Leadership Studies

LOS Course Descriptions

LOS Course Descriptions

The Leadership and Organizational Studies interdisciplinary program offers with courses that utilize a variety of active and experiential learning methods.

Undergraduate

LOS 112 Microsoft Excel

This course uses a problem-solving approach to electronic spreadsheets. Students will learn advanced data analysis and formulas, and create graphs to interpret data. This course should be completed prior to taking a financial management, economics, or budgeting course. Cr 1.

LOS 114 PowerPoint

This computer program allows users an electronic means of creating presentations for groups of people. Students will learn how to create electronic slides using written, graphic, and sound materials. The slides can then be formatted in several different ways: 35 mm slides, overhead transparencies, and handouts. Students who have to give presentations to classes or who are considering careers in teaching, marketing, or public relations fields should consider this course. Cr 1.

LOS 120 Statistics for Informed Decision Making (QR)

This course introduces and offers students practice applying the following quantitative analyses to address real world questions: descriptive statistics, sampling and significance testing, correlation, and regression. The course provides the opportunity to interpret and analyze statistical decision making and identifies data misconceptions and misuses. Prerequisite: Grade of C- or higher in any MAT 100+ course, or appropriate placement test score. Cr 3.

LOS 210 Creative Critical Inquiry (CI)

This writing instruction course introduces students to criteria for identifying and constructing well-reasoned arguments, fosters the discovery and use of students’ critical/analytical voice in their writing, and develops skills for incorporating, interpreting and integrating the views of others. It provides the opportunity to refine critical thinking abilities by analyzing everyday life experience, including how culture shapes our sense of reality and ourselves. The course highlights the importance of generating good questions and tolerating ambiguity when seeking to understand complex issues. Prerequisite: College Writing. Cr 4.

LOS 270 Introduction to Leadership (EL)

This course explores effective leadership on campus and beyond and offers an overview of leadership models and leadership development tools, including self-development, strengths-based leadership, and group dynamics and roles. Complex organizations are introduced and discussed. Students are expected to implement leadership concepts and practice leadership skills through engagement in campus and community activities and service learning. Cr 3.

LOS 299 Writing in the Major

This course provides instruction and practice in academic thinking and writing applicable to leadership and organizational studies. As those in leadership positions should strive to be excellent communicators, the goal of this course is to strengthen learners' written communication skills and knowledge of academic writing, writing tools, and APA style, as well as critical thinking skills. LOS majors should take the course during their first semester of the program. Prerequisite: College Writing with a grade of C- or higher. Co-requisite: For LOS majors, LOS 299 is a co-requisite of LOS 300. Cr 1.

LOS 300 Organizational Theory

This course provides an overview of organizational theories in a leadership context. Organizational issues, such as structure, leadership, power, and change are introduced and analyzed. This is an excellent course for students interested in how organizations work.
 Students in LOS majors must complete this required course with a grade of a B- or better as a condition of their degree. Completion of College Writing with a grade of C- or higher is required for LOS majors and preferred for all other students. Co-requisite: LFor LOS majors, LOS 299 is a co-requisite. Cr 3.

LOS/SBS 301 Group Dynamics(EL)

This course gives students an understanding of how people behave in groups and the skills needed by group members to participate effectively in group activities. Focusing on group process and development, it provides a theoretical foundation for how groups function and discusses how these theories can be applied to a wide range of group settings. This course uses experiential techniques to help students develop critical skills and understanding of group dynamics. Prerequisite: Completion of College Writing with a grade of C- or higher is required for LOS majors and preferred for all other students. Cr 3.

LOS/SBS 302 Organizational Behavior (EL)

This course examines human behavior in organizations: individual, group, and organizational processes that impact workplace behaviors and organizational life. The focus is on understanding factors that contribute to organizational effectiveness and the major challenges facing organizations today. We will discuss individual and organizational learning, individual values and motivation, interpersonal communication and work team dynamics, leadership and emotional intelligence, power and influence, and organizational culture and change. Students will engage in experiential and skill-building activities and apply conceptual frameworks to their real-life work experiences. Cr 3.

