The coursework listed below is a sample of the courses you'll be taking as a part of the 19-month leadership program. You'll complete the necessary courses for a bachelor's degree in liberal studies with an emphasis in leadership as part of a cohort group. Additional coursework needed to complete GVSU degree requirements may be fulfilled in transfer or before/after the 19-month leadership program.
The leadership emphasis requires a total of 18 credits (at least 15 at the 300-level or above). The courses below are examples of courses that meet the leadership emphasis requirement. You may also find a series of one-credit topical courses offered throughout your program.
MGT 331 - Concepts of Management The management process through an examination of its functions of planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling work, and work performance in a business organization. Theoretical concepts and applications through the use of selected case materials.
MGT 345 - Team Building A class which integrates theory and application by teaching students how to be effective members of a work team. Emphasis on both logical and creative problem solving. Dynamics and processes within teams serve as the focus of analysis, learning, and practice.
PA 390 - Leadership Dynamics Examines and applies leadership issues, concepts, and situations that are evident in various community and public or nonprofit organizational contexts.
LIB 341- Leadership and Social Change. An examination of the theory and practice of leadership in social change movements, focused on developing personal and organizational capacities for leadership in a liberal education context. Students identify a contemporary social issue and create an action plan for resolution, addressing that issue with at least one action step.
MGT 340 - Business, Social Change, and Ethics Examines the process of business development and the ethical questions that process raises. Particular attention is paid to the questions raised by market pressures, bureaucratic organization and income stratification. Fulfills one of the Issues/Themes requirements
PA 420 - Organization Theory and Dynamics An exploration of the various theories that inform the structures of organizations and the resulting dynamics of accommodation, direction, control, permission, and ethical dilemmas that are set in place within and between the public structures of our society. Offered fall and winter semesters
All majors are required to take the following core courses that provide a foundational skill set in the areas such as communication, ethical reasoning, intercultural competence, and more.
LIB 100 - Introduction to Liberal Education. A study of the nature and importance of liberal education, including the education of the adult free citizen, through extensive reading of classical and modern texts and through examination of the contemporary state of liberal education in the university and society.
LIB 201 - Diversity in the United States. Explores how the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion and physical abilities affect the material lives and media representations of various cultural groups in the United States. Engages historical and current debates regarding issues of immigration, meritocracy, segregation, the economy, the environment, and identity.
LIB 312 - Dialogue, Integration and Action. An interdisciplinary examination of the basic interpretations of dialogue in a diverse world. This course engages the theory and practice of dialogue through personal reflection, integration, and action. Students develop this relational art for personal, professional and civic lives, and understand its implication for the possibility of a democratic life. Three credits.
LIB 301 - Interdisciplinary Research Methods. This course is a survey of selected interdisciplinary research methods. It includes comparative analysis of research methods of research methods used in natural and life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, with a focus on integrative and problem-solving methodologies. Procedures for evaluating data, sources, and findings are reviewed.
LIB 400 - Visionary Thinkers. A variable topics course that focuses on the life and work of a significant contributor to our culture.
LIB 401 - Visionary Thinkers in the American Mosaic. A variable topics course that focuses on the life and work of a significant contributor to the American mosaic and thereby the United States' vision of diversity
All liberal studies majors are required to select a body of at least three elective courses (9 credits total) that serve to contextualize their emphasis. 19-month leadership program students will typically enter the cohort with this requirement filled through previously earned coursework.
The following courses allow you to apply the knowledge you've acquired throughout the 19-month leadership program.
LIB 490 - Internship. A supervised work experience through which students can relate liberal studies principles, academic work, and practice. Student, faculty, and advisors agree on the scope of the study, its components, and methods of evaluation.
LIB 495 - Senior Seminar (Capstone). Students will contrast classical and contemporary statements on liberal education in relation to the principles and core courses on which the program rests. Students will develop and present their senior theses.