Minor in Leadership Studies

The Minor in Leadership Studies is designed to provide students with in-depth knowledge of leadership theory, skills, and experience through a rigorous and multi-disciplinary program of study. Students will complete the program by applying their knowledge and skills through a project based experiential learning course. The minor is currently comprised of three tracks – Business, Global Engineering Leadership & Public Policy, offered through the Institute for Leadership & Entrepreneurship at the Scheller College of Business, the College of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Public Policy at the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. Students apply for one of the three tracks, and upon acceptance, enter the program to begin a prescribed 15 credit hour course of study (Business / Public Policy) or 18 credit hour course of study (Global Engineering Leadership) while satisfying requirements for a bachelor's degree in their major.


Rebecca Yoo + Aaron Bivins - Experience in Bolivia‚Äč

Rebecca Yoo, a senior, is studying Civil Engineering with a focus in Environmental Systems. Aaron Bivens is a PhD student in Environmental Engineering with an emphasis on drinking water quality. Two years ago, Aaron was a Teaching Assistant in a class Rebecca was taking called Environmental Technologies in Developing Countries. They traveled to Bolivia twice together with this course with Rebecca serving as a TA alongside Aaron on the 2nd trip. They are now friends and came together again to discuss a little bit about what they’ve learned from their work and research in international settings.


“The courses I took associated with the minor were some of the most valuable I had during my undergraduate career.” - Elizabeth Gwinn, Bachelor's in Environmental Engineering in May 2015



Add to your technical skills

  • Cohesive theoretical and practical program of study
  • Inter-disciplinary team-based capstone project or professional internship
  • Leadership Competency development through classroom interaction and experiential learning
  • Annual leadership retreat that helps build teamwork skills outside the classroom, facilitating service-learning providing student networking opportunities

Distinguish yourself from your peers

  • Gain familiarity with new sectors, concepts, and paradigms of thinking and leading
  • Develop the ability to take informed risks and approach situations where there is more than one answer
  • Shape versatile solutions to diverse problems
  • Develop global awareness and cultural competence
  • Engage with others who are trained and think differently from you; utilizing those differences and skills for maximum impact
  • Create interesting stories to tell about yourself

Gain valuable leadership experience

Each student in the Minor is expected to complete an experiential exercise of leadership in either a professional internship (Global Engineering Leadership / Public Policy Track) or in a project-based setting (Business Track) with non-profit, corporate, governmental, social enterprise or hybrid organizations. This unique experience allows students to apply their leadership skills to build capacity and create value for a partnering organization; particularly in circumstances where resources are limited. Students make connections within the community and around the world.

Upcoming Study Abroad Opportunities (open to all College of Engineering majors)

La Paz, Bolivia

Bloivia Cable Cars

March 17 - March 23, 2017

Environmental Technology in the Developing World (CEE 4350)

Application Deadline
November 15, 2016


London, England


May 8 - June 9, 2017

Introduction to Structures
(CEE 3051)
Construction Engineering
(CEE 4100)
Special Problems - Preservation, Restoration, and Reuse of Historic Structures (CEE 4903)

Application Deadline
February 1, 2017

The Netherlands

First Short Summer 2017 Semester
Travel to the Netherlands
June 2 - 17, 2017


Sustainable Transportation Abroad (CEE 4803E)

Application Deadline
February 1, 2017

China + Japan


Late July 2017

International Disaster Reconnaissance Studies

Application Deadline
May 15, 2017

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