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Engineering Leadership Development Minor Courses

The ELD Minor is an 18 credit minor structured to allow customization based on student career goals and interest. Students interested in the ELD minor should work closely with their academic advisor within your degree program to determine which courses will count toward engineering electives or professional electives.

Required Courses

ENGR 408: Leadership Principles

3 credits (fall, spring, and online in fall, spring, and summer)

Students learn about leadership concepts, principles, and theories through discussions, projects, and readings. A grade of C or higher in this course grants you admission to the minor and eligibility to take our remaining courses. Online sections of ENGR 408 are designed to support students at Penn State's campuses who would like to complete the minor. 

ENGR 407: Technology-Based Entrepreneurship

3 credits (fall and spring)

Students learn about business and entrepreneurship through risk-taking, creativity, and innovation. This course helps students recognize their own ability to lead a team and move a product from idea to market through many challenging and exciting projects. The course is designed to increase students' team-working abilities, as well as leadership competencies. 

Choose six credits: 

ENGR 409: Leadership in Organizations

3 credits (fall and spring, online in summer)

This "mini MBA" course includes the analysis of exemplary organizations. This course offers students the unique opportunity to travel domestically to some of these organizations to learn first-hand what it means to be an engineering leader. Spring ENGR 409 offerings include a domestic travel component. 

ENGR 422: International Leadership of Engineering and Development 

3 credits (spring ONLY)

This course focuses on leading international virtual cross-cultural, interdisciplinary teams in developing engineering solutions relevant to today’s global economy. Students will have opportunities to work with students from other countries on a semester-long project. This course is only offered in the spring semester.Students’ successful completion of this course provides eligibility to travel to finish the project with their international peers during the Maymester.

ENGR 405: Project Management for Professionals

3 credits (online in fall, spring, and summer)

This course covers the essential concepts and skills needed to make effective contributions on projects, on time and within budget.

ENGR 496: Independent Study

Credits vary (fall, spring, and summer)

Independent Study options include:

  • International/baobab project
  • Coaching
  • Schreyer Honors College honors thesis

Elective Courses

6 credits

Select from more than 70 elective courses.

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