This is the first version of the 2021-22 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

The undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies requires 20 s.h. of credit. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.

Students must declare their intent to earn the certificate to a leadership studies advisor in the Pomerantz Career Center; see Leadership Studies 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 lifelong development of these skills. Certificate students complete two interdisciplinary core courses (6 s.h.), area electives (12 s.h.), and an experiential learning course (2 s.h.). A course may not be used to satisfy more than one certificate requirement. Students also have the opportunity to complete the certificate online.

The Certificate in Leadership Studies requires the following coursework.

Interdisciplinary Core Courses

All certificate students are required to complete two interdisciplinary core courses. 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

Perspectives on Leadership: Principles and Practices (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, Leadership Theory to Practice (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.

Certificate students must complete LS:3004 and LS:3012 before they may enroll in the required experiential 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 Class3
LS:2002Career Leadership Academy Part 1: Leadership in Practice3
LS:2020Women in Leadership3
LS:3002Career Leadership Academy Part 2: Leadership in Action3
AERO:3100Leadership Studies: Leading People and Effective Communication I3
AERO:3200Leadership Studies: Leading People and Effective Communication II3
CLSA:2913Power, Class, and Gender3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership3
COMM:2011Group Communication3
LLS:1150Leadership in the Outdoors4
MGMT:2100Introduction to Management3
MGMT:3200Individuals, Teams, and Organizations3
MGMT:3999CIMBA Italy Experiential Leadership1-3
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:3600/MGMT:3600/NURS:3600/RELS:3701Nonprofit Organizational Effectiveness II3

Communication

At least 3 s.h. from these:
BUS:3000Business Communication and Protocol3
BUS:3800Business Writing3
CNW:3640Writing for Business3
COMM:1112Interpersonal Communication3
COMM:1117Theory and Practice of Argument4
COMM:1130The Art of Persuading Others3
COMM:1170Communication Theory in Everyday Life3
COMM:1818Communication Skills for Leadership3
COMM:1819Organizational Leadership3
COMM:2091Organizational Communication3
MGMT:4100Dynamics of Negotiations3

Cultural Competence

At least 3 s.h. from these:
AFAM:3459/ENGL:3459African American Literature Before 19003
AMST:1074/GWSS:1074/SPST:1074Inequality in American Sport3
ASP:3135/GHS:3050/SSW:3135Global Aging3
BUS:2450Business and Culture in China3
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
GWSS:1310/SOC:1310Gender and Society3
GWSS:3154Sexuality in the United States3
HHP:2280Cultural Competency in Health Promotion3
HIST:1040Diversity in History3
JMC:1200Media History and Culture3
MUS:1310World Music3
RCE:4197Citizenship in a Multicultural Society3
SOC:2810Social Inequality3
SRM:1045Diversity and Inclusion in Healthy Living3
One elective approved for the Certificate in Critical Cultural Competence 13
The 3 s.h. may include these:
ABRD:3352International Perspectives: Xicotepecarr.
LS:3009Global Leadership Initiative in Xicotepec0-2

Ethics and Integrity

At least 3 s.h. from these:
HMP:6315Healthcare Ethics1-2
HRTS:2115/IS:2115Introduction to Human Rights3
JMC:2600Freedom of Expression3
JMC:2700Media Ethics and Diversity3
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. To satisfy the experiential learning requirement, they must complete one of these options: LS:1024, or LS:3002, or ABRD:3352 and LS:3009, or LS:3011.

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 coursework. 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 a minimum of 2 s.h. in service learning courses from the following.

May select one of these three options:
Option A
LS:1024Hawkeye Service Breaks3
Option B
LS:3002Career Leadership Academy Part 2: Leadership in Action3
Option C
These courses:
ABRD:3352International Perspectives: Xicotepecarr.
LS:3009Global Leadership Initiative in Xicotepec0-2

Internship or On-Campus Leadership Practicum

Students may register for the following course earning a minimum of 2 s.h. in order to receive certificate credit for the internship or on-campus leadership practicum. They must complete all course assignments in order to fulfill the experiential learning requirement. Students who want to count LS:3011 toward the Tippie RISE requirement must register for an internship; registering with an on-campus leadership practicum will not satisfy Tippie RISE.

LS:3011Leadership Certificate Capstone2

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 coursework 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 requires 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 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 secure their own internship.

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

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.

To meet the certificate's experiential learning requirement, a practicum must last a minimum of 15 weeks in fall or spring semester or six weeks in the summer and requires 150 hours of work.

Practicums that fulfill the certificate's experiential learning requirement must be approved in advance by one of the certificate program's advisors. Students must submit a list of goals and assignments and/or duties they will complete during the practicum in order to demonstrate that the practicum provides substantive work assignments and opportunities to build on the academic coursework 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 the final review of the student's performance.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans represent one way to complete a program of study. Actual course selection and sequence will vary and should be discussed with an academic advisor. For additional sample plans, see MyUI.

Leadership Studies, Certificate

Plan of Study Grid (Manual)
Second Year
Any SemesterHours
LS:3004 Perspectives on Leadership: Principles and Practices a 3
LS:2002 Career Leadership Academy Part 1: Leadership in Practice b 3
GWSS:1002 Diversity and Power in the U.S. c 3
 Hours9
Third Year
Any Semester
LS:3012 Leadership Theory to Practice a 3
LS:3002 Career Leadership Academy Part 2: Leadership in Action d 3
RCE:4195 Ethics in Human Relations and Counseling e 3
 Hours9
Fourth Year
Any Semester
COMM:1112 Interpersonal Communication f 3
 Hours3
 Total Hours21