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Leadership Minor

The Purpose

The purpose of the Leadership minor is to transform how students think about leadership and to develop the skills they need to lead people and organizations in today’s complex global environment. With this minor, students will be able to supplement the intellectual depth in their chosen fields of study and enhance their contributions within these fields by leveraging their leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities in their work.


The Leadership minor begins with an application process open to students who are enrolled in COMM 2600 "Leadership across the Disciplines" (3 credit hours) during the spring of second year. The application process is open to all undergraduate students enrolled in COMM 2600 whose academic requirements allow them the flexibility to take the required 15 credit hours. For those admitted to the program, COMM 2600 constitutes the first three credit hours of the program. During this course, late in the spring semester, the application process begins and all students in the course are eligible to apply for the Leadership Minor Program.

Selection Criteria

The application process requires students to consider and articulate their motivation for completing the leadership minor, with particular emphasis on how the program will beneficially complement their core area of study and career goals. Admission is NOT limited to students with the most leadership experience. Students who have a demonstrated strong interest and potential for personal development and leadership are desired.

Required Courses

COMM 2600 Leadership across the Disciplines (3 credits)
COMM 4620 Strategic Leadership (3 credits)
COMM 4881 Leadership Practicum (3 credits)


In addition to the nine (9) required hours listed above, students must complete two electives (6 credits). First, students will complete up to 3 credit hours from a list of pre-approved Commerce Communication courses focused on persuasion and influence. These courses include:

COMM 4559 Persuasion & Influence (3 credits)
COMM 4641 Public Speaking & Persuasion (3 credits)
COMM 4643 Advanced Business Speaking (3 credits)

Second, students will complete up to 3 credit hours from a list of pre-approved leadership electives offered at the University. Students must meet any prerequisite requirements for elective courses. Preapproved courses include:

COMM 3200 Project & Product Management (3 credits)
COMM 3810 Business Ethics (3 credits)
COMM 4621 Measure, Manage, & Motivate (3 credits)
COMM 4821 Managing Sustainable Development (3 credits)
EDHS 2891 Issues Facing Adolescent Girls (4 credits)
EDHS 3250 Professional Development and Team Dynamics (3 credits)
LPPL 3450 Resilient Leadership for Teams and Teammates (3 credits)
LPPS 7085 Modern Techniques in Finance (3 credits)
RELG 3485 Moral Leadership (3 credits)

Other relevant leadership courses may be eligible as electives if approved by the Leadership  Minor Director.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record, found at the UVA University Registrar website, represent the official repository for academic program requirements.