Leadership Certificate

Innovative. Compassionate. Visionary. Fair. These are just some of the key traits expected of today’s leaders. If you’re looking to advance your career, take your business to the next level, or simply grow both professionally and personally, a certificate in leadership can help you expand your knowledge and hone your skills.

The College of General Studies leadership certificate program pulls from a variety of subject areas, including communications, linguistics, psychology, and economics. You will examine leadership theories, learn practical skills, and explore the challenges involved with leading teams and individuals. Designed to accommodate working adults, courses are held in the evening and on weekends—and you’ll be able to incorporate what you’re learning in the classroom into the workplace seamlesslly.

CGS Difference

CGS leadership students participate in an emerging leaders program at Pitt’s Cross Culture and Leadership Development Office. 

Program Expectations

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of leadership theories and models, such as situational, participative, transformational, and servant leadership
  • Identify and evaluate the effectiveness of different communicative styles and communicate clearly and effectively themselves
  • Analyze an organization in its cultural, social, historical, developmental, geographic, and/or competitive aspects and decide which type of leadership style would be most effective in that situation
  • Determine their fit to the leadership-related challenges of an organization and what they would need to be more effective as a leader in that situation.

Please note that this program is only open to Pitt undergraduates and is not a standalone certificate program—it must be completed in conjunction with another course of study.

Credit Requirements

The leadership certificate requires 18 credits, including 6 credits of core classes and 12 elective credits. Students are required to:

  • Take at least one elective course in each of these three areas: leadership and ethics; interpersonal relations; and situational analysis. At least half of the courses must be at the 1000-level.
  • Complete Pitt’s 20-hour Emerging Leaders Program.
  • Achieve a minimum grade of C (2.0) or better for all courses required for the program.

Prerequisite Requirement

Students seeking a leadership certificate should have already completed a 1) public speaking and 2) professional writing course and earned a C or better.

Recommended courses:

Catalog Number Title Credits
COMMRC 0520 Public Speaking 3
Other courses which may be substituted for the above:
COMMRC 0500 Argument 3
BUSORG 1101 Fundamentals of Business Communication 3
________________________________________________________
ENGCMP 0400 Written Professional Communication 3
Other courses which may be substituted for the above:
ENGCMP 0420 Writing for the Public 3
ENGCMP 0440 Critical Writing 3
ENGCMP 0450 Research Writing 3
ENGCMP 0550 Topics in Public/Professional Writing 3
ENGWRT 0610 Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction 3

Co-curricular requirement: Emerging Leaders Program

All students must complete the Emerging Leaders Program, a 20 hour non-credit program run by the Cross Culture and Leadership Development Office within the Office of Student Affairs.

Curriculum: (18 credits)

Students must complete their required and elective courses for a total of 18 credits. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the program. Students also must complete the Emerging Leaders Program. 

Required courses: (6 credits)

Students must complete LDRSHP 1100, the Emerging Leaders Program, and the program pre-requisite requirements listed above prior to registering for LDRSHP 1200. 

Catalog Number Title Credits
LDRSHP 1100/PUBSRV 1390 Theories of Leadership (Pre-requisite for LDRSHP 1200) 3
LDRSHP 1200 Leadership Seminar (Capstone) 3

Electives: (12 credits)

Students must complete at least one course from each of the three designated areas below, and complete twelve credits in all. At least half of the courses must be at the 1000-level.

Area One: Leadership and Ethics

Catalog Number Title Credits
COMMRC 1161 Communication Ethics 3
PHIL 0300 Introduction to Ethics 3
PHIL 0350 Philosophy and Public Issues 3
PHIL 1300 Ethical Theory 3
PHIL 1380 Business Ethics 3
PUBSRV 0050 Ethics and Accountability 3
PUBSRV 1305 Health, Law, and Ethics 3
PUBSRV 1340 Strategic Planning Public Sector 3

The following may be used as leadership electives for qualified students:

Catalog Number Title Credits
AFROTC 1014 Air Force Leadership Studies 3
MILS 0021 Foundations of Leadership 3
PS 1910 Institute of Politics Internship/Seminar (cross listed with PUBSRV 1910) 3

Other Notes: 

  • Nursing students may use NUR 1085 Ethics in Nursing and Health Care (3cr) toward AREA 1: Leadership and Ethics electives.
  • SHRS students may use REHSCI 1230 Rehabilitation Ethics (2cr.) toward AREA 1: Leadership and Ethics electives.

Area Two: Interpersonal Relations

Catalog Number Title Credits
AFRCNA 1535 Dimensions of Racism 3
ANTH 1760 Anthropology of Law 3
COMMRC 0300 Communication Process 3
COMMRC 0530 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMMRC 1102 Organizational Communication 3
COMMRC 1106 Small Group Communication 3
COMMRC 1111 Theories of Persuasion 3
ECON 0200 Game Theory Principles 3
ENGCMP 1100 Language of Business and Industry 3
ENGCMP 1103 Public Relations Writing 3
ENGCMP 1400 Grant and Proposal Writing 3
PSY 0010 Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY 0105 Introduction to Social Psychology 3
PSY 0405 Learning and Motivation 3
PSY 1135 Social Perception and Cognition 3
PSY 1155 Psychology of Small Groups 3
PSY 1635 Organizational Psychology 3
SOC 0431 Bureaucracies 3

Area Three: Situational Analysis

Catalog Number Title Credits
ANTH 0701 Cultural Anthropology: Overview 3
ANTH 0780 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 1737 Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Semiotic Anthropology  3
ANTH 1738 Gender Perspectives in Anthropology 3
ANTH 1755 Urban Anthropology 3
ECON 0150 Economic Data Analysis 3
ECON 0800* Introduction to Economics 3
HIST 0050/SOC 0351 Social Change  3
LING 1235/GSWS 1235 Language, Gender, and Society  3
PS 1241 Public Administration and Political Systems 3
SOC 0010 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 0150 Social Theory 3
SOC 0432 Wealth and Power 3
SOC 0444 Urban Sociology 3
SOC 1448 Working Women 3
URBNST 1614 Urban Sustainability 3

*ECON 0800 - Students with a grade of C or better in ECON 0100 and 0110 can substitute for ECON 0800. Use one for the requirement. 

Students may not use more than one of each of the courses in these groups: 1) ANTH 0701 and 0780; 2) ANTH 1755, SOC 0444 and URBNST 1614.

Please Note: Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.