​Minor in Professional Teamwork and Leadership

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    Unique Minor—Available Only at IUP

    We're the first in the country to offer a professional teamwork and leadership minor, but we didn't create it so we would stand out. We created it so you would.

    Other job candidates might claim they have teamwork and leadership skills.

    You can prove it.

    Start Early and Take Only a Few Extra Classes

    Many classes you already need to take for your degree also count toward the minor. If you start the minor your freshman year and choose the right liberal studies (general education) classes, you might only need 2-4 additional classes.

    Three students in lab coats examine a mouse in a labThree Pathways—Designed to Increase Your Career Opportunities

    We’ve designed our program with three professional pathways to make the material apply to your career.

    Choose the path that’s right for you:

    1. Applications of Teamwork and Leadership

    • For most students—such as aspiring scientists, teachers, heath and human services professionals, and more
    • Apply what you learn about teams and leadership to your field and solve real-world problems in this hands-on, applied pathway of the minor. Of the three options, this applied format offers the most opportunities to practice skills.

    2. Business Leadership Theory

    • For all business majors
    • In this case-study-based pathway, you'll explore theories, motivation of teams, corporate social responsibility, commercial sustainability, regional and global marketplaces, and corporate ethics—all from a team and leadership perspective.

    3. Community and Civic Leadership Theory

    • For students interested in careers in civic and community settings
    • Learn team and leadership strategies in this case-study-based pathway, which covers motivating volunteers, building relationships with government agencies and community groups, planning and delivering services, and collaborating.
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    Apply Early to the Minor, Before Scheduling Classes

    Take full advantage of the chance to count classes twice—for your degree and for the minor.

    Students who are interested in the professional teamwork and leadership minor are advised to take SOC 161 (instead of SOC 151) and THTR 161 (instead of THTR 101 or another fine arts requirement) their first year at IUP.

    New students should complete the PDF form to declare the minor and bring it to orientation for class scheduling.

    Current IUP students who want to add the minor should declare the minor early with the appropriate form (PDF) to receive proper advising by the co-director of Team and Leadership Studies, Professor Justin Fair.

  • A group of student trainers assist an injured football player during an IUP gameSkillful Team Players Create Positive Outcomes

    Do you like group projects? Until now, you may never have experienced a project that required true teamwork. You don't know how great it can be. Real-world projects require different disciplines to communicate shared ideas, but that's just the beginning. There are many factors that lead to successful team projects.

    Our professors help you navigate the difference between group work and teamwork. They'll teach you the underlying skills you'll need for successful communication. More importantly, they'll give you opportunities to learn when and how to apply them.

    Courses Needed for the Minor

    All three pathways require the following core courses. See the Undergraduate Catalog for course descriptions (PDF).

    • LDSP 361: Introduction to Leadership (3 credits)
    • SOC 161: Foundations of Sociology: Social Relations in Groups and Organizations (3 credits)
    • THTR 161: Introduction to Theater: Interpersonal Practices (3 credits)
    •   LDSP 461: Leadership Capstone (1 credit) 

    You'll cover the remaining 8-10 credits of the minor with requirements outlined by the pathway you choose.

    1. Applications of Teamwork and Leadership

    • COMM 261: Teamwork and Communication Skills for College and Career or JRNL 361 Presentation Making (3 credits)
    • A teamwork intensive course: BCOM 321, CHEM 326, CHEM 481, FDNT 355, FDNT 415, GEOG 440, GEOS 356, PSYC 350, THTR 281 — At least one course from the pathway is required to be a 300-level or 400-level class. If possible, take an in-major, teamwork-intensive course or elective. Be sure the section chosen has the teamwork-intensive designation. (3-4 credits)
    • 1-3 credits from the following: LDSP 482, PHIL 122, independent study, honors thesis, or undergraduate research

    2. Business Leadership Theory

    • BCOM 321: Business and Interpersonal Communications (3 credits)
    • MGMT 461: Business Leadership Theory (3 credits)
    • 3 credits from the following: MGMT 311, 432, or 462

    3. Community and Civic Leadership Theory

    • COMM 261: Teamwork and Communication Skills for College and Career or JRNL 361 Presentation Making (3 credits)
    • PLSC370: The Practice of Public Administration or PSYC 390 Industrial-Organization Psychology (3 credits)
    • 2-3 credits from the following: LDSP 482, PHIL 122, or SOC 345 (3 credits)

    How Honors College Core Classes Fit the Minor

    Honors College students can satisfy PHIL 122, THTR 161, and SOC 161 by taking the appropriate HRNC core courses. THTR 111 is a substitute for THTR 161.

    Courses in the Minor that Also Count as Other Degree Requirements

    Choose your classes carefully, and many classes required for the minor can also fill requirements for your degree—plan ahead and you can count classes twice! The chart below outlines how it works. If you’re not sure how your schedule fits the minor, contact the co-director of Team and Leadership Studies, Professor Justin Fair, who can advise you.

    Course Number Course name Liberal Studies/Major Requirement
    THTR 161 Introduction to Theater: Interpersonal Practices Counts as a Fine Arts requirement
    SOC 161
    Foundations of Sociology: Social Relations in Groups and Organizations Counts as a Social Science requirement and as a Global Multicultural Awareness requirement
    COMM 261 Teamwork and Communication Skills for College and Career
    Counts as an Elective in Oral Communication and Information Literacy
    T-Course Any one course approved as a Teamwork-Intensive section (T-Course)
    Students are encouraged to take a teamwork-intensive course that is a required course or elective in their major.

    Independent study, honors thesis, or research
    Some majors may require research, independent study, or an honors thesis.