Minor in Leadership Studies (15 hours)

Leadership Studies Minor

Management 
Deana Raffo, Advisor

The minor in Leadership Studies requires 15 hours and is designed to foster leadership development through a curriculum that includes the study of leadership theories, organizational communication, group dynamics, personal development, and community-based learning. A 2.00 GPA is required. Three hours at the upper-division level must be taken at MTSU.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Interdisciplinary minors require the student to complete a minimum of 15 to 21 hours from a list of specific courses. Unless otherwise noted, a student may take no more than 6 hours of courses from a single department until he or she surpasses the required minimum number of hours necessary for completing the minor. Exceptions to this rule may be found within the discussions of several of the minors. In most cases, a student is also limited to just 3 hours of credit toward the minor in the same department or discipline in which he or she is taking a major. Except for the Paralegal Studies minor, no course may be counted both for major and minor credit. Students must fulfill all departmental prerequisites for any course within an interdisciplinary minor. In some cases, advisors may approve course substitutions within these program requirements.

Required Courses (6 hours)

  • LEAD 4001 - Seminar in Leadership Studies

    1 credit hour credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Independent study aimed at the creation of a leadership portfolio. Pass/Fail.

  • EXL 3020 - Leadership Studies Practicum  EXL credit hours  (2 credit hours required)  (2 credit hours required) 

    EXL 3020 - Leadership Studies Practicum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Opportunity to enhance personal leadership development and understanding through campus- or community-based projects. Pass/Fail. (May be repeated for a total of up to six credits.)

Electives (9 hours)

At least one course must be chosen from each of the three competency areas:

Leadership and Communication

  • COMM 3220 - Small Group Communication

    3 credit hours

    Exploration and application of pertinent concepts and theories of group dynamics, decision-making procedures, problem solving, and leadership.

  • COMM 3240 - Introduction to Organizational Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. An overview of organizational communication theories and processes examined through a hands-on approach. Includes communication networks, teamwork, leadership and power, information technology, crisis communication, and organizational trends.

  • COMM 3500 - Communication for Organizational Effectiveness

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above. Organizational communication and its relationship to employees, leadership, corporate culture, diversity, change, and innovation. Possible topics include work-life balance and organizational identity.

  • COMM 3245 - Women, Leadership, and Communication

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Communication behaviors and issues unique to women in leadership positions in gendered organizations. Activities and discussions designed to develop critical-thinking skills, broaden perspectives, adapt decision-making skills to the professional environment, and develop professional relationships.

Leadership and Organizations/Groups

  • MGMT 3610 - Principles of Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Concepts of the management functions of planning, organizing, and controlling with an emphasis on behavioral science concepts as applied to managing people in organizations.

  • PS 3250 - Public Administration

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals of public management--organization theory, leadership, policy making, planning, budgeting, personnel, administrative law, bureaucratic behavior.

  • PSY 4360 - Organizational Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Application of psychology to examine individual and group behavior in organizations; job design and organizational design and their effects upon work behavior; and organizational processes such as leadership, power, and decision-making.

  • PSY 4380 - Group Dynamics  3 credit hours  

    PSY 4380 - Group Dynamics

    3 credit hours

    The functioning of groups. Includes development of group structure, group conflict, cohesion, social influence, leadership, group productivity, group decision making, and growth groups. Classroom activities are supplemented by group projects that may require some out of class meetings.

  • SOC 3950 - Social Organizations and Institutions

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SOC 1010 or SOC 2010. Theory, analysis, and public policy applications for contemporary organizations (corporations and social agencies) and institutions (family, education, health, media.)

Leadership and Personal Development

  • MGMT 3890 - Managerial Decision Making

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610 and admission to the College of Business. Investigates the decision-making processes of business professionals to gain an understanding of how decisions are made. Emphasis on creative problem solving, critical thinking, problem formulation, and decision analysis.

  • MGMT 3940 - Business Ethics  3 credit hours  

    MGMT 3940 - Business Ethics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and admission to the College of Business. The impact of individual values and ethics on business operations, including management of the organization and marketing of goods and services. Topics include legal and ethical aspects of dealing with the environment, consumers, employees, and the general community.

  • MGMT 4680 - Organization Behavior

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: MGMT 3610 and admission to the College of Business. Human behavior in organizations. Emphasis on motivation, leadership, communication, group processes, and methods for managing change. Understanding human behavior allows student to learn better employee utilization strategies resulting in a more effective and efficient organization.

  • PHIL 3150 - Ethics  3 credit hours  

    PHIL 3150 - Ethics

    3 credit hours

    Examines major ethical theories, the moral nature of human beings, and the meaning of good and right and applies ethical theories to resolving moral problems in personal and professional lives.  

  • PSY 4390 - Persuasion  3 credit hours  

    PSY 4390 - Persuasion

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. Survey and analysis of theory and research on interpersonal influence. Applications of findings to various areas of human experience.

 

  • UH 4010 - MTSU Institute of Leadership Excellence

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; 3.0 cumulative GPA; must have completed 60 credit hours by start of course. An intensive learning experience in leadership excellence. Involves significantly more clock hours than the typical three-credit-hour course but offers a remarkably unique experience. The institute has three primary objectives: academic study of leadership theory and practice, with an emphasis on application; extensive exposure to accomplished leaders; and completion of a substantial student project, a part of which will be a personal action plan for leadership growth. Participants must be prepared to attend morning, afternoon, and evening sessions for one week during May term.

  • UNIV 4010 - MTSU Institute of Leadership Excellence

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Permission of instructor; 3.0 cumulative GPA; must have completed 60 credit hours by start of course. An intensive learning experience in leadership excellence. Involves significantly more clock hours than the typical three-credit-hour course but offers a remarkably unique experience. The institute has three primary objectives: academic study of leadership theory and practice, with an emphasis on application; extensive exposure to accomplished leaders; and completion of a substantial student project, a part of which will be a personal action plan for leadership growth. Participants must be prepared to attend morning, afternoon, and evening sessions for three weeks during S1-May Term.

  • LEAD 4125 - Leadership Development for Women

    3 credit hours

    (Same as MGMT 4125.) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Examines women and leadership with an emphasis on personal development. Critically analyzes the challenges, constraints, and opportunities that women face in exercising leadership. Includes an examination of women's diverse leadership styles through an experiential learning project with a community partner.

  • MGMT 4125 - Leadership Development for Women

    3 credit hours

    (Same as LEAD 4125.) Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Examines women and leadership with an emphasis on personal development. Critically analyzes the challenges, constraints, and opportunities that women face in exercising leadership. Includes an examination of women's diverse leadership styles through an experiential learning project with a community partner.