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Public Leadership Minor

Maryland School of Public Policy
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Public Leadership Minor

The Minor in Public Leadership allows students to examine pressing issues (the global environment, democratization and human rights, crime and the penal system, diversity and affirmative action, poverty and inequality, and the quality of public education) facing leaders today. The minor directs students to think critically about the viable solutions needed to solve problems which require effective leadership for the public good. This minor engages students in learning about leadership for the public good and effective citizenship.

What is required within the Public Leadership Minor?

Requirements: 15 approved credits, at least 9 of which are 300- or 400-level. All courses taken for a minor must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. A minimum C (2.00) cumulative grade point average across all courses used to satisfy the minor is also required. Notes: No more than 6 credits may overlap between your major and the Public Leadership Minor, unless otherwise approved by your major. Additionally, courses completed in one minor may not be used to satisfy the requirements in another minor.

There is no required order in which the courses must be taken and courses do not need to be completed prior to applying.

At least 3 credits from one of the following Core courses:

  • PUAF 201 Leadership for the Common Good; (3 credits): Two hours of lecture and one hour of discussion/recitation per week. This course is designed to provide undergraduate students an introduction to leadership theory and civic studies and a chance to practice a core set of practical skills relevant to various kinds or leadership, such as transformational and collaborative leadership. Available Spring 
  • PUAF302 Leadership: Philosophy, Policy and Praxis; (3 credits): Leadership as a search for meaning, identity and purpose are explored. Also introduces major philosophical traditions, from the ancient world to the modern one, and encourages students to ground their leadership interests and aspirations in a disciplined process of self-reflection, critical thinking and inquiry. Available Spring
  • PUAF288P Special Topics in Public Policy; Introduction to Public Policy (3 credits): There is much more to public policy than who wins and who loses. This course will provide a broad understanding of the policy making process, and the tools for analyzing and managing successful policies and briefly considers various policy arenas, including education policy, and economic/fiscal policy.  There will be optional visits to external institutions involved in the practice of public policy.

The remaining 12 credits will be split among two signature courses and two elective courses. A credit-bearing experiential learning option for which a grade is earned, e.g., internship, study abroad, research project, etc. can count as part of the remaining 12 credits. The experiential learning option must be linked to public leadership and approved in advance. See below for a list of approved courses.

For more information, contact the Academic Advisor at plminor@umd.edu or visit office hours at 1118B Taliaferro Hall.

How do I apply?

Applications are received and approved on a rolling-basis with no current deadline (with the exception of item 3 below).

1. Complete the application, save it, and email it to plminor@umd.edu.

2. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

3. Students must be enrolled in the minor at least one full academic year prior to undergraduate graduation.



Approved course list

Experiential education contract

New Courses

 -- PUAF288P

 -- PUAF388G