Leadership Minors and Academic Courses

Leading begins with learning. Through partnerships with the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Education, College of Natural Resources, Poole College of Management, University College and Wilson College of Textiles, the Shelton Leadership Center offers academic minors both locally and globally. The Center also offers a variety of undergraduate courses on values-based decision-making, ethics, and an internship. Additionally, in partnership with the Impact Leadership Village, a one-credit course on relational leadership assists students in learning practical ways to live and learn in the community.

Explore your academic options below!

Leadership Minors

The Shelton Leadership Center offers two innovative interdisciplinary academic minors designed to give students from any academic background a competitive edge.

The new Global Leadership & Team Decision-Making minor will offer a unique opportunity for students to earn 12 of 15 credit hours abroad during a 9-week spring semester program. Classes are held at partner universities in three countries across Europe. Through coursework grounded in theory, inquiry and application, students will gain insight into their own leadership styles and learn how to lead more effectively and collaboratively in any profession or field of study. Applications are open now for Spring of 2020.

Follow the inaugural cohort of students via Instagram as they experience the global minor in Spring 2020.

The Leadership: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives minor is designed for students who seek to gain greater knowledge and understanding of leadership perspectives from a variety of academic fields of study.  All majors are welcomed!

Academic Leadership Courses

The Shelton Leadership Center’s academic courses seek to align with the university’s strategic plan for student success and organizational improvements. The Center’s academic courses strengthen the university’s interdisciplinary scholarship to better address societal challenges and global engagement through focused strategic partnerships.  Explore these courses that will help develop students’ understanding, skills and leadership mindset.



This course is open to all undergraduate students. It is designed for students who want to learn to think critically and creatively when making decisions by taking into consideration a variety of decision-making models across disciplines. Throughout the course, students will be presented a variety of decision-making processes, as well as five models on decision-making across disciplines to consider when addressing different problems. Questions will be asked of students in a way that will foster critical and creative thinking in order to analyze, process, and identify effective ways for approaching a problem or situation. Students will be asked to reflect on how the decisions made may or may not apply to their respective majors.

This has been one of my favorite courses in my college career because I have found it applicable to different parts of my everyday life. I will continue to use the processes and decision-making models to help make difficult decisions for years to come.”


NOTE: The course is required for the Leadership: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives Minor and the Global Leadership & Team Decision Making Minor 

Instructor: Dr. Deborah Acker
Office: 919-513-0150
Email: dlreno@ncsu.edu


The purpose of this course is to equip students with the skills and competencies to exert leadership in academic- or research-related careers and prepare for inquiry-based capstone independent studies or internships before graduation. Within the structure of the course, students will participate in activities, experiential and investigative assignments, and regularly scheduled classes to explore topics of leadership within the academic and research realms of the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Students will develop an understanding of the academic life and learn how to compose application materials. Furthermore, students will learn how to navigate the administrative concerns of the professional research realms, examine and apply personal values in research, and learn effective leadership techniques to create positive change through inquiry-based enterprises. Collectively, this class will prepare students to engage the nuanced concerns of ethical practices, intellectual and academic honesty, and the social responsibility of professional research.
NOTE: Instructor approval required for course registration.


Students will explore personal and professional aspects of ethical leadership perspectives. They can look at ethical perspectives from a general overview or they can choose to focus on ethical perspectives within their specific field, such as business, entrepreneurship, engineering, or athletics. Students will use a variety of ethical frameworks to analyze ethical situations and how values held by leaders and organizations result in ethical impacts and outcomes. The course will address philosophical origins of ethical frameworks and how they relate to the current business and societal environment. Primary focus will be on supporting students in identifying their personal values and developing a values-based plan for their individual leadership style to help them succeed as values-based leaders in their fields.

