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Interdisciplinary Leadership Minor or Certificate

Our unique, Interdisciplinary Leadership Minor/Certificate program prepares students to be relational, ethical, and global leaders equipped with career-readiness knowledge and skills necessary to make a positive contribution in the workplace, the communities in which they live, and throughout the world. Students in the program, a partnership with UTA's Follett Student Leadership Center, explore the intrapersonal and interpersonal dimensions of leadership.

About the Program

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Interdisciplinary Leadership Minor Approval Form

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Interdisciplinary Leadership Certificate Completion Form

About the Program

The Interdisciplinary Leadership Minor (ILM) program is ideal for those seeking to address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues and enact social change through leadership. 

Central to the minor is increasing students’ competencies for individual and collective social reflection, analysis, skill development, and action. Within the ILM curriculum, theory and practice are bridged together by drawing on various disciplines, including education, critical theory, social movement history and theory, community organizing, organizational and human relations, and much more. 

Regardless of a student’s academic major, this minor seeks to engage career readiness strategies to prepare students for relational, ethical, and global leadership across multiple disciplines, workplaces, and communities.

Why Choose Us?

The Interdisciplinary Leadership Minor program at UTA is among a handful of universities offering a minor in leadership, focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our interdisciplinary approach to leadership education has been designed to provide students with knowledge and skills to transform society from various fields. Faculty from the College of Education and the Division of Student Affairs staff serve as instructors for ILM core courses, whose focus is to provide students with experiential learning opportunities to integrate the art and science of DEI-focused leadership. 

Admissions Requirements:

The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies offers one undergraduate interdisciplinary minor (18 hours) and one interdisciplinary certificate (9 hours) in Leadership.

For additional program requirements and admission requirements, please visit the Follett Student Leadership Center.

Required Courses: 
EDAD 1330 Introduction to Leadership & Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 3 Hours
EDAD 2330 Theories in Leadership 3 Hours
EDAD 4330 Capstone in Leadership Studies 3 Hours
Elective Courses Total 9 Hours


Select a course in each area:

Ethics 3 Hours
Global Issues 3 Hours
Field Experience 3 Hours
Total Program Requirements 18 Hours


The 9-hour Interdisciplinary Leadership Certificate is available to degree students enrolled at UTA.

 Elective Course    3 Hours
 Total    9 Hours

Students interested in pursuing the Interdisciplinary Leadership Minor must complete Leadership Minor Approval Form that is to be signed by your academic major advisor. Next, students need to schedule a meeting with an ILM advisor to discuss their minor degree plan. 

For questions regarding the Leadership Minor, please contact Dr. Ericka Roland, the Interdisciplinary Leadership Minor co-coordinator.


Program Coordinator

Dr. Ericka Roland

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Leadership development, critical pedagogies, equity in higher education


Email: ericka.roland@uta.edu

Phone #: 817-272-2804

Office: Trimble Hall 104 B

Bio: Dr. Ericka Roland is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department at The University of Texas at Arlington. Her research examines the process of social justice/criticality development in postsecondary education institutions. Dr. Roland has three interconnected lines of inquiry: (1) Program development and practices, (2) Leadership development, and (3) Personal and collective development around equity and social justice. She centers the pursuit of equity in all of her projects with a commitment to research and practice that cultivates transformative possibilities. Dr. Roland uses critical & Black feminist theoretical and qualitative methodologies approaches in her research inquiries. Prior to entering academia, she worked as a student affairs professional in residential life and Greek life.