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Leadership Science Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Leadership Science Courses

 LDSP 2100, Foundations of Leadership (3 hours).  Our most popular course explores fundamental concepts of leadership and provides a basis for current and future leaders to explore topics in greater depth.  No prerequisites.

LDSP 3100, Organizational Dynamics, Politics, and Change (3 hours).  How does the leader deal with an organization – regardless of its type?  What is the role of the leader in maximizing the effectiveness of the organization?  Our course seeks answers to these questions and also explores themes that include change, interpersonal relationships, and group dynamics.  No prerequisites.

LDSP 3110, Creativity and Innovation (3 hours).  How can the leader facilitate creativity and innovation in the organization?  And how can the leader become more creative himself or herself?  Our course looks at the evolving body of research on creativity and how it impacts a leader’s work.  No prerequisites.

LDSP 3120, Developing Leaders in Organizations (3 hours).  How does an organization develop new leaders?  And what is the role – and responsibility - of the leader in developing other leaders.  Our course links current research, theory, and practice to seek answers to these vital questions.  No prerequisites.

LDSP 3130, Judgment and Decision Making (3 hours).  All leaders make decisions and solve problems.  What can we learn from research and theory in these areas that can apply to the leader’s everyday work?  Using the literature as a starting point, our course seeks to develop better decision making skills.  No prerequisites.

LDSP 3140, Leadership as Social Influence (3 hours).  Leaders function in complex environments.  How does a leader make sense of the changing dynamics around herself or himself?  Our course explores social influence topics including negotiation.  No prerequisites.

LDSP 3150, Leadership and Power (3 hours).  How does the leader exert power and influence inside an organization and beyond it?  Our course explores the use, abuse, and ethical implications of a leader’s power.  No prerequisites.

LDSP 3160, Strategic Leadership (3 hours).  All organizations employ strategies, either stated or unstated.  How does the leader provide vision for an organization?  Our course draws on diverse fields of study to examine what strategy is, how it impacts the organization, and what the role of the leader is.  No prerequisites.

LDSP 3900, Advances in Leadership Science (3 hours).  A follow-up to LDSP 2100, Foundations of Leadership, LDSP 3900 explores fundamental concepts in greater depth and introduces the student to research methodology in the field.  Prerequisite:  Either LDSP 2100, Foundations of Leadership, or LDSP 3000, Leadership Development. (OR LDSP 3760, by substitution - see description below)

LDSP 3760, Research in Professional Studies (3 hours). This course includes a practical exposure to various processes of a research project such as creating problem statements, writing literature reviews and research proposals, and engaging in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

LDSP 4810, Leadership Seminar – Experiential Emphasis (3 hours).  One of our two capstone options for the Leadership Science Minor, our course takes an experience-based emphasis to conclude the student’s studies.  Prerequisite:  LDSP 3900, Advanced Leadership Systems.

LDSP 4820, Leadership Seminar – Investigative Emphasis (3 hours).  One of our two capstone options for the Leadership Science Minor, our course takes an investigative, project-oriented emphasis.  Prerequisite:  LDSP 3900, Advanced Leadership Systems.  Note:  LDSP 4820 will be handled on an individual basis between specific Leadership Science students and faculty members.

In addition to our undergraduate classes, the Leadership Science Program is pleased to support the Professional Science Master's Degree program with LSDP 5100, Leadership for the Scientist-Manager.