Major and Minor Requirements

Graduates of the Jepson School are awarded a bachelor of arts degree with a major in leadership studies. For an explanation of courses and the full course list, see the undergraduate catalog.

  • Major

    The Leadership Studies Major

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.0, with no course grade below a C- (1.7).

    Students wishing to major or minor in leadership studies must apply for admission to the Jepson School of Leadership Studies during the fall semester of their second year.

    A minimum of 12 units, including:

    Advanced coursework may include one unit of collaborative study, one unit of independent study, one unit of honors thesis work, or one unit of senior thesis work.

  • Minor

    The Leadership Studies Minor

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.0, with no course grade below a C- (1.7).

    A minimum of 9 units, including:

    • LDST101 Leadership and the Humanities 

    • LDST102 Leadership and the Social Sciences 

    • LDST210 Justice and Civil Society 

    • 1 course chosen from

      • LDST249 Quantitative Social Science

      • BIOL320 Experimental Design and Biostatistics

      • BUAD202 Statistics for Business and Economics

      • CHEM300 Measurement Statistics

      • ECON170 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics

      • HS250 Epidemiology and Health Research Methods

      • DSST189 Introduction to Statistical Modeling

      • DSST289 Introduction to Data Science

      • PSYC200 Methods and Analyses

    • LDST250 Critical Thinking and Methods of Inquiry 

    • LDST300 Theories and Models of Leadership 

    • LDST450 Leadership Ethics 

    • Two additional units of advanced courses numbered above 300, not including any core classes (i.e. LDST 300, 450, 488, or 489) or study abroad credits, or student research. However, beginning with the Class of 2026: included in the two units MUST BE one of the following LDST courses: 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 307, 308, 310, 317, 340, 345, 346, 350, 351, 352, 354, 355, 357, 361, 367, 368, 369, 375, 377, 378, 383, 384, 386, 387, or 390.