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Ethics and Leadership

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The minor in Ethics and Leadership is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with a unique set of marketable skills and abilities for effective, values-based leadership. A core set of required courses introduces students to basic issues in the field of leadership studies and provides opportunities to put ideas and theory into practice. Elective courses from a variety of disciplines allow students to integrate the minor into their plan of study and connect it to their personal interests while exploring the connection between ethical leadership and social responsibility. 

Program Goals and Objectives

The overarching goal of the Ethics and Leadership Minor is to prepare students for effective, values-based leadership roles in their personal and professional lives. To this end, the program will:

  • Provide opportunities for students to learn about leadership theories and practices, principles of ethical theory and moral decision-making, and principles of community engagement.
  • Assist students in the development of a comprehensive set of leadership skills important for personal development and workplace success.
  • Prepare students to assume leadership roles in the workplace and in service to their communities.

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to: 

  • Communicate effectively with a view to developing relationships, managing conflicts, and working across differences.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in methods of effective reasoning and the practical application of logical methods.
  • Analyze and evaluate key leadership concepts, models, and theories, and recognize/apply them in concrete settings.
  • Identify and assess their own ethical values, and effectively identify, analyze, and evaluate ethical issues in a variety of contexts.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a number of practical leadership skills including decision-making, collaboration, motivation, and delegation.
  • Articulate the value of engaged citizenship through service to the College and greater community.

To enroll:

Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to explore how the Ethics and Leadership Minor can complement their major course of study and enhance their career preparedness.

Program Requirements
The Ethics and Leadership Minor consists of 17-19 credit hours, fulfilled as follows:


Core Requirements: 8-10 credits
Foundations of Leadership: ELP 0100 
Leadership Ethics: PHI 0271 
Leadership Skills: ENC 0120 
Service Learning: Any course with an "S" prefix (alternative service experience may be substituted at discretion of Minor adviser)


Elective Requirements: 9 credits
One course from each of the following areas
(up to 9 credit hours in these areas taken for GE credit may count toward the minor)


Area 1: Communication, Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving

COM-0160-Public Speaking 

PHI-0120-Critical Thinking         
PHI-0230-Logic: The Art of Reasoning

SOC-0200-Social Mediation and Dispute Resolution 

Area 2: Ethics, Social Responsibility, and Moral Decision-Making

BUS-0230-Contemporary Issues in Business

COM-0279-Communication Ethics        

PHI-0270-Business Ethics    
PHI-0272-Ethics and Social Values
PHI-0274-Legal Ethics      
PHI-0275-Biomedical Ethics
PHI-0290-Environmental Ethics
PHI-0360-Ethical Theory   
PSC-0205-Ethics and International Relations
PSY-0290-Psychology of Good and Evil
RST-0250-Christian Ethics
RST-0253-Ethical Issues across Religions

Area 3: Leadership, Organizations, and Change

BUS-0205-Organizational Theory of Management

BUS-0340-Organizational Behavior   

HIS-0280-19th Century Social Movements in the US
HIS-0285-20th Century Social Movements in the US

PSC-0255-Women in Politics 

PSC-0265-International Organizations

PSC-0275-The American Presidency 

PSC-0283-The Politics of Sustainability

PSC-0288-Model UN