Minor Requirements & Course Descriptions

UPDATE: The Leadership Studies Minor Requirements have been updated for students enrolling in the Fall semester of 2019. The following “New Requirements” will apply to all students enrolling in the Leadership Studies Minor in Fall of 2019 and beyond. Current Leadership Minor students can follow either the “New Requirements” or the existing requirements. Please read below for more details.

New Leadership Minor Requirements 

**Effective Fall 2019**

OVERVIEW:

  • Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA required to earn minor:  2.50
  • Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor:  C-
  • Residency Requirement:  A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at the University of Maine
  • No more than 6 credits can overlap with those being counted toward another Major or Minor

A.  CORE REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)

1.  LDR 100:  Foundations of Leadership

Introduction to the study of leadership as a personal and social phenomenon from a multidisciplinary perspective, with a focus on the development of practical leadership skills and behaviors. Emphasis on exploring the nature of leadership in diverse human contexts through civic and community engagement.

3 credits. Prerequisites: None.

* This requirement may also be fulfilled by taking three credits from the following list:

  • MSL 101:  Foundations of Officership
  • MSL 102:  Basic Leadership
  • MSL 201:  Individual Leadership Studies
  • MSL 202:  Leadership and Teamwork

2.  LDR 200:  Leadership Ethics

Examination of moral and ethical theory as applied to leadership from a multidisciplinary perspective. Extensive consideration given to ethical challenges faced by leaders in diverse applied settings. Topics may include: self-interest; ambition; duties of leaders and followers; virtue; relativism; utilitarianism; consequentialism; “dirty-hands” problems; partiality; cross-cultural differences.

3 credits. Prerequisite: LDR 100 or permission of the instructor or at least 3 credits from the following courses: MSL 101, MSL 102, MSL 201, MSL 202

3.   LDR 300:  Advanced Leadership Theory & Practice

An advanced interdisciplinary examination of the study of leadership from theoretical, empirical, and applied perspectives, with special emphasis on case studies from Maine’s unique legacy of exemplary public leaders. Significant attention to the practical development of applied leadership skills through group exercises, case studies, self-reflection assignments, and problem-based learning.

3 credits. Prerequisite: LDR 100 or permission of the instructor or at least 3 credits from the following courses: MSL 101, MSL 102, MSL 201, MSL 202

This requirement may also be fulfilled with the following courses:

  • BUA 460:  Leadership
  • *GEE 230: Introduction to Engineering Leadership and Management
  • NUR 444:  Management and Leadership in Health Care System

*GEE 230 is a one-credit course. This course may be used to satisfy this requirement, but students electing this option must take at least two additional credit hours from the electives listed below in order to satisfy the minor requirement of 18 total credit hours

4.   Applied Leadership 

  • LDR 380: Leadership and Service
  • LDR 495: Washington D.C. Leadership Institute
  • LDR 499: Leadership Engagement Practicum

With pre-approval the following courses, or 400-level practicum/internship courses within specific disciplines, may be used to satisfy this requirement:

  • CAN 499: Internship-Canadian Studies
  • EHD 490: Full-Day Student Teaching (Elementary)
  • EHD 491: Full-Day Student Teaching (Secondary)
  • EHD 494: Student Teaching K-12 (Art or Music)
  • EHD 496: Advanced Internship (Elementary)
  • EHD 497: Advanced Internship (Secondary)
  • EHD 499: Student Teaching K-12
  • GEE 430: Engineering Leadership and Management Internship
  • INV 480: Internship in Innovation
  • KPE 427: Health Fitness Internship
  • MSL Leader’s Training Course (LTC)
  • MSL Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
  • POS 487: Practicum in Engaged Policy Studies I
  • POS 488: Practicum in Engaged Policy Studies II
  • POS 493: American Politics Internship
  • POS 495: Congressional Internship
  • POS 496: International Affairs Internship
  • SOC 495: Internship in Sociology

B. LEADERSHIP ELECTIVES (6 credits) 

  • LDR 350: Topics in Leadership Studies
  • LDR 390: Contemporary Leadership and the Art of Political Strategy
  • LDR 395: Bipartisan Leadership Lessons from William S. Cohen’s Career in Public Service

Any LDR course at the 400-level and above that is not being used to satisfy the Applied Leadership requirement.

