Leadership Curriculum FAQs
Which courses make up the Leadership Curriculum?
The Leadership Curriculum is made up of four courses, one for each undergraduate year at Lawrence Tech. Below are the course names and descriptions:
COM 1001: University Seminar (not required for students who have completed 30 or more credits at another higher education institution)
Description: Introduction to the University community, campus resources, and services. Focuses on leadership concepts, including time management, research skills, career development, diversity, global awareness, working in teams, and the development of other academic, personal, and interpersonal skills. This course facilitates a successful transition into college and the professional environment.
LDR 2001: Leadership Models and Practices (1 credit)
Description: Introduce philosophical, historical, and theoretical frameworks for different leadership concepts and practical approaches in personal, professional, and organizational settings. Develop personal leadership philosophy by linking skills with experience, written self-reflection, and self- and peer assessments of teamwork and problem-solving. This course is reading- and writing-intensive.
LDR 3000: Leadership Seminar Series (0 credits; graduation requirement)
Description: Explore the role of leadership in professional and organizational settings. Select and attend a series of presentations, seminars, and/or workshops that examine professional development, organizational leadership, and career opportunities in academic fields. Participate in five hours of co-curricular experiences to develop leadership skills through interactive learning and self-reflective writing. (Facilitated online only)
LDR 4000: Leadership Capstone (0 credits; graduation requirement)
Description: Practice critical writing skills through analysis and reflection. Develop portfolio writing and preparation skills. Complete a leadership portfolio that presents the culmination of leadership education.
When are these courses offered?
Multiple sections of the Leadership Curriculum are offered during the following semesters:
IUniversity Seminar is offered during the fall and spring semesters.
Leadership Models and Practices is offered during the fall, spring, and summer.
Leadership Seminar Series is offered during the fall and spring semesters.
Leadership Capstone is offered during fall, spring, and summer.
I'm coming back to Lawrence Tech after taking time off. Do I need to take these classes?
Students who have been absent from the University for two years or longer must be readmitted to the University under the new Undergraduate Catalog, which means any curriculum and policy changes now apply to you. Since the leadership courses were added in 2008 and 2009, any student who is readmitted after fall 2008 must complete the leadership curriculum, regardless of major.
I have extensive leadership education and experience in the military. Can I get these courses waived?
No. Lawrence Tech’s approach to leadership education has an entirely different focus than military leadership. At Lawrence Tech, we adhere to the motto, “Leading through service” and present leadership as a mindset, rather than a position. While there may be some slight overlap of the leadership theories presented in the military with some of the theories discussed in our Leadership Curriculum, there are not enough similarities in the content or approach of the courses for one to replace the other.
I've been a manager/CEO/project leader/etc., and I have lots of experience in the corporate world. How are these courses going to help me?
The Leadership Curriculum emphasizes theory and practice. So, while you may have extensive experience in leadership positions, your understanding of leadership is limited to just that experience. These courses provide different theories and models of leadership that you can apply to your previous experiences to understand your leadership style better. For many students with previous leadership experience, these courses have taught them how to recognize how they can improve their approach to leading projects and organizations by better understanding team dynamics, communication, and interpersonal relationships. Furthermore, the Leadership Curriculum presents leadership as a skill that can be developed and practiced regardless of position.
I'm trying to graduate as soon as possible, and these courses are slowing me down. How can I get out of taking them?
You can’t. Graduation requirements are just that: graduation requirements, and the courses in the Leadership Curriculum are required in order to graduate. In some situations, we can consider allowing students to take two of the courses at the same time.
I work full-time and don't have time for all these extra classes.
The Leadership Curriculum offers its classroom-based courses (University Seminar and Leadership Models & Practices) throughout the day and evenings to accommodate students with busy schedules. Leadership Seminar Series and Leadership Capstone are offered online, which allows for more flexibility. You will have time to complete these requirements, regardless of work schedules or other time commitments.
Isn't leadership already an integral part of being a student at Lawrence Tech?
Lawrence Tech supports student leadership development by providing additional opportunities for leadership experience and training outside the classroom. However, the Leadership Curriculum is specifically dedicated to student leadership development and preparing students for applying their leadership skills within their professions. Our curriculum is what makes us distinctive from other Universities. While most higher education institutions provide opportunities for leadership development through campus involvement, none offer a comprehensive series of required courses to equip students with the models and theories of leadership to support their experiences.
How can I get more information about the Leadership Curriculum and its supporting programs?
Contact Jim Jolly, Director of Leadership Programs.
firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 204-2414.
The office is located in the Taubman Student Services Building, Room c205.
You can also visit the website at www.ltu.edu/leadership.