LOS 304 Organizational Budgeting and Finance

This course offers introduction to budgeting, budget analysis, cost analysis, and decision making in organizations. Specific topics include the finance cycle and financial presentations; analyzing budgets over time and across organizations using deflators and ratios; introduction to cost-benefit analysis; time value of money; and an overview of basic accounting principles. Assignments emphasize using Excel 2016 for analysis and presentation of fiscal and budget data. Students will learn to present budget information to knowledgeable but non-technical audiences using tables and graphs. Cr 3.

LOS 310 Science, Technology, and Society (SCA)

This course examines the history of science and technology and the social changes related to them. It examines the impact of science and technology on ethical and religious beliefs, social institutions such as education, family, and work, and on larger sociopolitical entities and relations. The course also explores the effects of science and technology on natural and human-made environments. Cr 3.

LOS 312 Human Resource Management

This course focuses on the procedures and processes associated with the management of human resources within organizations. Topics include recruitment, staff development, job analysis, personnel systems, and training. Cr 3.

LOS 314 Employee Relations

This course provides an understanding of the trends in legal, social, and economic aspects of labor-management relations within the United States. Topics include a historical overview of labor law, grievance procedures, the negotiation process, equal opportunity, and personnel rules. Includes case studies and simulated bargaining and arbitration exercises. Cr 3.

LOS/SBS 316 Diversity in Organizations (DIV)

Using historical, socio-economic, and psychological perspectives, students learn about the challenges that 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 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 is 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. Cr 3.

LOS 317 New Media and Social Networking: Identity and Expression Online

How are private and public identities established online? Are political and social movements built, organized, even undermined by social networking and online culture? Do online communities impact real world communication, language, and thought? Students will get aquainted with critical theory on new media and explore technological and cultural associations with this nascent but pervasive phenomenon. Cr 3.

LOS 327 Leading through Conflict

Conflict management is explored as an essential leadership tool and analyzed as a necessary component of healthy systems and innovations. We will investigate techniques that help individuals and groups mediate and negotiate differences encountered in a variety of situations. Cr 3.

LOS/SBS 329 Research Methods
 (EL)

This course is an introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods which can be used in organizational planning and decision-making and in the social and behavioral sciences. Students learn how to apply appropriate methods of inquiry and complete an applied project. Strongly recommended for students going on to graduate school, careers in consulting, or human resource management. Prerequisite: LOS 120 or equivalent. Cr 3.

LOS 330 Cultural Contexts (DIV)

Students will explore leadership practices in different 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 identify and practice skills required for effective leadership in a global society. Cr 3.

LOS 336 Dealing with Difficult People and Behaviors


It has been stated that everyone is someone's difficult person. Almost daily, we come in contact with people we would characterize as difficult. They are the people we work with, sell to, depend on, and live with. There are intimidators, manipulators, analyzers, know-it-alls, overly friendly, accommodators, chronic complainers, and whiners. Their actions consume time, energy, and emotion at the expense of productivity and morale. This course provides fresh insights and immediately usable skills needed to quickly, confidently, and assertively identify and deal with various types of people, difficult or not, in a variety of contexts while maintaining our own self-confidence. Cr 3.

LOS 345 Leadership and Film

Like literature, film allows for an exploration of various themes and experiences that would not normally be available to an individual. In this course, students will explore leadership as it is presented in various films. Through the use of film, we will discuss themes relating to leadership such as power, influence, oppression, ethics, service, and more. Cr 3.

LOS 350 Leadership

This foundational course provides learners with a review of major leadership concepts and theories. It discusses research findings, practice, skill-building, and direct application to real world scenarios, and offers an overview of a variety of topics impacting today's leaders as a foundation for learning including power and ethics, leadership development, politics and influence, decision making, and creativity and innovation. Through an experiential design, students will reflect on personal leadership styles and examine approaches to leading others in diverse organizational settings. LOS majors must complete this course with a grade of B- or better as a condition of their degree. Prerequisite: Completion of College Writing with a grade of C- or higher is required for LOS majors and preferred for all other students. Cr 3.

