Our LEADS undergraduate minor is designed to prepare students for direct service or entry-level leadership roles in contemporary educational and social service organizations, or to enter graduate programs in social service leadership.
This minor is open to students from all majors. Skilled, innovative leaders are needed more than ever to address pressing social and educational challenges.
The LEADS course work is grounded in modern leadership theory and research and practical applied work, preparing students in:
- Data-based decision making
- Leading groups, teams, and processes
- Incorporating multiple perspectives
- Evaluating programs
- Promoting equitable outcomes
- Employing data analytics and methodologies
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LEADS Minor Program Requirements
The LEADS minor requires a total of 24 credits.
LEADS Coursework — Total Credits: 12
Students are required to complete EDLD 211 as well as AT LEAST three additional EDLD LEADS courses:
|EDLD 211 Exploring Leadership||3|
|EDLD 311 Equity Leadership and Social Change||3|
|EDLD 312 Effective Leadership Decision-Making||3|
|EDLD 313 Program Evaluation for Future Leaders||3|
|EDLD 411 Examining Leadership Effectiveness through Professional Development||3|
|EDLD 412 Leading Change in Organizations||3|
|EDLD 410 Team Building in Leadership||3|
|EDLD 410 More courses are expected to be made available in future years as possible and where needed||3|
Elective Choice Coursework — Total Credits: 12
For the remaining credits, students can complete additional LEADS coursework or choose from the following list:
The courses listed are examples and are subject to change and availability. For a current listing, please contact the LEADS program as well as the departments offering these courses.
Clark Honors College
HC 441H/444H Colloquium: Science Education in Remote Locations
Planning for the development of experimental science education content, designed for introduction to schools in remote and/or rural locations.
College of Design — School of Planning, Public Policy and Management
PPPM 325 Community Leadership and Change
Explores sustainable change at the community level by examining local systems and institutions: transportation, social influences, environment, housing, and the economy.
PPPM 327 Global Leadership and Change
Explores the role of leadership in global social, economic, and ecological sustainability. Considers population, consumption, technology, diversity, scale, nonviolent change, and community.
PPPM 452 Public Participation in Diverse Communities
4 Credits — Prerequisite: PPPM 432
Review of community engagement strategies and tools for encouraging public participation in low income and ethnically diverse communities.
PPPM 465 Program Evaluation
Introduction to the design and implementation of program evaluations.
PPPM 494 Practice of Leadership and Change
4 Credits — Prerequisite: Major status, senior standing preferred
Examines the principles and practices of leadership and change in communities and organizations through discussions with community leaders and personal reflection.
PD 301 Introduction to Design Studio
4 Credits – Prerequisite or Corequisite: PD 340
Students observe and design solutions for problems on campus in three team-based projects.
AAD 434 Entrepreneurship and the Arts
Provides exploration into the evolution of entrepreneurship in the arts; instructs emerging artists to assess their entrepreneurial potential and develop strategic planning skills in finance, legal issues, and cultural leadership.
AAD 471 Performing Arts Management
Examines development of cultural-policy institutions and processes worldwide; emphasis on understanding contemporary American cultural policy issues. Governance and strategic planning; executive leadership; management; revenue; developing audiences; cross-cultural interactions.
AAD 472 Artistic Administration in the Performing Arts
Focuses on developing leadership and management skills for professional nonprofit performing arts administration (e.g., theater, music, opera, dance). Topics in artistic administration, programming, artist management, and operations and production management.
College of Arts and Sciences
CIS 422 Software Methodology I
4 Credits — Prerequisite: CIS 313
Technical and nontechnical aspects of software development, including specification, planning, design, development, management and maintenance of software projects. Student teams complete projects.
ENVS 429 Environmental Leadership: [Topic]
4 Credits — Prerequisite: Instructor's approval; Repeatable twice when topic changes for maximum of 8 credits
Partnering with governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, public schools and local businesses, students develop service learning projects.
HIST 460 American Intellectual History: [Topic]
4 Credits — Repeatable twice when topic changes for maximum of 12 credits
Leading thinkers and prevalent modes of thought in American life from European settlement of North America to the present. I: To 1800, II: 19th century, III: 20th century.
PHIL 120 Ethics of Enterprise and Exchange
Moral examination of business by considering the nature of enterprise and exchange. Topics include corporate and consumer responsibility, meaningful work, and leadership.
PHIL 372 Philosophy for Children
In this seminar, students explore ways to tap into the wonder and curiosity that children naturally have about their world, their lives and relationships. This course teaches undergraduates to become skillful facilitators of elementary classroom discussions at the 3rd through 5th grade level, modeling critical thinking and philosophical inquiry, and focusing on ethical and multicultural topics that connect to children’s experiences.
School of Law
CRES 101 Introduction to Conflict Resolution
Explores up-to-date conflict management theories and practical steps to communicate effectively in sensitive situations.
Lundquist College of Business
BA 308/308H Leadership and Communication
4 Credits — Prerequisite: BA 308H open only to students in the LCB honors program; BA 308 open only to accounting and business administration majors
Personal leadership and communication skills. Focuses on self-awareness for leading, persuading, and working with others; effective business writing and speaking; and team development.
