Undergraduate Minor in Leadership of Organizations


The School of Human Resources and Labor Relations also offers a minor (open to all MSU students) titled "Leadership of Organizations." To review requirements for the minor, please read below or visit the Office of the Registrar for more information. Advisor approval required.

Additionally, if you are interested in HRLR content and you need electives to complete degree requirements, we encourage you to take the many available HRLR courses the department has to offer. Please view course offerings by visiting MSU Class Search and searching for "HRLR" in the subject search bar.


Minor in Leadership of Organizations

College of Social Science | School of Human Resources and Labor Relations

Open to: All MSU students

The minor in Leadership of Organizations aligns with the College of Social Science research focus on people and the environment. The program goal is to provide an interdisciplinary study of the leadership of organizations that prepares to critically assess the effectiveness of leaders in a wide range of organizations (e.g., business, government, and non-profit), and also prepares students to be more effective leaders in their work careers and as citizens.

Students must complete 15-17 credits from the requirements listed below:


1. Entry Course: 3 credits

Courses Number Courses Title Credits
HRLR 211 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3


2. One of the following courses: 3 credits

Courses Number Courses Title Credits
ANP 321 Anthropology of Social Movements 3
HST 213 U.S. Business and Economic History 3
HST 312 African American Women 3
HST 313 Women in the United States to 1869 3
HST 314 Women in the United States since 1869 3
PLS 310 Public Administration and Policy 3
PLS 313 American Public Policy 3
PSY 235 Social Psychology (PSY 101) 3
PSY 255 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (PSY 101) 3
SOC 241 Social Psychology 3
SOC 481 Social Movements and Collective Identities 3


3. Two of the following: 6-8 credits

Courses Number Courses Title Credits
ACM 271 Introduction to Arts and Cultural Management 3
ACM 461 Strategies of Arts and Cultural Management (ACM 271) 3
CEP 260 Dynamics of Personal Adjustment 3
COM 240 Introduction to Organizational Communication 4
CSUS 429 Program Planning and Evaluation (see prerequisites) 3
ESHP 190 The Art of Starting 3
MGT 325 Management Skills and Processes 3
PHL 340 Ethics 3
PHL 345 Business Ethics 4
REL 185 Introduction to Religion and Nonprofits (not open to seniors) 3
REL 285 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship and Religion 3
REL 485 Religion and Nonprofit Leadership (W) 3
TE 101 Social Foundations of Justice and Equity in Education 3
WRA 202 Introduction to Professional and Public Writing 3
WRA 401 Rhetoric, Leadership, and Innovation 3
WS 404 Women and the Law in the United States 3


4. Exit Course: 3 credits

Courses Number Courses Title Credits
HRLR 311 Applied Organizational Leadership 3



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