Minor in Leadership

Great leaders are always motivated by a deep sense of passion and purpose. This energizes them to mobilize resources which enable people to successfully fulfill their roles and responsibilities in their organizations. The Leadership Minor course of study will help you to develop your leadership identity and skills such as effective communicating, inspiring and developing people, and awakening everyone’s passion for great accomplishments.


Management Courses (2 Required) 

  • MGT 580 or ADMN 575*:  Intro to Organizational Behavior or Behavior in Organizations
  • MGT 598 or MGT 713*:  Developing Leaders for the 21st Century or Leadership Assessment and Development

* ADMN 575 and MGT 713 are major restricted. Non-majors should take MGT 580 and 598. 

Behavior/Society Course (1 required)

  • PSYC 552: Social Psychology
  • WS 505: Survey/Leadership for Social Change
  • POLT 550: Comparative Government and Society
  • SOC 540: Social Problems

Elective Courses (2 Required)

* Pre-requisites and permissions vary by course and department – students are responsible for checking and meeting pre-requisite requirements.   

  • CEP 415: Community Development Planning Perspectives
  • CEP 508: Applied Community Development
  • CMN 500: Public Speaking
  • CMN 598: Special Topics/Collaborative Leadership
  • CSL 401: Introduction to Community Service and Leadership
  • CSL 405: Communication within Communities
  • KIN 550: Outdoor Education Philosophy and Methods 
  • KIN 551/552: Adventure Programming
  • KIN 565: Principles of Coaching
  • KIN 765: Advanced Coaching
  • KIN 740: Athletic Administration
  • KIN 786: Organization and Administration of Outdoor Programs
  • MGT 598: Topics/Negotiations
  • MGT 598: Topics/Human Resource Management
  • MGT 598: Women in Leadership
  • MGT 614: Organizational Leadership & Structure
  • PHIL 410: Happiness, Well-Being, and a Good Life
  • PHIL 436: Social & Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 530: Ethics
  • PSYC 553: Personality
  • RMP 661: Recreation and Event Leadership (Major restricted, non-majors must seek department approval.)
  • RMP 663: Recreation and Event Management (Major restricted, non-majors must seek department approval.)
  • RMP 730: Camp Leadership
  • SOC 645: Class, Status and Power
  • WS 405: Gender, Power and Privilege
  • WS 796: Advanced Topics/Leadership for Social Change II
  • Additional Behavior/Society course from list above
  • Additional course by petition submitted to Paul College Undergraduate Programs 

Leadership Experience (1 Required)

  • Leadership Camp

Students can apply to attend UNH Leadership Camp in January or PAUL Leadership Camp during spring break. 

Leadership Camp is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop leadership skills through participation in a carefully curated set of experiences. Trained facilitators and charismatic guest speakers will take participants on a leadership development journey centered in cutting-edge theories and approaches. Throughout the week, participants will work in large groups, in small groups, and individually to explore a variety of leadership concepts including:

the importance of CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS in leadership
EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE and how to boost their “EQ”
leadership as a process that should be used to SERVE others

Participants will work throughout the week to create a Leadership Action Plan that will help them bring concepts to life to create positive, enduring, and meaningful change back on the UNH campus, the surrounding community and the larger world. More importantly, Leadership Camp will provide participants with the opportunity to make connections and create relationships that can last a lifetime!

  • ADMN 598  – Leadership in Practice (2cr)

Leadership in Practice is for new and experienced leaders who want to develop their leadership skills and be challenged by new ideas on leadership.  Students will become proficient in leadership skills for a variety of environments and participate in leadership activities and service within the community.  Students will also learn a process of creating a personal vision statement and how to inspire and encourage others to be a part of that vision.  Students will be in a classroom with highly supportive people that are working collaboratively to create a positive impact on the community.

  • Peer Educator (HHS 798 – Special Topic/Student Development Peer Educator - 2cr)

Training course for students preparing to be peer educators within Health & Wellness, SHARPP and OMSA.  Student will complete iLEAP, a certified Peer Educator Training and gain skills in many areas including: oral communication, creating community change, interpersonal skills based on compassion and empathy, creative problem solving strategies, and culturally competent programming.  (To join ILEAP and peer educator programs, students must apply for a position in the spring and training in the fall.  Minimum time commitment is 1 year.)

  • Resident Assistant

On average, RAs work with 35-45 residents. This requires you to be sensitive to the needs, values, and lifestyles of many different types of people.  This kind of understanding takes self-confidence, openness, and strength of character.  RAs are supervised by professional staff members who offer lots of training, support, team building, and 1:1 supervision. Every RA is a member of a staff of 3-16 people. Being a part of a team provides support and challenge.

  • Peer Advisor (PAUL 696: Supervised Student Teaching) 

Peer Advisors lead a team of 20-25 students through their transition to UNH through weekly meetings.  This wok enables peer advisors to develop leadership, public speaking, organization, communication and teamwork skills. Peer advisors are trained and supervised by the Director of Undergrad Programs and Program Coordinator. 

  • INCO 505B: The Social Innovators Toolbox - Semester in the City

Fellows will be enrolled in a foundational course that meets one evening a week, “The Social Innovator's Tool Box”, which will introduce students to different approaches to social change and social innovation.  Students will explore how impact investing, advocacy, action tanking, social entrepreneurship, and movement building can advance progress on issues students care about.  The course will use case studies and discussions with leading change-makers – as well as the emerging academic literature on social innovation – to illuminate different pathways to change.

  • INCO 682: Washington Internship

The LEAD Colloquium - All students participate in Friday programming, which is a series of events, lectures, embassy visits, projects, and reflection, all of which leads to the completion of a portfolio.

  • Alternative by Petition

Following University policy:

  • A minor consists of 20 semester hours with a grade of C- or better and a 2.0 grade point average. 
  • Courses taken on a pass/fail basis may not be used for a minor. 
  • No more than 8 credits used to satisfy major requirements may be used for the minor.

Please note:

  • You are responsible for checking course pre-requisites. 
  • All transfer courses must be evaluated for equivalency.  
  • No more than 2 transfer courses may be applied to the minor and must be approved prior to enrolling in the course(s). 
  • Capacity in courses may be limited. 
  • Several of the listed courses are “special topics” (or equivalent). The course must have the same title (not simply the same number) as the listed course to satisfy the minor requirement.