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Leadership Studies Minor

Empowering Leaders for All Fields
  • All

    Majors are Eligible for the LED Program

  • 18

    Credit Hours, Includes 3 Core Courses and 3 Elective Courses

  • 500

    Students Enrolled in Classes in the Program

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Courses taught by faculty with expertise in leadership and student engagement

Program that provides students with real world experience

Availability to UNCW students in any field of study

Courses as early as freshman year

UNCW’s Leadership Studies minor taught me the difference between managers and leaders. Managers create predictability and order, while leaders create change and have impact. I would recommend the minor to students in any field. The program will challenge you to be the leader, not the manager.
Michael, Marketing and Supply Chain Management Cameron School of Business ’21
Michael, Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Cameron School of Business ’21
Leadership Studies Minor Program Overview
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Partnership with the Food Bank

One example of community engagement is partnership with UNCW’s Office of Student Leadership and Engagement and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina on programs to help fight local hunger. Partnerships like this provide valuable applied learning experiences for LED students.

YouTube Video for Campus Food Drive.

Campus Food Drive (LED-211)

Each year, students in UNCW’s leadership course participate in a community project. As an example, they held a volunteer day at the Wilmington branch of the Food Bank, and organized a food drive to collect food to provide meals for local families.

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Networking with Non-Profit Leaders (LED- 311)

Presentations, interviews and conversations with Food Bank leaders provide students enrolled in the communication and leadership course with valuable insights on goals, strategies and tactics employed by the local non-profit organization.

Students at the Yam Jam for local food pantries.

Yam Jam (LED- 411)

Students in the contemporary leadership applications course partnered with OSLE to organize UNCW’s first Yam Jam. The event brought faculty, staff and students together to sort and bag sweet potatoes for local food pantries.