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Current Special Topic Courses


This course provides an introduction to leadership and the interdisciplinary concentration in Leadership Education and Development. The course is open to all students including those enrolled or considering enrolling in the concentration General topics include the definition and basic tenets of leadership, how leadership differs from management and power wielding, and the traits/characteristics of leaders and followers including credibility and integrity. Students will read classic works in leadership and create action plans for leadership engagement and development. Students will begin to create their personalized Leadership Development Portfolio (LDP) used throughout the concentration.

This course elevates student awareness of the theoretical foundations of leadership as well as the skills, values, attitudes and emotions that motivate leaders to take action. Topics include an historical perspective of leadership, the study of a great leader, the Social Change Model for Student Leadership Development, ethical awareness, decision making, power, influence, credibility, integrity, values formation, and system thinking. A major leadership model such as Emotional Intelligence, The Workplace Big Five, Situational Leadership or others will be included in the course. Several assessments will be employed for students to gain awareness of their strengths and areas of development with action planning as an important part of the class. Students will be introduced to the development of their personalized Leadership Development Portfolio (LDP) used throughout the concentration. Students select a leadership mentor to work with during this class. Prerequisite: LEAD 001.

This is an experiential (non-classroom) course requiring students to be actively engaged in a significant campus or community area of involvement (team, committee, club, etc.). This involvement could be through academic or co-curricular activities. Students will gain awareness of the mission, vision and values of the activity as well as take part on a project while documenting their expriences in their Leadership Development Portfolio (LDP). Students will meet with their leadership mentor during the experience and develop a written project description or contract and analysis plan. This class can be taken concurrently with LEAD 050 or after completion of LEAD 050.

LEAD 098 - LEADERSHIP IND STUDY, 1-3 credit hrs.

This macro-level leadership course focuses on the leadership of teams, organizations and community. The first part of the course examines issues related to the leadership of teams - building effective teams, conflict management, team role structures, and creating team viability. The second part of the course examines issues related to the leadership of organizations and community - building a shared vision, building a leadership culture, championing organizational change, and the political realities of leading. The major objective of the course is to aid students with (a) becoming effective and ethical leaders, and (b) integrating and applying knowledge and experiences from prior course- work on their path to leadership development. All course experiences will culminate in a capstone class project - a realistic organizational simulation where students will create a new team-based organization. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing. LEAD 050.  Fulfills Engaged Citizen AOI requirement.

LEAD 110 - LEADERSHIP AT SEA, 3 credit hrs.
Leadership At Sea is a blend of classroom and experiential learning focusing on leadership development, team building, and seamanship. The course features sailing in the Bahamas aboard the tall mast schooner Liberty Clipper. The goal of the course is to elevate the students’ ability to form and work in teams, apply leadership skills in a new environment, learn to sail, and experience life at sea. The course will begin with campus-based instruction on team building, communication, conflict management, the technical aspects of sailing and the history and culture of Nassau and the Bahamas. This will be followed by five days in Nassau that include the following: 1. Meeting with officials at the American Embassy and Bahamian Government, 2.Meeting with faculty and students at the College of the Bahamas, 3. Participating in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure and Marathon Bahamas (run or staff water stations), 4. Completing an historical tour of Nassau, 5. Touring a major cruise liner and meeting with officers.

LEAD 120 - MANY WOMEN, MANY LEADERS, 3 credit hrs.
This course will provide students a chance to study leadership and qualities of leadership as they pertain to a diverse array of women leaders. We will focus on three specific facets to develop an astute understanding and analysis of women's leadership: leadership theories, historical examples of women's leadership, and a contemporary perspective on what women's leadership roles look like today and the challenges women face in realizing these roles. In all of our work, we will pay close attention to issues of race, class, and privilege, and the different ways these social realities impact the ability of women to lead effectively within society along with the creative ways women respond to them. No pre-requisites required.  Fulfills Global and Cultural Understanding AOI.

