May 21, 2024  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Leadership Studies

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The Leadership Studies program engages students in the formal study of leadership processes and systems, which are examined through lenses of personal experience, social and personal identities, history, and context. Students will engage in active learning, reflective inquiry, critical thinking, empirical research, and practice in the program. While Leadership Studies are based in the social sciences, curricular initiatives will include interdisciplinary contributions from the arts, humanities, sciences, and applied and professional studies.

The Leadership Minor provides a focused course of study and reflective practice in leadership that enables students to combines formal learning of leadership foundations with practical of leadership skills. The minor enables students to develop knowledge, skills and experience in leadership that are transferable to a wide range of civic and career settings.

Program Objectives

Students in Leadership Studies will develop knowledge in the following areas of study:

  • the definitions, perceptions, and impacts of leadership.
  • the cultural and contextual forces that influence leadership processes and outcomes.
  • effective leadership and communication skills, including those important to teamwork, collaboration, and interdependence.
  • leadership philosophies, traits, strengths, and styles.
  • the responsibility of leaders to address issues of inclusion and diversity to develop a constructive climate through ethical, positive, and nurturing leadership practices.
  • complex thinking, innovative problem solving, and social change. 
  • adaptability and perseverance to overcome obstacles.

For more information, contact the Morse Leadership Institute at 360-650-4000 or visit Arntzen Hall 444.


KAREN ROHRBAUCK STOUT (2000) Bowman Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies and Director of the Morse Leadership Institute. BA, University of Puget Sound; MA, University of Montana; PhD, University of Utah.


    Undergraduate Minor


      Leadership Studies

      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

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