LEADERSHIP MINOR
In 2006 Central Michigan University became the first public institution in Michigan to offer a minor in leadership. The minor focuses on providing in-depth instruction on desired qualities of leaders, and on the application of such qualities. The minor will provide students with the courses and experiences necessary to serve as leaders in their community and professions.


For information regarding the minor or enrollment information please contact the Leadership Institute at (989) 774-LEAD (5323) or Jamie Brown in the RPLA Department at (989) 774-2390.

Leadership Minor
B.A., B.A.A., B.F.A., B.S., and B.S. in B.A. degrees

The Leadership minor is a 24-credit-hour interdisciplinary program that includes both theoretical and experiential components. The major objective of the program is to educate students for and about leadership and prepare them to acquire leadership positions in their community and profession. The minor complements a wide variety of academic programs such as: health professions, business, political science, recreation, parks and leisure services, military science, communication, and education.

Required Courses (12-15 hours):
    LDR 200 (3) Introduction to Leadership
    COM 461 (3) Communications in Leadership
    PHL 118 (3) Moral Problems OR
    PHL 218 (3) Ethical Theory OR
    PHL 318 (3) Business Ethics
    LDR 402 (3-6) Applications of Leadership

Electives (12 hours): Choose one course from each of the three electives tracks listed below. The fourth course may be selected from any of the tracks, or LDR 402 can be taken for six credits, three of which count in the core requirements, the other three credits would count as elective credits. Elective tracks and courses to be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Track 1 Understanding Human Behavior and Development
Courses in this track provide a study of the theories, frameworks, and research, which assist in the understanding and prediction of human behavior. Each course addresses aspects of how behavior develops through normal maturation processes, the identification of traits and behavior to meet environmental demands or personal goals.

EDU 280 – Education of Children 3(3-0)
HEV 100 – Human Growth and Development: Lifespan 3(3-0)
PSY 220 – Developmental Psychology 3(3-0)
MSL 102 – Basic Leadership 2(1-2)
PSC 101 – Political Behavior 3(3-0)
PSC 235 – Politics and Personality 3(3-0)
PSY 100 – Introduction to Psychology 3(3-0)
PSY 340 – Studies in Personality 3(3-0)

Track 2 Interpersonal and Group Interaction
Courses in this track address the major tenets of social interaction that may lead to group productivity and overall effectiveness. Each course provides an examination of how groups can develop into functioning units through the study of patterns of individual and group interaction (e.g., communication) within organizations and society in general.
BLR 310 – Alternative Dispute Resolution in Business 3(3-0)
ENG 402 – Argumentation and Exposition 3(3-0)
COM 264 – Organizational Communication 3(3-0)
COM 267 – Introduction to Debate 3(3-0)
COM 353 – Communication in Small Groups 3(3-0)
COM 361 – Dynamics of Interpersonal Communication 3(3-0)
COM 367 – Nonverbal Communication 3(3-0)
COM 560 – Communication and Change: The Diffusion of Ideas and Information 3(3-0)
COM 561 – Communication in Conflict Management 3(3-0)
MGT 348 – Dynamics of Organizational Behavior 3(3-0)
MGT 355 – Communications: Managerial Applications 3(3-0)
MSL 201 – Individual Leadership Studies 3(2-2)
MSL 202 – Leadership and Teamwork 3(2-2)
PES 300 – Wilderness Experience for Leadership Development 3(2-2)
PSC 327 – Lobbying and Interest Group Behavior 3(3-0)
PSY 330 – Social Psychology 3(3-0)
PSY 336 – Industrial/Organizational Psychology 3(3-0)
PSY 531 – Group Dynamics 3(3-0)
PSY 535 – Organizational Psychology 3(3-0)
RPL 206 – Recreation Activities Leadership 3(3-0)
RPL 307 – Management Skills in Leisure Services 3(3-0)
RPL 435 – Leadership in Adventure Education Programming 3(3-0)
SOC 100 – Introductory Sociology 3(3-0)SOC 201 – Social Psychology 3(3-0)

Track 3 Leadership in a Social, Political, or Historical Context
Courses in this track put the analysis of effective leaders and leadership practices into a specific historical, political, and/or social context. Each course provides a broad perspective of leadership as it examines a set of complex environmental variables which affect leader development and effectiveness.

BCA 210 – Survey of the Mass Media 4(4-0)
HSC 520 – Health Services Administration 3(3-0)
HST 110 – The American Experience 3(3-0)
HST 238 – Ancient Greece and Rome 3(3-0)
HST 312 – American Military Experience 3(3-0)
HST 325 – African-Americans in Twentieth Century America 3(3-0)
LAR 145 – Racism and Diversity in America 3(3-0)
MSL 301 – Leadership and Problem Solving 4(3-2)
MSL 402 – Officership 4(3-2)
PSC 105 – Introduction to American Government and Politics 3(3-0)
PSC 125 – African-American Politics 3(3-0)
PSC 150 – World Politics 3(3-0)
PSC 242 – Introduction to Comparative Politics 3(3-0)
PSC 261 – State and Local Government 3(3-0)
PSC 275 – Great Political Thinkers 3(3-0)
PSC 321 – The American Chief Executive 3(3-0)
PSC 371 – American Political Thought 3(3-0)
PSC 373 – American Individualism 3(3-0)
REL/PHL/SOC 345/PSC325 – The Civil Rights Movement 3(3-0)
RPL 405 – Administration of Recreation and Parks 3(3-0)
SOC 221 – Social Problems 3(3-0)
SOC 402 – Analysis of Social Change 3(3-0)
SOC 403 – Political Sociology 3(3-0)
WST/PSC 326 – Women and Politics 3(3-0)


Total: 24 Semester Hours