2013-14 Catalogs

Minor in Leadership Studies

One of the most exciting USM programs available! This minor provides a cross section of key courses offered by the Leadership and Organizational Studies (LOS) degree program. At a time when our communities, organizations, country, and the world are searching for leadership to guide us through new complexities and global challenges, USM students can now study leadership processes in an interdisciplinary minor, regardless of your major!

This program may be completed face-to-face, fully online, or in a combinaton of the two.  For more information about the fully online option, contact Ashley Collins at acollins@usm.maine.edu. For more information about our other options, contact Janet Etzel at jetzel@usm.maine.edu.

The Leadership Minor consists of the following courses:

LOS 300: Organizational Theory provides an overview of organizational dynamics. Current organizational issues are analyzed using structural, human resource, cultural, and political frameworks and the case method. Issues include leadership, organizational design, planning, change, decision making, communication, and control.

LOS 301: Group Dynamics gives students an understanding of how people behave in groups and helps them develop the skills needed by group members to participate effectively in group activities. It provides a theoretical foundation for how groups function with focus on group process and development and discusses how these theories can be applied to a wide range of group settings. Students will use experiential techniques to help them develop critical skills and understanding of group dynamics.

LOS 350: Leadership is a course that examines the theory, research, techniques, and problems of leadership in organizations. Organizational culture is studied with emphasis on the leader’s role in influencing and decision making. An experiential design is used along with traditional classroom techniques to help students reflect upon their personal leadership styles and examine their approaches to leading and managing others in diverse organizational settings.

LCC 370: Toward a Global Ethics assists students in articulating and assessing their own values. It examines ethical theories and explores the influence of particular cultural ideologies on ethical beliefs. The course considers the ethical principles implied by democracy, sustainability, justice and difference. It examines ethical issues and dilemmas faced by individuals, organizations, and nations while exploring personal and collective decision-making processes in a global context.

Two of the following electives complete the minor:

LOS 327: Leading Through Conflict examines conflict at the employee/supervisor, group and organizational levels. Using both a theoretical approach and skill building exercises, strategies to diagnose issues; plan, implement and evaluate interventions; and to use conflict constructively to improve communication, organizational culture, productivity and systems will be covered.

LOS 330: Leadership in Different Cultures explores leadership practices in multiple cultures and how our increasing interactions with these diverse leadership styles have changed our conception of leadership in the U.S. This
course will help students determine the skills they will need to take on a leadership role in a global society.


LOS 316: Diversity in Organizations uses historical, socio-economic, and psychological perspectives, and students will learn about the challenges diverse members of U.S. society, such as women, people of color, people from marginalized classes, and those from other countries, have had and continue to face. Students will gain an understanding of how the workplace may affect diverse peoples and how others can learn to make the workplace more hospitable. A primary focus of this course will be on examining beliefs, behaviors, or unconscious attitudes that perpetuate the oppression and subordination of diverse members of society in the workplace, while also looking at how increased diversity is adding to workplace productivity, creativity, and learning. Readings are drawn from the social sciences and humanities to provide an interdisciplinary approach to the topic.

LOS 440 Organizational Change and Development delves into the process of organizational change and how to manage change effectively.
Topics covered include diagnosing the need for change, choosing the best diagnostic method, implementing planned change, and dealing with resistance to change. Prerequisite: LOS 300 or permission of instructor.

We recommend that students start their Leadership Studies coursework with LOS300: Organizational Theory and LOS301: Group Dynamics.  Students should work with their advisors to organize the scheduling of the rest of their coursework.