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Course Descriptions*

Master of Science in Leadership

PSCI-500 —Seminar in Social Science

An interdisciplinary introduction to the social sciences with an emphasis on the perspectives and patterns of inquiry of several subfields. This course surveys the empirical and theoretical contributions of different social science disciplines in order to provide a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of individual and group behavior. Topics include ethics, social science methodology, and the key criticisms of these methods.

PSCI-501—Research Methods in Social Science

An examination of methods in the scientific study of social phenomena with emphasis given to the systematic study of society and contemporary research problem in the social sciences, including research design, data collection, data analysis, and computer applications.

PSYC-500—Human Growth and Development

An analysis of the principles of human development with emphasis on the contributions of biological, social, psychological, and multicultural influences as applied to an understanding of cognitive, emotional, social, and physical development across the life-span. Particular emphasis will be given to the psychobiological nature and social context of development as well as cultural and ethnic variations impacting on developmental processes.

PSYC-570—Social and Cognitive Foundations of Interpersonal Behavior

This course presents a survey of the scientific study of social influence, emphasizing that a fundamental understanding of the basic forces affecting how individuals think and behave in social settings serves as a cornerstone of effective interpersonal behavior and sound leadership.

BADM-713—Communications for Leadership

This course provides insight on the role of organizations as communication systems in which effective writing and speaking are crucial. Emphasis is on developing awareness of verbal and written styles, interpersonal skills, and creating a repertoire of writing and speaking strategies.

BADM-722—Leadership in Organizations: Principles and Practices

This course is a seminar that focuses on the understanding and application of organizational theory and leadership principles.
In addition, the course will include components on developing individual leadership skills and different theories of organizations. The applications component of the course will include a variety of approaches such as cases, films, guest speakers, individual self assessments, role play, team building exercises, and a leadership portfolio.

LDRS-710—Ethics, Values, & Principled Leadership

In this course students will study ethics, to include its philosophical foundations. Students will also learn and practice ethical decisionmaking through dilemma resolution processes. Leadership virtues, values, and character will be emphasized as leadership essentials. Servant leadership, authentic leadership, and the role of individual spirituality will be explored. Principled leadership will be defined as the subscription to a particular set of positive values.

LDRS-711—Leading Change: Organization Development and Transformation

In this course students examine the leadership processes associated with achieving effective change, including transformational and situational leadership. Students will study the conscious and purposeful processes involved in developing an organization’s capabilities targeted toward achieving its mission. Students will engage in organizational diagnoses and study leader intervention methods aimed at achieving organizational change with the goal of improvement toward mission accomplishment.

LDRS-712—Leading Teams: Coaching, Culture, Diversity, and Globalization

This course focuses upon team development through leadership in an environment characterized by diversity. Students learn about effective team development strategies and the role that leaders play in coaching. Students also examine the role of culture in organizations as it impacts behavior, group effectiveness, and the capability of the organization to learn. Globalization and international cultures are also explored.

LDRS-713—Leadership Self-Appraisal, Development, and Critical Thinking

This course gives the student the opportunity to study and use instruments to conduct a leadership self-appraisal. The course also emphasizes activities necessary to engage in the development of one’s leadership abilities. Students will make extensions into critical thinking, creativity, innovation, and emotional intelligence in order to consider the impact of those upon their own leadership development and effectiveness.

LDRS-714—Strategic Leadership, Vision, Mission and Contemporary Issues

The critical importance of vision as purposeful direction is emphasized in this course. Strategic leadership is examined as the alignment of the organization with its environment in terms of mission orientation. Contemporary issues are derived from the examination of the current environment for leadership and leaders.

LDRS-715—Leadership Capstone Project

Students will conduct a formal research project under the guidance of a professor who serves as the project monitor. The project will focus upon leadership or a topic directly related to leadership.


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