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Department of Leadership Studies
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 235
Phone: 785-628-4303
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Learn and Live Leadership: Hands-On Learning in Leadership Studies

You can't learn leadership just by reading a textbook-you learn it best when you work with other people. That's why the Department of Leadership Studies offers innovative ways for you gain practical, hands-on experience in leadership, including group work inside the classroom, within campus organizations and in real-world experience in the community.

Interactive Classes

You can't avoid lectures in college, but in the Department of Leadership, you get the chance to apply the theories you learn right away. Most classes give you the chance to voice your opinion and participate in activities designed to help you stretch your interpersonal skills, build teamwork, and engage in creative problem-solving. Whether you discuss the group dynamics you saw in a film or you work with your classmates to create a new project, you gain the skills you need to succeed in the workplace and community. Check out some of our department's opportunities:


Building on previous courses, all Leadership majors will enroll in an internship during their junior or senior year. Try out a career that has always intrigued you. Work with an organization whose mission speaks to your soul. Travel to a new part of the country. Overwhelmed by the possibilities? Your advisor can help you find internship opportunities in organizations that will not only match your interests but also help you polish your leadership skills.

Center for Civic Leadership

The Center for Civic Leadership, the service arm of the Department of Leadership Studies, presents many opportunities for you to get involved on and off campus. You'll likely find a project that fits your interests: The Center for Civic Leadership houses organizations like Tigers in Service, Model United Nations, the American Democracy Project, Kansas Corps and the Women's Leadership Project. Explore the Center for Civic Leadership Website for more information.

 2014 FHSU Civic Investment Plan

What They're Saying

“My studies and peer-to-peer interactions throughout my collegiate career have significantly improved my communication skills, ability to influence, resolve conflict, organize teams, and have provided me the tools to create real change.“ Brock Batley, Burleson, TX, Organizational Leadership graduate

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