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Welcome to the Department of Leadership Studies

The mission of the Department of Leadership Studies is to enhance the ability of students from any academic background to perform effectively as principled leaders in their present or future leadership roles. The program utilizes interdisciplinary courses to engage students in comprehensive learning about leadership in applied contexts. At various points, the curriculum allows students to tailor the focus of their study toward individual and career interests.

The Department oversees all credit-bearing academic leadership courses (LDRS-prefix) and related programs, to include a Master of Science in Leadership, a Graduate Certificate in Leadership, a Graduate Certificate in Military Leadership, and an undergraduate Minor in Leadership Studies.

Department Hours Schedule:

Department Office Hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Summer Hours: Monday - Thursday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM, May 10 - August 13

Academic Programs


Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Leadership

Graduate Certificate in Leadership

Graduate Certificate in Military Leadership                            

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Minor in Leadership Studies

ROTC Fulfillment Program (non-contracting upper-level cadets)

For questions about our graduate programs, please email

For questions about our undergraduate programs, please email

 New in Leadership Studies

See below for new courses being added to the Department of Leadership Studies Undergraduate & Graduate Curriculum!

New! (Spring 2021) LDRS 202 - Leadership in American Government and Society (3 Credit Hours)

An interdisciplinary examination of civic leadership and ethics in America from the founding of the country to the present. The first part of the course will focus on the establishment of the basic frameworks of citizen-leadership through creation and implementation of central documents of governance, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Subsequent parts of the course will use selected case studies from different eras to illustrate how the founding documents have guided different types of American leaders in defending and advancing America's fundamental principles amidst the needs of changing times. The course will draw on appropriate sources from Leadership Studies, Political Science, History, African-American Studies, and other disciplines. It will include an exercise in experiential learning and conclude with an examination of challenges facing the United States and her leaders today and how her founding ideals and documents can assist in meeting them.

New! (Fall 2020) LDRS 433 - Special Topics - Civil Rights Leadership (3 Credit Hours)

This course will explore leadership in the context of civil rights movements to disarm injustice in American Society. The class will focus on the power of social movements to affect positive change in our society. We will consider civil and human rights challenges to legal, social, and political barriers that inhibit full enjoyment of Americans' fundamental constitutional rights.

From the study of movements for school desegregation, integration of public accomodations, voting rights, economic empowerment, and environmental justice, students will consider movement leaders to gain an understanding of effective leadership styles and strategies. Students will learn to formulate leadership strategies to motivate social action to address current threats to the protection of fundamental constitutional rights, access to housing, land preservation, equitable community development, and fairness in the criminal justice system.

Need Advising?

New! MSL Advisor & Leadership Certificate Advisor Emails

Brand new this semester for our graduate students is a new way to connect for advising. For questions about your program and course of study, please contact your advisor through their new emails: The Master of Science in Leadership Program and the Graduate Certificate Programs. For general questions, please contact

ROTC Fulfillment Program

To see updated Fall 2020 course information for the ROTC Fulfillment Program, click here.


To propose a course for the ROTC Fulfillment Program or Leadership Minor Program, please visit the ROTC Fulfillment Program for instructions and the corresponding forms. For more information, contact the Deparment of Leadership Studies.


For Questions or More Information,
please call 843-953-8401.

Department of Leadership Studies
Bond Hall Room 364
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409

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