  • BUA 325: Principles of Management and Organization
  • BUA 326: Organizational Behavior
  • BUA 330: Human Resources Management
  • BUA 342: Small Business Management
  • BUA 445: International Management
  • BUA 449: Strategic Management
  • CHF 417: Introduction to Leadership in Early Childhood Education
  • CMJ 102: Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
  • CMJ 103: Fundamentals of Public Communication
  • CMJ 345: Small Group Communication: Service-Learning
  • CMJ 347: Argument and Critical Thinking
  • CMJ 360: Nonverbal Communication
  • CMJ 367: Public Relations
  • CMJ 403: Persuasion and Social Influence
  • CMJ 470: Communication in Organizations
  • EHD 203: Educational Psychology
  • ENG 317: Business and Technical Writing
  • ENG 415: Advanced Report & Proposal Writing
  • ENG 418: Topics in Professional Writing
  • INV 180: Create: Innovation Engineering I
  • INV 282: Communicate: Innovation Engineering II
  • KPE 344: Principles of Coaching
  • KPE 383: Organization and Administration in Athletic Training
  • KPE 426: Exercise Prescription and Leadership
  • MSL 301: Adaptive Team Leadership
  • MSL 302: Applied Team Leadership
  • MSL 302: Leadership and Ethics
  • MSL 401: Mission Command and the Army Profession
  • MSL 402: Mission Command and the Company Grade Officer
  • NAV 303: Leadership and Management
  • NAV 304: Leadership and Ethics
  • NUR 409: Professional Issues: Leadership and Organization
  • NUR 454: Clinical Adult Nursing Management
  • PAX 360: Conflict Resolution
  • PAX 370: Building Sustainable Communities
  • PAX 400: Martin Luther King and the Beloved Community
  • PAX 451: Mediation: Its Premises, Practices and Policies
  • PAX 470: Sustainable Communication: The Theory and Practice of Nonviolent Communication
  • PHI 230: Ethics PHI 231: Topics in Applied Ethics
  • PHI 232: Environmental Ethics
  • PHI 233: Business Ethics
  • PHI 235: Biomedical Ethics
  • PHI 236: Feminist Ethical, Social and Political Theory
  • PHI 240: Social and Political Philosophy
  • POS 301: Classical Political Thought
  • POS 302: Medieval Political Thought
  • POS 303: Early Modern Political Thought
  • POS 304: American Political Thought
  • POS 305: Late Modern Political Thought
  • POS 306: Crafting the American Constitution
  • POS 307: Democratic Theory
  • POS 354: The US Presidency
  • POS 474: Conduct of Foreign Policy
  • POS 475: International Security
  • PSY 251: Psychology of Motivation
  • SOC 325: The Sociology of Religion
  • SWK 350: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • SWK 351: Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
  • THE 466: Stage Directing
  • WGS 301: Intermediate Topics in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • WGS 401: Advanced Topics in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

Existing Leadership Minor Requirements 

**Eligible for students enrolled in the minor before Fall of 2019.**

OVERVIEW:

  • Minimum number of credits required to earn minor: 18
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA required to earn minor:  2.50
  • Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward minor:  C
  • Residency Requirement:  A minimum of 9 credit hours must be completed at the University of Maine
  • No more than 6 credits can overlap with those being counted toward another Major or Minor

A.  CORE REQUIREMENTS (12 credits)

1.  LDR 100:  Foundations of Leadership

Introduction to the study of leadership as a personal and social phenomenon from a multidisciplinary perspective, with a focus on the development of practical leadership skills and behaviors. Emphasis on exploring the nature of leadership in diverse human contexts through civic and community engagement.

3 credits. Prerequisites: None.