LOS 360 Innovation in Organizations

This course is designed to develop practical skills in creative and innovative thinking that leaders can use to identify opportunities, generate value-creating ideas, and overcome barriers to successfully bringing new concepts to life. In this class, students will learn about creative thinking tools and how to practically apply them; develop an appreciation of the personal and organizational factors that influence creativity and innovation; explore the leadership and facilitation skills that will prepare them to lead teams through creative problem solving. Cr 3.

LOS 361 Entrepreneurship

This course focuses on why people become entrepreneurs, the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, the changing demographics of entrepreneurs, and the importance of entrepreneurship to the economy and society. In this class, students will examine the entrepreneurial process from the decision to become an entrepreneur through idea generating, writing a business plan, competitor analysis, getting financing, marketing, team building, considering ethical and legal issues, and developing strategies for growth. Cr 3.

LOS 387 Collegiate Leadership Competition

Competitions and performances are high impact educational practices. When conceived and implemented well, these practices can hone and enhance a student's behavioral skills and cognitive competencies. This course is grounded in an intentional team-based learning model that culminates in participation in the Collegiate Leadership Competition. Like the training regimen of athletes and musicians, students in this course will participate in a robust "practice field" where, as student leaders, they can apply what they're learning in a context that challenges and stretches them to the boundaries of their leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities. Cr. 3

LOS 398 Independent Study(EL)

Prerequisites: LOS 300 or junior standing and permission of instructor. Cr 3.

LOS 399 Special Topics

The scope of topics vary and may include current special issues related to leadership and organizations. Cr 3.

LOS 400 Senior Seminar: Global Citizenship

Students will develop an understanding of current global challenges and their effects on local communities, as well as the major stakeholders involved in addressing these challenges. They will learn about the role of international organizations and the processes these organizations use to design and implement effective solutions for global challenges. They will explore how proposed solutions may be affected by the intersection of cultural perspectives and sovereign interests. As an outcome of the course, students will identify a global issue/challenge that they care deeply about and will develop an actionable “Commitment to Action Proposal” to address a manageably-sized piece of that larger issue. Cr. 3.

LOS 422 Leadership in the Public/Nonprofit Sectors

This course prepares leaders who can work for the common good across public, nonprofit and private sectors, and lead and manage in a diverse world. Students gain an understanding of the unique nature and challenges of leadership in public service and roles for leaders. Theories of public and nonprofit leadership and their application in complex and inter-sectoral settings are considered. Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of the instructor. Cr 3.

LOS 425 Training and Development

This course provides students with a theoretical framework for adult learning as it applies to training and development process in the context of leadership and organizational development. Topics covered include the assessment of learning needs and setting of objectives; the design and facilitation of learning processes such as workshops, on-the-job training, self-directed learning, web-based training; and the assessment of outcomes. Students will design and deliver a leadership development training session as a major project for this course. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required. Cr 3.

LOS/SBS 436 Risk, Public Policy, and Society

This course considers the variety of ways in which risks, especially risks to the environment and health, are measured, perceived, communicated, and acted upon in our society. Perspectives will be drawn from health fields, natural sciences, and political science, as well as from the social sciences. Cr 3.

LOS 439 Women's Ways of Leading: Building Partnerships, Creating Change

This course offers historical and multi-disciplinary perspectives on women leaders, systems of power and privilege, cultural shifts, and the psychology of bias. Our investigations will range from the private corporate sector to government and nonprofits, both within our country and abroad. Learning will be enhanced by facilitated discussions and interviews with community leaders. Cr 3.

LOS 440 Leading Organizational Change (EL)

As we move further into the twenty-first century, organizations and their leaders find themselves in highly competitive, fast-paced, and globalized environments in which change is essential for success, for their very survival. Organizations and their members must continue to learn, adapt, and evolve to keep pace with the changes occurring around them. This course is designed to provide necessary tools coupled with a better understanding of the major challenges and leadership orientations associated with initiating and implementing organizational change. We investigate theories, concepts, research, and their applications to better understand why and how organizations change. Cr 3.

LOS 462 Community Leadership and Civic Engagement (EL)

This is an introduction to community leadership and engagement. Students will develop an understanding of the theories, principles, and practices of leading communities. Students will gain knowledge of skills for promoting and sustaining community change and improvement. Topics include social justice, developing citizenship, community building, mobilization and advocacy, visioning, and strategic action planning. Cr 3.

