Leadership Studies Minor

*Available Fall 2020

The Leadership Studies (LDRS) Program is designed to equip learners from all academic programs to unearth their leadership capacity by providing a historical and theoretical foundation of the study and practice of leadership.

After engaging in this program learners will be able to demonstrate capacity for scholarly informed practice of leadership in a variety of contexts including personal, professional, cultural, and societal.

The minor in Leadership Studies is a 15-credit-hour program comprised of five three-credit-hour courses. These courses offer students the opportunity to develop, strengthen and utilize their leadership abilities. Students must make a C or better in each course to complete the minor. The minor is open to students pursuing any major at KSU. 

  1. Foundations of Leadership: History, Theory, and Application (LDRS 3000) *Required Prerequisite for LDRS 3201, 3401,3600, and 3700 
  2. Leadership and Multiculturalism (LDRS 3201)  NEW
  3. Research and Inquiry in Leadership (LDRS 3401)  NEW
  4. Ethics in Leadership (LDRS 3600) 
  5. Leadership and Gender (LDRS 3700, course title changed from Women in Leadership) 

*Please note: When you declare a formal minor, it is not automatically displayed on your transcript. In order for your minor to appear on your transcript, you must fill out a special "Minor Form" with the registrar when you petition to graduate.

  • Prerequisite: None Required  *this course is a prerequisite for LDRS 3201, LDRS 3401, LDRS 3600, LDRS 3700

    This course serves as an introduction to leadership theory and practice.  Learners will examine the history, theories, models, and approaches of leadership in an experiential, self-reflective learning environment that allows learners to apply theoretical leadership concepts to real world applications. In the course learners also examine some of the major factors that affect leadership, such as situation, context, gender, race, and culture. This study of theory, coupled with real-world investigation and personal reflection, should help learners better understand the ethical and practical issues inherent in the study and practice of leadership in ways they can use in their work, school, and personal lives, as well as prepare them for further leadership courses. No previous exposure to leadership or leadership studies is required.

  • Following an introduction to theoretical foundations of leadership, this course emphasizes leadership as a socially and culturally bound process and phenomenon. Anchored by the relational leadership model, learners will identify, investigate, analyze, and reflection on leadership behaviors and competencies critical to the leadership process within multicultural spaces. Students will conduct individual and group inquiry to examine social and contemporary contexts that influence leadership and multiculturalism.

  • This course provides a basic introduction to research techniques and methodologies. It is designed to assist learners in their development of skills to be informed consumers of research and research design. Leadership Studies has origins in the social sciences and as such this course will provide an overview of research methodologies commonly employed in the social sciences to include a variety of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Learners will also learn important concepts necessary for understanding statistics in the context of research. 

    At the conclusion of this course learners should have the background needed to plan, execute, and evaluate the results of a simple research project. 

  • This course examines leaders’ behaviors through an ethical lens and delves into the moral decision-making process and the role of ethics in leadership. By analyzing case studies of current and historical events, students gain an understanding of ethical leadership decision making while touching on the theories of ethics and their application. Students can expect to focus on the importance of understanding ethics in a global environment.
  • This course makes connections and draws conclusions about leadership, particularly as it applies to gender and women. Through a review of research on gender and leadership styles and traits, learners will integrate leadership theory and experiences to understand the unique state and current thinking regarding issues pertaining to women and leadership. Issues for interrogation include the impact of stereotypes and discrimination on the representation of women as leaders, the lack of parity between men and women in leadership and obstacles to women’s progress in attaining executive level roles of leadership. Recent progress toward equal opportunity, remaining challenges, and strategies for securing parity in top level leadership will also be examined in the course.