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Leadership Education and Development Minor

Whether you aspire to run a company, lead teams or excel in your chosen field, Drake’s hands-on undergraduate minor in leadership studies will bring you the skills you need to succeed. The undergraduate, interdisciplinary minor in leadership education and development (LEAD) is open to students in any academic major.

The LEAD minor will elevate your ability to make significant contributions in whatever career path you choose. Through the program you will learn to challenge yourself and others to develop a shared vision; influence individuals or groups toward the ethical achievement of common goals; improve your ability to manage change; deal with conflict toward a positive end; and gain essential skills that are key to elevating yourself in your profession and community.

The LEAD minor includes 20 credit hours of traditional and experiential courses that combine instruction and skill development. The capstone experience, LEAD 190, is an immersion experience that places you in a new organization, community or association locally or internationally where you will add value by influencing individuals or groups toward common, attainable goals.

Careers and Internships

Experiential opportunities are customized and varied. These include projects on campus and in the community as well as projects around the world with non-governmental organizations, orphanages, schools, and other entities. These offerings as part of LEAD are not intended to replace traditional internships, but to serve as an additional enhancement to them. Careers and internship possibilities are as varied as the students who take the concentration.

Course Requirements

The minor in Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) is a 20 credit-hour concentration open to all students from any academic major.

LEAD Minor Curriculum

Students admitted to the minor will adhere to the following criteria:

For More Information

To discuss your possible interest in adding this minor please contact Professor Tom Buckmiler at or phone 515-271-4989. For more general information, visit the LEAD minnor website at


Important Admission Dates