Each Themed Pathway is grounded in the principles of Leadership development. Residential programming will complement academic, co-curricular, and thematic learning outcomes over the full year through intentional partnerships among faculty and staff professionals. These courses, for first-year students only, will also serve as an elective in the Leadership minor.
These courses provide an introduction and opportunity for you to transition to university life, as you discover the resources available (academic, co-curricular, community). You will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens. This subject of this course is you. It is intentionally designed to promote your self-awareness and personal success—in college and in life after college—by empowering you with flexible skills and strategies that are applicable across subjects (transferable, cross-disciplinary skills) and across time (durable, life-long, learning skills).
Lead 140: Introduction to Leadership I
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This course, as part of the Freshman Leadership Institute and the Leadership Minor in the Center for Leadership will offer a brief introduction to widely known leadership theories using an inter-disciplinary model. Students will have the opportunity to learn more of themselves and their peers through activities with a focus on topics such as communication, group theory, diversity, team building, technology, individual personalities, conflict management, and many more. Only students that have applied and have been accepted into the Freshman Leadership Institute are eligible to take this class.
*Prerequisite – acceptance into the Freshman Leadership Institute **Instructor Approval.
LEAD 150: Band of Brothers
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You will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of masculinity. You will explore opportunities to express emotion in an appropriate manner and in a setting where individuals rely on one another for support towards reaching and utilizing their full potential. There will be opportunities to begin raising awareness of men's issues among others in the campus community and explore the bonds that are created between men.
LEAD 151 Secrets of Powerful Women: Leading Change for a New Generation
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This class focuses on the bonds that are created between female friends. You will examine the role of and issues for women in leadership within the context of the individual, group affiliations, and communities including the global community. You will examine how individuals and cultures measure success as it pertains to women and how an individual can define her own measures of success. You will examine questions surrounding what it means to be a successful woman in the new millennium: what a successful woman looks like; how she acts; and the role the media plays in these definitions.
LEAD 152 Going Green: Leadership and Environmental Responsibility
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You will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of sustainability, as you examine concepts of sustainable development and global climate change. You will examine the ecological and economical benefits of conserving energy; examine methods on how to reduce energy consumption; and have a positive impact on long term energy consumption habits of our university community. You will examine the Social Change Model of Leadership Development within the context of energy consumption and how it affects the economy, environment and our overall footprint on the Earth.
LEAD 153 Global Awareness & Citizenship: Leadership from a Global Perspective
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You will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of personal development and campus engagement and will focus around the concepts of leadership as it relates to a global setting. This course is designed to incorporate college success topics with a global perspective and multi-cultural awareness. It encourages participation in a context of cross-cultural acceptance and adaptability focused on personal growth combined with the acquisition of leadership skills and self-directed knowledge. Among other topics, the course will explore the concept of the Hero’s Journey to the college experience as it relates to integrating international learning into your academic and career goals.
LEAD 156 Cultural Competency and Social Action: Leadership in Diversity & Social justice
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In this course you will be challenged to look at the world through different eyes and think critically about differences you see. You will delve into issues of diversity, civic engagement, globalization and personal responsibility with results that are sometimes surprising, often controversial, but never boring! You will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of cultural competency and social justice. You will explore and celebrate the rich diversity of our culture and our world. You will examine how to deal with complex issues from a position of strength, as you find your own voice and become empowered to lead and serve.
LEAD 157 Digital Culture: Leadership and Technology
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You will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of technology and social media. You will examine the impact and use of technology within the context of learning, both in and out of the classroom and the ways in which digital technology has changed how individuals create, communicate and interact. You will examine responsible use of technology as it relates to academic and personal integrity, and the ways in which digital technology has informed and influenced social interaction, culture, social issues, and identity.
LEAD 158 The Creative Life: Leadership and the Arts
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You will examine the principles of leadership through the thematic lens of the arts. You will explore the diversity of arts opportunities available on campus – as a participant and as witness. You will explore the various methods by which to express and communicate with the arts: as a collaborative process and as an individual. You will examine how the arts inform and are informed by social, cultural, and personal stories, as you examine the impact the arts have on the human condition and how to harness that power to communicate effectively and responsibly within the context of leadership and advocacy.
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