North Central College - Naperville, IL


Why choose leadership at North Central College?

This minor will showcase your commitment to ethical leadership, boosting your professional credentials. Through your coursework and co-curricular activities, you’ll learn to distinguish between leadership and management while you cultivate the art of reading the “signs of the times.” You’ll explore such topics as ethics, communication, decision making and conflict resolution. You can develop your skills as an orientation leader, in student government, in residence life or any of more than 60 student organizations on campus that need strong leaders.

You can also:


For the fourth time in five years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has named North Central College a “Great College To Work For.”
The Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church has honored the Rev. Howard Mueller ’58 with the 2015 Francis Asbury Award.
Dr. R. Devadoss Pandian receives honorary degree and emeritus status prior to his leaving North Central College



  • Personal trainer, Fitness Together, Naperville
  • Sophomore football coach, Community High School District 99, Downers Grove, IL
  • Sports marketing, DuPage Dragons professional baseball, Lisle, IL
  • Sales assistant, Advanced Surgical, Naperville
  • Intern, Sears Roebuck Office of Professional Ethics, Hoffman Estates, IL
  • Intern for athletics department, North Central College
  • Sports information, North Central College
  • Assistant baseball coach, North Central College
  • Event management, North Central College

Graduate Schools

Recent graduates of leadership have been accepted at:

  • North Central College, Master in Leadership Studies


Recent graduates of leadership include:

  • Politics and public service
  • Peace Corps
  • Teach For America
Elementary education major, Leadership minor

For Elizabeth—an aspiring teacher—there are major benefits to earning a minor in leadership at North Central College.

“Aside from parents, family and other caregivers, children look to their teachers to understand their role and purpose in society,” she says. “I want to lead my students to understand the power behind education and realize their ability to create change.”

Elizabeth is president of the Blue Key Honor Society and is active in numerous other extracurricular organizations devoted to education and academics. She’s gone on six service trips and spent countless hours performing community service.

“Serving others is huge component of global citizenry and diversity. I want my...

Sport Management major, Leadership minor

Anna plans to work in community relations for a sports team or park district after she graduates. “I added a leadership minor to my sport management major to enhance my ability to work with others and be as efficient and successful as possible. Leadership can be paired with any major,” she says.

On campus, Anna has had plenty of opportunities to develop her leadership skills. She served in an advisory role on a student athlete committee, conducted research, and worked in the College’s Leadership, Ethics and Values office. In addition, her professors “have become long-term mentors. They’ve helped shape me as a person and helped me recognize my academic and career potential.”

Anna likes that her...

Education major, Leadership minor

“There are so many opportunities here in leadership, from clubs, internships and campus jobs to projects and mentoring.”

Monica added a leadership minor to her education major and focused on activities that involved leadership. She connected with iLEAD for first-year students who want to develop and expand their leadership potential and became a mentor to other students. She got involved with the Next Level Mentoring program and mentored an at-risk student at an elementary school.

“The experience gave me opportunities to work with the student’s teacher, school counselor and administrator to help her achieve her full potential.”

Monica also worked as a student ambassador in admission and was...

Organizational Communication major, Leadership minor

Danielle honed her leadership skills in every way possible during her four years on campus. She held leadership positions in residence life, College Union Activities Board, ministry and service and Blue Key Honor Society, which recognizes students who are campus leaders. As an intern in the office of admission, Danielle conducted and presented research on the decision-making process of North Central’s prospective students. After a busy four years on campus, Danielle landed a position in the very competitive Teach For America program and was assigned to Kansas City, MO.

An organizational communication major, she decided that a minor in leadership would best prepare her for her future. “The leadership...