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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
COMST 404Research Seminar3
ENGL 302Business Communication3
P R 305Publicity Methods3
SP CM 212Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
SP CM 322Argumentation, Debate, and Critical Thinking3
SP CM/WGS 323Gender and Communication3
SP CM 327Persuasion and Social Influence3
SP CM 412Rhetorical Criticism3
SP CM 497Capstone Seminar3

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
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
C R P 429Planning in Developing Countries3
C R P 432Community Planning Studio4-6
C R P 435Planning in Small Towns3
C R P 492Planning Law, Administration and Implementation3
CON E 380Engineering Law3
ENGR 150Foundations of Leadership Development and Learning1
ENGR 155Leadership in Engineering Student Organizations1
ENGR 250Leadership in Engineering Teams1
ENGR 350Dean's Leadership Seminar1
HD FS 395Children, Families, and Public Policy3
LAS 151Dean’s Leadership Seminar I1
LAS 152Dean’s Leadership Seminar II1
LD ST 122Leading with Purpose1
LD ST 270Campus Leadership Development3
LD ST 290Independent Study1-3
LD ST 291Leading Through Service Learning4
LD ST 291ALeading Through Service Learning: General4
LD ST 291CLeading Through Service Learning: International Perspectives4
LD ST 291BLeading Through Service Learning: U.S. Diversity4
LD ST 293Special Projects1-3
LD ST/WGS 333Women and Leadership3
LD ST 370Special Topics1-3
LD ST 422Leadership Capstone Seminar: Theory to Practice3
LD ST/WGS 488Research on Women and Leadership3
LD ST 490Independent Study1-3
M E 412Ethical Responsibilities of a Practicing Engineer3
MGMT 370Management of Organizations3
MGMT 371Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 472Management of Diversity3
N S 412Leadership and Ethics3
PHIL 235Ethical Issues in A Diverse Society3
POL S 310State and Local Government3
POL S 371Public Organizations and Leadership3
POL S/WGS 385Women in Politics3
POL S 475Management in the Public Sector3
POL S 487Electronic Democracy3
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
WGS 301International Perspectives on Women and Gender3
WGS 435Gender, Globalization and Development3

Capstone Courses: Choose 3 credits of the following

LD ST 422Leadership Capstone Seminar: Theory to Practice3
LD ST 490Independent Study (Must include a leadership focus and be pre-approved by the leadership studies faculty.)1-3
Study abroad: Must include a leadership focus and be pre-approved by the leadership studies faculty.
Other capstones may be approved with leadership studies faculty permission if they include a significant leadership component (e.g., COMST 404 or AESHM 421 with a leadership-based project). Students wishing to take a capstone course not listed here must receive approval prior to registering for the course and must demonstrate in writing how the course includes a significant leadership component.

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
or POL S 371 Public Organizations and Leadership

 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
LD ST 122Leading with Purpose1
LD ST 270Campus Leadership Development3
LD ST 291Leading Through Service Learning4
LD ST 291ALeading Through Service Learning: General4
LD ST 291BLeading Through Service Learning: U.S. Diversity4
LD ST 291CLeading Through Service Learning: International Perspectives4
LD ST 293Special Projects3
LD ST/WGS 333Women and Leadership3
LD ST 370Special Topics1-3
LD ST 422Leadership Capstone Seminar: Theory to Practice3
LD ST 488Research on Women and Leadership3
M E 412Ethical Responsibilities of a Practicing Engineer3
MGMT 370Management of Organizations3
MGMT 472Management of Diversity3
PHIL 235Ethical Issues in A Diverse Society3
SOC 464Strategies for Community Engagement3

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Courses

Courses primarily for undergraduates:

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


Designed for emerging student leaders. 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 and community context. Study of effective leadership models and leadership in complex systems. Expectation of engagement in campus activities and community organizations. Assessed service-learning component.

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

Prereq: Permission of the instructor.
Independent study in Leadership Studies. No more than 6 credits of LD ST 290 or LD ST 490 may count toward graduation.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Permission of the instructor.
Integration of meaningful service work with instruction and reflection in leadership theory. Academic work may include written projects, presentations, reports, and guided readings.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Permission of the instructor.
Integration of meaningful service work with instruction and reflection in leadership theory. Academic work may include written projects, presentations, reports, and guided readings.

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Permission of the instructor.
Integration of meaningful service work with instruction and reflection in leadership theory with a U.S. Diversity focus. Academic work may include written projects, presentations, reports, and guided readings.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

Cr. 1-4. Repeatable, maximum of 6 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Permission of the instructor.
Integration of meaningful service work with instruction and reflection in leadership theory with an International Perspectives focus. Academic work may include written projects, presentations, reports, and guided readings.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

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

Prereq: Permission of the instructor.
Special projects for the Leadership Studies Program.

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

Prereq: Sophomore classification
Develop and practice leadership skills through understanding personal leadership styles, leadership theory and communication theory, including how they relate to gender issues and cultural diversity. Explore personality types, communication styles and leadership styles; set goals; and participate in leadership opportunities and service.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with WGS). (3-0) Cr. 3.

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

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

Prereq: None
Seminar on special topics, research and theory in leadership studies. Students must register for a different topic each time. Not open to first-year students.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.

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

(Cross-listed with WGS). (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 work individually or in groups in selected content areas to write and present papers.

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.