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Emerging Leaders Course

Emerging Leaders (EL) is a 3-credit-hour course taught as an elective in the Leadership Studies Minor. EL is offered every year for sophomores interested in studying leaders, leadership theories, and the application of leadership in a variety of situations. The purpose of the course is to cultivate emotionally intelligent leaders who will create positive social change on campus.

The course includes an off-campus leadership experience in which students travel to another city to visit colleges and universities to learn about varying leadership styles and challenges students face on those campuses. Previous trips have included visits to Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, North Carolina; Morehouse College and Emory University in Atlanta; American University and Howard University in Washington, DC; Louisiana State University and Southern University & A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Florida State University and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida; and Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, among others. Spring 2024 Course Description

Emerging Leaders class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:50-2:40pm in the spring 2024 semester and the mandatory EL trip will be held tentatively in March 2024. Class topics include social change, emotional intelligence, and transformational leadership.

To be considered for enrollment, students fill out an application and go through an interview process. All applicants must be full-time students at the time of course enrollment and must be in good academic standing as sophomores (students in their second year of college) with a minimum GPA of 2.5.


Applications for Spring 2024 are now closed.