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The Leadership Studies Program provides a strong foundation of coursework and experiences for undergraduate students who seek to study, understand and apply the principles of leadership in their current activities and, eventually, in their careers. Complementing their major field of study, students earning either the certificate or minor in leadership studies will be well-prepared to enter the public, nonprofit or private sectors. The certificate and minor are awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Completion of the certificate or minor will be noted on the student's transcript.

Objectives

  • Develop students’ leadership capacity—which encompasses individual-level capabilities of self-awareness, integrity and commitment; group-level capabilities of collaboration, shared purpose and handling controversy with civility; and community-level capabilities of citizenship and civic responsibility.
  • Provide opportunities for students to study leadership by learning effective communication practices, organizational theories, ethical principles, an appreciation of diversity, intrapersonal development and the value of community service.
  • Cultivate students’ understanding of social empowerment and social justice to create positive and sustainable change.
  • Challenge students to critically examine leadership at the intrapersonal, interpersonal, team, organizational and societal levels.
  • Bring students into contact with community leaders and faculty members from diverse academic departments, backgrounds and leadership experiences.
  • Prepare students to undertake leadership roles in their careers and in service to their community through coursework and co-curricular engagement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate or minor in leadership studies, students will be able to:

  • Recognize leadership as a set of skills, knowledge and attitudes that can be learned.
  • Understand traditional and emergent leadership theories and apply them in practice.
  • Comprehend key concepts of communication theories, organizational theories, contemporary diversity issues and ethical principles.
  • Practice and evaluate their own capacity to lead effectively within teams, organizations and diverse communities.
  • Develop and implement plans for continually improving their leadership capacity.
  • Demonstrate proficiencies in written and oral communication.

Leadership Studies Certificate

The certificate in leadership studies requires the completion of 21 credit hours through three, 3-credit-hour required courses in leadership, speech communication and organizational theory. An additional 12 credit hours are earned from approved electives including 3 hours in communication; 6 hours in leadership; and 3 hours of a capstone experience through a course, internship or study abroad. The capstone course should focus on the scholarship of leadership in the student's field of study, whereas an internship or a study abroad should provide a leadership-in-practice experience.

At least 9 credits must be taken in courses numbered at the 300-level or above. At least 9 credits used for the certificate cannot be used to meet any other department, college or university requirement for the baccalaureate degree except to satisfy the total credit requirement for graduation and to meet credit requirements in courses numbered 300 or above. Courses for the certificate cannot be taken on a pass/not-pass basis. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required in courses taken for the certificate.

Core Courses: 9 credits of required core courses

LD ST 322Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society3
SP CM 312Business and Professional Speaking3
MGMT 371Organizational Behavior3
or POL S 371 Public Organizations and Leadership

Communication Electives: Choose 3 credits from the following

COMST 214Professional Communication3
COMST 310Intercultural Communication3
COMST 314Organizational Communication3
ENGL 302Business Communication3
ENGL 309Proposal and Report Writing3
P R 305Publicity Methods3
SP CM 212Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
SP CM 322Argumentation, Debate, and Critical Thinking3
SP CM/W S 323Gender and Communication3
SP CM 327Persuasion and Social Influence3
SP CM 412Rhetorical Criticism3

Leadership Electives: Choose 6 credits from the following

AESHM 211Leadership Experiences and Development (LEAD)3
AESHM 222Creativity on Demand3
AESHM 287Principles of Management in Human Sciences3
AESHM 421Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential3
AESHM 474Entrepreneurship in Human Sciences3
A B E/C E/E E 388Sustainable Engineering and International Development3
AGEDS 315Personal, Professional, and Entrepreneurial Leadership in Agriculture3
C E 306Project Management for Civil Engineers3
COMST 218Conflict Management3
COMST 313Leadership Communication Theories3
COMST 317Small Group Communication3
COMST 404Research Seminar3
C R P 291World Cities and Globalization3
C R P/ENV S 293Environmental Planning3
C R P 301Planning Methods Studio4
C R P 429Planning in Developing Countries3
C R P 432Community Planning Studio4-6
C R P 435Planning in Small Towns3
C R P 475Grant Writing1
C R P 484Sustainable Communities3
C R P 491Environmental Law and Planning3
C R P 492Planning Law, Administration and Implementation3
CON E 380Engineering Law3
ENGL 418Seminar in Argumentation3
ENGR 150Foundations of Leadership Development and Learning1
ENGR 155Leadership in Engineering Student Organizations1
ENGR 250Leadership in Engineering Teams1
ENGR 350Dean's Leadership Seminar1
ENGR 490LIndependent Study1-3
HD FS 395Children, Families, and Public Policy3
HD FS 449Program Evaluation and Proposal Writing3
HIST 488American Stuff, Colonial Times to the Present3
I E 570Systems Engineering and Project Management3
LAS 151Dean’s Leadership Seminar I1
LAS 152Dean’s Leadership Seminar II1
LAS 491Service Learning1-4
LAS 499Internship1-4
LD ST 122Leading with Purpose1
LD ST 270Campus Leadership Development3
LD ST 290Special Projects1-3
LD ST/W S 333Women and Leadership3
LD ST 422Leadership Capstone Seminar: Theory to Practice3
LD ST/W S 488Research on Women and Leadership3
LD ST 490Independent Study1-3
M E 412Ethical Responsibilities of a Practicing Engineer3
M E/WLC 484Technology, Globalization and Culture3
M S 401Seminar: The Military Team3
M S 402Seminar: The Professional Military Officer3
MGMT 370Management of Organizations3
MGMT 371Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 419Social Responsibility of Business3
MGMT 472Management of Diversity3
N S 220Leadership and Management3
N S 412Leadership and Ethics3
PHIL 235Ethical Issues in A Diverse Society3
POL S 310State and Local Government3
POL S 344Public Policy3
POL S 371Public Organizations and Leadership3
POL S/W S 385Women in Politics3
POL S 413Intergovernmental Relations3
POL S 475Management in the Public Sector3
POL S 477Government, Business, and Society3
POL S 480Ethics and Public Policy3
POL S 487Electronic Democracy3
PSYCH 450Industrial Psychology3
SOC 310Community3
SOC/POL S 334Politics and Society3
SOC 464Strategies for Community Engagement3
SP CM 110Listening3
SP CM 416History of American Public Address3
SP CM/POL S 417Campaign Rhetoric3
U ST 315Cyclone Aide Leaders Seminar2
W S 301International Perspectives on Women and Gender3
W S 435Women and Development3
W S 491Senior Internship3

