Community Outreach & Leadership Development

Leadership Drury: Program Requirements

Leadership Drury develops a student’s understanding of the nature, potential and responsibility of leadership in its attempt to create positive change for the common good. Students are given the opportunity to learn how to be effective in leadership roles and processes through engaged learning and co-curricular experiences.

Students who complete the Leadership Drury Certificate program will receive notation on their academic transcript and a certificate upon graduation recognizing them as a Distinguished Leader. Completion of the Leadership Drury Certificate also fulfills both of the Engaged Learning CORE Curriculum graduation requirements.

Requirements for the certificate include notifying the program director, Courtney Swan, of your intent to participate in the program, downloading the most current version of the Leadership Drury Certificate Approval Form to track your progress, and involvement in the following areas of leadership development:


Core Credit Courses (4 hours total)
Students must complete each of the four, core courses within the Leadership Drury series. Each one-hour course is offered twice per academic year and do not incur course overload fees. Instructors represent a cross-section of campus life and community leaders.

PDEV 281: Leadership and the Individual (1 hour)
Leadership and the individual answers the question, Who am I? In this course, student-leaders will investigate and self-reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses in leadership. A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development.

PDEV 282: Leadership and Team Dynamics (1 hour)
Leadership and Team Dynamics answers the question, How can we make a difference? In this course, student-leaders will seek to understand personality style and how it relates to group effectiveness. A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development.

PDEV 283: Leadership and the Community (1 hour)
Leadership and the Community answers the question, “who are you in relation to the community?” In this course, student-leaders will explore community-based resources and nonprofit agencies in the greater Springfield community. As a leader in the community, how can we better utilize these resources?  A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development.

PDEV 284: Leadership and the World (1 hour)
Leadership and the World culminates the discussion of student leadership theory with the statement, “Let’s change the world!” In this course, student-leaders will consider social responsibility and develop a personal philosophy of global leadership.  A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development.


Elective Course (1 hour)

The Elective Course requirement may be met by one of the following courses:

  • PDEV 121: Personal Finance
  • PDEV 125: Cooking for Nutrition & Health
  • PDEV 135: Stress Free Now!
  • PDEV 145: Cleveland Clinic Wellness Concepts
  • PDEV 271: Summit Park Leadership Community
  • PDEV 272: Summit Park Leadership Community
  • PDEV 465: Supervised Undergraduate Teaching
  • **Other courses with emphasis on leadership development with the program director’s approval.

Leadership Experiences (two)
The Leadership Experience requirement may be met by participating in two of the following programs:

  • Emerging Leaders Retreat
  • Senior Leadership Retreat
  • Heifer Global Village
  • Leaders Who Lunch (must attend two)
  • President’s Roundtable
  • Freshman LEAP
  • Conferences specific to a student’s academic discipline
  • Other leadership development activities with the program director’s approval

Experiential Learning Requirement (three)
The Experiential Learning requirement may be met by participating in three of the following experiences:

  1. Volunteerism/Community Service Experience
    • Choose one of the following to fulfill this requirement:
      • 100 hours of recorded service
      • Summit Park Leadership Community resident
      • Independent Service-Learning Project (minimum of 30 hours)
      • Alternative Break Trip
  2. Study Abroad Experience
    • Short-term or Long-term
  3. Career Exploration Experience
    • Career Internship
  4. Undergraduate Research Experience
    • Undergraduate Research Project
  5. Leadership Engagement Experience
    • Choose one of the following to fulfill this experience
      • Student Organization elected officer
      • Resident Assistant
      • First Year Council member
      • Living-Learning Community resident
      • Orientation Leader
      • Drury Ambassadors Student Alumni Association

Completion of the Leadership Drury Certificate Program is noted on your academic transcript, counts towards the Passport Program, and fulfills both Engaged Learning graduation requirements in the CORE Curriculum.

Contact the Leadership Drury office for more details: Community Outreach & Leadership Development, FSC 117, 417-873-7809, cswan@drury.edu.

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