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Pioneer Leadership Program

Pioneer Leadership Program


The Leadership Minor

PLP is a transformational learning experience that combines course work, a residential community, civic engagement and professional networks to equip 21st century citizen leaders. Our distinctive academic minor in Leadership Studies offers an engaging approach to the formal study of leadership. The minor can be combined with any major at DU to create a dynamic academic experience for life beyond the university.

PLP's four-year curriculum offers an engaging approach to the formal study of leadership, utilizing experiential classroom activities, expert regional leaders, site visits, community-based initiatives, retreats and internships. This demanding academic experience also includes a year long community change project, a capstone course on ethical leadership and many other opportunities for collaborative service learning. 

Year 1

  • Inclusive Leadership (Fall, 2 credits)
  • Leadership Theory to Innovation (Winter, 2 credits)
  • Teaming for Social Change(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

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