* This requirement may also be fulfilled by taking three credits from the following list:

  • MSL 101:  Foundations of Officership
  • MSL 102:  Basic Leadership
  • MSL 201:  Individual Leadership Studies
  • MSL 202:  Leadership and Teamwork

2.  LDR 200:  Leadership Ethics

Examination of moral and ethical theory as applied to leadership from a multidisciplinary perspective. Extensive consideration given to ethical challenges faced by leaders in diverse applied settings. Topics may include: self-interest; ambition; duties of leaders and followers; virtue; relativism; utilitarianism; consequentialism; “dirty-hands” problems; partiality; cross-cultural differences.

3 credits. Prerequisite: LDR 100 or permission of the instructor or at least 3 credits from the following courses: MSL 101, MSL 102, MSL 201, MSL 202

3.   LDR 300:  Advanced Leadership Theory & Practice

An advanced interdisciplinary examination of the study of leadership from theoretical, empirical, and applied perspectives, with special emphasis on case studies from Maine’s unique legacy of exemplary public leaders. Significant attention to the practical development of applied leadership skills through group exercises, case studies, self-reflection assignments, and problem-based learning.

3 credits. Prerequisite: LDR 100 or permission of the instructor or at least 3 credits from the following courses: MSL 101, MSL 102, MSL 201, MSL 202

This requirement may also be fulfilled with the following courses:

  • BUA 460:  Leadership
  • *GEE 230: Introduction to Engineering Leadership and Management
  • NUR 444:  Management and Leadership in Health Care System

*GEE 230 is a one-credit course. This course may be used to satisfy this requirement, but students electing this option must take at least two additional credit hours from the electives listed below in order to satisfy the minor requirement of 18 total credit hours

4.  LDR 499:  Leadership Engagement Practicum 

Students participate in a fieldwork practicum or internship with a substantial leadership component, while examining and reflecting upon their leadership skills and knowledge in an applied setting. Includes project assignments that synthesize academic and applied experiences.

3 credits. Prerequisites: LDR 300 or permission of the instructor.

With pre-approval, the following courses, or 400-level practicum/internship courses within specific disciplines, may be used to satisfy this requirement, provided they a) contain a substantial leadership component, b) entail at least 70 hours of applied fieldwork, and c) require substantial and meaningful reflection assignments:

  • GEE 430:  Engineering Leadership and Management Internship
  • POS 487:  Practicum in Engaged Policy Studies I
  • POS 488:  Practicum in Engaged Policy Studies II
  • MSL Leader’s Training Course (LTC)
  • MSL Leader Development & Assessment Course (LDAC)

Substitutions may only be used to satisfy this requirement by obtaining PRIOR written approval from the Leadership Studies Advisor.

B.  LEADERSHIP BEHAVIORS & SKILLS ELECTIVE (3 credits from the following list):

  • CMJ 102:  Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
  • CMJ 103:  Fundamentals of Public Communication
  • CMJ 345:  Small Group Communication: Service-Learning
  • CMJ 347:  Argument and Critical Thinking
  • CMJ 360:  Nonverbal Communication
  • CMJ 367:  Public Relations
  • CMJ 370:  Visual Communication
  • ENG 317:  Business and Technical Writing
  • ENG 415:  Advanced Report & Proposal Writing
  • ENG 418:  Topics in Professional Writing
  • INV 180:  Create: Innovation Engineering I
  • INV 282:  Communicate: Innovation Engineering II
  • MSL 401:  Adaptive Leadership
  • NAV 303:  Leadership and Management
  • PAX 360:  Conflict Resolution
  • PAX 451:  Mediation: Its Premises, Practices and Policies
  • PAX 470:  Sustainable Communication: The Theory and Practice of Nonviolent Communication

