Leadership Courses

Leadership requires responsible, thoughtful reflection and action at all social levels. Courses in the Leadership Minor help students develop skills in leading with an intent to create positive change, making ethical decisions, managing teams and increasing self-awareness.

Communicating Leadership

Study leadership studies from a communication perspective. Examine it in a variety of contexts, including groups, for- and nonprofit organizations, and elected and non-elected public positions. Gain a broad understanding of how leadership emerges and is enacted on a daily basis through communication in all course activities (such as case studies, discussion and readings).

Communicating Organizational Change

Study the relationship between communicating and organizing. Learn classic and contemporary theories of organizational communication and their implications for everyday communication practices. Focus on a variety of organizational forms, including both for-profit and non-profit organizations, in order to integrate your understanding of organizational communication in your current and future participation in organizations. Learn to use creative and critical verbal and written analyses of communication processes.

Public Speaking

Evaluate, prepare and present speeches on significant topics of public concern in professional settings. Learn principles of public speaking and critical thinking: audience analysis and adaptation, discovery and evaluation of arguments and evidence, organization, presentation skills, speech composition and style.

At least five individual, graded speeches are required, which sharpen presentation skills for an increasingly diverse workplace. Class size is limited, and classes focus on developing public speaking skills through in-class activities, collaborative learning and peer critiques.