Leadership Minors and Academic Courses at NC State University

The Shelton Leadership Center has a permanent general education interdisciplinary course, SLC 250: Critical and Creative Decision-Making Models, offered to undergraduates every semester. Through the Poole College of Management and other colleges across campus, the Center also offers graduate and undergraduate courses that focus on values-based leadership.

Leadership Minors

Leadership: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives (24SLC)

The Leadership: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives minor is a 15-hour minor designed for students who seek to gain greater knowledge and understanding of leadership perspectives from a variety of academic fields. The coursework is composed of courses grounded in theory, inquiry, and application. The student has the opportunity to select the specific courses that best fulfill his/her needs while maintaining a broad perspective on leadership across fields of study. The student in the minor may be preparing for graduate work or any field of study within the university.

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Global Leadership and Team Decision-Making Minor

The Global Leadership and Team Decision-Making minor is a 15-hour minor designed for students who seek to gain greater knowledge and understanding of leadership and team decision-making from a European global perspective in a cohort format. The coursework is composed of courses grounded in theory, inquiry, and application. The student will participate in a cohort of 12-15 for a semester abroad in the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, and Germany. The student will be required to take SLC 250: Critical and Creative Decision-Making either prior to or following the study-abroad experience to complete the 15-hour requirement (prior to departure preferred). The student in the minor may be preparing for graduate work or any field of study within the university.

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Academic Courses in Leadership

The Shelton Leadership Center has a permanent general education interdisciplinary course, SLC 250: Critical and Creative Decision-Making Models, offered to undergraduates every semester. Through the Poole College of Management and other colleges across campus, the Center also offers graduate and undergraduate courses that focus on values-based leadership.

SLC 101:01 — Community Leadership

The purpose of this course is to encourage students to carefully analyze their responsibilities and commitments in the context of leadership for the common good and for purposeful change. Students will come to understand the concept of relational leadership and how it differs from traditional leadership theories. The course includes the study of leadership as well as the application of leadership theories, concepts, and skills. Students will also develop their own leadership potential through the completion of personal and leadership self-assessments, values exploration, and leadership skills applications through course activities.

Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Define leadership in a relational context and be able to discuss the different components of the Relational Leadership Model.
  • Analyze the Relational Leadership Model and determine how to adapt it to their own philosophy of leadership.
  • Identify sources of power and examine how these are evident in the organizations to which they belong.
  • Analyze existing processes in organizations or systems to which they belong and evaluate how they reflect effectiveness, inclusiveness, empowerment, and ethics.
  • Consider their own practice as leaders and evaluate their use of relational leadership.

NOTE: Freshman students residing within the Leadership Impact Village are required to take this one-credit course Fall Semester.

Faculty: Dr. Anna L. Patton
Office Location: Bowen 100B
Office Phone: 919-515-6274

SLC 250-001 — Critical & Creative Decision-Making Models

This course is open to all undergraduate students. It is designed for students who want to learn to think critically and creatively when making decisions by taking into consideration a variety of decision-making models across disciplines. Throughout the course, students will be presented a variety of decision-making processes, as well as five models on decision-making across disciplines to consider when addressing different problems. Questions will be asked of students in a way that will foster critical and creative thinking in order to analyze, process, and identify effective ways for approaching a problem or situation. Students will be asked to reflect on how the decisions made may or may not apply to their respective majors.

NOTE: The course is required for the Leadership: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives Minor.

Faculty: Dr. Deborah Acker
Office: 919-513-0150
Email: dlreno@ncsu.edu

SLC 300 — Leading with an Ethical Perspective

Students will explore personal and professional aspects of ethical leadership perspectives. They can look at ethical perspectives from a general overview or they can choose to focus on ethical perspectives within their specific field, such as business, entrepreneurship, engineering, or athletics. Students will use a variety of ethical frameworks to analyze ethical situations and how values held by leaders and organizations result in ethical impacts and outcomes. The course will address philosophical origins of ethical frameworks and how they relate to the current business and societal environment. Primary focus will be on supporting students in identifying their personal values and developing a values-based plan for their individual leadership style to help them succeed as values-based leaders in their fields.

Learning Outcomes

Students successfully completing this course will be able to:

  • Differentiate approaches of different ethical perspectives.
  • Identify and apply ethical leadership perspectives to dimensions of personal and professional conduct.
  • Identify and apply essential elements that shape ethical situations for leaders.
  • Apply frameworks on ethics, values, and choices to support effective identification and resolution of ethical issues in personal and professional business situations.
  • Analyze and critique aspects of ethical leadership at individual and organizational levels.
  • Formulate philosophical constructs and concrete actions to enable ethical leadership processes in current business and societal environments.

Faculty: Dr. Anna L. Patton
Office Location: Bowen 100B
Office Phone: 919-515-6274

SLC 450 — Applied Leadership Skill-Building Within an Internship Experience

This course provides an opportunity for students to gain practical leadership skills and knowledge that will be transferable to the student’s academic and career goals. A minimum of 150 hours over the equivalence of a semester period will earn three credit hours for the experience. The student is responsible for arranging the internship experience. The coordinator for Shelton Leadership Courses (SLC) will need to approve the experience prior to the start date. To gain approval, a student must submit the completed SLC 450 contract and have it approved by his/her internship experience supervisor, academic advisor, and the SLC 450 coordinator. In addition to the work described in the contract, a student will complete a series of reflective assignments related to the experience.

Learning Outcomes

After completing SLC 450, students should be able to:

  • Describe the framework of the experience and his/her specific role in that experience.
  • Describe the professional competencies and knowledge he/she developed or deepened through the experience.
  • Explain how he/she applied his/her formal academic experiences to the SLC 450 experience.
  • Examine and articulate how the experience contributes to his/her achievement of academic or career goals.

Course Schedule

There are no set meeting times for SLC 450 beyond the scheduled due dates for assignments. The work schedule is by agreement between the student and his/her experience supervisor. A minimum of 150 hours over the equivalence of a semester period will earn three credit hours. This does not include time spent on the assignments submitted through the Moodle course management system. Due dates for assignments are provided on the course Moodle site and will be set at the beginning of the semester.

Faculty: Dr. Deborah Acker
Office: 919-513-0150
Email: dlreno@ncsu.edu

 

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