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Undergraduate Course Descriptions


LDRS-202 Principled Leadership in American Government and Society 3 credit hours
An interdisciplinary examination of civic leadership and ethics in America from the founding of the country to the present. The first part of the course will focus on the establishment of the basic frameworks of citizen-leadership through the creation and implementation of central documents of governance, including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Subsequent parts of the course will use selected case studies from different eras to illustrate how the founding documents have guided different types of American leaders in defending and advancing America's fundamental principles amidst the needs of changing times. The course will draw on appropriate sources from Leadership Studies, Political Science, History, African-American Studies, and other disciplines. It will include an exercise in experiential learning and conclude with an examination of challenges facing the United States and her leaders today and how her founding ideals and documents can assist in meeting them.
A student must have permission from the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs to withdraw from LDRS 202.
LDRS-320 Leadership Communications 3 credit hours

Leadership Communication will focus on an understanding of effective leader communications based on analysis of speeches and writings. This course requires critical thinking to analyze and develop leader messages. The course will also examine multimedia tools available to leaders and will address opportunities and challenges of technology.  

LDRS-371 Leadership in Organizations 3 credit hours
This course considers various theories of leadership and their role in critical organizational issues, including leader effectiveness, ethics, power, influence, politics, teamwork, motivation, creativity, innovation, communication, conflict, strategy, diversity, and leadership development. The course uses case studies and experiential components to provide hands-on learning and practice opportunities in business, political, and social justice contexts. This course is identical to BADM 371 and is cross-listed.
LDRS-401 Senior Leadership Seminar/Project 3 credit hours
Candidates for the leadership minor will work closely with the professor on an independent study project dealing with a leadership issue or challenge and the application of principled leadership ideas. The student will write a case study of approximately 20-25 pages discussing a specific leadership problem and the steps taken to solve it. The presentation of the results will be an integral part of this exercise. Students will present in class and, at the discretion of the professor, be tasked to present in other forums, such as Citadel faculty/staff meetings or professional conferences.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Minor in Leadership Studies or instructor permission.
LDRS-433 Leadership in Community Engagement (Special Topics in Leadership) 3 credit hours
This three credit hour, graded experiential learning class will teach, apply, and reflect on the elements of principled leadership in community engagement.  Combining classroom instruction, interactive discussion, reflective journal writing assignments, with front-line collaboration with a community partner, this course will help students assess their leadership style and utilize their leadership skills in service to the local community. 

Prerequisite: LDRS 101, LDRS 111, LDRS 211; Restricted to Juniors and Seniors

LDRS-433  Civil Rights Leadership (Special Topics in Leadership) 3 credit hours
This course will explore leadership in the context of civil rights movements to disarm injustice in American society. The class will focus on the power of social movements to affect positive change in our society. We will consider civil and human rights challenges to legal, social, and political barriers that inhibit the full enjoyment of Americans’ fundamental constitutional rights.
From the study of movements for school desegregation, integration of public accommodations, voting rights, economic empowerment, and environmental justice, students will consider movement leaders to gain an understanding of effective leadership styles and strategies. Students will learn to formulate leadership strategies to motivate social action to address current threats to the protection of fundamental constitutional rights, access to housing, land preservation, equitable community development, and fairness in the criminal justice system.
LDRS-433 The Bible on Leadership (Special Topics in Leadership) 3 credit hours
A seminar-based exploration of selected Biblical character studies (cases) from the Old and New Testaments and New Testament teachings, illustrating leadership principles that are relevant today, both at The Citadel and beyond.


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