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Emerging Leaders Course

Emerging Leaders is a 3-credit-hour course taught as an elective in the Leadership Studies Minor. EL is offered every spring for sophomores interested in studying leaders, leadership theories, and the application of leadership in a variety of situations. The purpose of the course is to cultivate emotionally intelligent leaders who will create positive social change on campus.

The course includes an off-campus leadership experience in which students travel to another college or university to learn about its leadership styles and opportunities. Previous trips have included visits to Appalachian State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, North Carolina; Morehouse College and Emory University in Atlanta; American University and Howard University in Washington, DC; Louisiana State University and Southern University & A&M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Florida State University and Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida; and Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, among others. Read the course description.

The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. during spring semester. Class topics include social change, emotional intelligence, servant leadership, ethics, transformational leadership, combating student apathy, mentorship, leaving a leadership legacy, and 360 degree leadership.

To be considered for enrollment, students fill out an application and go through an interview process. All applicants must be full-time students at the time of course enrollment and must be in good academic standing as sophomores (students in their second year of college) with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

What Former Emerging Leaders Say

Watch a video from alumna Katherine Johnson.

“For once in my life, I was challenged to think about something other than numbers and facts; I had to think about myself: my values, my passions, and my actions. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do but it made me a stronger and more confident leader.”

“We could simply talk and discuss examples of different theories and leadership styles, but to be able to experience passionate, moving, and inspiring leaders in different campus communities helps hone in and develop a full understanding of effective leadership.”

“It was the best thing to happen to me in college. It opened doors and made me realize my potential.”

Applications for 2018 Emerging Leaders are open until October 4th, 2017

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Phone: 865-974-1039 E-mail: leadserve@utk.edu

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