The Leadership in the Public Interest minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to provide opportunities to study leaders and leadership concepts that are applicable to leadership, citizenship, and ethical decision making in a variety of contexts. This study will help students gain an understanding of the leadership process required to meet personal, professional, and civic challenges today. The Leadership in the Public Interest minor complements any academic major and provides formal learning experiences that can be supplemented by additional campus and community leadership experiences as part of the leadership development process.

The requirements for the minor are eighteen hours including (a) Interdisciplinary Studies 101, Government and Foreign Affairs 101, Interdisciplinary Studies 395, and Interdisciplinary Studies 440; (b) one course chosen from Biology 130, Philosophy 314, or Religion 225; and (c) one course chosen from Business 222, 223, Economics 202, 217, 402, Government and Foreign Affairs 333, 442, History 220, 377, Interdisciplinary Studies 320, 375, Psychology 208, 310, Rhetoric 210, or Theater 321.

Students electing to pursue this minor develop their course of study in consultation with their major advisor and the Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest. Courses not on this list may count towards the minor, subject to approval of the Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.

Core curriculum courses may not be used to satisfy the requirements for this minor.   

Application

Leadership in the Public Interest Certificate Program

Students enrolled in the certificate program are expected to complete the Leadership in the Public Interest minor (see above); engage in leadership activities through their involvement in student organizations such as student government, clubs, organizations, athletics, or residence life under the Office of Student Affairs; and attend various presentations sponsored by the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest.

First-semester sophomores who wish to be considered for participation in the certificate program should have a GPA of at least 2.5 and must submit an application to the Director of the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest. For additional information, contact the Wilson Center at (434) 223- 7077. 

... great summer internships! I have friends who went to London, Prague and Washington, D.C., and others found internships at home. You can do your internship almost anywhere you choose. Another great aspect of the program is the wonderful speakers it brings to Hampden-Sydney. In one semester we had presidential and gubernatorial candidates on campus...The Center and Hampden-Sydney brings the world to you.

Ryan Pemberton '00