Leadership Studies Practicum (LDST 532)

Students will participate in leadership and community service activities and will keep a journal relating their activities to leadership and community development theory studied in the other leadership courses. The course instructor will supervise the students and certify that they have met the requirements in the following areas: leadership development, community service, field-work experience.

Leadership Development: The leadership development programs that are offered by the Student Organizations and Leadership Development Center are pre-approved and strongly recommended. Students may complete their leadership development hours through a combination of programs that include:

  1. LeaderShape - a six-day intensive leadership development experience offered during the week prior to the start of classes in January. Application and selection are required for participation in LeaderShape.
  2. Blueprints Leadership Conference - a one-day (Saturday, Spring semester) leadership experience for emerging student leaders. (6 hours)
  3. Student Leadership Institute - a one-day (Saturday, Fall semester) leadership experience for student leaders in positions of responsibility with an organization. (8 hours)
  4. Leadership Lecture Series - a series of six to eight one hour topical sessions on aspects of effective leadership. Offered over the course of each semester. (1 hour per session)

Community Service: The equivalent of a minimum of 60 hours (2 hours per week, 15 hours per semester for two semesters or the equivalent) of documented community-based off-campus service. To ensure experiences that provide sufficient depth, the hours must be completed with no more than two projects or agencies over the course of two consecutive semesters.

Fieldwork Experience: Practicum or Field Experience should provide students the opportunity to actually practice, on a regular basis, what they have learned and are leaning in relation to leadership skills. The Practicum/Field Experience offers students the “hands on” experience critical in any leadership enhancement program. Students are asked to place themselves in positions or settings where they can actually practice, observe, and experience the many facets of leadership like interpersonal skills, decision-making, program planning/implementation, and group dynamics. Students will meet with instructor to identify where/how these 90 hours will be met and will provide instructor the name of a contact person to assist in monitoring student’s involvement. Hours will be agreed upon based upon individual positions and sites. For example, individual students serving in roles where they are actually leading and responsible for people and an organization will receive higher points than those serving as general members. Likewise, students observing a site will receive fewer hours than a site where they are responsible for individuals and activities. Following are example:

  1. Observing professionals demonstrating leadership skills
  2. A practicum or internship within the university structure like a recognized student organization or university department
  3. A Study Abroad program that includes a relevant internship/practicum
  4. An internship coordinated through an academic department
  5. Serving as an officer of a recognized campus organization
  6. Participating in credible community organizations
  7. Serving as a Resident Advisor for Student Housing
  8. Participating in the planning of a leadership workshop