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Leadership Development courses

The Leadership Development program consists of general education courses, Liberal Studies major courses, and Leadership Development emphasis courses. 

Coursework will help students can gain a better understanding of what it means to be a leader in today's marketplace.

The following list contains descriptions for the major and emphasis courses.

Liberal Studies 411


Senior Research Seminar (3 crs)


The Senior Research Seminar provides an overview of approaches to research and the assumption that underline each. Particular emphasis is given to the correspondence between research methods and epistemological orientation. Students develop a research question and perform a preliminary literature review around a topic of their choice. This course is the prerequisite companion course to Liberal Studies 412, the Senior Research Project. 

Prerequisite: Department consent.  

 

Liberal Studies 436

Senior Project (3 crs) (14 weeks)

This course is designed as a culminating or "capstone" learning experience for adults nearing the completion of the baccalaureate degree through Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement. The fundamental aim of the course is to equip participants with the learning capacities and competencies necessary for continued personal, civic and career growth. This course is an individually planned learning project that combines the concepts and ideas mastered through coursework with actual workplace environments. The student, the instructor and a workplace mentor will agree on an applied learning project. Goals, objectives, and a preliminary plan will be approved in writing by all three parties before the project is begun. The project will be supervised by the University instructor and the workplace mentor and will include a literature review and commentary, original work and a final report and presentation. 

Prerequisites: Department consent.

 

Communication 380

Introduction to Organizational Communication Studies (3 crs)

The course explores the origins and usefulness of organizational communication theory through the examination and pragmatic application of those theories, concepts, and issues to adult learners' organizational experiences. A significant focus of the course will be having students gain knowledge for understanding and improving communication skills in a variety of settings by analyzing challenges commonly faced in today's organizations. Topics may include: decision making, organizational change, technology, globalization, emotion, assimilation, and other issues central to organizational communication. 

Prerequisites: Comm. 111 or Comm. 112 or consent of instructor.

Liberal Studies 410


Capstone Seminar (3 crs) 

Designed as a culminating or "capstone" learning experience, this course focuses on the integration of concepts and ideas from previous Liberal Studies courses. 

Prerequisite: Department consent.

 

Public Administration 364


Administrative Leadership and Behavior (3 crs) (SS)


Leadership criteria, sources, motivations and possibilities at different organizational levels in America; tools of leadership for promoting organizational goals; analysis of effects on societal, political and bureaucratic structures on a cross-cultural basis. 

Prerequisite: Public Administration 221 or Criminal Justice 212 or consent of the instructor.

 

Communication 303


Advanced Public Speaking (3 crs)


This course focuses on current social/political issues and critical citizenship. Specific emphasis is placed on rhetorical ideas and formats that examine deliberation, reasoning, and public affairs. Public communication competencies are enhanced. 

Prerequisite: Communication 118 or 236 or consent of instructor.

Communication 416

Managerial Communication (3 crs)

This course explores fundamental aspects of managerial communication by focusing on how to ensure the effectiveness of management messages and interactions in a variety of organizational contexts and in terms of typical challenges managers face. 

Prerequisites: Communication 280 or Communication 380 & Communication 368 or consent of instructor.

 

Liberal Studies 209

Introduction to Liberal Studies (3 crs)

Introduces the concepts related to self-directed, life-long learning with a focus on various types of the thinking and writing skill through exposure to a broad range of academic subjects. Students will be introduced to the principles and processes involved in developing a learning portfolio, which will be required in their Capstone course. 

Prerequisites: WBIS 188, English 101, or department consent; also open only to students enrolled in one of the following majors: Liberal Studies, Leadership and Organizational Studies or Fire & Emergency Response Management or department consent.

