Introduction to Leadership Studies (1.5)
Students learn about leadership theories, styles, and practices; the importance of social, emotional, and cultural intelligence and communication skills; and the ethical dilemmas that leaders face.
Prerequisites: By permission of instructor.
Principles of Leadership (3)
An introduction to leadership. Topics covered include developing leadership skills, creating a vision, and overcoming obstacles.
Stewardship and Leadership (3)
An introduction to the concept of stewardship and leadership styles. Topics
covered include problem solving and decision making, influence, and community
development. This course fulfills the SEBS ethics requirement.
Leadership and Social Change (3)
Students examine the theory and practice of service learning as it relates to
their academic studies. Students engage in service learning activities within
Foundations of Volunteer Management (3)
Students will compare several models for volunteer
management and apply one to examine an organization that depends upon
volunteers. Course readings and activities will address how organizations
recruit, train, utilize, and recognize their volunteers. Each student will
develop a small case study examining the volunteer management in one
organization and making recommendations based on the theories and practices
studied in class.
Self-leadership is the sense of who you are, what you can do, and where you are going coupled with the ability to influence your communication, emotions, and behaviors to get there.
Building Leadership Character (1.5)
Developing character requires an understanding of ourselves and others. The course will build student's knowledge and skills and put character in the context of leadership and ethical decision-making.
The Cross-Cultural Leader (3)
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the purpose, understanding, value, and applicability of building cross-cultural competencies in order to become effective cross-cultural leaders.
Special Topics in Leadership (BA,BA)
This course will explore special topics in leadership.
Grant Development and Management (3)
Careers in the nonprofit or governmental (local, state,
federal) sectors will likely require a skill set in grant development and
management. After completion of this course students will be able to identify
grant opportunities, develop a viable proposal, prepare a formal application
for funding, and manage a funded project including fiscal and legal
Communication for Today's Leader (3)
Students explore leadership and communication from a theoretical, as
well as a practical, hands-on perspective. Course includes application
of leadership theories and principles to personal leadership
Presentation Skills: Advocating for Change (3)
This course will strengthen student presentation and public speaking
skills with the leadership focus on advocating for change, participating
in civic engagement and promoting community service.
Conflict Management Practicum (3)
Students learn conflict management skills including consensus building,
negotiation, and mediation. Conflict theory is explored as a precursor
to understanding and enhancing individual conflict management skills.
Meeting Management/Parliamentary Procedures (1.5)
Key concepts of parliamentary procedure, the foundation for decision making, and
meeting management are covered. Students learn meeting management techniques
and facilitation skills.
Emotionally Intelligent Leadership (1.5)
This course enables students to understand and develop the skills needed to
foster emotionally intelligent leadership. Students explore their experiences
in leadership with a focus on learning one's strengths and limitations.
Students apply critical thinking skills through essays, case study, analyses,
and reflective discussion questions.
The Ethical Leader (3)
Students explore the inextricable need for ethics within the realm of
leadership. Topics addressed include power and self-interest, the influence of
values on leadership, leaders and followers, and leadership for the greatest
Facilitating Effective Meetings (1.5)
Ineffective meetings translate into lost time and opportunity, which can result
in reduced motivation and erode the leader's credibility. Through effective
facilitation skills, leaders establish a sense of common purpose, enhance
collegiality, and move the agenda forward. This course will cover the key
concepts of meeting management and effective facilitation skills for presenting
content, and dealing with challenging participants and unpopular topics.
Nonprofit Organization Leadership (3)
Regardless of title or role, there are ample opportunities to serve in a leadership capacity while working at a nonprofit organization. Whether coordinating a project, chairing a committee, or managing a team, the goal is always to lead effectively. This course will focus on effective leadership for the nonprofit sector. Students will learn about their personal leadership style and develop goals to improve it. Strategic planning, fundraising, lobbying, and advocacy along with managing employees in the nonprofit sector will be addressed.
Prerequisites: 11:607:200 and 203.
Foundations of Program Planning (3)
Students develop the skill set to methodically design, develop, implement, and
evaluate educational programs that are effectiveness-based and impact-driven.
This course is beneficial for students pursuing careers in health care, public
health, human services, education, community development, nongovernmental
organizations (NGO), faith-based organizations, nonprofits, government (local,
state, federal), foundations, and businesses and corporations.
Building Community Partnerships (3)
This course presents key elements for building collaborative partnerships.
Students examine various coalition/community partnership frameworks and models
and develop leadership skills necessary to initiate, build, evaluate, and
sustain durable coalitions and community partnerships. This course is
beneficial for students pursuing careers in health care, public health, human
services, education, community development, nongovernmental organizations
(NGO), faith-based organizations, nonprofits, government (local, state,
federal), foundations, and business and corporations.
Capstone Experience in Nonprofit Leadership (3)
Intended as a capstone to the nonprofit leadership minor, in this course students will use their prior knowledge, skills, and key competencies along with entrepreneurial skills as they develop an organizational business and strategic plan needed for a successful and sustainable nonprofit organization.
Prerequisites: 11:607:200, 203, 381, 386, 400, 401, 402.
Practical Leadership Applications in Agricultural Science (4)
Provides students with relevant knowledge and skills related to agricultural work environment. Classroom instruction coupled with an intensive field experience in the Netherlands provides international perspective while preparing students to be productive contributors in the workplace. Students apply and integrate classroom-taught theories, principles, and skills to authentic situations encountered beyond the classroom. Establishing contacts and developing rapport with agricultural leaders further enhances student growth, development, and opportunities.
Prerequisite: At least one animal science course, plant science course, or general biology; or permission of instructor.
Group Process/Team Dynamics (3)
Presents an introduction to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills
needed to become effective team members through the examination of group
dynamics and team processes. This course is a junior/senior colloquium.
Leadership in Practice: Designing Your Success (3)
This course is an exploration of leadership from a practical perspective.
Theoretical underpinnings, leadership models, styles, and skills of leadership
are reviewed. Students develop skills in networking, problem solving, public
speaking, and influence. This course is a junior/senior colloquium.
Transformational Leadership (3)
This course presents a critical analysis of the concepts, principles, and
practices of transformational leadership and the implications for developing
leadership capacity, serving as role model, and influencing decisions and
International Relations: Leadership for Sustainable Development Practicum--Travel Seminar (4)
This course is an introduction to leadership and sustainable development within
a developing country. Students examine the interrelationship of multiple
groups working to build stronger communities. This course is a junior/senior colloquium.