Academic Catalog

2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Leadership Minor

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Degree Type Offered: Minor

The Leadership minor is an interdisciplinary minor focusing on the nature, understanding, and application of leadership. It is aligned with the missions of its sponsoring organizations at Bridgewater College: the Showker Institute for Responsible Leadership and The Center for Engaged Learning. The minor is designed for Bridgewater students interested in pursuing a career involving the study and/or practice of leadership, who feel that an understanding of leadership would be helpful to them in their careers, or who simply have an interest in the subject.

The minor consists of three thematic aspects which follow a developmental process. First is the "Theory" theme – which is the overview class that serves as the introduction to the minor and which introduces leadership theory and vocabulary to the students. Second is the "Theory in Practice" theme – which includes the ethics and breadth requirements where students will learn about how leadership can/should/and has been done. Third is the "Practice of Leadership" theme – which is the capstone course in which students will need to complete and present a leadership project.

*Note:  Courses for the minor must be taken in at least three different departments. No more than one May Term course will count toward the minor.

The minor consists of 18 credits.

Overview of Leadership

IDS-201 Leadership Development Seminar

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Designed to help students become better leaders. Students come to understand, develop and apply the knowledge, skills, attitudes and vision associated with effective, socially responsible leadership.

Ethics and Leadership

Choose one FILA "E" designated course.

Breadth of Leadership

Choose 3 courses (9 credits) from the following list:

BUS-300 Principles of Organization Management

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

General overview of the principles of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling human and other resources for the achievement of an organization's goals. Examines the impact and role of communication, motivation, group dynamics, and organization culture, conflict and change as the context for current management practices. Uses written and oral reports to develop student writing and speaking skills. Prerequisites: BUS-120, ENG-110 or permission of the instructor

COMM-325 Communication in the Organization

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Study and application of communication theories and principles in an organizational context. An explanation of organizational communication theories and principles will allow students to develop a theoretical and practical understanding of how communication affects the dynamics of the work environment. Emphasis will be placed on applying communication concepts to students' personal experience or participating in the organizational environment. Offered alternate years

COMM-349 Nonprofit Communication

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

This class examines the organizational structure of nonprofit and non-governmental organizations and their operations such as fund raising; social cause communication including advocacy; and leadership communication that strengthens the organization's mission. Students will prepare materials used by nonprofits - appeals, alerts, opinion letters or columns, online channels, speeches and event scripts, among others - evaluating effectiveness and adhering to ethical considerations. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW and ENG 110

ES-428 Implementing Health Promotion Programs

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

A public health approach to addressing individual and community health problems. Students will implement health promotion programs in different settings with groups and individuals. Students will develop leadership skills around health promotion concepts. A variety of intervention strategies will be examined with a focus on achieving health behavior changes in at-risk populations. Prerequisite: ES-427

ES-456 Management Concepts in Health Care

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Concepts of administration such as devising policy and procedures, record-keeping, budgeting, facility design, risk management and productivity standards for healthcare professionals. (Cross-listed AT-556)

PSCI-260 Campaigns and Elections

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

This course is an in-depth seminar on campaigns and elections in the United States, especially how the president is elected. The course will help students better understand how the American people engage in elections, how our electoral system works, and how we evaluate leaders. In the beginning, we will discuss how elections and campaigns are run in the United States, how we predict which candidates will win elections, and, finally, citizen participation in the Presidential Election. Three themes running through the course are democracy, evaluation of candidates, and the American public.

PSCI-345 Political Psychology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

This course is an in-depth analysis to the topic of Political Psychology. The course will combine knowledge from Political Science and Psychology and help students to broaden their political and psychological knowledge. Topics will include the purpose of political psychology, individuals, identity, groups, nations, and the interactions between each of these. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350EW, and ENG-110

PSCI-380 Public Administration

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of the most pressing domestic issues confronting American society in the 21st century and the institutions and legal regimes developed to administer public policy. Topics include health care, education, criminal justice, social welfare policies, immigration, environmental issues, organizational theory, bureaucratic management and budgeting. Emphasizes active learning with simulations, debates, and engagement with public policy and public administration professionals. Offered alternate years

PSCI-415 Policymaking, Interest Groups & Congress

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of how Congress, the Presidency, and interest groups work together to make federal public policy. Topics include the legislative process, interest group activities, and the role of the presidency in the development of the federal administrative state. Students research policy-making on a topic of their choosing. Offered alternate years

PSY-350 Social Psychology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Overview of the study of how people's behaviors, attitudes, and feelings are shaped by other people and the social environment. Topics include attraction, prejudice, deindividuation, persuasion, cognitive dissonance, social cognition, attribution theory and the social self. Emphasis on classic research and the latest studies in the field and their applicability to everyday experiences of the students. Prerequisite: PSY-101 or permission of the instructor

PSY-399 Psychology of Personality

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of the psycho-analytic, neo-analytic, trait, biological, and adjustment approaches to "normal" and abnormal personality. The contributions of major personality theorists (Freud, Adler, Erikson, etc.) are examined as well. Coursework emphasizes reflective essays and assessments to foster insight into the students' own personality. Prerequisites: PSY-101 and sophomore or higher standing, or permission of instructor

SOC-256 Group Process

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

The study of the behavior of individuals in small groups with a focus on the development of interpersonal communication skills. Topics include facilitation, leadership styles, decision making, problem solving, and mediation. Attention will be directed at how groups form and change over time; how conflict occurs and is managed; how roles and norms develop; and the nature of power, conformity and deviance in groups. The relevance of this work to applied settings will also be discussed. Prerequisite: SOC-101

SOC/PHIL-367 Conflict Transformation

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Broad introduction to the field, familiarizes students with conflict and practical approaches to its transformation. Personal communication and conflict styles, negotiation skills, interpersonal mediation, and facilitation of group decision-making and problem-solving strategies are examined. Participation in discussions, exercises, analyses, role-plays and simulations frame the course. In addition to the regularly scheduled meeting times, one Saturday session is included. Prerequisite: SOC-101


IDS-471 Leadership Capstone Seminar

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Senior capstone experience for the Leadership Minor, and only open to students enrolled in the minor. Requires students to integrate knowledge on the nature of leadership with reflections on the development of their own leadership skills and style as developed through the courses for the minor. Students are assessed, trained and certified in leadership skills, and develop, complete and present to the seminar a significant leadership project. Prerequisites: Membership in the Leadership Minor; successful completion of IDS-201 and the rest of the Leadership Minor