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The Minor in Leadership Studies

Admissions to the Minor in Leadership Studies is currently suspended. Please contact the Graduate, International, & Interdisciplinary Studies Office to learn the current status of the program.

Course Requirements for the Minor: 21 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

1 course selected from:

Note: One of the following courses is required and may be used as the prerequisite for CMST 472 and MGMT 447 for students that minor in Leadership Studies only.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher for CMST majors or by faculty permission for non-majors.
In-depth theoretical approaches and research perspectives are studied from the field of organizational communication. Theories studied include classical to modern theories of organization, as well as contemporary and critical theories in the communication field. Research areas reviewed include network analysis, socialization, control practices, and others. Application of theory into research is also explored. 3 hours lecture. (002030)
Provides knowledge and skills to administer health organizations and programs. Concepts of planning, organizational behavior, and management applicable to the administration of health organizations and programs are addressed. Major approaches to management, motivation, leadership, decision making, supervision, and budgeting are presented. 3 hours seminar. (001582)
Using a combination of theory and application, this course focuses on the human side of organizations, including issues of 1) making good decisions, 2) enhancing performance, 3) steering through a turbulent global environment, 4) combining and unifying multiple business functions and 5) enabling change. Students gain an understanding of management and how and why organizations are structured. The themes of quality, technology, ethics, and adaptation are emphasized. 3 hours lecture. (005704)
Prerequisites: POLS 460A or concurrent enrollment.
An intensive examination of the theory and research on organizational design, with an emphasis on applications of the theories. Focus is on how organizations develop structures to meet various internal (e.g., size, technology) and external (e.g., stakeholders, uncertainty) demands. 3 hours lecture. (007597)

6 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher, CMST 131, CMST 330, CMST 331, and CMST 370 with a grade of C- or higher; CMST 132 for CMST majors or by faculty permission for non-majors.
This course represents an advanced exploration and application of leadership and associated decision making with particular focus on communication processes in a variety of contexts. Discussion topics include, but are not limited to, traditional and contemporary leadership theory, leadership communication competence, leadership and dissent, gender and cultural issues associated with leadership and decision making, followers as an integral part of the leadership equation, and ethical issues related to leadership communication. A group project offers students the opportunity to witness first-hand concepts discussed and to apply what they have learned. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. (002247)
This course engages each student in the ongoing discussion and exploration of the requisites for effective leadership. We will do this by exposing the class to theories of leadership, the literature on the practical experiences of leaders and leadership, and consideration of personal attributes for effective leadership. The course is designed to cross numerous disciplinary borders. 3 hours seminar. (015966)
This course is an internship offered for 1.0-3.0 units. 9 hours supervision. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. Credit/no credit grading. (020344)

Note: LDRS 389 must be taken for 2 units.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Different presenters who hold leadership positions on campus, in the community, or in the region will share their leadership experiences with students in the course to provide models of successful leadership. 1 hour seminar. (009598)
Prerequisites: CMST 472, LDRS 300, LDRS 389; CMST 470 or HCSV 330 or MGMT 303 or POLS 462.
Corequisites: MGMT 447.
This capstone experience is designed to bring together the various elements of the minor in leadership studies. It is also structured to introduce the student of leadership to emerging areas which impact significantly the study of leadership. These topics include ethics and integrity, the transpersonal dimension, creativity and innovation, team building, and the impact and use of technology. The course also requires the student to solve leadership-related problems individually and as a member of a team. 3 hours seminar. (009600)
Prerequisites: MGMT 303.
Advanced course for students with some background in basic leadership models. The interactional phenomenon of leadership is examined from philosophical, conceptual, and applied perspectives, mostly with a focus on leadership within organizations. Issues of ethics,gender and culture are included. 3 hours discussion. (005729)

3 units selected from:

In consultation with the Leadership Studies advisor, select one elective course that effectively builds on or complements the courses in the Leadership Studies Minor.

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