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PLP students in Belize - Leadership & Sustainability Interterm Course

Student Profile

Rachel Ryan

Rachel Ryan

  • Hometown: Knoxville, TN
  • Major: International Studies
  • Year: Class of 2018
  • Interests: Hiking, skiing, traveling, soccer, connecting with the world, reading
  • Organizations: Alpine Club, Honors Program, GlobeMed, intramural soccer

Can leadership be learned?  We think so.  Leadership development can be spurred along by up-to-date research, knowledge and skill development opportunities.  PLP's curriculum offers an engaging approach to the formal study of leadership, and leadership development itself, utilizing the classroom, expert regional leaders, site visits, community-based initiatives, retreats and internships.  This rigorous academic and experience-based program leads to a 24-credit minor in Leadership Studies that spans the four year DU experience. 

PLP students engage in intellectually challenging courses, complex issue discussions, group projects, community service, and internships and have opportunities to study abroad.  Students meet, listen, and engage with local and nationally known community, business, and public leaders to gain current applications and understanding of leadership challenges.










Students will take the following courses during their PLP experience:

Year 1

  • The Leadership Process (Fall, 2 credits)
  • Self as Leader (Winter, 2 credits)
  • Leading Teams (Spring, 2 credits)
  • Serve to Lead/Lead to Serve Program (Year-long service placement)

Year 2

  • Leading Community Change (Fall, 4 credits)
  • Collaborative Leadership: Local Communities (Winter, 2 credits)
  • Collaborative Leadership: Global Communities (Spring, 2 credits)
  • Community Change Initiative (Year-long group service project)

Years 3 & 4

  • Electives: (6 credits, may include electives to support the major, study abroad and internship credits)
  • Capstone: Leadership Ethics (4 credits)
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