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Requirements

The LCE Minor requires 18 of the offered 24 credits including three required courses and three elective courses. Our classes are:

200-Level Courses

The LCE minor offers two 200 level courses, which serve as prerequisites for the 300 level elective courses. The classes can be taken concurrently, one at a time or in and out of order.

PUA 230 Introduction to Leadership
(offered both fall and spring semesters)

The purpose of this course is to encourage careful analyzing of responsibilities and commitment in the context of leadership for the common good and purposeful change. From this course, an understanding of leadership as a process, rather than a position will be developed and how this varies from traditional leadership theories. Throughout the course, leadership theories, concepts, and skills will be explored and participants will be asked to apply this knowledge to their own leadership philosophy.

PUA 231 Leadership Experience
(offered both fall and spring semesters)

This leadership course is a survey of fundamental leadership theory and skills. Students will apply knowledge gained from the course directly to their roles as leaders on and off campus. Through course readings, experiential activities, class discussion and assignments, students will explore: personal development; service; global/cultural diversity; values and ethics; organizational/ group behavior; and leadership theory, styles and practices.

Elective Courses

Once you have completed PUA 230 and PUA 231, you may enroll in any and all of the LCE Minor elective courses. We offer five elective courses on various leadership and civic engagement topics, including:

PUA 381 Global Leadership
(offered fall semester only)

This course is about leading in a dynamic 21st century world. It is designed to help participants think broadly about diversity and continue preparation for leadership positions in a global world. This course will focus on improving personal leadership skills and emphasize the importance of leading consistently with ethical principles and values with a heightened awareness of cultural context.

PUA 382 Leadership as Social Change
(offered spring semester only)

This course is about leading in a dynamic 21st century world. It is designed to help participants think broadly about issues and continue their preparation for leadership positions in a socially just world. This course will focus on improving personal leadership skills and emphasize the importance of leading with ethical principles while addressing issues of social justice.

PUA 385 Conflict and the Role of Leadership
(offered fall semester only)

This course provides an introduction into the concepts, theory and practice of the role of a leader in conflict resolution, decreasing community conflict and understanding interpersonal conflict. Topics will include: a) conflict community development theory; b) conflict theory; c) interpersonal conflict theory; d) principles of five types of ADR strategies (negotiation, arbitration, adjudication, conciliation, and mediation); d) the application of these concepts, theories and strategies to historical and current leadership situations; and e) the development of mediation skills and a personal style of conflict resolution as a leader.

PUA 386 Leadership Facilitation and Training
(offered spring semester only)

The purpose of this course is to develop core competencies in designing and facilitating structured group workshops. Students in this course will explore and experience all aspects of a group workshop including conception of an idea through facilitation and evaluation. There will be a multiple of learning methods used in this course, including readings and lecture, however a large emphasis will be placed on experiential learning.

PUA 388 Leadership Independent Study/Internship
(offered fall, spring and summer)

The main goal of this course is to provide an internship/independent study experience for Leadership & Civic Engagement Minor students by applying and further developing their knowledge and skills through a practical experience. Other goals include enhancing skills in communication and interpersonal relations; drawing connections between theory and practice; learning about leadership interventions; working with and leading diverse types of people; solving problems; reflecting upon and understanding other people and oneself; and appreciating the role of ethics and values in promoting social justice through participating in leadership roles. These goals will be pursued through supervised field work, readings, online discussion, and various written assignments.

Leadership Capstone Experience

The culmination of the Leadership & Civic Engagement Minor is PUA 387 Leadership Capstone Experience. This course draws upon the knowledge and experience of all previous courses to create a meaningful conclusion to the academic program.

PUA 387 Leadership Capstone Experience
(offered spring semester only)

Generate a better understanding the relationship of these skills to success as a leader. This class provides an experiential learning climate, which includes a strong base knowledge of leadership theory in values, ethics, communication, group dynamics, and diversity understanding as they relate to effective leadership. Furthermore, students are exposed to practical and applied experiences such as guest speakers, retreats, team building activities, community service projects, and mentoring relationships.

*Indicates classes required for the completion of the LCE Minor

While these classes are listed as PUA, they are not a part of the course requirements of the PUA Major. The eight classes that are specific to the LCE Minor and do not count towards the PUA Major.