Course of Study


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Leadership Studies Minor

The 18-credit minor is best suited to students involved in co-curricular leadership activities who want to illuminate what they experience with knowledge gained from investigating leadership principles in breadth and depth.

Introductory Coursework (3 credits)

This course combines an introduction to a theoretical, research-based approach to the study of leadership with hands-on application, analysis and experimentation with the process of leadership. Students will explore core leadership competencies and apply leadership tools and processes across a variety of groups and systems, addressing issues of concern within those communities. This course satisfies the LDST 201/LDST 202 requirement for the Leadership Studies Minor. This course is not available to students with credit in LDST 201/LDST 202. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. LEC.

This course introduces students to the study of the leadership process. The course covers theories and research on core themes of leadership, focusing on how course materials relate to students' own leadership experiences. Concurrent enrollment in LDST 202 is recommended. Students considering the Leadership Studies Minor must complete LDST 202. This course is not available to students with credit in LDST 200. Not open to seniors. LEC.

 

This course focuses on the application of information learned in LDST 201. Activities and discussions emphasize application, analysis, and engagement with the process of leadership. Concurrent enrollment in LDST 201 is recommended. Students considering the Leadership Studies Minor must complete LDST 201 and LDST 202. This course is not available to students with credit in LDST 200. Not open to seniors. Prerequisite: Corequisite: LDST 201. LEC.

This course combines an introduction to a theoretical, research-based approach to the study of leadership with hands-on application, analysis, and engagement with the process of leadership. Within a small group setting, students explore core leadership competencies and experiment with the process of leadership by engaging classmates and members of the university and local communities and addressing issues of concern within those communities. This course satisfies the LDST 201/LDST 202 requirement for the Leadership Studies Minor. This course is not available to students to students with credit in LDST 200 or LDST 201/LDST 202. Prerequisite: Admission to the University Honors Program, Instructor Permission. LEC.

Core Classes (9 credits)

This course provides an overview of the role of communication in leadership in a variety of contexts, including: interpersonal, small group, intercultural, organizational, and public sphere. It will include theoretical and experiential approaches to effective leadership communication. Prerequisite: LDST 200, LDST 201, or LDST 203. LEC.

Students simultaneously complete a 1-hour seminar in equity-centered leadership and a 2-hour supervised, direct, community involvement project in which they apply leadership knowledge, tools, and skills to a real world environment. Written assignments, journal reflections, and group discussions are used to record and assess learning. Prerequisite: LDST 201 and admission to the Leadership Studies minor. FLD.

This seminar serves as the capstone course for the Leadership Studies minor. It includes advanced readings on leadership theory and practice, as well as major written and applied projects in which students integrate and demonstrate what they have learned in the program. Prerequisite: LDST 201, or LDST 431, and admission to the Leadership Studies minor. LEC.

Electives (6 credits)

A course in Ethics, Engages an Ethical Mindset (3 hrs).
A course in Understanding Diverse Cultures, Communities, and Identities (3 hrs).

At least one of the two electives must be 300 level or above.