Course Descriptions

Dr. Josh Armstrong teaching CLP students 
LDRS 200 Foundations of Leadership (3 credits)Spring, Freshman Year
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the dynamic and growing field of study in leadership. Through discussion, lecture, research, readings, and activities, students will review basic myths and principles of leadership; including leadership theory, the relational leadership model, the context of leadership in groups, and ethics and leadership. These various components of the course are intended to challenge students to think critically and imaginatively about the foundations of leadership. Students will be responsible for crafting their own model of leadership that reflects the material covered in the course.

LDRS 320 Theories of Leadership & Organizations (3 credits)Fall, Sophomore Year
This course focuses on leadership as relationships emphasizing the development of key leadership skills including (a) communication, (b) empathy and emotional intelligence, (c) conflict management, (d) team building and team leadership, and (e) vision and goal setting. The course will also emphasize continued student engagement with the following leadership models: connective leadership and female approaches to leadership, transformational and transactional leadership, situational leadership and servant leadership.

LDRS 325 The Practice of Leadership (3 credits)Spring, Sophomore Year
This course is designed to be a practical, skill-building leadership course. The focus of this course will be on developing and practicing key leadership skills such as managing conflict, team building, communication, decision making, ability to delegate, creativity, empathy and emotional intelligence, practice of presence, provide appropriate feedback, and listening. The course will involve simulations, case studies, role plays, exercises and discussions designed to give students opportunities to practice and cultivate essential leadership skills..

LDRS 375 Leading Across Cultures (3 credits)Fall, Junior Year
Through this course, students will gain knowledge of diverse cultures, cross-cultural communication, the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the uses of power between groups. To develop cultural competency, leaders need to know: themselves, others, the relevant issues, and have an appreciation and curiosity for working with others. Students will connect global leadership concepts to practice and engage in a number of activities, discussions, and self-assessment instruments to increase their self-awareness of leadership styles, abilities, strengths, and limitations.

LDRS* Leadership Elective* (6 credits)Spring, Junior or Senior Year
Electives will be offered by faculty on a yearly basis based on student learning objectives and faculty expertise. Elective include such courses as Leadership & Storytelling, Student Leadership & Governance, Service & Leadership, Outdoor Leadership, and Women & Leadership. Elective options will be available Fall semester prior to Spring registration.

LDRS 450 Contemporary Issues in Leadership (3 credits)Fall, Senior Year
Through exploring contemporary issues in leadership, this course is designed to be a capstone experience of integrating leadership knowledge and skills. This course will provide students with an understanding of the principles of Servant Leadership (Greenleaf, 1970, 1998, 2001) and an exploration of adaptive leadership theory and practice (Heifetz, 1994, 2001, 2009). These two leadership theories in tandem provide a uniquely Jesuit approach to leadership, with servant leadership cultivating the heart, while adaptive leadership provides an avenue for the head and hands. A focal point of the course is on helping students begin to develop a vision of their vocation as leaders by participating in real-time, casein-point examples of adaptive leadership. As a capstone to the Minor in Leadership Studies, students will practice their leadership skills and knowledge in a legacy project and construct a learning portfolio from their coursework.