Academic Opportunities

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Certificate in Organizational Leadership

The Certificate in Organizational Leadership (COL) is designed to provide an opportunity for students to study the relevant theoretical and academic aspects of leadership while developing individual leadership capacity. The program combines academic coursework with experiential and co-curricular aspects that result in a tangible qualification reflected on the official transcript.

There is no area of study that is immune to the benefit of learning about, practicing and further developing leadership. In an effort to create a structure that will support the development of baccalaureate Leadership courses, it is imperative that an academic program be developed that creates this alignment. This program is intended to compliment the efforts of the LEO (Leadership, Experiences, Opportunity) program designed for associate degree students by providing a tangible outcome that mirrors the balance of academic, experiential and practical learning and development.

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Cottey’s Leadership Courses

The following leadership courses are currently offered:

  • OLS/WGS 102 Foundations in Leadership (fs)
    Introduces theoretical and practical understanding of leadership. Assists in defining personal leadership orientation and philosophy, building relationships, initiating change, and empowering others. Emphasis on women’s leadership. 3 credits
  • OLS 205 Social Justice and Civic Engagement (s)
    Examines the ways in which individuals and groups are named and treated as “other” in communities and societies; explores the ways in which this designation of otherness harms individuals, families, communities, and nations; and considers ways in which civic engagement and activism can be used to promote human dignity and a socially just world. 3 credits
  • OLS 220: Leadership in Times of Crisis
    This course evaluates crises that have impacted individual leaders, groups, companies, cities, and societies. Students will evaluate leaders and decisions in order to prepare for potential crisis situations they will face. Training for Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization is included. 3 credits
  • OLS 260: Ethical Leadership
    An examination of the unique ethical challenges faced by leaders with an emphasis on building ethical competency through self-assessment, challenge, and feedback. The emphasis of this class is the practical application of ethical concepts, philosophies, and approaches in order to develop more mindful and effective women leaders. 3 credits
  • IDS/OLS 320: The Leader Within
    The Leader Within will focus on concepts related to Self-leadership. Self-Leadership is the practice of intentionally influencing your thinking, feeling and behaviors to achieve your objective/s (Bryant & Kazan 2012). This academically based service-learning course will provide an opportunity for students to examine their own leadership through concepts such as Emotional Intelligence and Authentic Leadership. The course will be grounded in both theory and practice utilizing experiential and discussion-based learning. Service-learning links the academic content of the course with experience in the community through intentional readings, discussion, and reflection on the service experience. 3 credits
  • IDS/OLS 332: Leadership for Social Change
    Leadership for Social Change is an academically based service-learning course in which students examine leadership in the context of social change, both theoretically and through observation and interview. The course will be grounded in both theory and practice utilizing experiential and discussion-based learning. Service-learning links the academic content of the course with experience in the community through intentional readings, discussion, and reflection on the service experience. 3 credits
  • IDS/OLS 352: Team Leadership & Group Dynamics
    Team Leadership & Group Dynamics is an academically based service-learning course in which students examine how group behavior affects organizational effectiveness, conflict management, decision making, and strategies for efficient group outcomes. Through activities in this course, students will explore their leadership skills specifically related to groups and group social process. Emphasis will be placed on such topics as group decision-making, participation in groups, power and authority, and a variety of communication styles. Service-Learning and group/community observation activities will provide an opportunity to evaluate current group processes and apply learning to actual structures. 3 credits
  • OLS 420: Leadership Theories & Practices
    An examination of the theories and skills necessary for the development of effective leadership with an emphasis on leadership, its theory and practice. The course includes opportunities for evaluating leaders and leadership behavior in a variety of contexts. This is an academically based service-learning course in which students examine various styles of leadership, both theoretically and through observation and interaction. The course will be grounded in both theory and practice utilizing experiential and discussion-based learning. Service-learning links the academic content of the course with practical application through intentional readings, discussion, and reflection on the service experience. Basic concepts of leadership theory will be discussed followed by an in-depth study of modern and historical conceptualizations of leadership and examination of the application of various leadership skills and approaches. 3 credits

The Serenbetz Institute is developing additional courses that will compliment current baccalaureate degree programs.