Courses within the Certificate program focus on leadership, communication, ethics, and group processes.

Students electing the Certificate in Leadership Studies may be enrolled in any undergraduate major. In addition to completing the standard core and required track courses for their majors, students must complete 18 hours of coursework. These courses may also count toward requirements of your major, if applicable.

Required Courses

Communication Studies:
Communications 3135: Leadership Theory and Group Dynamics (3)
Communications 3136: Leadership, Service and Ethics (3)
Communications 4410: Internship in University Leadership (3)

One course from the following:
Philosophy - Professional Ethics 2175 (3)
Philosophy - History of Ethical Theories 3219 (3)
Philosophy - Ethics 3221 (3)
Philosophy - Business Ethics 3231 (3)
Political Science - Law, Justice & Morality 3175

Elective courses:
Two courses or 6 hours from the following:
Aerospace 3101 – Leadership Studies (3)
Aerospace 3102 – Leadership Studies II (3)
Communication - Small Group Communication 2105 (3)
Communication - Interpersonal Communication 2107 (3)
Management - Leadership and Organizational Behavior 3140 (3)
Management – Managerial Leadership 3247 (3)
Psychology - Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology 2171 (3)
Political Science - The Presidency 3112 (3)
Political Science – North Carolina Student Legislature
Exercise Science (would need to take 3)
Exercise Science - Introduction to Outdoor Adventure 1231 (1)
Exercise Science - Adventure Activities 1235 (1)
Exercise Science - Wilderness Trip Leading 2232 (2)
Exercise Science - Challenge Course Facilitation 2234 (2)

Additional courses are under review for inclusion in this Certificate.

Course Descriptions

COMM 3135: Leadership, Communication, and Group Dynamics (3). Study of leadership theories, behaviors, and group processes. Emphasis on group dynamics in organizations and the role of the leader. Assessment of leadership style.

COMM 3136: Leadership, Service, and Ethics (3). The focus of this course is on leadership issues facing our society, the role of values and ethics in leadership, and servant leadership.

PHIL 2175: Professional Ethics (3). Basic concepts, principles and cases in ethics for the professions, including a reasoning model for ethical decisions, basic principles and codes of professional ethics, and actual case scenarios from the professions.

HIL 3219: History of Ethical Theory (3). Study of major ethical theories in western philosophical tradition: Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Butler, and Mill. Examination of the fundamental approaches to ethics in the western philosophical tradition and of the historical connections among these fundamental theories. Historical connections include the earlier insights and arguments accepted by later thinkers and the development of concepts from earlier theories to later ones.

PHIL 3221. Ethics (3) (O). A study of the nature and foundations of moral judgment, the principles and criteria for sound moral decisions, and the application of these to contemporary moral issues. Discussion includes such specific problems as: abortion, capital punishment, privacy, war, and sexual morality.

PHIL 3231. Business Ethics (3). Ethical problems confronting business as a social institution and individuals in business. Application of ethical theory to business institutions and practices, internal exchanges of business (e.g., hiring, promotions, working conditions, employer/employee rights and duties) and external exchanges (e.g., product safety, environment, depletion, marketing, advertising.)

POLS 3175: Philosophy of Law (3). Philosophy underlying the legal system and the Anglo-American practice of law. Usually will include topics such as what is “law,” obligation to obey the law, liberty, privacy and tolerance, and criminal responsibility and punishment.

AERO 3101: Leadership and Management (3) (O). Pre-professional co-requisite: AERO 3101L: Study of leadership theory and skills, and the Air Force officer's role as a leader. Includes a study of management skills and their value in the military environment. Emphasis is placed on written and oral communication.

AERO 3102: Defense Administration and Military Management (3) (O). Pre-professional co-requisite: AERO 3102L: Examination of Air Force doctrine, leadership, and ethics. Emphasis is placed on written and oral communication.

COMM 2105: Small Group Communication (3). Principles of discussion and deliberation in small groups. Practice in organizing, leading, and participating in various forms of group communication. Emphasis on problem solving and leadership skills. Restricted to Communication Studies majors and minors.

COMM 2107: Interpersonal Communication (3). Study of the dynamics of one-to-one human communication. The relation of language to human communication, perception and reality, self-concept, nonverbal communication codes, development of trust and self-disclosure, and development of positive communication style. Restricted to Communication Studies majors and minors, Pre-Elementary Education, Pre-Kinesiology majors, and Pre-Special Education majors.

MGMT 3140: Management and Organizational Behavior (3). Prerequisites: ACCT 2121, 2122; ECON 2101, 2102, INFO 2130; junior standing. A study of the role of manager with an emphasis on understanding the behavioral and administrative theories and concepts needed to succeed in contemporary organizations. Topics covered in the course include motivation, leadership, managing teams, and teamwork.

MGMT 3287: Managerial Leadership (3). Prerequisite: MGMT 3140 with a C or better. A managerial perspective on leadership in formal organizations. Emphasis is placed on team-building, exercising influence, decision-making, and conflict management. Pedagogical tools to be used include role playing, case analyses, self-assessment of leadership competencies, and shadowing of working managers.

PSYC 2171: Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology (3). The study of people at work; what motivates people to work and what leads to satisfaction, alienation, or performance; how to lead others, the structure of an organization and processes of communication, decision making, and conflict; socialization through selection and training; measurement of individual contributions; the design of work itself; ways to change and develop entire organizations.

POLS 3112: The Presidency (3). Analysis of the role of the Presidency in the American political system and its relationships with the other branches of government. Strategies of presidential nomination and election, the sources and indicators of presidential power, and how those who have held the office have shaped it and been shaped by it.

POLS 4110: North Carolina Student Legislature (3) (W) (O). Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Practicum including workshops, seminars, and guest speakers on legislative process and research, parliamentary procedure, and resolution and bill drafting, participation in an interim council debate at one of the member campuses for one weekend each month during the semester, and participation in the NCSL annual session in Raleigh. May be repeated for credit.

EXER 1231: Introduction to Outdoor Adventure (1). An introduction to outdoor adventure through participation in a variety of weekend outdoor trips offered by Venture. Discussions and written reflection will expand students’ sense of self, their connection with others, and with the natural environment. A special fee will be charged to cover the costs of the weekend trips.

EXER 1235: Challenge Course Activities (1). Immersion in a developmental small group team experience using a wide variety of challenge course activities (i.e., ropes course, trust exercises, group initiatives.) The focus is on expanding students’ self-knowledge and understanding of how to work effectively with and lead others.

EXER 2232: Wilderness Trip Leading (2). Prerequisite: EXER 1231 or EXER 2230 or permission of instructor. The focus is on the broadly accepted skills and knowledge necessary for leading group adventure trips. Includes spring break backpacking trip(s) and classroom sessions. After successful completion of this course, students will be eligible to assist with Venture trips. A special fee will be charged to cover the costs of the trips.

EXER 2234: Challenge Course Facilitation (2). Prerequisite: EXER 1235 or EXER 2230 or permission of instructor. Focus on the basic skills and knowledge necessary for safely and effectively leading groups through challenge courses. In addition to classroom sessions, weekend days at the Team Challenge Course and observation/apprenticing of actual Venture programs are required.