LOS 470 Leadership Study Abroad (INT & EL)

The goal of this course is to familiarize students with key issues in leadership across cultures and provide tools to be an effective leader in a global environment. Through international travel, a variety of readings, and reflection exercises, students will examine a range of leadership situations and cultural factors that influence the quality of a leader's performance. To help apply theory to experience, students will be given a number of opportunities to articulate ideas about the concepts explored through presentation, group discussion, and writing. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Cr 6.

 

Graduate (Back to top)

LOS 500 Foundations of Leadership Studies I: Theory and Practice

The course provides an overview of leadership theory, practice, and intellectual history using disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from philosophy, social science, the humanities (e.g. literature and history), and science. We explore the wealth of interpretive frameworks for leadership with the objective of increasing our understanding of this complex and multifaceted phenomenon. The study of leadership will be utilized to examine critical issues emerging today. Cr 3.

LOS 501 Foundations of Leadership Studies II: Theory and Practice

The goal of this course is to further the development of students' knowledge of leadership theory and practice, with a special emphasis on the individual and group levels of analysis. Throughout this interdisciplinary exploration of the diverse factors that impact leadership, students will engage in a variety of readings, discussions, writings, and exercises designed to demystify the connections between theory and practice. Cr 3.

LOS 502 Leading Organization Development

With a focus on organizational development frameworks, strategies, and processes, this course explores the theories and research of leading effective holistic systems change. An emphasis will be placed on processes for leading organizational change and related emerging leadership theories and research. Case studies are used to examine the intended and unintended consequences of organizational development efforts. Cr 3.

LOS 512 Deliberate Creativity and Innovation

Deliberate creativity studies investigate the theory and practice of facilitation methods that enable people, processes, products, and environments to be innovative. After exploring the numerous and diverse facets of this area of study, students should be able to demonstrate (both in discussion and practice) their ability to use their learning in an applied setting. Cr 3.

LOS 550 Leading Across Cultures


This course provides an analysis of the role that culture and cultural differences play in professional, civic, and social life. The essential question for the course is: how does one effectively lead in a multicultural environment? Students will learn leadership approaches in a complex world where multifaceted and multidisciplinary knowledge is required to be successful. Cr 3.

LOS 571 International Leadership Association Annual Global Conference

Conferences offer multiple opportunities to socialize attendees in the broad professional and academic discourses. They also offer exciting opportunities for participants to exchange new and emerging ideas, spaces to know one another, and even to make commitments for future projects. In this course students will attend the International Leadership Association (ILA) conference along with pre- and post-class sessions to become familiar with one academic culture related to Leadership & Organizational Studies. Students will have multiple opportunities to ask questions related to professional development and conference participation in general. Finally, students will engage with the conference theme (e.g., Leadership in Turbulent Times) through conference participation, class dialogues, and assignments. Students will reflect on various leadership issues related to practicing inclusive leadership. Cr 3.

LOS 587 Collegiate Leadership Competition

Competitions and performances are high impact educational practices. When conceived and implemented well, these practices can hone and enhance a student's behavioral skills and cognitive competencies. This course is grounded in an intentional team-based learning model that culminates in participation in the Collegiate Leadership Competition. Like the training regimen of athletes and musicians, students in this course will participate in a robust "practice field" where, as student leaders, they can apply what they're learning in a context that challenges and stretches them to the boundaries of their leadership knowledge, skills, and abilities. Cr 3.

LOS 599 Topics

The scope of topics vary and may include current special issues related to leadership and organizations. Cr 3.

LOS 610 Methods of Inquiry

This course considers the concepts, principles, and methods that may be used in research for organizational and leadership studies. Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method research designs used in organizational planning and decision-making and in the social and behavioral sciences will be considered. The course will cover topic areas related to the application of appropriate methods of inquiry. Cr 3.

LOS 611 Communication and Relationship Building

This course investigates the communication and behavioral theories and techniques that mediate interpersonal dynamics. Students will engage in a course of study designed to help them develop awareness of their communication abilities and difficulties and tools to effectively address the interpersonal challenges they face both now and in the future. Cr 3.

