Degree Type:
Minor
Mode of Study:
On Campus

The Tally Center for Leadership Development was founded in 1995 on the belief that our country urgently needs better leaders in all walks of life. Within the Tally Center students participate in innovative courses, student-led activities, campus and community events, and off-campus internships. In addition to leadership theory and practice, the Center emphasizes ethics, character, and civic responsibility. With its own in-house, certified facilitators, the Center also presents “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The Tally Center sponsors the Leadership Pathway of the MU Journey enrichment program. Students participate in a number of opportunities to develop their leadership potential. The Leadership Fellows Program is part of the MU Journey. Freshmen and sophomores are nominated and selected based on their leadership potential and academic achievement. Fellows complete a series of core requirements to successfully complete the program.

Common Career Paths

Some of the top jobs for those with a Leadership Studies educational background include project coordinator, human resources manager, management analyst, emergency management director, and so much more.

Common Salary Ranges for Graduates

As mentioned above, there’s a long list of career opportunities for those with a Leadership Studies educational background. But, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the average annual salary for the following positions (which may require additional education) in North Carolina in 2021:

  • Project management specialist: $98,970
  • Human resources manager: $131,810
  • Management analyst: $99,400
  • Emergency management director: $71,770

Average Tuition Cost

The average cost for an incoming residential freshman to attend MU is less than $18,000 – similar to the cost of attending one of the big-box public schools, but with the enhanced value of a highly-regarded private school with a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

While tuition varies, depending on a student’s financial aid package, it’s important to know that the average financial award for an incoming residential freshman at MU is more than $34,000.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

More than 97% of MU students receive some form of financial aid, with the University offering more than $24 million annually to students for scholarships. If a student is active military, family of active military, or a veteran, they may also qualify for MU’s military education benefits.

Interested in Methodist University’s Leadership Studies minor?

If you have questions, reach out to Dr. Andrew Ziegler using the contact info at the bottom of the page. If you’re ready to apply today, visit the link below!

Frequently Asked Questions

The Leadership Fellows Program is part of the MU Journey. Freshmen and sophomores are nominated and selected based on their leadership potential and academic achievement. Fellows complete a series of core requirements to successfully complete the program.

Leadership Studies empowers students for effective leadership by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, values, and abilities necessary to achieve positive change in community life and in the workplace. A knowledge of how to lead will better prepare you for a successful career and life.

Mission

To empower students for effective leadership by equipping them with the knowledge, skills, values, and abilities necessary to achieve positive change in community life and in the workplace.

Goals

  1. Students who graduate with a Leadership Studies Minor will demonstrate basic skills of personal and interpersonal leadership; will demonstrate knowledge of the theories and approaches to leadership; and will demonstrate the ability to analyze and understand contemporary issues of leadership.
  2. Students who graduate with a Church Leadership Minor will possess critical skills of personal and interpersonal leadership; will have a basic understanding of the Old Testament and the New Testament; and will be familiar with various systems of church government, ministry organization, theology, and worship.
  3. Students, staff, faculty, and community members who participate in one or more LSS courses or Tally Center sponsored events will have opportunities to increase their understanding and abilities of leadership.

Requirements for the Minor in Leadership Studies

Required Core Courses

  • LSS 3000 Principles of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 4700 Senior Internship (3 s.h.)

Leadership Electives

Select 6 s.h. from the following:

  • LSS 3250 Theories and Techniques of Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3400 Issues in Contemporary Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3500 Youth Ministry Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 3750 Future-Oriented Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 4600 Church Leadership (3 s.h.)
  • LSS 4850 Special Topics (or LSS 2850) (3 s.h.)

Interdisciplinary Electives

Select 6 s.h. from the following:

  • ACL 3400 Theories and Techniques of Effective Listening (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3600 Exploring Cross-Cultural Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3700 Results-Oriented Persuasion (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3710 Effective Interpersonal Communication (3 s.h.)
  • ACL 3900 Collaborative Conflict Management (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 1510 Management and Organization (3 s.h.)
  • BUS 3750 Human Resource Management (3 s.h.)
  • ECO 3010 Entrepreneurship (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 4220 Twentieth Century American History (3 s.h.)
  • PHI 2200 Contemporary Ethical Problems (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 2010 State and Local Government (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3050 Democratic Principles and Theory (3 s.h.)
  • PSC 3330 Public Administration (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3100 Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • PSY 3610 Social Psychology (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 2530 Global Social Problems (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 3750 Small Group Communication (3 s.h.)
  • SWK 3150 Helping Processes (3 s.h.)

LSS courses not counted as Leadership Electives may count as Interdisciplinary Electives.

With the approval of the program director appropriate courses may be substituted.

Contact

Andrew Ziegler, Ph.D.

Professor of Political Science; Director, Tally Center for Leadership; Lura S. Tally Professor of Leadership
Andrew Ziegler