St. Bonaventure University

Leadership Minor


The minor in leadership, open to all undergraduate degree-seeking students regardless of their majors, offers a curriculum that spans academic schools at the university.

The program stems from the Bonaventure mission of bringing out the best in every individual, preparing students for the challenges faced in their upcoming professional careers, and manifesting their values in becoming good citizens. The scope of the leadership minor is to provide the tools that will enable students to ethically influence people though purpose, direction, and motivation.

Through mentorship, personal development and internship opportunities, the minor prepares students to serve effectively in formal and informal leadership roles on campus and in their lifelong pursuits. Students who complete the minor will be equipped with the leadership skills sought by most organizations today: trustworthiness, and the ability to effectively communicate, motivate and delegate.


Minor requirements

Students map out a program of study that includes 9 credits of Leadership Theory (Principles and Skills), 6 credits of Leadership Development, and 3 credits of a Capstone experience, totaling 18 credits. Course selections include:

Leadership Theory: Principles Electives (3 credits/1 course)
  • MS 101/102. Foundation of Officership
  • THFS 340. Franciscan Ethical Leadership
  • MGT 301. Management and Organizational Behavior
  • PSYC-212. Social Psychology
Leadership Theory: Skills Electives (6 credits/2 courses)
  • PHIL 111. Introduction to Critical Thinking
  • SC 301. Strategic Writing and Professional Communication
  • COM 102. Effective Speaking and Presentations
  • ENG 230. Public Speaking
  • SOC 205. Sociology of Inequality
  • ENG 260. Professional Communication
  • ENG 250. Advanced Written/Oral Communication
  • MS 301/302. Leadership and Ethics
Leadership Development Electives (6 credits/2 courses)
  • SC 320. Principles and Practices of Public Relations
  • POLS 204. Political Thought
  • ML 300. Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • PSYC 310. Organizational and Industrial Psychology
  • MGT 322. Introduction to Management Science
  • MGT 401. Human Resource Management
  • PHED 310. Philosophies and Principles of Interscholastic Activities
  • SC 210. Social Media in Society/Business
  • SC 302. Global Marketing & Communication
  • PHB 202. Marketing & Communication in Public Health
Leadership Experience Electives (3 credits/1 course)
  • MS 401/402. Leadership and Management
  • SBU 103. Internship Experience
  • SBU 104.  Service Learning Experience