Overview

Do you want to make an impact? Be prepared to step up to leadership roles in your organizations when the opportunities arise. This interdisciplinary leadership studies minor will compliment any major. You will learn from foundational courses focused on personal leadership foundations, team and organizational leadership, community leadership, ethics and diversity.

Minor

This minor requires 18 credit hours as listed below, including a capstone service learning experience.

Required Courses

15 credit hours required; Must choose LS 400 or LS 475.

BU 241 Principles of Management
Campus | 3 Credits
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Emphasizes management functions and management systems. Enhances understanding of the managerial role and its influence on organizational performance. Facilitates understanding of managerial activities involving human, technical and conceptual skills within behavioral, classical and management science approaches. Campus: Fall, every year; WOL: August, March, and May.

Campus 3 Credits
LS 275 Intro to Leadership
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course provides a framework for leadership in modern society, where students work individually and in teams to apply the fundamental theories of leadership to cases and projects. Theories of leadership will be described and students will analyze the major leadership traits of past leaders most influential in their lives. Students will begin to value and embrace leadership not as a position but as an ongoing developmental process. All human beings have the capacity to lead and influence the world for noble purposes and course components reflect servant leadership philosophies and leadership related to SMWC’s mission including women’s rights, environmentalism and sustainability.

Campus 3 Credits
BU 343 Organizational Behavior
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines individual concepts, individual-organizational interface, the organization itself and organizational processes and characteristics. Campus: Spring, even years; WOL: October. Prerequisite: BU 241.

Campus 3 Credits
LS 375 Leadership and Change
Campus | 3 Credits
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This course holistically explores the essential aspects of transformational leadership and the tools used by transformational leaders to conduct business in a rapidly changing environment. Students study a comprehensive conceptualization of leadership that includes influence and styles, aspects of management including budgetary control, operations and information technology, and approaches to organizational change. Finally, the idea of total leadership is explored through social responsibility and servant leadership. Prerequisite: LS 275

Campus 3 Credits
LS 400 Leadership in Teams and Community Organizations
Campus | 3 Credits
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Principles and strategies involved in leading teams and community organizations. Students will examine leadership dynamics in small groups and reflect on applications in various settings. Team service project with student or community organization. Prerequisite: LS 375.

Campus 3 Credits
LS 475 Leadership in Practice
Campus | 3 Credits
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As a capstone course for the 3+1 program, students will build on the foundational and context courses, and integrate technology with practical leadership applications. Students will explore a variety of leadership topics, such as community leadership, civic engagement and social responsibility using practical-based learning modules that incorporate leadership theory from earlier courses. Students will apply appropriate technology that allows them to build an effective collaboration model. Enrollment by department permission only. Prerequisite: LS 375.

Campus 3 Credits

Electives

3 credit hours required; Choose 1 course.

PS 440 Personality
Campus | 3 Credits
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Extensive coverage of the basic concepts and methods, major theories and results of research in the field of personality. Prerequisite: PS 111.

Campus 3 Credits
TA 213 Introduction to Theatre
Campus | 3 Credits
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Course introduces the student to many facets of theatre: directing, acting, technical aspects, literature and history. Students also attend and critique a variety of plays. Fall, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
CO 215 Intercultural Communication
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examination of cultural differences in perception and communication behavior. Study of the methods for overcoming barriers to promote better intercultural communication. Campus only. As needed. Prerequisite: CO 111 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
PL 200 Law, Ethics, and Society
Online | 3 Credits
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The study of law and the legal system. Introduces case law, analysis and ethical consideration in our world. Provides an overview of the courts, civil and criminal procedure, torts, contracts, property law and the individual’s rights. An excellent course for any student because of its practical, universal content and for students who are interested in attending law school. August, October, January, May every year.

Online 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements

We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

Career Paths

Inspiring and competent managers are needed in any organization, in any field. Regardless of your major, the knowledge you will gain from courses required by this minor will be useful in a variety of personal and professional settings. This minor will help you prepare for important roles in business, government, non-profit, health, communications, education and many other areas.