Minor in Leadership and Public Service

The MU Office of Service-Learning offers a Minor in Leadership and Public Service, available to any undergraduate student regardless of their major. The minor combines an academic component of courses in leadership, public policy, ethics, and social issues with a strong focus on service-learning, community service and public service internships. Each minor is unique and tailored to fit the interests and learning goals of individual students.

Program Goals

  • To provide a comprehensive and interdisciplinary leadership minor for undergraduates focusing on developing leadership in public and community service
  • To include, as an integral part of leadership education, a strong emphasis on service-learning and public service internships to complement academic course work
  • To educate future leaders for our community, state and nation
  • To create a direct and positive impact on Missouri communities through undergraduate community and government service
  • To encourage a lifetime of citizenship and community service among undergraduates, so that MU education becomes an investment in our social and political future

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 15 hours are required to complete the Minor in Leadership and Public Service.

Required Service-Learning Course: SRV_LRN 2021(W)/2021H(W)/English 2000(W)/English 2000H(W)

3 Credit Hours

MU Community Engagement Project (MUCEP) is open to both non-honors and honors students. Students select one of two labs: Public Health or Youth: Mentoring, Literacy, and Early Childhood. Students attend lecture twice a week and lab once a week while serving in the community 3-5 hours per week for a local agency. It is typically taught writing intensive.

  • This course is offered in various forms, depending on the semester. Please plug all possibilities into the search in order to find it. While this course has been offered over the summer in the past, it is not offered every summer.

Recommended Courses

6 Credit Hours

The MU Office of Service-Learning has partnered with departments on campus to include classes that count toward the minor. Often times, classes are ones already required or suggested for general education requirements. Courses cannot be in the student’s major. There are course options from 19 departments to make it easy to find classes that will fit within the minor requirements.

  • Please reference the list of recommended courses on this page.
  • If you have taken a course that meets the spirit of the minor but is not listed, please scroll down to the “declaring exceptions” section.

Field Experience: Internship, Global Service-Learning, Seminar of Service-Learning Courses

6 Credit Hours

These courses are designed to promote a lifetime commitment to public service and teach essential leadership skills through experience. There are government internships and non-profit internships as well as study abroad options to fulfill this requirement. Students have the opportunity to study abroad in Costa Rica,Ghana, Ireland, Peru,Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea.

  • Please reference the Minor form on the right hand of the screen to get more specifics in regards to what counts specifically in the field experience section.
  • As you look into options for this section, please explore our Civic Leaders Internship Program page and our Global Service page.

Running a Minor Degree Audit

  • Go to this link
  • You will see your programs
  • Select a different program
  • Choose A&S for academic unit
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Scroll down to L’s for Leadership and Public Service Minor
  • Choose the year you started at Mizzou or the earliest year available
  • If you find that your audit is not picking up a course that should be counting, please reach out to Yvonne Binfield to enter an exception into the system

Declaring your Minor in Leadership and Public Service

Once you have completed 6 hours towards the Minor in Leadership and Public Service, you are eligible to declare your minor and add it to your graduation stack. Please follow the steps below.

  • Go to this link
  • Login
  • You will see your current programs
  • Click on the Minor, add a minor
  • Choose A&S for the program
  • Scroll down to the L’s to find Leadership and Public Service Minor
  • Submit
  • At that point, you will get a confirmation both on the screen and through email

Declaring Exceptions

You can submit a minor exception form for both the recommended course section and the field experience section.

  • If you feel that you have taken a course that should be considered for the recommended course section, please click on the “Declaring Exceptions” button below.
  • Also, please declare an exception if you participate in one of the LPS minor programs to meet your field experience section, but decide to credit outside our office. For example, if you secure a CLIP Non-profit internship but credit through Sociology, you will need to declare an exception.
  • Once you submit the form, our office will evaluate it and make the appropriate adjustments to your LPS minor audit. You will receive an email confirming the change.


Schedule an appointment today with Yvonne Binfield through MUConnect.

To make an appointment:

  1. Visit MUConnect on Canvas
  2. Go to your “My Success Network”
  3. Type in “Service-Learning”
  4. Click on Yvonne Binfield, find a time to chat