100 Level Courses:
LDST 101: Foundations of Organizational Leadership
200 Level Courses:
LDST 201: Public Sector Finance
300 Level Courses:
LDST 300: Theories and Models of Leadership
LDST 310: Contemporary Workforce Issues
LDST 331: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
LDST 338: Organizational Relations
LDST 350: Organizational Legal Issues and Policies
LDST 101: Foundations of Leadership Studies. 3 hours.
General introduction to, and analysis of, historical and current theories of leadership. Study of leadership process involving interaction of leaders and followers in organizational settings such as public/private, profit and nonprofit.
LDST 201: Public Sector Finance. 3 hours.
The course is an introduction to finance in the public sector. Provides an introduction to issues of financial management in federal, state and local government. Explores three interrelated areas: (1) raising revenues, including the trade-offs associated with establishing a sustainable tax base; (2) raising capital by borrowing in the capital markets; and (3) investing funds, in the context of both cash management and funding pension systems. Specific topics include: federal, state and local tax policy, transit finance, educational institutions finance, privatization, economic development, debt management, and the roles of rating agencies, investment bankers, and investors.
LDST 300: Theories and Models of Leadership. 3 hours.
During this course students will analyze the theories, processes and structures to become effective supervisors within a wide variety of organizations. Topics of study include theories of leadership, leadership/supervisory challenges, functions of the leader/supervisor, and skills of the leader/supervisor. Additional emphasis is placed upon the importance of life-long learning and the development of leadership skills in the workplace to include such skills as ethics, teamwork, diversity, goals, change, conflict, communication, motivation, leadership, organization, problem solving and decision making.
LDST 310: Contemporary Workforce Issues. 3 hours.
This course explores current work place issues faced by leaders in government and industry. Course content includes strategic workforce designs, workforce alignment systems, models for modern labor-management cooperation, TQM, Six Sigma, organizational learning, and work/family issues as they relate to configurations of workforce practices found in pacesetting organizations.
LDST 331: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. 3 hours.
Conflict cause and effect as well as ethical issues, use of simulations to practice skills for conflict resolution. Students will investigate theoretical and practical aspects of conflict assessment, negotiation, problem solving and mediation. Prerequisite: LDST 300.
LDST 338: Organizational Relations. 3 hours.
A survey of the concepts that provide a foundation for the understanding of individual and group behavior in organizations. Special emphasis on typical interpersonal and leadership relationships. Personal leadership styles discovered. Focuses on effective collaboration and relationships that achieve results. Applied practice, small group work, and self-reflective sessions.
LDST 350: Organizational Legal Issues and Policies. 3 hours.
This course examines environmental forces that impact the organization with an emphasis on applicable legal issues. Emphasizing an understanding of law as a basis for critical examination of legal, governmental and regulatory processes confronting today's organizations. Topics include dispute resolution, workplace crimes, contract liability and electronic communication laws. Prerequisite: LDST 201.
LDST 400: Grant Writing. 3 hours.
This course provides information, resources, and hands-on exercises that cover aspects of identifying program/community needs, locating funding sources and programs, outlining a prospectus, writing a successful proposal; and discussing the reasons proposals fail. The course also explores reading Requests for Proposals (RFP) and understanding the proposal review process. Emphasis is on understanding the grant process and preparing proposals for federal agencies and corporate and private foundations.
LDST 420: Managing Multi-Cultural Organizations. 3 hours.
The United States has always been referred to as a 'melting pot' with people from all cultures residing throughout. In addition to being a capable communicator with different cultures within the U.S., managers must also be able to interact with individuals living in other countries. As the U.S. becomes more and more ethnically diversified the world is becoming smaller through technology, e-commerce, and political interdependence. Even small businesses need skills in multi-cultural communication to understand the complexities of business and culturally specific practices. Prerequisite: LDST 300 and senior status.
LDST 450: Ethics and Leadership. 3 hours.
Focuses on defining and assessing ethical leadership. Provides broad overview of major conceptions of ethical leadership and how they relate to current leadership theories. Includes role of values in determining moral obligations and leaders in policy making and vision. Prerequisites: LDST 300, LDST 350, LDST 355 and senior status.