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Organizational Leadership Courses


Note: Classes for Organizational Leadership can be found on TopNet under

"Leadership Studies."

Undergraduate Courses

LEAD 200 / LEA 200C. INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP STUDIES. (3) An introduction to the basics of effective leadership including an investigation of leadership theories and assessment of leadership styles. Colonnade E-SB | SB

LEAD 300. LEADERSHIP THEORY AND APPLICATION. (3)Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor. A study of leadership concepts, theories, and models; an overview of personal leadership assessments and leadership development plans; enhanced leadership knowledge through experiential learning. Students who have taken LEAD 200 may not earn credit for LEAD 300.

LEAD 325. LEADING CHANGE. (3)Prerequisite: LEAD 200 or instructor’s permission. Study of processes and skills impacting a leader’s ability to implement change, emphasizing the analysis of various existing models to produce sound solutions.

LEAD 330. LEADERSHIP ETHICS AND DECISION-MAKING. (3)Prerequisite:LEAD 200 or instructor’s permission. Study of contemporary ethical and decision-making issues facing leaders; emphasis on examining and analyzing ethical issues for sound leadership solutions.

LEAD 395. CONTEMPORARY LEADERSHIP ISSUES. (3)Prerequisite: LEAD 200 or instructor’s permission. Analysis of contemporary issues from a leadership perspective.

LEAD 400. PRACTICUM IN LEADERSHIP. (1-6)Prerequisite: Instructor’s permission. Application of leadership skills in directing an activity in business, campus, public sector, non-profit, or other related situation. Repeatable up to a maximum of 6 credit hours. (Grading: Pass / Fail)

LEAD 440. LEADING TEAMS. (3)Prerequisite: LEAD 200 or instructor’s permission. Study of issues impacting team leaders and members; emphasis on examining and analyzing solutions for effective team leadership.

LEAD 450. LEADERSHIP IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS. (3)Prerequisite: LEAD 200 or permission of instructor. Study and analysis of cultural impacts on successful leadership in various geographical areas. Focus on cultural theories and models that influence leadership across contexts. Colonnade K-LG

LEAD 465. LEADERSHIP COACHING. (3) Prerequisite(s): LEAD 200 or LEAD 300 or permission of instructor. Examination of fundamental leadership coaching skills that improve the adjustment and performance of individuals in an organizational setting. Topics to be covered include: the scope of coaching practice, optimal practitioner characteristics, resiliency training, peer leadership, coaching youth, related organizational dynamics, and coaching interventions and resources. This course also includes an emphasis on experimental learning through coaching practice activities.

LEAD 475. LEADERSHIP STUDIES SPECIAL TOPICS. (3)Prerequisite: LEAD 200 or instructor’s permission. Applications of leadership theories and methodologies in selected fields, including the sciences, engineering, urban planning, the arts, public health, education and business, and for study abroad programs.

LEAD 498. INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP. (1-6)Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Individual research, literature review or professional development project in a specific area of leadership, in close cooperation with supervising faculty. Repeatable three times for up to 6 credit hours.

Graduate Courses

LEAD 500: Effective Leadership Studies (3) An in-depth investigation of the basics of effective leadership including current and historical leadership theories. Assessment of leadership styles will be a key component.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or graduate application and completion of the admission process for Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies.

LEAD 525: Leadership Ethics (3) Study of contemporary ethical issues facing leaders with an emphasis on examining and analyzing ethical issues for sound solutions. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing.

LEAD 530: Organizational Change (3) A course of advanced study of planned and unplanned change at the individual and group level as well as the significance leadership plays in change. Various skills and methodologies of leadership theories will be discussed to better understand change through leadership.

LEAD 540: Leading Teams (3) Study of issues impacting team leaders and members; emphasis on examining and analyzing solutions for effective team leadership. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or instructor's permission.

LEAD 550: Leadership in Global Context (3) Study and analysis of cultural impacts on successful leadership in various global areas. Focus on cultural theories and models that influence leadership across contexts.
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or instructor's permission.

LEAD 560: Applied Research Methods in Organizational Leadership (3) This course examines applied research methods used to develop solutions to questions and issues faced by leaders in organizations.

LEAD 565: Leadership Coaching in Organizations (3) This course is designed to develop organizational leadership coaching skills within the organization to improving the performance and efficiency of not only individuals but the productivity of the organization. This course also includes an emphasis on experiential learning through coaching practice activities.

LEAD 575: Leadership Special Topics (3 (repeatable max of 6 hrs)) Applications of leadership theories and methodologies in selected fields, including the sciences, engineering, urban planning, the arts, public health, education, and business, and for study abroad programs. Prerequisite(s):LEAD 500.

LEAD 595: Contemporary Issues in Leadership (3): This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of contemporary issues from a Leadership perspective. Specifically, students will apply leadership theories, models, and approaches to contemporary issues to analyze the issue's impact on organizations.

LEAD 598: Independent Study in Organizational Leadership  (1-6 Hours) Individual research, literature review or professional development project in a specific area of leadership, in close cooperation with supervising faculty. Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor.

LEAD 600: Capstone in Leadership Experience (1-6 Hours) An opportunity to synthesize applied leadership principles at the graduate level and apply them in real-life settings. Students will demonstrate leadership abilities over extended periods of time in challenging contexts that allow for advanced problem solving. Prerequisite(s): After completion of all other courses approved for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies or concurrent with the last course needed for fulfillment of the certificate.

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