Students may not receive credit both BA 308 and BA 308H.
BA 430 Leadership in Action
4 Credits — Prerequisite: BA 352
Integrates technical, critical-thinking, communication, leadership, and teamwork skills. Students complete substantive consulting projects with local nonprofit and government organizations.
BA 361 Cross-Cultural Business Communication
4 Credits — Prerequisite: WR 121 recommended
Theoretical and practical approach to value dimensions across cultures and their impact on communication in business and professional contexts. Develops intercultural business communication skills.
BA 316 Management: Creating Value through People
4 Credits — Prerequisite: BA 101
Management systems for planning, controlling, organizing, and leading; how they influence human behavior in organizations. Selecting, training, retaining, and motivating the human resource in organization.
MGMT 311 / 311H Managing People in Organizations
Students learn the theories, empirical evidence, and best practices for managing people at work. Students cannot receive credit for both MGMT 311 and MGMT 311H.
MGMT 335 Launching New Ventures
4 Credits — Prerequisite: MGMT 321
Skills, behaviors, and knowledge necessary for creating and growing new ventures. Evaluating opportunities, developing growth strategies, obtaining venture financing, intellectual property, and building a management team.
MGMT 416 Organizational Development and Change Management
4 Credits — Prerequisite: BA 352, MGMT 321
Organizational leaders face an accelerating pace of change in information technology, markets, and consumers. Focuses on how leaders create and sustain these organizational changes
MGMT 420 Managing in a Global Economy
4 Credits — Prerequisite: MGMT 321 or equivalent
Economic, political and cultural challenges facing international managers. Topics include developing competitive global strategies and organizations, international negotiations, building strategic alliances, crosscultural teams, and international staffing.
MIL 122 Military Science I (Part B)
Foundations of agile and adaptive leadership, including demonstrating capacity in creative-critical thinking, proficiency in communication, cultural awareness, and crosscultural competencies, fitness/resiliency skills, and pursuing life-long learning, self-assessment, and goal setting.
MIL 123 Military Science I (Part C)
Characteristics and methods of successful leadership—building trust, understanding, cooperation, and communication; responsibilities of leadership including personal motivation and ethics.
MIL 221 Military Science II (Part A)
Basic leadership and technical military skills-map reading, first aid, and communication skills. Focus is on indiividual abilities and building effective teams.
MIL 222 Military Science II (Part B)
Army doctrine and team development, including continuing and expanding capacity (see MIL 122) in creative-critical thinking, proficiency in communication, cultural awareness and cro-cultural competencies, fitness/resiliency skills, and pursuing life-long learning, self-assessment, and goal setting.
MIL 191 Leadership Laboratory
1 Credit — Repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits toward LEADS
Laboratory for practical experience. Assesses cadet leadership potential, communication, problem solving, and decision-making skills. One field training exercise a term.
MIL 421 Military Science IV
4 Credits — Prerequisite: MIL 323; ROTC students only
Planning, evaluating, and conducting unit training and practical exercises. Lectures, laboratory, and field-training exercises.
MIL 423 Military Science IV
4 Credits — Prerequisite: MIL 323; ROTC students only
Duties and responsibilities of a lieutenant; ethical decision making, counseling subordinates, evaluation reports, transition to active duty. Lectures, laboratory, and field-training exercises.
School of Journalism and Communication
J 342 The Creative Strategist
4 Credits — Prerequisite: J 205, 206; Journalism: Advertising majors only
Creative approaches to ideation and strategic thinking for all advertising specialties. Emphasis on creative process, generative techniques, teamwork, career planning, industry trends.
J 449 Advanced Advertising Campaigns
5 Credits — Journalism: Advertising majors only
Team experience of creating a professional-level advertising plan. Students participate in a national competition.
J 454 Public Relations Campaigns
4 Credits — Prerequisite: J 452, J 453; J 494 with a grade of mid-C or better; Journalism: Public Relations majors only
Capstone course applying theory, skills, and a team-based approach to researching, planning, presenting, and implementing a campaign for a client. Professional portfolios presented and reviewed.
College of Education
EDST 231 Teaching in the 21st Century
Exploration of who teachers are and what teachers do in urban, suburban, and rural school settings.
EDST 456 Equal Opportunity: Colonization and Genocide / EDST 457 Equal Opportunity: Diaspora and Immigration or other EDST Equal Opportunity Course
MUST ALSO TAKE EDST 458 Observation: Equal Opportunity I (for field experience and community engagement)
3 Credits + 1 Credit (Both must be taken to total 4 Credits)
FHS 213 Issues for Children and Families, FHS 215 Exploring Family and Human Services, and/or FHS 216 Diversity in Human Services
FHS 330 Individual Interventions in Ecological Contexts and/or FHS 327 Organizational Issues in Human Services
FHS 407 with a leadership focus, to include FHS 407 Peer Health Educators, FHS 407 Orientation Group Leaders, or FHS 407 Seminar: Orientation Group Leader
SPED 426 Behavior and Classroom Management
Provides behavior management procedures for a variety of educational environments. Emphasizes functional, assessment-based behavior support planning, classroom management, and principles of applied behavior analysis.