LOS 614 The Conflict Process

Developing skills in framing conflicts and facilitating the communication processes that help groups mediate differences is key to successful leadership. The course examines research on leadership behaviors encountered in a variety of situations including small groups, organizations, communities, and internationally. Cr 3.

LOS 615 Leading Difficult People

This course provides students with an exploration of current research and theories of human behavior as they relate to the more difficult behaviors that we encounter as leaders. Foundational topics covered include verbal and nonverbal communication, self-concept, effective listening, assertiveness, defensive and supportive communication, and conflict resolution. This course will then build on this base to specifically explore how leaders can help mediate the effects of difficult people and behaviors. Through various readings, interactive discussions, case study analyses, and experiential written assignments, students will learn how to practically apply theory to their own professional, social, and personal life situations; discover how to identify difficult behaviors in themselves and others; and acquire skills to more effectively handle the difficulties that negative behaviors can cause. Cr 3.

LOS 622 Leadership in the Public/Nonprofit Sectors

This course prepares leaders who can work for the common good across public, nonprofit and private sectors, and lead and manage in a diverse world. Students gain an understanding of the unique nature and challenges of leadership in public service and roles for leaders. This course considers theories of public and nonprofit leadership and their application in complex and inter-sectoral settings. Cr 3.

LOS 625 Training and Development

This course provides students with a theoretical framework for adult learning as it applies to the training and development process in the context of leadership and organizational development. Topics covered include the assessment of learning needs and setting of objectives, the design and facilitation of learning processes such as workshops, on-the-job training, self-directed learning, web-based training, and the assessment of outcomes. Students will design and deliver a leadership development training session as a major project for this course. Cr 3.

LOS 626 Leadership Program Design and Evaluation

The goal of this course is to develop knowledge of and skill in planning leadership programs, with a special emphasis on curricular design and program evaluation. The overall focus of this course is on planning leadership programs that provide or support learning for individuals and groups in higher education, both in curricular and co-curricular contexts. This focus includes programs of instruction including the sequencing of leadership learning objectives and outcomes, situational factors, learning activities, and feedback and assessment procedures, as well as support services. While these contexts present a myriad of situations in which program planning occurs, we will focus on essential components of program planning that seem to be common to most, if not all planning situations. Cr 3.

LOS 627 Leadership Education

This course focuses on leadership education by connecting leadership theory and andragogy to practice. As institutions of higher education continue to focus on the leadership development of undergraduates, this course attempts to prepare aspiring leadership educators to fulfill the promise of their future institutions’ mission statements. By developing programs, workshops, courses, sessions, and other opportunities for leadership learning in both curricular and co-curricular settings, students in the course will develop practical skills and valuable knowledge related to becoming an efficient and effective leadership educator in modern postsecondary environments. Cr 3.

LOS 631 Leadership and Film

Like literature, film allows for an exploration of various themes and experiences that would not normally be available to an individual. In this course, students will explore leadership as it is presented in various films. Through the use of film, we will discuss themes relating to leadership such as power, influence, oppression, ethics, service, and more. Cr 3.

LOS 639 Women's Ways of Leading: Building Partnerships, Creating Change

This course offers historical and multi-disciplinary perspectives on women leaders, systems of power and privilege, cultural shifts and the psychology of bias. Our settings of our investigations will range from the private corporate sector to government and nonprofits, both within our country and abroad. Cr 3.

LOS 651 Technology in Society


Technology and society studies investigate the social implications of technology, the values expressed in uses of technology, and the policy decisions that affect and are affected by technological change. Students will analyze various arguments surrounding how technological change has affected the manner in which we live and how we as leaders should utilize technology in the future. Cr 3.

LOS 661 Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of Leadership

What are the roles of ethics and spirituality in leadership? Where do ethics end and spirituality begin? This course approaches the study of leadership from the perspectives of meaning, values, and human connectedness. The hunger to understand our lives, be part of a larger whole, be complete, and serve are examined as they relate to the leadership process. Cr 3.

LOS 662 Community Leadership and Civic Engagement

This course is an introduction to community leadership and engagement. Students will develop an understanding of the theories, principles, and practices of leading communities. Students will gain knowledge of skills for promoting and sustaining community change and improvement. Topics include social justice, developing citizenship, community building, mobilization and advocacy, visioning, and strategic action planning. Cr 3.

