Leadership Studies

This is the first version of the 2024–25 General Catalog. Please check back regularly for changes. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

Undergraduate certificate: leadership studies

Website: https://careers.uiowa.edu/alp

Leadership studies is a multidisciplinary academic field that draws upon theories and applications from a wide variety of related disciplines, such as the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, political science, and anthropology) and the humanities (e.g., philosophy and history), as well as professional fields, including management and education. The Leadership Studies Program examines ethical issues, principles, theories, and styles of leadership; the dynamics of interactions between leaders, followers, and group members; leaders' impact on organizations and communities; and leadership skills such as goal setting, communicating effectively, creating a vision, and empowering others.

The Leadership Studies Program offers the undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies as well as the Career Leadership Academy, a two-course sequence designed to help undergraduate students develop leadership and employment skills. The program also offers professional development courses.

Certificate in Leadership Studies

The Certificate in Leadership Studies is an interdisciplinary program coordinated by the Pomerantz Career Center and supported by the Tippie College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Office of Leadership, Service, and Civic Engagement.

Career Leadership Academy

The Career Leadership Academy is a two-semester sequence of courses designed to help undergraduate students develop vital skills for leadership and career development: communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to work well with others. This highly interactive program consists of weekly seminars, activities, and events. Participants also engage in career exploration opportunities, professional networking, and leadership development experiences.

Course # Title Hours
LS:2002Career Leadership Academy Part 1: Leadership in Practice3
LS:3002Career Leadership Academy Part 2: Leadership in Action3

For more information, see Career Leadership Academy on the Pomerantz Career Center website.

Professional Development

Professional development courses provide students with opportunities to engage in practical, hands-on, skills-based instruction relevant to careers and leadership development. The topics and curricula for the following courses incorporate input from employers, who were surveyed about their experiences, real-world examples, guidance, and which skills they most often seek when hiring new graduates.

Course # Title Hours
LS:2013Strengths-Based Leadership1
LS:3003Culturally Intelligent Leadership1