Leadership skills are inherently tied to your ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations, including formal presentations, meetings, the media, and informal conversations.

Develop skills for enhancing leadership Develop skills for enhancing leadership

Competent use of your skills is predicated on a sophisticated understanding of culture, context, process, audience, and principles of rhetoric. The minor in leadership/stewardship communication is designed to enhance your understanding of the relationship between communication and leadership and to develop appropriate skills for enhancing leadership. The minor complements many of Syracuse University’s professional and liberal arts programs, especially those that prepare students for leadership roles in specific professions (law, politics, management, media, community services, etc.).

Admissions Requirements and Applying

  • 3.0 GPA (based on completion of 30 credits)
  • Must enter program no later than first semester of junior year
  • Complete petition and submit to department chair for approval
  • Petitions accepted at any time, but normally reviewed and approved after October 15 (fall semester) and March 1 (spring semester) deadlines for application

To apply, please fill out our minor application form.

Curricular Requirements

Eighteen credits, including three required courses (9 credits) and three elective courses (9 credits) referenced below:

One of the following courses:

  • CRS 225 Public Advocacy, or
  • CRS 325 Presentational Speaking

Two required courses:

  • CRS 333 Small Group Communication
  • CRS 335 Leadership/Stewardship Communication

Any three of the following elective courses:

  • CRS 334 Introduction to Argumentation
  • CRS 355 Political Communication
  • CRS 426 Persuasion
  • CRS 430 Intercultural Communication
  • CRS 466 Ethics in Human Communication
  • CRS 568 Rhetoric of Social Change
  • PSC 336 Political Leadership
  • PAF 420 Interpersonal Conflict Resolution Skills
  • PAF 422 Negotiation: Theory and Practice
  • PAF 423 Leadership: Theory and Practice


Professor and Chair
Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies