
Semester  
Third
Semester  
Fourth
Semester 
Courses:   Courses:   Courses:   Courses:  
ARP 205: Exploring Leadership (3 units) 

ARP 307: Leadership - Community Service (1-3 units)

Pre-requisite:
Students must have completed 15 units of undergraduate coursework at the university prior to enrollment in ARP 307 

ARP 250: Leadership - Campus Leadership Experience (1 unit)

Pre-requisites: 
(1) Students must have completed ARP 205

(2) Concurrent enrollment in ARP 250 and ARP 205 requires the approval of the program coordinator 

ARP 404: Field Lab in Leadership: Internship (1 unit)

Pre-requisite: Students must have completed ARP 205 and ARP 307 

    Elective Leadership Course (3 units)   
Fifth Semester   Sixth Semester   
Courses:  Courses: 
Elective Leadership Course (3 units) 

ARP 405: Capstone: Enacting Leadership (1 unit)

Pre-requisite:
Students must have completed ARP 205, ARP 307, and ARP 250 


Four Year

First
Semester  
Second
Semester  
Third
Semester  
Fourth Semester 
Courses:   Courses:    Courses:    Courses:   
ARP 205: Exploring Leadership (3 units) 

ARP 307: Leadership - Community Service (1-3 units)

Pre-requisite:
Students must have completed 15 units of undergraduate coursework at the university prior to enrollment in ARP 307

ARP 250: Leadership - Campus Leadership Experience (1 unit)

Pre-requisites:
(1) Students must have completed ARP 205 

(2) Concurrent enrollment in ARP 250 and ARP 205 requires the approval of the program coordinator 

Elective Leadership Course (3 units) 
Fifth
Semester    
Sixth
Semester  
Seventh
Semester    
Eighth
Semester 
Courses:     Courses:     Courses:     Courses:    

ARP 404: Field Lab in Leadership: Internship (1 unit)

Pre-requisite:
Students must have completed ARP 205 and ARP 307 

Elective Leadership Course (3 units) ***  Elective Leadership Course (3 units) *** 

ARP 405: Capstone: Enacting Leadership (1 unit)

Pre-requisite:
Students must have completed ARP 205, ARP 307, and ARP 250 

***: Elective can be taken in either Semester Six or Semester Seven