Scholarships for Leadership Studies Students (pdf)
Learning experienced in a classroom setting is key to developing future leaders. Within the classroom, students are challenged to think critically about leadership theories and traditions, to explore their own values and to articulate new leadership paradigms in our increasingly diverse and global world. The leadership studies minor is at the heart of the Center’s comprehensive approach to developing leaders. It is an interdisciplinary exploration of leadership history and theory, emphasizing the need for 21st century leadership to develop ethical, integrated solutions to complex issues.
The minor became a permanent part of the college curriculum in 2002 and has grown from offering one course to 10 courses. Students are challenged to study leadership through the lens of an interdisciplinary, global perspective while bolstering an understanding of ethical leadership. This is coupled with developmental experiences that feature conversations with nationally and internationally recognized leaders in public life, former African Heads of State, as well as key players in the corporate, scientific, philanthropic and humanitarian communities.
The importance of this minor is reflected in the Fall semester 2009 leadership studies course enrollment of 122 students, the highest number since the minor was introduced. A new course, HLS 475 - Social and Political Change in the Latter Half of the 20th Century, was developed and offered for the first time last fall. In addition, the Leadership and Civic Engagement course serves as a pilot for the Bringing Theory to Practice Program, a two-year grant awarded to 55 schools in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Faculty and scholars teaching these leadership studies courses represent a broad spectrum of experience and training from former U.S. Ambassador Andrew Young, internationally recognized scholar in political science Dr. Preston King, Dr. William Bynum, vice president of student services at Morehouse College to Jochen Fried, director of Salzburg Global Seminars. The minor also calls upon experts in relevant fields as guest lecturers to augment the curriculum. Students are encouraged to become involved with the programs at the Center as an opportunity to apply the hypotheses that were studied in the classroom.
"The Leadership Center at Morehouse College has transformed my thinking and developed my character like no other place. As a student, I was challenged to look for ways to learn about ethical leadership. As an alumnus, I now see the value of practicing ethical leadership, and continuing to strive for excellence in all that I do."
- Justin Houser
Class of 2010
"The Leadership Center offers every student regardless of background the oppertunity to test their wings and fly globally. My passport, perspective and first time leaving the country are all accredited to the support and education I received from the Leadership Center at Morehouse College."
Class of 2011