Description of Certificate
The Leadership Strategies and Applications Certificate introduces the principles effective and ethical leadership through the Adaptive Leadership paradigm. Students will explore leadership tools and processes, a variety of perspectives of ethical decision making and behavior, strategies for effective interpersonal communication and conflict management, and online communication theories and practices.
Students will complete 12 credits via five 8-week minimester courses across a minimum of two academic semesters.
LDST 201: Introduction to Leadership
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. This course is taught online as 16 and 8 week formats and during the summer and winter sessions.
LDST 202: Introduction to Leadership Applications
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. This course is taught online as 16 and 8 week formats and during the summer and winter sessions.
COMS 310: Advanced Organizational and Professional Communication
This course provides a foundation for the study of communication in organizational contexts. It introduces students to various organization theories including classical, human relations, systems, and cultural approaches and examines the role of communication in each. Information flow, communication climate, communication networks, work relationships and managerial communication are discussed as well as organizational symbolism, conflict resolution, rituals and ethics. The course is designed to heighten students' awareness of the role of communication in the organizing process and to develop their abilities to diagnose and prevent communication-related problems. COMS 130 or COMS 150 is a prerequisite. This course is taught online as an 8 week minimester.
LDST 420: Communication, Leadership, and Conflict Management
This course introduces students to theories of conflict management from a variety of academic perspectives and the role leadership plays in managing conflict across multiple contexts. Students will learn how to successfully assess and command situations and effectively resolve interpersonal, organizational, and systemic conflict while doing the work of leadership. This course is co-listed as COMS 415. This course is taught online as an 8 week minimester.
LDST 520: Leadership Ethics
Through collaboration, discussion, case study, and course readings, Leadership Ethics familiarizes students with various theoretical perspectives of ethical decision making and the ethics-guided behavior essential for competent leadership. Upon completion, students will understand a variety of ethical perspectives for the prescription of action in a leadership context, apply a variety of ethical perspectives to the choice and evaluation of action in leadership work, and recognize the significance of considering multiple ethical perspectives in both leadership and broader contexts. LDST 202 is a prerequisite. This course is taught online as an 8 week minimester.
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