LOS 665 Organizational Consulting: A Perspective on Leadership


In this course, students learn what consultants do and how they do it effectively, including work in an organization with a client leader who has a need. Topics include self-assessment, phases of consulting, system frameworks, intervention strategies, and ethical standards and practices. Cr 3.

LOS 670 Leadership Study Abroad

This course investigates the study and practice of leadership in other countries. Students will travel to other countries and examine leadership issues in different contexts. Cr 3.

LOS 688 Master's Capstone I

The seminar allows students the opportunity to work with faculty to develop a comprehensive individualized research project leading to expertise in a particular area of leadership interest. Seminar meetings will include collegial (student) as well as faculty critique and assistance in developing research projects that exemplify an original contribution to scholarship. Questions posed and methods of study for the capstone will be discussed. The capstone faculty advisor must approve all projects. The seminar will conclude with students identifying the key questions and hypotheses, a comprehensive review and analysis of relevant literature and a well-developed research design for their thesis project. Prerequisite: LOS 610 with a B or better. Cr 3.

LOS 689 Master's Capstone II

The Master’s degree thesis offers students the opportunity to work on an individual research-based thesis project resulting in a substantive paper that involves original collection or treatment of data that explores the role of leadership in developing or implementing meaningful change in an organization or community. This scholarly work will exemplify an original contribution to the field of leadership studies. The final product of a Master's Thesis is a paper of publishable quality. Students will formally present their theses at the end of the semester. Prerequisites: LOS 610 and LOS 688. Cr 3.

LOS 698 Independent Study

Prerequisites: LOS 500 and permission of instructor. Cr 3.

LOS 699 Special Topics

The scope of topics vary and may include current special issues related to leadership and organizations. Cr 3.

 

Doctorate (Back to top)

LOS 700 Foundations of Leadership Studies I: Theory & Practice

The course provides an overview of leadership theory, practice, and intellectual history using disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from philosophy, social science, the humanities (e.g. literature and history), and science. We explore the wealth of interpretive frameworks for leadership with the objective of increasing our understanding of this complex and multifaceted phenomenon. The study of leadership will be utilized to examine critical issues emerging today. Cr 3.

LOS 701 Foundations of Leadership Studies II: Theory and Practice

The goal of this course is to further the development of students' knowledge of leadership theory and practice, with a special emphasis on the individual and group levels of analysis. Throughout this interdisciplinary exploration of the diverse factors that impact leadership, students will engage in a variety of readings, discussions, writings, and exercises designed to demystify the connections between theory and practice. Cr 3.

LOS 702 Leading Organization Development

With a focus on organizational development frameworks, strategies, and processes, this course explores the theories and research of leading effective organizational development and holistic systems change. An emphasis will be placed on organizational development and related emerging leadership theories and research. Case studies and experiential learning are used to examine the intended and unintended consequences of organizational development efforts. Cr 3.

LOS 703 Comparative Leadership Theory

This course provides an opportunity to explore, critique and synthesize, and compare and contrast the major leadership theories amongst our discipline (e.g., transformational, servant, complexity, followership, authentic, etc.) including classical, neoclassical, contemporary, critical, and emergent perspectives.  Guided by an understanding of the principles of theory construction, the fundamental tenets of each theory are considered in relation to stated propositions, accrued evidence, organizational utility, and unanswered questions. Throughout the course, comparative analysis and critique of leadership theory are fostered with respect to the perennial questions informing research as well as scholarship and practice in the field of leadership studies and other disciplines with multiple perspectives for application to dilemmas and challenges in global and local organizations. Cr 3.

LOS 710 Foundations of Leadership Research

As the core required introductory methods course for the doctoral program, this seminar forms the basis for subsequent research courses and inquiry that are central to doctoral-level work. In the course, we discuss the generation of knowledge through systematic inquiry, including processes, questions, and strategies used to conduct meaningful research in leadership contexts and systems, including for- and not-for-profit enterprises.  We explore the intersection of theory and practice with an emphasis on the epistemological assumptions and design of thoughtful, ethical inquiry about leadership. We also emphasize sound academic writing principles and provide structured guidance in developing those skills. Cr 3.

