Overview of Courses in Leadership Minor

The Leadership Studies Minor at Baylor University

Listed below are the policies and course offerings for the minor in Leadership Studies. This minor is a transdisciplinary course of study and is available to students from all academic disciplines.

I. General Guidelines

A. The Leadership Studies minor requires 18 hours of coursework.
B. All students must take nine hours of core Leadership Studies courses: LDS 1301, 2301, and 4398.
C. The other nine hours may come from the enclosed lists of 3000 or 4000- level leadership courses.
D. No more than 3 hours from a student’s major may be applied to the LDS minor.
E. At least 15 of these hours must be taken at Baylor.

II. Core Courses (required).

LDS 1301 Introduction to Leadership
Prerequisite(s): None

This interdisciplinary course is designed to engage students in a critical conversation about leadership. It challenges students to reflect on their understanding of leadership, providing them with multiple theoretical frameworks for unpacking how identity and power co-construct stereotyped notions of what leaders and leadership is (and is not). Students will engage in this discussion drawing specifically on their experiences as a new Baylor student. They will participate in critical discussions about what it means to live in community and explore the diverse perspectives and opportunities available at Baylor to help them further develop their strengths for leadership and service based on the principals of social justice and equity.

Students will:
1. Describe multiple leadership theories.
2. Develop a philosophy of leadership.
3. Identify the relationship between personal values, integrity and ethical leadership.
4. Give examples of how identity and power co-construct stereo-typed notions of leadership.

B. LDS 2301: Vocation Specific Leadership
Prerequisite(s): LDS 1301

This course explores personal strengths, values and aspirations for influencing the world through a unique vocation or calling. Through this experience, students will become committed to their own personal growth as human beings, as well as to the personal growth of others in the class. In addition, applications of a variety of historical and contemporary perspectives on vocation and calling will be emphasized. Vocation is more than work, and calling is more than our desires. This course is designed to guide students in thinking about God’s ca ling on their life and what this means for their professional and personal leadership decisions. Through this course, students will study the concept of vocational calling and its connections to leadership, as it relates to several key themes: Faith, service, justice, relationships, work, and leadership. This class is approached from a distinctly Christian perspective; however, the themes and applications discussed will be relevant to people of any faith background. Diverse viewpoints are welcome and appreciated.

Students will:
1. Develop their personal and professional growth and leadership.
2. Explore how their personal strengths, faith, values, and aspirations influence the world through a unique vocation or calling.
3. Study a variety of historical and contemporary perspectives on vocation and calling.
4. Create a supportive atmosphere for peers to contemplate vocation and calling.

C. LDS 4398 Advanced Leadership Capstone
Prerequisite(s): LDS 1301, LDS 2301 (junior or senior standing recommended)

The Advanced Leadership Capstone serves as an opportunity for students to engage in personal and organizational leadership both academically and in practice. We will build upon the knowledge you have acquired in other leadership studies courses, and we will seek to synthesize our understanding of various leadership models and theories, the roles of leaders and followers, concepts of effective leadership, leadership ethics, and the intersection of faith and leadership. This course is intended to assist students in defining and clarifying leadership on a personal level so that they will be well-positioned to learn and lead as they leave Baylor.

Students will be able to:
1. Analyze leadership practice in diverse social and cultural contexts
2. Make comparative assessments of leadership needs and effectiveness
3. Define and defend components of a personal leadership model
4. Apply sound principles of leadership through classroom engagement

III. Elective Leadership Courses. (9 hours).

In addition to three required core courses, students will also choose three courses from any of the following leadership courses. These courses have been pre-approved for leadership merit by the department in which they are housed.

College of Arts & Sciences

ANT 4311 World Food Problems
AS 3301 USAF Leadership Studies I
AS 3302 USAF Leadership Studies II
AS 4301 Defense Studies
AS 4302 Preparation for Active Duty
BIO 4331 Science Leadership
BIO 4333 Science Leadership: Improvement of Science Education
CSS 2301 Leadership and Social Change
CSS 3300 Citizenship, community, and Service Learning
CSS 4303 Leadership and Communication
CSS 4311 Conflict and Communication
ENG 3375 Post Colonial Literature
ENV 4316 Cross-Cultural Linguistics
ENV 4307 Environmental Law
ENV 4310 World Food Problems
ENV 4332 Science Leadership: Community Environmental
GTX 4410 Humans and Environmental Change
GTX 3350 Great Texts in Leadership
HIS 3351 Great Texts in Business
HIS 3371 History of Black Americans
HIS 4313 War and Peace in the Middle East
HIS 4375 The American Civil Rights Movement
PHI 4377-4378 History of American Women
PHI 3301 Moral Philosophy
PSC 3318 Philosophy and Constitutional Issues
PSC 4330 Urban Political Processes
PSC 3314 Politics and Problems of Developing Countries
PSC 4385 Diplomacy in Theory and Practice
PSY 3322 American Public Policy
PSY 3314 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
REL 3425 Group Processes
REL 4397 Race, Racism, and Religion in America
REL 4374 Leadership in Ministry
REL 3390 Christian Ethics
REL 3394 War/Peace Christian Tradition
REL 4315 Moral Vision/New Testament
SOC 4395 Bioethics
SOC 3355 Intro to Economics of Poverty and Discrimination
SOC 3322 City and Community
SOC 3354 Marriage and the Family
SOC 3330 Women in American Society
SOC 3311 Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
SOC 4315 Sociology of Education
SOC 4353 Sociology of Medicine
SOC 4366 Social Movements

Diana R. Garland School of Social Work

SWO 4315 Foundations of Social Justice
SWO 4322 Social Policy
SWO 3305 Introduction to Gerontology
SWO 4393 Sociology of Aging
SWO 4395 Aging and Mental Health

Hankamer School of Business

ENT 3301 Entrepreneurship: Living and Learning
ENT 4353 Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
ENT 4380 Social Entrepreneurship: Econ. Dev. in Africa
BUS 3350 Christian Ethics in Business
MGT 3305 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
MGT 4305 Principled Leadership
MGT 4321Campus Leadership Practicum
BUS 3303 Managerial and Leadership Communication
MKT 4310 Sales Force Management/ Leadership

Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences

FCS 4357 Child and Family Policy/Advocate
FCS 4340 Resource Management
HED 4340 Global Health
NUR 4353 Community and Culture
NUR 4341 Role of Nurse as Manager
RLS 4396 Leisure Services for People with Disabilities

School of Education

LDS 3301 Organizational Leadership
LDS 3302 Christian Leadership in Residential Environment
LDS 3303 Peer Leadership for Student Development
LDS 3304 Peer Leadership for Health and Wellness
LDS 3305 Peer Leadership for Community Engagement and Service
LDS 3306 Peer Leadership for New Student Experience
LDS 3307 Thriving in Leadership (Line Camp Course)
LDS 3309 Peer Leadership for Mental Health
LDS 3310 Talent and Development
LDS 3311 Lead through Informed Engagement
LDS 3V01 Special Topics in Leadership
TED 3380 Social Issues in Education