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Leadership Studies Core Courses

Certificate in Leadership Studies Courses

LDR 2101 - Leadership Theory and Practice1 (3)

Leadership Theory and Practice is designed to introduce students to leadership theory and help them come to understand their unique role in leadership on campus, in their academic discipline, and within our larger society. This course is offered online.

LDR 2162 - Leadership in Groups and Communities1 (3)

Leadership in Groups and Communities is designed to inspire, teach and engage students in the process of leadership through service-learning. The course will be highly interactive with student participation and outside class involvement as critical components of the learning process. This course is offered in person twice a week for 75 minutes.

LDR 3215 - Leadership and Change1 (3)

Leadership and Change is an advanced undergraduate leadership course that examines the change process and prepares leaders who are effective in working with individuals, groups and organizations in leading and managing change. The course is designed to be an interactive theory-to-practice course focused on leadership as a change process. This course is offered in person twice a week for 75 minutes.

LDR 3263 - Leadership Experience*2 (3)

This experiential course offers participants an opportunity to put into practice the knowledge, theory and skills they have learned in previous courses in the Certificate program. Students will create and participate in an experience which will be coupled with reflection throughout the course. This course is offered online.

LDR 4105 - Leadership and Complexity*1 (3)

This final course in the Certificate program builds upon the leadership literature, theory and experience created in the previous Certificate courses. Systematic reflection on applied leadership issues and strategies is an important component of this course. This course is offered in person once a week for 150 minutes.

Supporting Course

Students in the certificate also must complete a 3-credit supporting course, which is intended to enhance leadership learning within their academic field of study. Students must send a copy of the syllabus to the certificate coordinator before the hours can be counted toward the certificate. To see a list of previously approved courses please click here.


*These courses are only available for students who are completing the certificate.

1. Scholarship in Practice

This course has been approved to meet FSU’s Liberal Studies Scholarship in Practice requirements and is designed to help you become a critical thinker, a creative user of knowledge for professional practice, and an independent learner.

2. Formative Experience

This course has been approved to meet FSU’s Liberal Studies Formative Experiences requirements and is designed to help you use and develop knowledge by engaging in a hands-on experience outside of the classroom. One of the two required Scholarship in Practice courses can be fulfilled with a Formative Experience.


Leadership Studies Supporting Courses

LDR 2116 – Leading in the Digital Age

Leading in the Digital Age is an interactive, dynamic online course focused on addressing leadership in the 21st century in the face of emerging technology, social media communication platforms and global change. This course introduces leadership online through the lens of positive social change. Using the social change model participants will be challenged to take their activity to better their local and global communities.

LDR 2231 – Global Leadership

This course will help students develop the skills necessary to interact globally whether at home or abroad. The knowledge gained about global leadership will allow students to recognize and respect cultural differences and be able to maneuver situations more accurately as well as gain insight and understanding of recent world leaders.

LDR 2160 – Peer Leadership1

The purpose of this course is to introduce the study of peer education, mentoring, and leadership using text and outside readings, activities, and a variety of other assignments. It will give students a deeper understanding of themselves and appreciation for the diversity of others.

LDR 2190 – Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership is a theory to practice course focusing on the role of emotional intelligence (EI) in leadership knowledge, skills, and development. Students taking this course will be introduced to Emotionally Intelligent Leadership (EIL) theory and consider the role of EI in the context of individual and team leadership development.

LDR 2210 – Leadership through Intergroup Dialogue

In this course, students will learn how to respectfully engage in dialogue with others who are different from them, allowing an opportunity to talk frankly about identity (sexuality, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, culture, ability, and more). This course is designed to incorporate critical readings, dialogic skills, deep questioning and reflection and activities that will teach students how to apply what they’ve learned to their daily lives and the process of leadership.

LDR 2213 – Leadership in Social Justice1 , 3

This supporting course examines social justice in the context of leadership and how students can understand their unique role in creating social change on campus, in their academic discipline, and within our larger society.

LDR 2290 – Leadership and Sustainability in Action1

This supporting course focuses on the process of leadership and creating positive change in the areas of sustainability, including, but not limited to economic, environmental, and sociopolitical sustainability.

LDR 2241 – Black Male Leadership3

This course introduces the study of leadership and leadership efficacy as it relates to Black males, using text and outside readings, activities, and a variety of assignments. Students in this course are introduced to and discuss some of the social, psychological, and cognitive realities of Black males in America.

LDR 2242 – Gender and Leadership3

This course is an exploration of the intersections of the complex social construct of gender and the intricacies of enacting leadership. This course considers the experiences of women, trans*, genderqueer, and men leaders as well as concepts of gender expression and the intersectionality of identities as influencers on leadership access and practice.

LDR 2243 – Latinx Leadership3

This course is a theory-to-practice, interactive and identity-based leadership course discussing and analyzing components of Latinx Leadership Development. This course explores the historical and cultural aspects of Latinx culture and how it intertwines with leadership development, learning, and practice.

LDR 2325 – Leadership and Empowerment

The course includes critical conversation about leadership literature, theory, and class discussions that will provide a foundation for new perspectives of leadership, with the focus on follower empowerment.

LDR 2560 – Leadership in Film1

This course initiates a thoughtful consideration of the nature of leadership as depicted in film. Film provides unique insights to investigate character and motive, as well as culture, allowing students to access meaning and significance through theoretical, analytic and dialogic inquiry.

LDR 3200 – Leadership and Ethics

This course helps students become ethically engaged citizens and logical thinkers. The course assists students in identifying and examining ethical leadership as it relates to values, authenticity, context, controversy, and dilemmas.

LDR 3221 – Contemporary Issues in Leadership

This course explores current issues in the campus, local, and global community and analyzes how leadership is being enacted. Students learn leadership theory and to identify and critically think about how it is displayed, especially within the context of current issues.

LDR 4404 – Student Affairs Leadership1

This supporting course is designed to provide students an opportunity to gain knowledge in the theory and practical application of student affairs, with an emphasis placed on leadership development, problem solving, and career exploration.


1. Scholarship in Practice

This course has been approved to meet FSU’s Liberal Studies Scholarship in Practice requirements and is designed to help you become a critical thinker, a creative user of knowledge for professional practice, and an independent learner.

2. Formative Experience

This course has been approved to meet FSU’s Liberal Studies Formative Experiences requirements and is designed to help you use and develop knowledge by engaging in a hands-on experience outside of the classroom. One of the two required Scholarship in Practice courses can be fulfilled with a Formative Experience.

3. Diversity Requirement

This course has been approved to meet FSU’s Diversity course requirement.