The Certificate in Leadership Studies requires 20 s.h. of credit. The certificate program is open to current University of Iowa undergraduate students and to all individuals who are not enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.

Students must declare their intent to earn the certificate to a leadership studies advisor in the Pomerantz Career Center; see Leadership Certificate on the center's website for information on how to enter the certificate program.

The certificate program provides a structure for involvement and commitment to leadership. It introduces students to leadership concepts and offers them hands-on leadership experiences they will need in order to begin the life-long development of these skills. Certificate students complete two interdisciplinary core courses (6 s.h.), area electives (12 s.h.), an experiential learning course (2 s.h.), and a final personal and program evaluation.

The Certificate in Leadership Studies requires the following course work.

Interdisciplinary Core Courses

All certificate students are required to complete two interdisciplinary core courses (6 s.h.). In order to enroll in either course, they must have earned a minimum of 30 s.h. of credit and must be in good academic standing as defined by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00).

LS:3004Perspectives on Leadership: Principles and Practices3
LS:3012Leadership Theory to Practice3

LS:3004 provides students with a broad foundation of leadership knowledge. It introduces diverse approaches to studying and practicing leadership and gives students a structure for organizing knowledge and skills from other leadership courses and experiences. The course features presentations by guest instructors from across the University, offering students an interdisciplinary perspective on leadership.

With the world changing at an accelerating rate, LS:3012 examines leadership effectiveness and the demand of a high-level ability to work with others and respond to change. Foundational concepts of major theories and behaviors of leadership models are covered; and practical challenges of leadership are analyzed through the use of experiential projects, discussion, presentations, and exercises. The development of self-awareness through use of behavioral instruments, group exercises, and individual reflection are explored; and major approaches to leadership, authentic leadership, team leadership, gender issues in leadership, emotional intelligence, and virtual leadership are reviewed.

Certificate students must complete LS:3004 and LS:3012 before they may enroll in the required experiential learning or service learning course.

Area Electives

Area electives are drawn from four developmental areas central to effective leadership: self and group leadership, communication, cultural competence, and ethics and integrity. Students must complete 3 s.h. from each of these areas (total of 12 s.h.).

Self and Group Leadership

At least 3 s.h. from these:
LS:1020Introduction to Leadership3
LS:1022President's Leadership Class (PLC)3
LS:2002Career Leadership Academy Part 13
LS:3002Career Leadership Academy Part 23
LS:3010Global Leadership Initiative1
AERO:3100Air Force Leadership Studies I3
AERO:3200Air Force Leadership Studies II3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership2-3
COMM:2011Group Communication3
LLS:1045Leadership in the Outdoors3
MGMT:2100Introduction to Management3
MGMT:3200Individuals, Teams, and Organizations3
MGMT:4300Leadership and Personal Development3
MILS:1010Leadership and Personal Development MSL1011
MILS:1020Introduction to Tactical Leadership MSL1021
MILS:2010Innovative Team Leadership MSL2012
MILS:2020Foundations of Tactical Leadership MSL2022
PSY:2501Introduction to Social Psychology3
SOC:1220Principles of Social Psychology3-4
SOC:3610Organizations and Modern Society3
SOC:4225The Social Psychology of Leadership3
SSW:3600Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II3


At least 3 s.h. from these:
BUS:3000Business Communication and Protocol3
BUS:3800Business Writing3
CNW:3640Writing for Business and Industry3
COMM:1112Interpersonal Communication3
COMM:1117Theory and Practice of Argument4
COMM:1130The Art of Persuading Others3
COMM:1170Communication Theory in Everyday Life3
COMM:1301Core Concepts in Communication Studies3
COMM:1818Communication Skills for Leadership3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership2-3
COMM:2091Organizational Communication3
INTM:3755What is Storytelling For?4
MGMT:4100Dynamics of Negotiations3

Cultural Competence

At least 3 s.h. from these:
ABRD:3352 & LS:3009International Perspectives: Xicotepec - Global Leadership Initiative in Xicotepec (students must register for section 6 of ABRD:3352; both courses are required)arr.
AFAM:3459African American Literature Before 19003
CCCC:2220Foundations of Critical Cultural Competence3
EPLS:4150-EPLS:4151Leadership and Public Service I-II (both courses are required)5
GWSS:1002Diversity and Power in the U.S.3
HIST:1040Perspectives: Diversity in American History3
HIST:3254/GWSS:3154Sexuality in the United States3
HIST:4202Society and Health Care in American History3
JMC:1200Media History and Culture3
MUS:1310World Music3
One elective approved for the Certificate in Critical Cultural Competence3

Students who use an elective approved for the Certificate in Critical Cultural Competence to satisfy this requirement must choose it from elective courses listed on the Certificate in Critical Cultural Competence website.

