Military Leadership (Minor)


At a Glance: program details

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Hone your leadership skills, including the ability to communicate effectively, motivate teams, negotiate, and solve any challenge you may encounter. Complement your major by gaining this specialized skill set that is sought by many employers.

Program Description

The minor in military leadership is a program designed to enhance students' learning experience by providing tools that prepare them for leadership roles in various organizations. Students complete courses that cover academic and practical skills, including:

  • effective communication
  • leadership ethos
  • negotiation
  • problem-solving
  • staff motivation and empowerment
  • team-building

Program Requirements

The minor in military leadership requires a minimum of 18 credit hours, 12 of which must be at the 300- or 400-level. Twelve credit hours must be taken in residence on an ASU campus. Each course must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.
Students choose the option befitting their chosen branch of the military. An option is also provided for non-ROTC students wishing to benefit from the skills and knowledge developed in the minor.
Branch Specific Options -- 18 credit hours
The branch-specific options for Army, Air Force and Navy require a minimum of 12 credit hours specific to the option, and six credit hours chosen from a list of approved electives. Students choosing the Marine option complete nine credit hours within the branch option courses and nine credit hours from the list of approved electives.
Army Option
Choose two additional courses from the list of Approved Electives below. Army option students are advised to select one elective from subject codes: ACO, CEL or SSP.
Air Force Option
Navy Option
Marine Option
Choose three additional courses from the list of Approved Electives below.
Choose three additional courses from the list of Approved Electives below, INCLUDING one upper division (300 or 400 level) course.
Non-ROTC Option -- 18 credit hours
Approved Electives
Additional electives may be used with the prior approval of the department chair.
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Students in the history or religious studies BA programs may not use HST or REL courses to meet the elective requirement for this minor.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major or the minor program. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor.


Career Outlook

The minor in military leadership provides students with the knowledge of the military as a profession and its purpose and capabilities in support of national defense. Students who complete the minor improve their problem-solving abilities and enhance their critical and creative thinking skills. This certificate assists students pursuing careers in support of the Department of Defense.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Management Analysts


  • Growth: 9.7%
  • Median Salary*: 95290
  Bright Outlook

Chief Executives


  • Growth: -8.2%
  • Median Salary*: 189520

Command and Control Center Officers


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*: 0

Command and Control Center Specialists


  • Growth: %
  • Median Salary*: 0

Communications Teachers, Postsecondary


  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: 76250

Training and Development Managers


  • Growth: 6.5%
  • Median Salary*: 120000
  Bright Outlook

General and Operations Managers


  • Growth: 4.2%
  • Median Salary*: 98100
  Bright Outlook

Human Resources Managers


  • Growth: 5.2%
  • Median Salary*: 130000
  Bright Outlook

Information Technology Project Managers


  • Growth: 9.7%
  • Median Salary*: 98740
  Bright Outlook

Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary


  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 83770

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).




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