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Leadership Drury

Leadership Drury develops a student’s understanding of the nature, potential and responsibility of leadership in its attempt to create positive change for the common good. The opportunity for a student to learn how to be effective in leadership roles and processes through engaged learning and co-curricular experiences is a premise of the Leadership Drury program. Students who complete the Recognition in Leadership Drury will receive notation on their academic transcript and a certificate upon graduation recognizing them as a Distinguished Leader. Completion of the Recognition in Leadership Drury can also fulfill both of the Engaged Learning CORE Curriculum graduation requirements. 

If you're interested in learning more about the program, email Ryan Gipson: rgipson@drury.edu, or stop by FSC 117. To officially sign up for Leadership Drury, use the link below:

Sign Up for Leadership Drury

Download the most current version of the Recognition in Leadership Drury Approval Form to track your progress.


Program of Study

Core Credit Courses (4 hrs.) 

Students must complete each of the four core courses within the Leadership Drury series. PDEV courses do not incur course overload fees. Instructors represent a cross-section of campus life and community leaders.

PDEV 281: Leadership and the Individual
1 credit hours

Leadership and the Individual answers the question, “Who am I?” In this course, student-leaders will investigate and self-reflect on personal strengths and challenges in leadership. A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development.

PDEV 282: Leadership and Team Dynamics
1 credit hours

Leadership and Team Dynamics answers the question, “How can we make a difference?” In this course, student?leaders will seek to understand personality style and how it relates to group effectiveness. A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development

PDEV 283: Leadership and the Community
1 credit hours

Leadership and the Community answers the question, “Who are you in relation to the community?” In this course, student-leaders will explore community?based resources and nonprofit agencies in the greater Springfield community. As a leader in the community, how can we better utilize these resources? A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

PDEV 284: Leadership and the World
1 credit hours

Leadership and the World culminates the discussion of student leadership theory with the statement, “Let’s change the world!” In this course, student-leaders will consider social responsibility and develop a personal philosophy of global leadership. A variety of leadership theories will be explored with an emphasis on the social change model of leadership development. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.


Leadership Experiences (2 required) 

The leadership experience requirement may be met by participating in two of the following programs:


Professional Leadership Preparation (1-3 hrs.)

The professional leadership preparation requirement may be met by completing the requirement from each of the following areas: 

Complete one of the following courses: 

PDEV 271: Summit Park Leadership Community Level I
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission from Dean of Students. 
Experiential learning course focused on the principles of leadership and incorporating the value of community service with a group service-learning project. Class topics will focus around team leadership with emphasis in the areas of life skills, financial planning, career planning, creating community, diversity and academic skills. Offered fall semester. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

PDEV 272: Summit Park Leadership Community Level II
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: PDEV 271 and permission from Dean of Students. 
Experiential learning course focused on the principles of leadership and incorporating the value of community service with a group service-learning project. Class topics will focus around team leadership with emphasis in the areas of life skills, financial planning, career planning, creating community, diversity and communication skills. Offered spring semester. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

PDEV 493: Senior Seminar
1 credit hours

Prerequisite: senior status.
This course offers senior-level undergraduate students the opportunity to explore various aspects of the working word and their role as professionals. This course takes students from a glimpse into self-assessment to the job search, applying strengths, life in the workplace, financial planning, and the path for continued career development so that students are well prepared to enter the professional world. 

PDEV 465: Supervised Undergraduate Teaching
1-3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.  
Student instructors will assist in many phases of teaching an undergraduate course and must attend all sessions of their assigned class. Responsibilities may include teaching selected topics, facilitating review sessions, serving as laboratory mentors and providing general assistance to the professor of record.

MGMT 480: Professional Business Experience
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Breech School of Business Administration, minimum 2.5 GPA, and junior or senior standing; or permission from the Breech Dean. 
Internship experience for students majoring in economics, finance, management, or marketing. (Students majoring in Accounting should register for ACCT 480). Includes one in-class meeting time each week during the semester for discussions pertaining to professionalism in the workplace environment. S/U grading.

*other development courses may be substituted with a program director's approval. 


Complete one of the following experiences: 


Experiential Learning Requirement

The experiential learning requirement may be met by participating in three of the five following experiences: 


Contact Ryan Gipson, FSC 117 for more details.

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