Enroll in the Certificate

More substantial than a minor, the certificate in leadership studies complements your bachelor’s degree—and many courses fulfill both requirements. Core courses cover theories and practice of leadership, communication and organizations. Students choose nine credit hours of electives from 70 courses offered across 25 academic departments and programs in five colleges. The certificate ends with a capstone course, which can include an internship or a study-abroad experience.

The certificate requires the completion of 21 credits through:

  • Three courses in leadership, speech communication and organizational theory
  • One three-credit elective course in communication
  • Six credits of elective courses in leadership
  • A three-credit capstone course, internship or study-abroad experience.

Nine courses must be at 300 level or above, at least 9 credits cannot be used to meet any other requirements, and courses cannot be taken pass/fail.

Step 1

Create your customized course plan using the Curriculum Map (PDF). You can develop this plan on your own, but we encourage you to meet with your academic adviser to discuss it.

Step 2

Complete the Certificate Enrollment Form (PDF).

First, fill in the information you know in the top section. Then list the courses you selected. This form needs to be signed by you, your academic adviser and the Leadership Studies Program adviser (these can be done in any order).

Step 3

Sign up for a Leadership Studies Program advising session or schedule an individual meeting with a Leadership Studies Program adviser. Bring your completed enrollment form, discuss your course plan and ask any questions you still have.

What's next

After enrolling, monitor your progress in your plan of study. Courses in the Leadership Studies Program fill up quickly--register for your selected courses as soon as possible when the enrollment period opens for you.

For questions, please feel free to contact:
Julie Snyder-Yuly
Lecturer in Leadership Studies
juliesy@iastate.edu
515-294-7604