Leadership Development

Leadership Studies Minor

The Leadership Studies Minor is interdisciplinary in nature and is a significant benefit to students in all areas of study. Courses are designed to give students a practical and theoretical grasp of leadership on the basic assumption that leadership can be learned and, therefore, taught. The program has a unique approach to leadership education that combines practical theories and opportunities for students to study the characteristics of authority, leadership, social and role dynamics, political processes and the values that orient their careers.

The minor is offered through Undergraduate Studies (UGS) & the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement (CLCE).

Vision

The University of South Florida's Leadership Studies Program will seek to develop students into knowledgeable, capable, and ethical leaders who are inspired and prepared to effectively engage the complex challenges of leadership and affect positive change in their personal lives, organizations, communities, the nation and the world.

Mission
The University of South Florida's Leadership Studies Program provides intentional and rigorous academic courses that educate students in a cross-disciplinary understanding of leadership. This is achieved through a diverse, relevant, and comprehensive curriculum emphasizing active-collaborative learning, self-reflection and critical thinking.

Program Description
The leadership Studies Program is interdisciplinary in nature and is a significant benefit to students in all areas of study. Courses are designed to give students a theoretical and practical grasp of leadership relying upon the basic assumption that leadership can be learned and, therefore, taught. The program takes a unique approach to leadership education that combines practical application of leadership theories and opportunities for students to study the characteristics of authority, leadership, social dynamics, political processes and the values that orient human behavior. Effective Fall 2017, the minor in Leadership Studies consists of a minimum of 12 credit hours with a minimum grade of C (not C-) better in each course. All four (4) core courses are required to receive the Leadership Studies Minor.

Required Core Courses

LDR 2010: Fundamentals of Leadership 

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to leadership by focusing on what it means to be a good leader. Emphasis in the course is on the practice of leadership. The course will examine topics such as the nature of leadership, recognizing leadership traits, developing leadership skills, creating a vision, setting the tone, listening to out-group members, overcoming obstacles, and addressing values in leadership. Attention will be given to helping students to understand and improve their own leadership performance.

LDR 4204: Ethics and Powers in Leadership 

This special topics course reviews arguments for ethics in leadership as proposed by both contemporary and ancient leadership theories. It also examines theories of power and authority, and seeks answers to the apparent dilemmas through applied moral theory and psychology.

LDR 4230: Global Leadership

This special topics course focuses on historical and contemporary issues concerning the role, responsibilities, and processes for leaders in the global environment. The course examines leadership concerns relating to social, cultural, ethical, political, economical, and environmental issues.

LDR 4951: Leadership Capstone Seminar

The goal of this course is to assist students in the integration of their academic study of leadership and their leadership experiences in preparation for their roles as members of the contemporary work force. Foundation texts of Leadership Studies as well as current research will be highlighted. The course will provide students with an opportunity to reflect and act on what they have learned about leadership.

For more information, contact:

Undergraduate Studies
ugs-dean@usf.edu
813-974-4051
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