Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Interdisciplinary Programs, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Leadership Studies

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirments0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements42

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Science Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Science Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


One course from each category; six credits must be 300-level or above; no more than 4 credits from one subject area; specific courses required in first major, regardless of prefix of course, cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements; any course with same prefix as first major cannot be used to satisfy thread requirements, even if it is not a course in the first major.

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements

  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above (Adviser approved courses)
  • Courses used in this major may not be used to satisfy ROCK Studies 2, a minor, or another major’s requirements.
  • AP, Credit by Exam, CLEP, and institutional credit by exam may count towards the degree to a maximum of 45 credits. Pass/Fail and non-credit courses will not be counted in the major.
Core Courses
Oral and Written Communication
Select two of the following:6
Leadership Theory 1
Strategic Planning and Decision Making for Leaders
Principles of Leadership
Fundamentals of Tactical Operations
Interpersonal Skills and Civic Responsibility
Select two of the following:6
Multicultural Leadership
Self Leadership
Teambuilding for Leaders
Analytical, Quantitative & Critical Thinking Skills
Select two of the following:6
Leadership Practicum 1
Statistics for the Social Sciences
Research Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies
Emphasis Area
Select at least one course in each of the following areas for a total of 24 credits:24
Area A - Self Leadership
Interpersonal Communication
Risk Assessment and Fraud Prevention
Financial Best Practices for Decision Makers
Introduction to Consciousness
Society, Culture and Self
Self Leadership
Basic Military Skills
Intermediate Military Skills
Area B - Group Leadership
Small Group Communication
Cultural Area Studies
Minority Groups
Gender Roles and Society
Left and Right Brain: From Neuron to Culture
Multicultural Leadership
Teambuilding for Leaders
Organizational Behavior
Fundamentals of Tactical Operations
Advanced Military Skills
Group Facilitation and Leadership
Area C - Organizational Leadership
Intercultural Communication
Organizational Communication
Law & Ethics in the Workplace
Civic Engagement and Community Decision-Making
Sociology of Organizations
Introduction to Cognitive Studies
Strategic Planning and Decision Making for Leaders
Organizational Leadership
Leadership Dimensions and Concepts
Officership and the Profession of Arms
Area D - Leadership Experience
Leadership Practicum
Leadership Development Course
ROTC Basic Leadership Practicum
ROTC Advanced Leadership Practicum
Experiential Learning Activities
Students must complete 40 hours of experiential learning activities which are fulfilled by section D above or an approved substitution by the Academic Adviser. Please consult with your Adviser for details of the options available.
Total Hours42

Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA.


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty creative projects
  4. Internships
  5. Experiential Learning (Practice experience outside the classroom)

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in Leadership Studies (LDRS)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 07.28.21
UCC 03.14.21