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BA.AL - Applied Leadership Studies

Brian Solberg (department head)

The Applied Leadership Studies minor is designed to guide students through pedagogical examination of theories, methodologies, historical models, and research data to correlate leadership behavior with individual and societal influence.  Through focus on knowledge, purpose, competency, and values, the construct of Leadership Studies provides a framework to analyze strategies and considerations for how effective leadership can strengthen communities, improve vocational performance, and create opportunity through relational contribution.  Principled in the blending of theory and practice through an experiential education philosophy, courses and experiences in this track of study provide an ideal didactic learning environment for concentration on leadership development and life-skill application.

The scope of study in this program prepares students to effectively lead through scholarly assessment of how experience, reflection, and dispositions of change can be used to effect group dynamics and unite varieties of perspective. Students are encouraged to apply the context of discussion, coursework, and internships to their respective disciplines of study and interest.

Applied Leadership Studies Minor: A minimum of 18 credits including LS 130, LS 132, LS 225 or 226, LS 381 (4 credits), LS 420, LS 450; COMS 130 or COMS 132; one elective from LS 375, SCI 140, COMS 239, COMS 241, COMS 236, REL 234, MGT 240, ENG 214, approved January term electives.