The Minor in Leadership Studies Is:

  • More aligned with employer needs
  • Experiential with a focus on knowledge, skills, and best practices
  • Streamlined to just 12 credit hours.

Revisions to the minor are pending State approval, estimated Fall 2018. Contact Academic Advising for the latest information.

Core Course (6 hours)

LDR 2010 Leadership Fundamentals (3)

This introductory course for the Leadership Studies Minor is designed as an introduction to leadership concepts and looks at leadership as an inside-out phenomenon – from individual development to group dynamics and eventually complex organizations. It covers a broad range of leadership topics including self-development and the understanding of group behavior, organizational design, ethics and teamwork.

LDR 4204 Ethics and Power in Leadership (3)

This course reviews the arguments for ethics in leadership as proposed by both contemporary and ancient leadership theories. It also examines theories of power and authority, and seeks answers to the apparent dilemmas through applied moral theory and psychology. Emphasis is given to practical solutions.

Elective Courses (6 hours)

LDR 3363 Leading Teams and Diverse Groups (3) (Proposed)

This course explores what makes a “team” and “teamwork” and outlines the difference between this and “groups.” It uses the Five Dysfunctions of a Team as a starting point for overcoming barriers to creating high performing teams. Students will gain an applied understanding of teamwork.

LDR 3372 From Conflict to Consensus Decision-making and Change (3) (Proposed)

This course explores personal decision making styles and teaches how to diagnose, evaluate and use various decision making processes. Students learn how effective leaders manage conflict and consensus in a constructive manner. Students will also be able demonstrate the ability to utilize divergent and convergent thinking to gain consensus.

LDR 3371 The Language of Leadership: Communicating with Clarity and Impact (3) (Proposed)

This course looks at personal communication impacts effective leadership. Students will gain understanding of their personal communication style and how to use that to connect to people authentically. This course also reviews how common ethical foundations impact leadership communication.

Other Courses*

LDR 3261 – Leadership in the Great Outdoors
LDR 3330 – Community Leadership and Non-Profit Organizations
LDR 3930 – Selected Topics in Leadership
LDR 3950 – Independent Study in Leadership
LDR 4114 – Survey of Readings in Leadership
LDR 4164 – Organizational Theories
LDR 4564 – Images of Leadership in Print and Film
*These courses are offered irregularly, based on demand. Unless an exception is granted, they do not count towards the 12 hour minor.