Communication Leadership Concentration Program (C-LEAD)

  • Do you seek to make your Marquette degree more competitive in today’s marketplace?
  • Are you interested in creating relationships that will exponentially further your career?
  • Would you like to develop a skill set that employers highly value?
  • Are you a sophomore in the Diederich College of Communication?

If so, you are encouraged to apply to the Communication Leadership Concentration Program. A competitive program is open to only 20 students per year, this nine-credit concentration combines leadership development activities, mentorship, and rewarding coursework to unleash your leadership potential. Successful completion of the program will be reflected on your transcript and you can showcase this achievement on your resume, LinkedIn profile, portfolio, etc.

Applications open for the 2024 cohort are now closed. 

But don't just take our word for it; let's hear what C-LEAD students have to say!


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Sophomore Year

The LeaderShape Institute challenges participants to lead with integrity while working towards a vision grounded in their deepest values. Participants explore not only what they want to do, but who they want to be. Dynamic, challenging, and exciting, the week is intended to produce a breakthrough in the leadership capacity of participants—benefiting them individually, as well as their respective communities and the organizations they will go on to lead and serve in the future.

This weeklong bootcamp kicks off the program at no cost to you, the student!

Sophomore Year: Spring

CMST 3200 – Organizational Communication (3 cr)

Course presents historical and current perspectives on the origins and usefulness of organizational theories as they relate to communication issues. Emphasizes the relationship between organizational life and communication principles. Ultimate goals, assumptions, and cases relating to organizational communication theories are developed and discussed

Junior Year: Fall and Spring

CMST 3964 – Leadership Mentor Program (0 cr)

Students will be assigned a mentor who is in an established leadership role in the student's chosen field. Student will shadow that individual during scheduled opportunities during the semester. Students will document their experiences and will work with their mentor to explore the concept of leadership and leadership styles.

Senior Year: Fall

CMST 4240 – Communication, Innovation, and Progressive Change (3 cr)

A forward-looking assessment of the role that communication plays in the spread of new ideas. Examines the influence of technological and social innovation in individual, organizational and societal contexts. Investigates the effects of innovation when dealing with progressive change and managing social interactions. Emphasizes the role of communication leadership in the innovation process.

Senior Year: Spring

CMST 4250 – Leadership and Communication (3 cr)

Explores communication variables involved when leaders attempt to influence members to achieve a goal. Topics include: power, credibility, motivation, research on leader traits, styles and situations, and current models of leadership such as transactional, transformational, charismatic, and functional approaches. The different leadership challenges posed by community and institutional settings will also be explored.


For questions, contact Julia Schultz.