LEAD 169 - LEAD INTERNSHIP, 1-3 credit hrs.
The internship experience in the Concentration in Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) is intended to elevate the student’s understanding of leading a domain as they complete a significant work project. LEAD interns spend time interviewing and shadowing leaders as well as attending high-level meetings to learn about how mission, vision and strategic intent are implemented within a defined corporate area. Most LEAD internships have followed either a credit internship within one’s major or work at the company. It is expected that LEAD Internships and Intern Supervisors will provide a high level work experience that challenges the student to learn about the work and leadership needed for organizational success. Internships are almost always three credit hours with a work to credit ratio of 40-50 contact hours per academic credit hour. Prerequisite: LEAD 100


This is the capstone leadership experience in the Concentration in Leadership Education and Development (LDEV). Students will be actively engaged in an action oriented, service learning project to create a meaningful change with the goal to create a better community for oneself and others. The student(s) will team with a LDEV partner in a profit or not-for-profit organization to define and implement a change initiative. The student(s) and faculty will meet weekly on-campus or via Skype to discuss the experiences and learning occurring during the practicum as it unfolds. The student will complete assignments and the experience will be documented in a reflective Leadership Development Journal (LDJ). The LDJ is an on-line, interactive reflective journal that the students will complete during the experience with reaction and interaction with the faculty member teaching the class. This course requires the student(s) to reflect upon and put into practice what they have learned by integrating the program each fall and/or spring term for students to present their experiences and learning. This will be attended by Concentration students, faculty and interested parties.

LEAD 198 - LEADERSHIP IND STUDY, 1-3 credit hrs.

LEAD 199 - SPECIAL TOPICS, 1-3 credit hrs.

Current Listing of courses: LEAD Spring 2018 Schedule

Current Special Topic Courses

LEAD 199 Drake Busy: Redefining Time, Stress & Success

This course is an introduction to the practice of mindfulness, meditation and self-reflection as modalities for creating enhanced value, purpose and sustainability within leadership. As a primarily experiential immersion, the coursework guides students toward conscious awareness of how the exploration of questions such as “who am I?”, “where am I?” and “how am I?” along with the incorporation of simple tools into daily life, can catalyze a shift in their relationship with time, stress and success. Students will be given the opportunity to sample a variety of readings, approaches and techniques to determine what best resonates with their personal preference and current situation. No prerequisite. One credit hour.

LEAD 199 Presentation Skills to Make an Effective First and Lasting Impression

Leaders require presence and strong communication skills. Yet, in spite of this awareness, the average person does not present well. In this course, students will learn what it takes to master the communication skills needed to convey confidence and competence to one’s audience. This includes learning how to make a strong presentation with impact, determine how one is perceived by others, discover how to recognize the verbal and non-verbal messages one sends and receives, and the importance of body language. No prerequisite. One credit hour.

LEAD 199 Leadership & Social Media

Social media pose unique challenges and opportunities for leaders and emerging leaders, both professionally and personally. Navigating the relentless cycle of social sharing and engagement requires emotional intelligence, active listening, critical thinking, and other qualities typically associated with strong leadership. Through case studies and real-time analysis, students will examine how reputation and influence may be earned and enhanced — and also destroyed — by the dynamics of social media. By the end of this course, students will have learned about social media strategy as a driver of reputation, and completed a robust audit to identify their own unique leadership opportunities on various social media platforms. No prerequisite. One credit hour.

LEAD 199/Hist 078 Greenwich Village 1913 and Harlem 1919: Introduction to Historical Inquiry

This course introduces first and second year students to historical inquiry. It is neither a lecture course nor a discussion-based seminar. Think of it as a guided exploration in which you will begin to develop some of the critical habits of mind and analytical skills of history and learn to question how you know what you think you know about the past. Students will participate in two historical role immersion games set in Greenwich Village and Harlem at the beginning of the 20th century, while reading and learning a great deal about the history of social change during this period in US history. 

The course fulfills the Historical Foundations AOI and LEAD Leadership elect

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