 

Liberal Studies 309


Development of Scientific Ideas (3 crs)


Encourage analysis and understanding of the ideas that have effected scientific developments over the last two thousand years. Examines the growing ability of scientists to understand the phenomenon of nature; specifically, it peruses seminal ideas in astronomy, biology, physics and other sciences. Addresses broad scientific ideas and notes their practical significance for man. Prerequisites: concurrent or prior enrollment Liberal Studies 209 or department consent. 

 

Liberal Studies 230

Introduction to Leadership (3 crs)

This course will introduce students to a variety of theories and issues involved with leadership, including power and influence; vision, values and ethics; effecting change through teams and coalition; and the importance of embracing diversity. Examples will be drawn from a broad range of contexts, including organizations, education, politics, and communities. 

Prerequisite:  concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 department consent.

 

Liberal Studies 301


Contemporary Global Issues and Problems (3 crs)

This course explores the ethical and religious dimensions of several global challenges in contemporary international society: (1) the expanding role of religion as a motivation for violence as well as a force for justice and peace; (2) the increasing deterioration of the global environment; (3) international efforts to protect human rights in countries where there is systematic oppression or genocide; and (4) the chronic gap in wealth between rich and poor nations. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 209 or department consent. 

 

Communication 304 


Business and Professional Speaking (3 crs) 

An examination of the unique communication problems and practices in business and industry. Through investigation, case study and practical exercises students should understand and be able to participate effectively in a variety of communication experiences faced by managers in business and the professions. 

Prerequisite: Communication 118 or 236 or consent of instructor.

 

Liberal Studies 208

The Ecology of Occupation (3 crs) (SS) (XS)

Examines the relationship between occupation (both work and discretionary) and values, identity and health/wellness in contemporary society. Focuses on the complex variables (economic, psychological, sociological, genetic) which affect occupational choice, and hence our freedom (or lack thereof) to engage in meaningful, rewarding occupation. 

Prerequisites: WBIS 188, English 101, or department consent; also open only to students enrolled in one of the following majors: Liberal Studies, Leadership and Organizational Studies, or Fire & Emergency Management or department consent.

 

Liberal Studies 304


Research and Report Writing in the Humanities (3 crs) 


Enables the student to develop increased skills in using library resources for exploring a specific topic in the humanities, in taking notes on the data, and in evaluating such data. Students are expected to refine writing skills, and present the results of their research in a substantial paper written in a form suitable for publication. 

 

Liberal Studies 335

Transformative Leadership (3 crs)

Transformative leadership is a creative, passionate and authentic, expression of service inspired by the leadership wisdom of Bennis, Drucker, Greanleaf, Hesselbein, Hooks, and Quinn.  In this course learners will have the opportunity to identify and develop individually unique and effective leadership styles and approaches.  Through a combination of inventories, reflection and experiential activities learners will explore their passion and what constrains their leadership as well as how they impact and influence others. Learners also will observe and analyze the leadership styles of leaders with whom they associate. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 230 or department consent.

 

Liberal Studies 336

Collaborative Leadership Dynamics (3 crs)

This course is designed to introduce a theoretical framework for collaborative leadership and the elements of group dynamics that support and maintain its success.  Opportunities to integrate theory and practice will be provided to assist learners in understanding how groups function and how they as leaders, impact the ability/behaviors of the group for solving personal, interpersonal, group and organizational problems. 

Prerequisites: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 203 or department consent.

 

Liberal Studies 337

Conflict Resolution: Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration (3 crs)

Designed to introduce learners to the study of ADR or Alternative dispute resolution, this course explores the resolution of conflict through negotiation, mediation and arbitration.  A variety of approaches for resolving conflict are examined, from the adjudicative (arbitration, private or special judging, neutral fact-finding), to the evaluative (peer, lay, judicial, and expert evaluation) to the meditative. Emphasis is given to the meditative process and its usefulness in a wide range of venues. Learners will be given multiple opportunities to integrate theory and practice in the development of conflict resolution skills. 

Prerequisite: Concurrent or prior enrollment in Liberal Studies 203 or department consent.

 

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