Pre-Approved Electives:

Education, Counseling, & Personnel Services (EDCP courses); Higher Education, Student Affairs, International Educational Policy (HESI courses)

Courses in education and counseling expose students to theories of influence, attribution, individual and collective efficacy, interaction and social learning theories, all which shape student leadership development.

EDCP 220 - Introduction to Human Diversity in Social Institutions
EDCP 310 - Peer Counseling Theory and Skills 
EDCP 312 - Multi Ethnic Peer Counseling
**EDCP 386- Experiental Learning
HESI 318 - Applied Contextual Leadership
HESI418 - Special Topics in Leadership
HESI 420 - Advanced Topics in Human Diversity and Advocacy
HESI470 - Introduction to Student Personnel
**HESI 489 - Field Experiences in Counseling and Personnel Services
HESI 498 - Special Problems in Counseling and Personnel Services 

**subject for approval

Agriculture & Natural Resources (AGNR)

Colleges of agriculture/extension have long been a home for youth leadership education. Courses focus on developing leadership in youth and contemporary issues in leadership.

AGNR 323 - Developing Youth Leadership Programs

Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS)

Courses from the behavioral and social sciences focus on the processes of leadership - the behaviors, skills, and styles that are useful in accomplishing tasks and developing people.

*BSOS 301 - Leadership in a Multicultural Society

Business and Management (BMGT)

The functions of leadership and management are overlapping - both processes involve influencing a 
group of individuals toward goal attainment. Courses such as entrepreneurship address the role of vision and change in leadership processes.

*BMGT 361 - Entrepreneurship
*BMGT 364 - Management and Organization Theory
BMGT 289E - Entrepreneurial Thinking for Non-Business Majors

Communication (COMM)

Leadership is often referred to as a special form of communication that modifies the attitudes and behaviors of others in order to meet shared group goals and needs (Hackman & Johnson, 2004). By studying intrapersonal and organizational communication, students learn to analyze processes of influence essential to leadership.

COMM 324 - Communication and Gender
COMM 330 - Argument and Public Policy
COMM 420 - Theories of Group Discussion
COMM 424 - Communication in Complex Organizations 
COMM 461 - Voices of Public Leadership in the Twentieth Century
COMM 469 - The Discourse of Social Movement

Educational Leadership, Higher Education and International Education (EDHI) & Words of Engagement

EDHI 338 - Teaching and Learning about Cultural Diversity through Intergroup Dialogue/Words of Engagement (Note: This is usually a 1-credit course. If you take this course as an elective for the Minor you will still need at least 2 additional credits at the 300/400 level to fulfill one elective course.)

Gemstone (GEMS)

*GEMS 208 - Special Topics in Leadership and Team Development

Human Development

Department of Human Development, Learning and Quantitative Methodology (HDQM) is to advance knowledge and practice through teaching and research related to human development and learning, and to quantitative methodologies critical to measurement, statistics, and evaluation in the educational, social, and behavioral sciences.

EDHD 230 - Culture, Context, & Human Development
EDHD 402 - Social Development
EDHD 411 - Peer Relations

Journalism (JOUR)

The investigation of ethics is critical when focusing on leadership. Issues such as the moral development of individuals, the influence of role models, values-driven leadership, and creating ethical organizations all must be addressed. Examining the application of ethics in a particular discipline, field, or context is essential to answering the question of "leadership for what purpose?"

*JOUR300 - Journalism Ethics

Psychology (PSYC)

The study of psychology and psychodynamics sheds insight into individual motives for leadership as well as how leadership occurs in groups and organizations. The pathology of leadership has also been examined.

PSYC 221 - Social Psychology
PSYC 334 - Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships
PSYC 361 - Survey of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Public Policy (PUAF)

Courses in public policy address political theories of leadership, conflict and coalition-building, and systems of governance.

*PUAF 201 - Leadership for the Common Good 
*PUAF 202 - Contemporary Issues in Leadership and Public Policy
PUAF 313 (formerly, 359C) - Political Leadership and Participation: Advoc. in the American Political System
PUAF 359R - Contemporary Issues in Political Leadership and Participation: African American Leadership
PUAF 359W - Contemporary Issues in Political Leadership and Participation: Women in Leadership

Women's Studies (WMST)

WMST 250 - Introduction to Women's Studies


**For students who would like to use a course not listed as an elective towards their Minor/Certificate please refer to the Elective Proposal Form found here.  Elective Proposal Forms must be submitted and approved prior to taking the course. 


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