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 2021/2021H

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 writing intensive.

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.

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.


Schedule an appointment today with Kirsten Pape 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 Kirsten Pape, find a time to chat