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Pioneer Leadership Program



Pioneer Leadership Program


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.

Student Profile

Student profile: Emily Janee Emily Janée

Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA
International Business & Minors in Leadership and Sustainability
Year: Class of 2019

What is your favorite component of the Leadership Studies Minor or the academic component of PLP?
My favorite part of the leadership studies minor has been learning and developing my personal leadership style. I have learned how I can leverage my strengths and weakness when being put into different positions of leadership. Additionally, I have learned how to communicate with teams which is a skill that I can take into any future career. 


Students will take the following courses during their PLP experience:

Year 1

  • Inclusive Leadership (Fall, 2 credits)
  • Teaming for Social Change (Winter, 2 credits)
  • Leadership and Social Movements (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 Perspectives (Winter, 2 credits)
  • Collaborative Leadership: Global Perspectives (Spring, 2 credits)
  • Community Change Initiative (Year-long group service project)

Years 3 & 4

  • Capstone: Ethical Leadership (4 credits)
  • Electives: (6 credits, may include electives to support the major, study abroad and internship credits)
  • Study Abroad Options
  • Internship and Mentoring Opportunities