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Leadership Studies Sequence

The Leadership Studies Sequence is a multi-disciplinary program focusing on the nature of leadership and followership. It is coordinated with the co-curricular activities of its sponsoring organization, the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College (CMC). The sequence is designed for CMC students interested in pursuing a career involving the scholarly study and/or practice of leadership, who feel that an understanding of leadership would be helpful to them in another career, or who have a causal interest in the subject. Completion of the Sequence will be noted on student transcripts.

Learn more about the Leadership Studies Sequence by watching the video below.

The specific goals of the Leadership Students Sequence are:

  1. To understand leadership theories, concepts, and issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives;
  2. To have knowledge of the methods by which leadership is studied;
  3. To understand cross-cultural and international issues in leadership;
  4. To appreciate the importance of ethics in leadership;
  5. To develop critical thinking and analytical and decision making skills;
  6. To develop written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills;
  7. To obtain some awareness of one’s own leadership potential and competencies;
  8. To gain practical experience in applying leadership knowledge and principles.

The Leadership Sequence requires five courses, including one required core course and one course selected from four categories. All students must complete at least one course in government and one course in psychology.

  1. Core Requirement: LEAD 010 CM – Foundations of Leadership
    This introductory course should be taken first and is required for all students.
  2. Ethics Requirement: one course
    These courses provide a philosophical and moral context in which to judge the nature of appropriate leadership.
  3. Breadth Requirement: one course
    These courses enhance a liberal arts perspective of leadership.
  4. Experiential Requirement: one course
    This requirement provides direct experience in positions of leadership and “hands-on” applications of leadership theories and techniques.
  5. Leadership Capstone Requirement: one course


Benefits of adding the Sequence

In addition to the academic approach to leadership KLI also provides students opportunities to improve practical leadership skills by organizing workshops, speaker series, leadership retreats and sponsoring student conference attendance. Some of these activities are open to all, but others are designed specifically for Leadership Sequence students.

You have your own advisor just for the sequence, Professor Ronald Riggio ( Feel free to email him questions about courses, requirements or participating in KLI’s Leadership Studies Sequence.

Student Reviews

“Leadership skills, like the ability to communicate clearly and efficiently, are some of the most important skills one can have in life. The Leadership Sequence is the perfect way for college students to develop these skills under the guidance of experts in the field.”

-Pieter Cornel ’14

“The biggest success I got from the Leadership Sequence was learning from experiences, whether that was from Leading Entrepreneurial Ventures by writing my own business plan, or explaining to sophomores the concepts of leadership and how they applied to my own life. The classes are applicable to real world situations. As much as I liked Philosophy and English and even Econ Game Theory, I got a lot of practical experience out of being part of the Leadership Sequence.”

-Daniel Kan ’09

“Students should choose the sequence to develop an appreciation for the art of leadership and to realize that it is a lifelong skill that will take you far. Great leaders are hard to come by, but they make a lasting impression on those whom they touch.”

-Christopher Reina ’07