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New Brunswick/Piscataway Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2007 Livingston College Programs of Study Minors Minor in Organizational Leadership  

Minor in Organizational Leadership

Rutgers University has a rich body of courses that are fundamental to leadership instruction. The minor in organizational leadership gathers these courses into a curriculum that prepares students to assume a leadership role in an organization.

Program Goals

Students who minor in organizational leadership may pursue any major field of study. For its theoretical segments, the minor draws from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences; from departments in the Rutgers Business School: Undergraduate-New Brunswick; and the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies. For its practical components, the minor utilizes the Office of Career Services and Rutgers student organizations. All aspects of the minor concentrate on cultivating and enhancing organizational leadership skills.

The theory courses focus on formulating an ethically responsible vision that promotes organizational excellence: understanding change, how it occurs, when it is needed, and how it affects a group; and persuading individuals and groups to work toward a common goal. Course work is supplemented by a series of extracurricular programs that provide an opportunity for students to meet with their cohorts and to apply their knowledge of organizational leadership. The extracurricular component functions much like a laboratory in the physical sciences.


The minor in organizational leadership consists of 20 credits (9 of which must be at the 300 level or above) divided into two foundation courses, three theory courses, and two applications courses. Students must earn a grade of Cor better to receive credit.

Required Courses

01:730:101Logic, Reason, and Persuasion (3)Explores argument, what makes argument valid, techniques for clarifying meaning, and persuasive presentation; prepares students to become responsible and critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active learners.
02:090:202Introduction to Organizational Leadership (3) Examines the nature of leadership, the processes that underpin group decisions, the basic features of organizational culture, and how leaders prepare themselves to meet challenges. Students develop strategies for integrating and sharing knowledge through extracurricular projects, including designing an interactive web site with students in the program and at other universities.

Leadership Theory I: Formulating an Ethically Responsible Vision

All students must select one 3-credit course from the list below.

01:730:105 Current Moral and Social Issues (3)

01:730:107 Introduction to Ethical Theory (3)

01:730:249 Medical Ethics (3)

01:730:250 Environmental Ethics (3)

01:730:251 Ethics and Business (3)

01:730:330 Ethics of War (3)

01:730:340 History of Ethics (3)

01:730:380 Ethics and Practical Reason (3)

01:730:441 Ethical Theory (3)

01:840:221 Ethical Issues, Religious Responses (3)

Leadership Theory II: Understanding Organizational Change

All students must select one 3-credit course from the list below.

01:070:204 Introduction to Social Evolution (3)

02:090:308 Diversity in the Workplace (3)

01:450:363 Geography of Development (3)

37:575:312 Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Workplace (3)

37:575:364 Diversity in the Workplace (3)

33:620:370 Managing Diversity in Organizations (3)

01:790:305 Public Policy Formation (3)

01:790:312 Change in Latin America (3)

01:790:333 Political Development of American Race Relations (3)

01:790:342 Public Administration: Policy Making (3)

01:790:355 Women and Public Policy (3)

01:790:363 Conflict Resolution in World Politics (3)

01:830:373 Organizational and Personnel Psychology (3)

01:830:375 Prejudice and Conflict (3)

01:920:280 Collective Behavior and Social Movements (3)

01:920:321 Urban Development and Community Change (3 )

02:090:303Introduction to Organizational Applications (2) Students assume leadership positions or become active members in a university organization and maintain a log of activities. Students write an 8- to 10-page essay analyzing and assessing their impact on the organization. For second-year students only.

Leadership Theory III: Persuading Others to Work for a Common Goal

All students must select one 3-credit course from the list below.

04:189:101 Introduction to Communication and Information Systems and Processes (3)

04:192:220 Fundamentals of Speaking and Listening (3)

01:220:341 Industrial Organization (3)

33:620:410 Organizational Leadership (3)

33:620:490 Organizational Behavior (3)

01:790:348 Psychology and Politics (3)

01:830:311 Conditioning and Learning (3)

01:830:364 Motivation and Emotion (3)

02:090:304Laboratory on Organizational Leadership (1) Using interactive electronic models, students analyze group dynamics and learn to anticipate outcomes; focus is on strategies for leadership in organizations outside the university setting. Optional.
02:090:404Advanced Organizational Applications with Capstone Seminar (3) Coordinated by the instructors of 02:090:202 Introduction to Organizational Leadership, this capstone experience integrates what students have learned through a seminar with leaders from various fields and a possible internship. For third- or fourth-year students; fall only.

Honors in Organizational Leadership

Many courses required for the minor also satisfy Livingston College core requirements. Students who satisfy core requirements by completing three additional courses from the minor with a Bor better qualify for honors in organizational leadership. Students also must complete a thesis. In the fall of their senior year, students enroll in 02:090:495 Paul Robeson Scholars Project and conduct independent research projects. In the spring of their senior year, students present their work. Successful candidates are identified as Paul Robeson Scholars in Leadership.

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