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Our leadership program educates and prepares students using an interdisciplinary approach to study and practice leadership and followership theory. Our vision is to contribute to a pluralistic society by preparing engaged citizens who understand the ethical implications of leadership and, in collaboration with others, create positive change.


The Leadership Studies curriculum exposes students to leadership theory, models of followership and team development. In addition, students learn about the ethical challenges of leading and following while examining the contextual aspects of leadership. We invite you to share your insights and explore the complexities of leadership in a highly conversational and dynamic setting.

Advocate and author Lilly Ledbetter visited campus 

Ledbetter, author of "Grace and Grit" and namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, shared her story during the Festival Ideas at an event cosponsored by the Leadership Studies Program.

Learn more about Ledbetter's story.
Lilly Ledbetter headshot

Alumni spotlight: Jacob Marino

BA International Studies and Minor Leadership Studies, ’17

Jacob is spending 27 months in Zambia volunteering with the Peace Corps. In collaboration with a rural architecture program, he is developing marketing strategies for fish farmers to help them produce an income.

Meet Jacob.


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