Leadership Programs


The Chancellor and student leaders meeting at the Carolina Statehouse with the Senators and Representatives

The Chancellor and student leaders meeting at the Carolina Statehouse with the Senators and Representatives from the Aiken Legislative Delegation.

Leadership programs help students discover and enhance their leadership skills.

The University of South Carolina Aiken believes that through quality programs, students can become effective leaders not only on campus but within the communities they live. Below is a list of leadership programs currently offered at USC Aiken:

Leadership USC Aiken

This unique leadership certificate program is cosponsored by the Career Services Office and the Office of Student Life. We believe strongly in preparing our graduates to be ready to transition into the world of work and becoming active citizens in their communities. Through a variety of academic classes, workshops, and learning opportunities, students gain a competitive edge as they enter a complex and competitive society. 

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Student Leadership Retreat

The retreat is designed to help student leaders on campus learn about the policies and procedures of the university, enhance team building and leadership skills, and foster an atmosphere of cooperation among the student leadership.

Student Life Leadership Awards Banquet

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life annually, the Student Activities Leadership Awards recognize outstanding leaders among the student body, faculty, and staff.

Leadership Library

Located in the Student Life Office, the Leadership Library is filled with valuable information about many leadership issues.  Materials are available to be checked out by members of the campus community.

Student Organization Officer /Advisor Training Workshops

Designed for officers in student organizations, these workshops help officers do their jobs better and help them get the most out of their leadership experience. 

Emerging Leaders Class (ASUP 110)

2 credit hours

The Emerging Leaders class is a two credit course which includes a weekend retreat, a service learning requirement, group leadership projects, readings, and participation in campus life activities.  The class is an excellent way for students to improve and strengthen their leadership skills.

Citizen Leadership (ASUP 210)

2 credit hours

The Citizen Leadership Class is a two credit course which focuses on applying leadership theory to active service learning experiences.  Students will look at citizenship from a variety of perspectives and reflect on their roles as leaders and citizens. (Prereq: 30 hours)

Leadership exchange (ASUP 310)

2 credit hours

The USC Aiken Leadership Exchange Program (ASUP 310) is an unique leadership opportunity for USC Aiken  upperclassmen to enhance their leadership skills by learning about important issue facing our country and how committed citizens can help make a difference. Participants will be selected based on their application and will participate in a leadership exchange program with another university in the country. Selected students will travel to that university for four days and then host students from university to our campus. Applications will be available during fall semester.

Senior Year Experience (ASUP 410)

1 credit hours

This class will help you tie together all of your college experiences to make you as marketable as possible in the new world and job market while focusing on how to be an active citizen in your community. 

USCA Disney Leadership Experience

Working with the Disney YES Collegiate Program, students are selected to participate in this uniquely, magical leadership experience.
Applications are accepted in September.

College 2 Career Readiness Program

An unique collaboration between the State Chamber of Commerce and the USCA, this workshop series will help develop "soft skills" which will make graduates more marketable and desirable.

COMPASS Leadership program

The COMPASS Leadership program's motto is Tomorrow's leaders charting courses for success today! Compass focuses on minority leadership topics and encourages and prepares participants for leadership in other campus organizations and throughout life. Special benefits of participation include working with a community mentor and having access to both one-on-one and group leadership training. Applications for participation are available during the Fall semester.

For further information on Leadership Programs please contact the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life , Ahmed Samaha at (803) 641-3411.