Minor in Leadership

APU’s leadership minor equips students to be proficient strengths-driven leaders as part of their overall pursuit of excellence in their chosen fields.

18 units

The undergraduate leadership minor capitalizes upon the university’s intention to develop disciples and scholars who seek to advance the work of God in the world. This minor does so by encouraging students to pursue excellence in their chosen major while also seeking proficiency as strengths-driven leaders. Courses are thoughtful, challenging, and relationally focused while providing opportunities for reflection, conversation, and research. Students in the minor learn about whole-person development, leadership and virtue, the role of personal strengths and skills in good leadership, and how to lead as agents of change. Disciplined self-leadership, combined with the knowledge of how to facilitate effective collaboration, make leadership minor graduates an asset to any context in which they may serve. Even as they are encouraged toward lifelong development (both as persons and leaders), students have the opportunity to create, articulate, and practice their own philosophy of Christian leadership.

Mission Statement

The leadership minor seeks to educate and inspire students to integrate their faith into their calling and, as people of integrity, live purposefully for the glory of God.


The minor in leadership comprises 18 units of leadership coursework.

Note: Seniors may take one course in the M.A. in Leadership program. If a student is accepted into the M.A. in Leadership, the course will count toward that degree as well. For more information, call (626) 815-4674.

Core Courses18
LDRS 201Foundations of Leadership 1, 23
LDRS 303Career and Life Planning3
LDRS 311Leadership Values and Virtues 3
LDRS 322Leadership Strengths and Skills 3
LDRS 333Leadership Influence and Impact 3
LDRS 401Leadership Studies Capstone3
Total Units18

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
  1. Identify the foundational concepts in the field of leadership and their personal application.
  2. Define virtuous leadership and articulate personal application.
  3. Demonstrate personal leadership strengths.
  4. Recognize the dynamics of change and practice in numerous contexts.
  5. Articulate a personal leadership philosophy from a Christian perspective.
  6. Model confidence while using leadership resources.