Capstone Courses: Choose 3 credits of the following for a capstone elective or complete an approved internship or study abroad experience

AESHM 421Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential3
COMST 404Research Seminar3
C R P 432Community Planning Studio4-6
ENGL 418Seminar in Argumentation3
ENGR 490LIndependent Study1-3
HD FS 449Program Evaluation and Proposal Writing3
LAS 491Service Learning1-4
LAS 499Internship1-4
LD ST 422Leadership Capstone Seminar: Theory to Practice3
LD ST/W S 488Research on Women and Leadership3
LD ST 490Independent Study1-3
M E/WLC 484Technology, Globalization and Culture3
POL S 475Management in the Public Sector3
PSYCH 450Industrial Psychology3
SOC 464Strategies for Community Engagement3
W S 491Senior Internship3

Leadership Studies Minor

The minor in leadership studies requires the completion of 15 credit hours through three, 3-credit-hour required courses in leadership, speech communication and organizational theory, and an additional 6 credit hours earned from approved leadership electives.

At least 9 credits must be taken in courses numbered at the 300-level or above. At least 9 credits used for the minor cannot be used to meet any other department, college or university requirement for the baccalaureate degree except to satisfy the total credit requirement for graduation and to meet credit requirements in courses numbered 300 or above. Courses for the minor cannot be taken on a pass/not-pass basis. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required in courses taken for the minor.

Core Courses: 9 required credits

LD ST 322Leadership Styles and Strategies in a Diverse Society3
SP CM 312Business and Professional Speaking3
MGMT 371Organizational Behavior3

 Leadership Electives: Choose 6 credits from the following

AESHM 211Leadership Experiences and Development (LEAD)3
AESHM 421Developing Global Leadership: Maximizing Human Potential3
AGEDS 315Personal, Professional, and Entrepreneurial Leadership in Agriculture3
COMST 218Conflict Management3
COMST 313Leadership Communication Theories3
ENGR 150Foundations of Leadership Development and Learning1
ENGR 155Leadership in Engineering Student Organizations1
ENGR 250Leadership in Engineering Teams1
ENGR 350Dean's Leadership Seminar1
ENGR 490LIndependent Study1-3
I E 570Systems Engineering and Project Management3
LD ST 122Leading with Purpose1
LD ST 270Campus Leadership Development3
LD ST/W S 333Women and Leadership3
LD ST 422Leadership Capstone Seminar: Theory to Practice3
LD ST 488Research on Women and Leadership3
M E 412Ethical Responsibilities of a Practicing Engineer3
M E/WLC 484Technology, Globalization and Culture3
MGMT 370Management of Organizations3
MGMT 419Social Responsibility of Business3
MGMT 472Management of Diversity3
PHIL 235Ethical Issues in A Diverse Society3
POL S 480Ethics and Public Policy3
PSYCH 450Industrial Psychology3
SOC 464Strategies for Community Engagement3

For more information, contact the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics, 309 Catt Hall, 515-294-3181, leadprgm@iastate.edu, or visit https://leadership.las.iastate.edu.

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Courses

Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(1-0) Cr. 1. F.S.


Designed for emerging student leaders, this course will provide students with basic leadership skills covering strengths identification, personal skills development, goal achievement, values-based behaviors, and mission statement development.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.


Theory and practice of effective leadership in a campus context. Study of effective leadership models and leadership in complex systems. Expectation of engagement in campus activities. Assessed service-learning component.

Cr. 1-3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Freshman or sophomore classification; Permission of the instructor.
Special projects for the Leadership Studies Program.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Sophomore classification
Developing and practicing leadership skills through understanding personal leadership styles, leadership theory and communication theory, including how they relate to gender issues and cultural diversity; exploring personality types, communication styles, and leadership styles, networking and developing mentoring relationships; setting goals and participating in leadership opportunities and service.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with W S). (3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Sophomore classification
This course will examine historical and contemporary barriers to and opportunities for women's leadership in a variety of contexts, including professions and public service. It will examine theories of women's leadership, gender differences in leadership styles, and the perceptions and expectations about women's leadership. Multiple perspectives of women's leadership will be highlighted through lectures, readings, videos, guest speakers and group work.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: LD ST 322
Critical analysis of leadership theory to inform practice, with emphasis on ethical leadership and the alignment of personal and organizational values.

(Cross-listed with W S). (3-0) Cr. 3.


Research on women and leadership in selected content areas (e.g., business, education, politics and public service, and popular culture). Following an overview of quantitative and qualitative methods and critical analyses of journal articles on women and leadership, students will work in groups in selected content areas to research, write and present paper.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.Alt. SS., offered irregularly.

Prereq: Permission of the instructor.
Independent study for the Leadership Studies Program. No more than 6 credits of LD ST 490 may count toward graduation.