Leaders Engaging in Advanced Discovery

LEAD Classroom

VCU LEAD Students will discover more about leadership, and their individual style in the classroom. Students will have the ability to take multiple assessments in order to better understand their individual and organizational leadership styles. Students enroll in not less than 9 but not more than 15 credit hours specifically unique to the LLP certificate which may or may not be above and beyond courses required for degrees. The average course structure is as follows:

Semester 1

UNIV 200: Rhetoric and Logic for Leaders, 3 credits (if not previously taken)

Pre-requisite: UNIV 111 and UNIV 112 or equivalent credit.

This course fulfills the Core research and academic argument level course requirements using the theme of leadership for the writing and rhetorical work. Students will gain significant skills in academic and practical research; develop advanced writing skills; and, have a strong basis in logical reasoning.

LDRS 201: Individual Leadership Seminar, 1 credit

This seminar will expose students to a series of instruments, experience and methods of analyzing and understanding the self in relation to leadership. Emphasis is on self-discovery and personal identification of leadership skills and application in the leadership experience.

Semester 2

LDRS 202: Organizational Leadership Seminar, 1 credit

Pre-requisite: LDRS 201

Students will examine leadership models and concepts within the context of their chosen field and/or major. Individualized activities will include shadowing local leaders and planning for placement in the internship or practicum experience in LDRS 301.

UNIV 270: Introduction to Leadership Studies, 3 credits

Prerequisite: UNIV 200

The course provides a study of foundational theories in organizational leadership, group dynamics, and human relationships used in a variety of corporate, non-profit and educational settings. Students will learn historical and contemporary leadership theories. Students will also gain practical experience in analyzing existing leadership processes in industry, non-profit or educational settings. Students acquire skills in understanding leadership development concepts including decision-making, problem-solving, conflict management, and evaluation strategies. Students will gain practical experience in individual and group presentation techniques. This course meets the Core Curriculum requirement for social/behavioral sciences.


No courses are required during the summer between 1st and 2nd year, however, students are encouraged to continue their learning independently.

Semester 3

LDRS 301: Organizational Leadership Practicum, 1 credit

Prerequisite: LDRS 202

Application of leadership within an organization.

Semester 4

LDRS 302: Leadership Research and Presentation Seminar, 1 credit

Prerequisite: LDRS 301

Culmination course-Summary of learning and leadership skills with a presentation during Undergraduate Research Week or submission of scholarly work to professional journal or appropriate conference.

Hallway of VCU LEAD building Student defines leadership


VCU LEAD is now accepting applications for the next class of LEADers starting in the Fall of 2018! Please click the "Apply" button to submit your application. If you have any questions, please email leadllp@vcu.edu.