Instructor: Dr. Anna L. Patton
Email: anna.l.patton@gmail.com
Questions for Registration Contact: Dr. Debbie Acker at dlreno@ncsu.edu


In this course, students will explore the theories and techniques for effective negotiation
practices. Through a theoretical and experiential curriculum, students will consider the ethics,
cultural sensitivities, and power dynamics of expressing leadership when negotiating with peers,
teams, and external partners. Specific attention will be paid to personal preparation and values in
the application of context-specific negotiation theories that leverages multiple disciplinary
approaches that includes rhetoric, engineering, education, and philosophy. The course also pays
particular heed to the power, race, gender, religious, and historical-cultural dynamics of
negotiation. The course is structured in a scaffolded manner that iteratively reinforces the
methodological assumptions and intentions of multiple disciplines, critically considers the
historical and social influences on modern systems of inequity, and teaches principles of
effective negotiation. As a result of this structure, successful students will be able to synthetically
formulate their own negotiation approaches that are rooted in personal values, integrated with
elements of discipline-specific approaches, and informed about the systemic issues related to
diversity in the United States. As developing leaders, students will be well equipped to articulate
their ideas persuasively in a variety of situations and with different audiences.

Instructor: Michael S. Domeracki, Ph.D.
Email: domeracki@ncsu.edu


The purpose of this course is for students to analyze and apply one or more leadership theories through a discipline-specific, independent project. The course includes the study and application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills within the context of a discipline-specific, independent project related to the academic and professional aspirations of the student. The scope of the independent project is broad and recognizes a range of opportunities from faculty-guided research, to independent studies, to community-engagement projects, but must be designed in consultation with the faculty and/or organizational lead and course instructor. Through associated assignments and projects, students will be expected to evaluate their selected leadership theory or theories in comparison with more traditional applications of leadership models. The student may be charged a $20 liability insurance fee through the registrar office if the selected independent study requires any off-campus travel. This will be confirmed with the faculty, site-coordinator, and student during the development of a mutually-beneficial contract for all entities involved in the project. 

Instructor: Michael S. Domeracki, Ph.D.
Email: domeracki@ncsu.edu


This course provides an opportunity for students to gain practical leadership skills and knowledge that will be transferable to the student’s academic and career goals. A minimum of 150 hours over the equivalence of a semester period will earn three credit hours for the experience. The student is responsible for arranging the internship experience. The coordinator for Shelton Leadership Courses (SLC) will need to approve the experience prior to the start date. To gain approval, a student must submit the completed SLC 450 contract and have it approved by his/her internship experience supervisor, academic advisor, and the SLC 450 coordinator. In addition to the work described in the contract, a student will complete a series of reflective assignments related to the experience.

There are no set meeting times for SLC 450 beyond the scheduled due dates for assignments. The work schedule is by agreement between the student and his/her experience supervisor. A minimum of 150 hours over the equivalence of a semester period will earn three credit hours. This does not include time spent on the assignments submitted through the Moodle course management system. Due dates for assignments are provided on the course Moodle site and will be set at the beginning of the semester.

Instructor: Michael S. Domeracki, Ph.D.
Email: domeracki@ncsu.edu


The purpose of this course is to encourage students to carefully analyze their responsibilities and commitments in the context of leadership for the common good and for purposeful change. Students will come to understand the concept of relational leadership and how it differs from traditional leadership theories. The course includes the study of leadership as well as the application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills. Students will also develop their own leadership potential through the completion of personal and leadership self-assessments, values exploration, and leadership skills applications through course activities.

NOTE: First-year students who reside in the Impact Leadership Village are required to take this one-credit course in the fall semester.

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Applications for the Global Leadership Minor for Spring 2022 are open! This minor is designed for students who want to learn about leadership & team decision-making through a European perspective. Learn more & apply at: ow.ly/RFDb50EjQ0h pic.twitter.com/FlSNeEdWKt

Are you interested in leadership & research-related careers? Register for HON 296-005: Leadership in Professional Research! This course prepares students for inquiry-based independent studies or internships before graduation. Learn more about our courses: ow.ly/2UaI50Enxk8 pic.twitter.com/VSgeTTEhyY

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It is with mixed emotions that we share that our Director Barbara Mulkey will be retiring as of 5/1. Barbara's character and leadership style truly embodies our 5 values. Please join us in thanking Barbara for her service to our Center and NCSU and wishing her well in retirement! pic.twitter.com/J06AVFl2pN