Leadership Studies Program

The Leadership Studies Program at Hardin-Simmons University is dedicated to training and developing tomorrow’s societal leaders. Our students are exposed to a wide range of leadership, management, and organizational theory, and we provide opportunities to develop key leadership and teamwork skills through a tremendous variety of experiential learning classes and activities.

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The bike ride adventures provide Leadership Studies students with a real and very complex project to plan, organize, and execute.  Responsible for all aspects of the project, students learn valuable skills through their interactions with the team and others during all phases of the ride.

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Our Bike Ride Across Texas and Mexico-to-Canada bike rides are a highlight of our program. Our 2018 BRAT6 ride from Farwell to Surfside Beach, Texas raised awareness and funds for Hurricane Harvey relief needs.

Leadership Studies students are involved in nearly every club and organization on campus. Our students are leaders in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.

Leadership Late Nights, program retreats, service projects, and travel adventures provide students with opportunities to interact with and get to know each other outside of class. Our small and interactive classes allow students to really get to know each other during their time in the program.

After a long history at Hardin-Simmons University, the Model United Nations (MUN) program was brought back to campus in the 2012-2013 school year under the umbrella of the Leadership Studies Program. Problem-solving, communication, negotiation, diplomacy, conflict resolution, teamwork, and leadership reside at the core of the MUN experience. 

Through MUN, participants learn how the United Nations works and the roles that it fulfills around the world.  Participants learn about global issues and research and simulate how countries on our planet come together to develop solutions to those issues.  Health, education, economics, law, security, and human rights issues are studied and debated in MUN conferences around the world

Through the MUN experience, students practice working together to derive solutions to complex geopolitical problems, develop an appreciation for cultures and national differences, and gain an understanding of careers in diplomacy and international affairs.  The MUN experience has proved itself to be a valuable addition to the Leadership Studies Program at HSU.

Students in the Leadership Studies Program have opportunities to examine the concepts of leadership in many different ways.

Study abroad opportunities are a central part of the Leadership Studies Program at Hardin-Simmons University. Typically occurring in Vienna, Austria for a month over the summer, students get the opportunity to live and learn in a different culture. Weekend trips allow students the chance to explore cities in Central Europe. Scholarship funds are available to make these opportunities too good to pass up.

Leadership Studies students serve the university as Purple Jackets, the official hosts and hostesses of the university. They frequently serve at Preview and Round Up weekends, Homecoming events, and other special university events.

Once a month, LDSP students meet as a group for an interactive networking event. Known as Leadership Late Nights, students are typically challenged to complete some type of team-based challenge. Late Nights are wonderful opportunities to meet and interact with students from all stages of the program.

Outdoor Leadership students develop and practice leadership and teamwork skills through a variety of outdoor challenges. Taking place over three-weekend trips, students implement and practice the skills that they study in our classroom meetings–making the concepts come to life.

Organization Builders classes have studied and traveled to Kansas City, Houston, and New York City. Great Leaders of History courses have taken place in Washington D.C. and Vienna, Austria.

Several generous families have provided scholarship funds for Leadership Studies students. The funds are available to students who complete the Foundations of Leadership Studies class, maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (with grades of C or higher in LDSP courses), and remain active in program events.

Hardin-Simmons University offers graduate degrees in Managment (M.A.) and Leadership Studies (Ed.D.). Students can begin their study of leadership as undergraduates and continue on all the way through a doctoral degree.

Leadership Studies students hold up an HSU flag in front of a castle in Vienna, Austria, during a study abroad trip.

Leadership Studies Philosophy

The Leadership Studies Program is not a typical “textbook and lecture” program. Students are challenged to dream big dreams and to develop the skills and understanding necessary to go out and make their dreams into realities.

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Leadership Studies Classes

Our courses reflect the multi-disciplinary nature of our academic field. Courses emphasize “rules, principles, and philosophies” and skill development – and reflect our liberal arts tradition.

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