C.   LEADERSHIP IN COMMUNITIES, GROUPS, AND ORGANIZATIONS ELECTIVE (3 credits from the following list):

  • LDR 350:   Topics in Leadership Studies
  • ANT 270:  Environmental Justice Movements in the United States
  • ANT 470:  Religion and Politics
  • BUA 325:  Principles of Management and Organization
  • BUA 327:  Business and Society
  • BUA 270:  Marketing
  • CHF 201:  Introduction to Child Development
  • CLA 400:  Hero: Myth and Meaning
  • CMJ 225:  Sex, Gender and Communication
  • CMJ 403:  Persuasion and Social Influence
  • CMJ 405:  Women and Communication
  • CMJ 420:  Health Communication
  • CMJ 430:  Intercultural Communication
  • CMJ 470:  Communication in Organizations
  • ECO 254:  Small Business Economics and Management
  • EHD 202:  Education in a Multicultural Society
  • EHD 203:  Educational Psychology
  • ENG 253:  Shakespeare: Selected Plays
  • HON 170:  Currents and Context
  • HON 308:  Visiting Scholar in Ethics Tutorial
  • HTY 279:  European Military History
  • HTY 402:  Roman History
  • INV 401:  Systems: Innovation Engineering IV
  • KPE 209:  Wilderness First Responder
  • KPE 286:  Challenge Course Facilitator Skills
  • KPE 311:  Maine Wilderness Guide
  • KPE 344:  Principles of Coaching
  • MES 301:  Rachel Carson, Maine, and the Environment
  • MSL 301:  Adaptive Team Leadership
  • MSL 302:  Applied Team Leadership
  • MSL 350:  The Evolution of American Warfare
  • MSL 402:  Mission Command and the Company Grade Officer
  • NAV 303:  Leadership and Management
  • NAV 304:  Leadership and Ethics
  • NUR 409:  Professional Issues: Leadership and Organization
  • NUR 453:  Community Nursing Care Management
  • NUR 454:  Clinical Adult Nursing Management
  • PAX 290:  Nonviolence: Perceptions and Perspectives
  • PAX 370:  Building Sustainable Communities
  • PAX 400:  Martin Luther King and the Promise of Social Renewal
  • PAX 401:  Women Social Activists: Warriors for Peace and Justice
  • PHI 230:  Ethics
  • PHI 231:  Topics in Applied Ethics
  • PHI 232:  Environmental Ethics
  • PHI 233:  Business Ethics
  • PHI 235:  Biomedical Ethics
  • PHI 236:  Feminist Ethical, Social and Political Theory
  • PHI 240:  Social and Political Philosophy
  • PHI 344:  Theories of Justice
  • PHI 345:  Global Justice
  • PHI 346:  The Philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi
  • PHI 432:  Environmental Philosophy and Policy
  • POS 301:  Classical Political Thought
  • POS 302:  Medieval Political Thought
  • POS 303:  Early Modern Political Thought
  • POS 304:  American Political Thought
  • POS 305:  Late Modern Political Thought
  • POS 306:  Crafting the American Constitution
  • POS 307:  Democratic Theory
  • POS 353:  The US Congress
  • POS 354:  The US Presidency
  • POS 357:  Film and Politics
  • POS 385:  Women and Politics
  • POS 386:  Religion and Politics in the United States
  • POS 474:  Conduct of Foreign Policy
  • POS 475:  International Security
  • POS 486:  Religious Thought, the American Identity, and U.S. Public Policy
  • PSY 230:  Social Psychology
  • PSY 251:  Psychology of Motivation
  • PSY 423:  The Psychology of Parenting
  • SFR 106:  Forest Land Navigation and Outdoor Preparedness
  • SOC 201:  Social Inequality
  • SOC 202:  Social Problems
  • SOC 301:  Self and Society
  • SOC 329:  Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 325:  The Sociology of Religion
  • SWK 330:  Contemporary Issues in Diversity and Pluralism
  • SWK 350:  Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
  • SWK 351:  Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
  • SWK 440:  Social Welfare Policy and Issues
  • THE 466:  Stage Directing
  • WGS 201:  Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • WGS 230:  Women, Health, and the Environment
  • WGS 301:  Intermediate Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • WGS 340:  Transnational Feminisms

(updated January 2019)