LOS 713 Quantitative Methods for Leadership Studies I

This course continues the sequence of research courses to provide students with skills needed to undertake a dissertation. Specifically, students are introduced to statistical tools for organizing and describing quantitative data and drawing inferences about populations based on representative samples.  Topics include distributions, probability and hypothesis testing, bivariate techniques regression/correlation, ANOVA, Chi-Square. During this course students are expected to formulate a hypothesis (for quantitative research designs). Prerequisite: LOS 710 with grade of B or better. Cr 3.

LOS 714 Quantitative Methods for Leadership Studies II

This course builds on prior quantitative coursework and introduces students to advanced statistical tools for data analysis. Topics include multivariable and multivariate techniques ANCOVA, MANOVA, factor analysis, path analysis, reliability, validity, Cronbach’s Alpha. Students ready to begin proposal writing for the dissertation are encouraged to complete chapters one through three of their proposal. Prerequisite: LOS 713 with grade of B or better.Cr 3.

LOS 715 Qualitative Methods for Leadership Studies I

This course continues the sequence of research courses to provide students with skills needed to undertake a dissertation. Specifically, students are introduced to the qualitative design of the study, qualitative methods of data collection, analysis, and interpretation. They will explore five approaches of the qualitative inquiry and research design: narrative, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnographic, case study, will practice conducting interviews and observations, as well as analysis and interpretation of collected data. During this course students are expected to identify the theoretical framework which guides their dissertation project and formulate their research question. Prerequisite: LOS 710 with grade of B or better. Cr 3.

LOS 716 Qualitative Methods for Leadership Studies II

This course builds on prior qualitative coursework and introduces students to an advanced research design: mixed methods study. Students will learn techniques to analyze documents, archival techniques and practice multi-methods integration. Ethical issues in field work and the role of the researcher will be key topics for discussion. Individuals ready to begin proposal writing for the dissertation are encouraged to complete chapters one through three of their proposal. Prerequisite: LOS 715 with grade of B or better. Cr 3.

LOS 719 Organizational Analysis

This course is designed to present students with an overview of approaches used to evaluate and assess both public and private organizations to ensure they effectively serve citizens, clients, or recipients. This course is a detailed study of the models, methods, and practices that are used to evaluate and assess the performance of organizations from a conceptual and analytical point of view while reviewing the numerous ways of understanding and assessing program effectiveness. Prerequisite: LOS 713 and 715 with a grade of B or better. Cr 3.

LOS 740 Leadership & Applied Ethics

This course is designed to examine leadership theory and approaches with the integration of standards of behavior that promote optimal personal, professional, and organizational function. Students will examine the major ethical models, approaches and schools of thought about ethics, discover how these ideas integrate with leadership theories and practices; use case studies to discover viability of leadership theories and ethical models; and research a challenging ethical issue in today’s organizations.  Cr 3.

LOS 751 Global Leadership

This course provides a comprehensive background on the psychological, social, and cultural factors that contribute to the effectiveness of leaders functioning globally, or in selected cultural regions of the world. The course will focus on the development of the critical thinking and understanding of the challenges of leading organizations that are diverse and /or operate worldwide. Cr 3.

LOS 752 Global Leadership Theory

The course will introduce students to the discipline of Global Leadership. It addresses the philosophical and methodological issues involved in advancing global leadership studies. Students will progress in their understanding of the nature and boundaries of global leadership theory and research, develop their definitions of global leadership and explain how their potential dissertation topics could reflect upon global leadership theory and practice. Cr 3.

LOS 770 The Learning Organization

This course offers students an opportunity to explore foundational concepts of organizational learning, to analyze global research trends in how evidence of learning is being captured in workplace settings around the world and to apply organizational learning models to diagnose innovative workplaces. This course embraces a system perspective of learning at the organizational level of analysis grounded in the premise that innovation and sustainable change is contingent upon an organization’s ability to create new knowledge through learning. Cr 3.

