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Foundations of Leadership 3
Students will examine their own personal leadership capabilities and effectiveness through self-assessment. A variety of leadership instruments will be used as the students reflect on their own leadership traits and those of others. A 360 degree assessment will also be utilized to provide insight into how student’s leadership is viewed by others in their organizations and provide a basis for leadership development. Biblical leadership principles will be infused into the discussion as students examine various leadership and motivation styles; students will not only learn their particular leadership style, but how to relate to the leadership styles of others.
Models of Leadership 3
This course explores the core leadership tenets of servant leadership and spiritual leadership, particularly as they pertain to organizational environments. It examines key biblical principles and ways in which to apply them consistently and accurately for leadership in the contemporary world.
Management Principles 3
A study of the five parts of managing organizations—planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling/evaluating—with the study of principles for application to both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations as informed by Christian perspectives and scripture.
Organizational Communication 3
Introduces the basic concepts of organizational communication used in business, professional, and personal environments. Both written and oral communication skills are addressed from a biblical/Christian perspective, and students are equipped with the basic tools available for both formal and informal methods of communication in group and individual settings.
Faith & Life Issues 3
This course explores the fundamental tenets of a biblical worldview and the interaction between Christianity and various other worldviews and faith systems. It also analyzes and critiques modernism and postmodernism, creating discussion about their impact on our work lives and personal lives; particularly as they pertain to leadership in organizations.
Leading Organizational Teams 3
This course will address how organizational goals, priorities and strategies interface with the behavior of individuals and teams both inside the organization and through external constituencies. Attention is given to the effect of organizational culture, government laws and regulations, the economy upon organizational behavior and the important dynamics associated with teams.
Leadership and Negotiations 3
This course focuses on the practice of leadership through effective negotiation and will review the theory, practice, and processes of negotiation in a variety of settings. Students will study the fundamentals of negotiation practice and group psychology and apply leadership and negotiation frameworks to simulations and workplace opportunities. Students will participate in a series of exercises to become better observers of their own leadership and negotiation capacities.
Fundamentals of Accounting 3
This course provides an overview of accounting and financial principles from the perspective of management. This course will focus on introducing the tools, reports and other essential components needed to understand the essentials of how finance and accounting functions within an organization and equip the student to be able to review and interpretation key financial and accounting ratios, reports and other related elements.
Managing Organizational Change 3
Students will examine the role of planning in maximizing resources and addressing organizational change. Project planning and management concepts will be discussed and applied to real-world planning initiatives. Specific techniques for analyzing complex problems and for planning and evaluating interventions will be applied. Students will examine a problem or issue in their current or proposed future vocational setting and prepare plans for the implementation of a well-designed program or policy.
Organizational Ethics 3
This course provides a biblical foundation for Christian ethics in the marketplace. It utilizes the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) as a primary text for the formulation of Kingdom ethics, and a basis for personal decision-making. It also makes specific applications to organizations through the analysis of real-world dilemmas and challenges.
Evidenced-Based Decision-Making 3
Students will increase their literacy for decision making. Making decisions is arguably one of the most important tasks of leadership. Students will recognize both the art and science of making decisions in an uncertain organizational climate. Students will build literacy surrounding the issue definition, gather relevant information, and retrieve the best available evidence to apply to key organizational decisions. Students will understand how their faith integrates with decision making and the impact of decisions within the organizational setting. Emphasis on this class will also include the importance of decision making and execution; moving from strategic planning to tactical activity will be a focus of the study and conversation.
Entrepreneurship 3
This course provides an overview of entrepreneurship. Insight will be discussed into the characteristics of entrepreneurs and examines the growth of entrepreneurship. Students will apply the methods used to create, identify, and evaluate opportunities for new ventures and assess skills that are needed to start and manage new ventures. Students will develop a preliminary business plan including reviewing problems and actions involved in launching and operating small profit and not-for-profit organizations. This course emphasizes entrepreneur characteristics sought by venture capitalists and investors, roles of the business plan and evolutionary stages of start-up activity.
Project Management 3
A practical overview of the discipline of project management and its broad utilization within profit and not for-profit organizations including personal application in planning and project execution. Emphasis of the class includes a focus on tools, terminology and software applications used in project management and introduction to the certification requirements and process for various project management professional designations.
Public Sector Leadership 3
This course introduces students to theories and models of change management. Students learn how organizations address the rapidly changing nature of the internal and external environment within which they operate. Students will discuss the role of organizational change agents and how to implement strategies for organizational intervention. Using work specific challenges and organizational case studies, students will develop the skills to evaluate and analyze how to lead effective change initiatives in the workplace. Students will also address the impact of public policy changes on organizations and society. A particular focus of this course will be in leading and managing changes across various organizational cultures.
Leadership in Global Society 3
This course will explore the nature of leadership in various cultures and the skills needed in a global economy and society. Students will examine the leadership implications for cross-cultural and multi-national organizations. Students will engage in discussions of the “Great Commission” and reflect on historical aspects of global leadership. The future of global leadership will be examined and the potential leadership challenges considered. To the extent possible, students will be challenged to cultivate their own global leadership “map” as they interact with the emerging global scene.
Integration and Applied Learning 5
Personal Leadership Challenge, Organizational Leadership Challenge, Policy Challenge. These session specific projects provide students with an opportunity to research, apply, write, and present on real-world leadership challenges corresponding to the session specific curriculum. Students will work individually and in groups to address workplace opportunities and challenges, presenting innovative solutions. These experiential learning opportunities allow the student to synthesize the knowledge, skills, and abilities from the rest of the program applying theoretical leadership concepts to concrete applications.
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