Ethics and Integrity

At least 3 s.h. from these:
ARTH:4040/LAW:8163Art, Law, and Ethics3
HMP:6315Seminar in Health Care Ethics1-2
HRTS:2115Introduction to Human Rights3
JMC:3180Media Ethics3
JMC:3300Foundations of the First Amendment3
MGMT:2000Introduction to Law3
MGMT:3400Employment Law3
PHIL:1034Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness3
PHIL:1401Matters of Life and Death3
PHIL:1636Principles of Reasoning: Argument and Debate3
PHIL:1861Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL:2402Introduction to Ethics3
PHIL:2432Introduction to Political Philosophy3
PHIL:2435Philosophy of Law3
PTRS:5100Professional Issues and Ethics1
RCE:4195Ethics in Human Relations and Counseling3

Experiential Learning

Certificate students must earn 2 s.h. in a course focused on experiential or hands-on learning. An experiential learning course may take different forms, such as a service learning experience, an internship, or an on-campus leadership practicum.

Before they enroll in the hands-on course, students must have completed at least 12 s.h. of work toward the certificate, including the core courses LS:3004 Perspectives on Leadership: Principles and Practices and LS:3012 Leadership Theory to Practice, so that they have a solid foundation of knowledge to apply to the experience.

Service Learning Courses

Service learning courses incorporate community engagement with academic course work. They allow students to gain hands-on experience along with a deeper understanding of course content while responding to real community needs. Students may satisfy the certificate's experiential learning requirement by earning 2 s.h. in service learning courses approved by the University of Iowa Center for Teaching.

Both of these (they must be approved in advance by the Pomerantz Career Center):
LS:3009Global Leadership Initiative in Xicotepec1-3
ABRD:3352International Perspectives: Xicotepec (section 6)arr.
Or this course (it must be approved in advance by the Pomerantz Career Center):
LS:3002Career Leadership Academy Part 23


Students register for the following course (2 s.h.) in order to receive certificate credit for the internship; they must complete all course assignments in order to fulfill the experiential learning requirement.

LS:3011Leadership Certificate Internship0, 2, 3

Internships consist of preapproved, supervised on-the-job learning; they may be paid or unpaid.

To meet the certificate's experiential learning requirement, an internship must consist of professional experience that relates to a student's major field of study or career interest area and allows the student to build on the academic course work already completed in the certificate program. At least 80 percent of a student's internship duties must be professional-level work, and a student must receive continuous supervision by a professional (not a student) in the internship field. The internship must last a minimum of 15 weeks in fall or spring semester or six weeks in the summer and must require 150 hours of work.

Internships that fulfill the certificate's experiential learning requirement must be approved in advance by one of the certificate program's internship advisors, and the internship site supervisor must agree to the terms of the internship and must complete the required form before the internship may be approved. Students may work with staff at the Pomerantz Career Center to find an approved internship opportunity, or they may develop their own internship.

For more information about internships, see Internships on the Pomerantz Career Center website.

On-Campus Leadership Practicum

Students who wish to fulfill the experiential learning requirement with an on-campus leadership practicum must engage in a formal, approved experience that is meaningful, educational, and cocurricular. It requires a student to take initiative and pursue active leadership roles and responsibilities. Examples include positions as student organization leaders, student government leaders, University Housing resident assistants, student orientation advisors, peer educators, and fraternity and sorority leaders. Practicums may be paid or unpaid.

Students register for the following course (3 s.h.) in order to receive certificate credit for the practicum and fulfill the experiential learning requirement.

LS:1023Leadership Certificate Practicum Class3

To meet the certificate's experiential learning requirement, a practicum must last at least 15 weeks during the semester in which LS:1023 is offered and must require 10-15 hours of work per week; the course is not offered every semester.

Practicums that fulfill the certificate's experiential learning requirement must be approved in advance by the leadership practicum instructor in the University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Students must submit a list of goals and assignments and/or duties they will complete during the practicum, to demonstrate that the practicum will provide substantive work assignments and opportunities to build on the academic course work they have completed in the certificate program.

Each student also must identify a practicum mentor and demonstrate that the mentor is willing to guide and evaluate the student's work and development of leadership skills, and intends to participate in reviewing the student's goal-setting assignment and in the final review of the student's performance.

Students meet weekly in the practicum course to discuss topics related to the academic course work as applied in practice and they must successfully complete a goal-setting assignment and a reflection assignment.

Personal and Program Evaluation

In order to be awarded the Certificate in Leadership Studies, students must complete a final report detailing how they completed the certificate requirements. The report should include a list of all courses taken for the certificate, indicating the requirement each course met, when each course was taken, and what grade the student earned for each course.