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Leadership Certificate Steps

There are three steps required to earn the Leadership Certificate, which add up to four units of academic credit.

Step 1: Complete Paradigms & Strategies of Leadership (LDRSHP 204)

The Paradigms & Strategies of Leadership course is offered each fall.

Step 2: Complete a two-credit field study

The Leadership Certificate offers three options for meeting the field study requirement:

  • Complete the Field Study in Leadership (LDRSHP 396), which is offered each fall, winter and spring quarter. This option allows you to design your own leadership development experience. Please review the special requirements for the field study.
  • Complete Engage Chicago which is offered each summer through the Center for Civic Engagement. Engage Chicago provides students academic coursework, fieldwork and an internship in Chicago, one of the world’s most dynamic cities. In addition, you must take “Field Study in Leadership” seminar (LDRSHP 396), which is offered each fall, winter and spring quarter. To fulfill the field study requirement through Engage Chicago, you must take the seminar course (LDRSHP 396) either during the Engage Chicago experience or in the quarter immediately following. This will be approached on a case-by-case basis. Students must meet with Associate Director Todd Murphy beforehand to discuss the different options and receive permission to enroll in the course.
  • Complete the Global Engagement Studies Institute. This option allows you to learn about leadership in an international context, including summer fieldwork at one of several locations around the world—Bolivia, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, or Uganda. To fulfill the field study requirement through GESI, you must take the seminar course (LDRSHP 396) in the quarter immediately following the experience. Students must meet with Associate Director Todd Murphy beforehand to receive permission to enroll in the course.

Step 3: Complete a one-credit elective course

To complete the Leadership Certificate you must take and pass an elective course while enrolled at Northwestern. Electives give you the opportunity to learn about a particular aspect of leadership from the perspective of faculty members who come from a wide variety of disciplines. While we recommend that you take your elective course after you complete Paradigms & Strategies of Leadership (LDRSHP 204), the elective course may be taken at any time during your undergraduate career. You’ll find a list of approved elective courses below. You may also petition to add a course to this list by contacting Prof. Todd Murphy.

Important Note on Counting Credits 

Some schools at Northwestern allow specific courses to be double-counted if they are not also applied to a major or minor. Be sure to check with your academic advisor to find out how your credits may be applied.

Elective Courses

Course Title
AF_AM ST 220 Civil Rights and Black Liberation
AF_AM ST 325 Race, Poverty, and Public Policy
AF_AM ST 330 Black Women in 20th Century United States
AF_AM ST 378 The Harlem Renaissance
ANTHRO 211 Culture and Society
ANTHRO 374 Anthropology of Complex Organizations
COMM_ST 315 Rhetoric of Social Movements
COMM_ST 322 Rhetoric of the American Presidency
COMM_ST 328 The Rhetoric of War
COMM_ST 361 Intergroup Communication and Urban Change
COMM_ST 364 Collective Decision Making and Communication in Organizations
COMM_ST 371 Public Opinion
GNDR_ST 210 Gender, Power, and Culture in America
HIST 295 Leaders in History
IEMS 325 Engineering Entrepreneurship
IEMS 342 Organizational Behavior
LING 220 Language and Society
LOC 211 Introduction to Organizational Theory and Practice
LOC 306 Studies in Organizational Change
LOC 310 Learning Organizations for Complex Environments
PHIL 262 Ethical Problems and Public Issues
POLI_SCI 221 Urban Politics
POLI_SCI 240 Introduction to International Relations
POLI_SCI 320 The Presidency
POLI_SCI 342 International Organizations
POLI_SCI 344-2 US Foreign Policy
POLI_SCI 348 Globalization
SESP 202 Introduction to Community Development
SOCIOL 201 Social Inequality - Race, Class, and Power
SOCIOL 202 Social Problems
SOCIOL 203 Revolutions and Social Change
SOCIOL 205 American Society
SOCIOL 207 Problem of Cities
SOCIOL 276 Sport in American Society
SOCIOL 301 The City: Urbanization and Urbanism
SOCIOL 302 Sociology of Complex Organizations
SOCIOL 327 Youth and Society
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