LOS 771 Comparative Organizational Theory

In this course, students will have the opportunity to examine the different organizational theories, compare them, learn how to assess whether organization functions are aligned with the espoused theory and critically examine them in the context of today’s workplace challenges. Early organizational theorists had vastly different worldviews, in some cases, than modern theorists of the 20th century. Yet, some aspects of the earlier theories we still struggle with today, as basis as determining the right balance between balancing the needs of the people versus the organization. How individuals and groups work together to make decisions, innovate and address the perennial challenges of society will ever need knowledgeable people to understand precedents not just for understanding the past, but to plan the future.   In the Information Age, our interconnected world, the realities of Artificial Intelligence all point to some phenomena that impact how organizations must meet current demands in society.  Organizational analysis has been approached in various ways in society, often from basic observations of the structure and purpose of the social unit.  Students will explore advantages and disadvantages of each theory or school of thought to determine the functions of organizations for optimal operation. Cr 3.

LOS 772 Strategic Planning, Visioning, & Design

This course is designed to prepare the next generation of passionate and innovative leaders to think, execute and lead strategically with all the necessary tools, processes and frameworks to sharpen their planning skills. We will explore various proven planning practices and theories related to all sectors, organizational sizes, goals and complexities. Cr 3.

LOS 775 Leading for Financial Performance & Accounting

This course explores strategies for leaders to understand and achieve financial accountability and maximize financial performance through analysis of financial statements and ratios. Students utilize financial statements as tools for assessment of organizational strategies and tactical implementation. Additionally, they investigate development and use of budgets for planning and control, demonstrating accountability, establishing priorities within an organization and use of financial data to lead decision-making. Cr 3.

LOS 790 Residency I – Orientation to Doctoral Studies in Leadership

This residency will be designed to provide the foundational skills students need to overcome common challenges encountered in doctoral studies. This course will cover important survival skills such as mastering your people skills, maximizing your efficiency, nurturing your mind and body, and becoming an independent researcher. Cr 1.

LOS 791 Residency II – Focusing on Leadership Research

One year into the doctoral program, students will take part in a research immersion in which they are exposed to a variety of active research programs. This course is intended to help students be properly mindful about how they should prepare to be able to launch into their own scholarly agendas. Cr 1.

LOS 792 Residency III – Preparing the Leadership Dissertation

This residency is designed to prepare students through the practical, logistical, and emotional stages of writing a dissertation. It will offer guidance to students for such important steps as defining topics, scheduling time to accommodate projects, and conducting, analyzing, writing, presenting, and publishing research. Cr 1.

LOS 810 Leadership – Research Design / Proposal Seminar

This seminar is intended to help leadership doctoral students nearing completion of coursework plan and prepare for the dissertation experience. Students will learn about the dissertation process by reading, engaging in seminar discussions, listening to the experiences of students engaged in the dissertation process or those who have recently completed it, and/or by completing relevant writing assignments. This course also builds upon its prerequisites and includes an overview of mixed methods approaches, including Convergent and Sequential designs as well as associated data collection and analysis techniques. Finally, and chiefly, students will complete the three chapters of their dissertation proposals. Prerequisite: LOS 714, 716, or 719 with grade of B or better. Cr 3.

LOS 850 Leadership – Dissertation Proposal

This course focuses on the development of the doctoral dissertation proposal. Emphasis is placed on understanding and defining the logical relations between elements in a proposal including the problem statement, conceptual/theoretical framework, literature review, research design, and methodology. Teaching and learning strategies are designed to promote critical/analytical thinking and scholarly discourse. Prerequisite: LOS 810 with grade of B or better. Cr 3.

LOS 851 Leadership – Dissertation Continuation

This course focuses on the development of the doctoral dissertation. Emphasis is placed on finalizing the literature review, research design, and methodology and collecting and analyzing data. This course must be repeated each semester consecutively until the dissertation chair feels the candidate is ready to proceed to LOS852 (in which the dissertation is completed and defended). Prerequisite: LOS 850 with grade of B or better. Cr 3.

LOS 852 Leadership - Dissertation Completion

The focus of this course is completion of the dissertation and dissertation defense for the Doctoral Degree in Leadership. Prerequisite: LOS 851 with grade of B or better. Cr 3.