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Leadership Studies

  • Available as a minor
    Leadership is about far more than being good at what you do. Today’s leaders need highly developed skills, solid training and character.

  • More than at any other time in history, our world is suffering from a lack of good leadership — in our schools, homes, churches, businesses and government. With a focus on transformational, servant leadership, the Leadership Studies minor will give you the confidence and skills your need to step up and meet our world’s greatest needs.

    This interdisciplinary academic minor is the perfect complement to any major you choose to pursue.

    At Olivet, you can:

    • Study leadership with a Christ-centered approach.
    • Choose courses from a variety of disciplines, including art, business, ministry, communication, education, English, engineering exercise and sports science, history, music, nursing, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, social work, Spanish and theology.
    • Complete three core courses plus four elective courses to earn this minor.
    • Learn by experience through leadership activities. Your resulting achievements will be ideal to include on transcripts and résumés.
    • Complete a leadership capstone project that focuses on an area of interest that you choose.
    • And so much more!

    Additional opportunities

    Learn from seasoned leadership experts through programs presented by our Center for Law and Culture. Recent on-campus events have included the Creation Care symposium and the Law, Justice and Culture Institute.

    Attend leadership training events, such as Willow Creek Association’s Global Leadership Summit.

    Learn from guest speakers sponsored by our Department of Business and Office of Spiritual Development. Recent guests have included:
    • Jon Acuff, author and speaker
    • Susie Shellenberger of Susie Magazine
    • Ben Zobrist, speaker and professional baseball player for the Tampa Bay Rays
    • John Fischer, pastor and writer
    • Leonard Sweet, author and professor at George Fox University

    Take on leadership roles in one or more of Olivet’s student clubs and organizations. Find a list of these here.

    Join Enactus (formerly known as SIFE) — a global, nonprofit organization active in 37 countries around the world and more than 1,600 universities in the United States. Through Enactus, students take what they’ve learned in the classroom to transform their communities and the world at large.

    Explore study abroad or off-campus study opportunities, gaining understanding and perspective that only comes when you step out of your comfort zone and see the world through different eyes.


    If you
    • Enjoy planning projects and events
    • Work better as part of a team than alone
    • Aren’t shy about volunteering
    • Thrive when you are making decisions
    • Are a person whom others spontaneously look to in difficult times and situations

    Then a Leadership Studies minor may be just what you’re looking for!

    The knowledge, skills and experience you gain in completing this minor will benefit you in any career track you may ultimately choose.

    Leadership Studies is part of the Department of General Studies within the College of Arts and Sciences.

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  • Focusing on transformational, servant leadership, the Leadership Studies minor helps develop the qualities and skills a confident leader needs most.