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Academic Leadership Courses

Academic Course Offerings

Student Affairs partners with academic departments to offer leadership courses for academic credit.

Foundations of Leadership Development (EDUC 216/PSYC 216)

A 3-credit leadership course offered every fall and spring semester. This course helps develop as effective, ethical leaders. Students learn principles and practices of leadership, and have opportunities to put what they are learning into practice. It is a highly interactive course featuring extensive in-class discussion. Students learn to better understand themselves, develop intercultural competence, communicate effectively in group settings, develop an ethical decision-making process, value civic engagement and actively apply leadership skills.

Any questions about this course? Contact Corinne Janet at

Civic Agency and Social Entrepreneurship (POLI 205/AMST 205/SOCY 205)

A 3-credit course offered every Fall semester. This course empowers and prepares students to work effectively in their communities, social groups and democracy to initiate and achieve social change. Students analyze and evaluate prevailing ideas about effective citizenship, activism, service and politics, learn new skills, and work in groups to develop practical plans for campus and community change. Guest speakers include top campus leaders and change-agents. Projects emerging from this class have made a real impact at UMBC, so bring your imagination and your community spirit.

Have a question about this course? Contact David Hoffman at