SAMPLE OF CORE CURRICULUM
Foundations of Leadership - (Total 6 units, 2 units per course)
CSOL510 Practical Leadership Theory (2)
An introduction to the major theories and contemporary research concerning the practice of effective leadership. Participants explore the landscape of leadership "know how" and initiate development of personal leadership development strategies.
CSOL530 Character Development in Leaders (2)
Character is foundational to effective leadership yet rarely open for discussion in studies of leadership. The Christian worldview both defines and demands character. The biblical view of character will be examined and applied to an exploration of one's personal life. Issues related to moral and psychological development will be explored. A self evaluation of character maturity will be conducted and a personal plan for further "intentional character development" implemented.
CSOL550 Leadership Challenge Program (2)
An intensive weekend of leadership challenge in an outdoor environment designed to draw out, develop and sharpen personal leadership skills in real life, real time circumstances. A multi-week protocol of reflection, response and application follows challenge participation..
Contemporary Organizational Leadership - (Total 8 units, 2 units
CSOL610 Leadership and Group Behavior (2)
Participants explore the interpersonal dynamics that characterize successful group leadership. Practical aspects discussed: group formation and behavior, group decision making, motivation theory and techniques, the role of power and politics, conflict and negotiation and facilitation skills.
CSOL630 The Leader and Organizational Development (2)
Participants will learn how to assess organizations in light of strategic objectives and make recommendations for improvement. Topics include: strategic planning, organizational culture, large scale change, systems thinking, entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial behavior and "new leadership" development.
CSOL 635 Organizational Culture (2)
This course takes a closer look at the dynamics of organizational culture and how culture can be affected by those in leadership positions. Examines the tools and techniques for creating positive organizational culture.
CSOL660 Ethical Decision Making (2)
Students will consider opposing ethical and moral viewpoints frequently confronted by individuals in organizations today. While controversial questions will be guided by Judeo-Christian perspective, participants will develop their own personalized philosophy regarding such topics as: individual moral responsibility in organizations, social responsibility of corporations, morality of capitalism, and marketing/advertising ethics.
CSOL696 Research Design (2)
Participants learn how to solve complex, real-life problems using the tools of scientific research methods. Students select an organizational problem and design the methodology necessary to reach meaningful solutions. To be followed within 2 semesters by CSOL 697.
CSOL697 Research Presentation (2)
Students learn how to gather and work with data, make interpretations and present their results. Emphasis is placed on the problem-solving process, change management and communication skills.
SAMPLE OF ELECTIVES
(4-10 Credit Units Needed)
CSOL615 Persuasive Communication (2) (LDR)
Theories and techniques of persuasive communication in the workplace, addressing interpersonal, small group and public presentations.
CSOL632 Strategic Human Resource Management (2)
An understanding of human resource management is essential for leadership in the information age, and plays an increasingly important strategic function in the development of future organizational directions. The development, design and implementation of human resource policies and practices to reach strategic organizational objectives will be examined along with the expanding role of HR professionals.
CSOL637 Training the Organization's Workforce (1)
Students will learn a process for identifying training needs, selecting the appropriate learning environments, creating curriculum, delivering and evaluating program effectiveness.
CSOL654 Decision Making Methods and Decision Traps (2)
The most advanced tools and techniques for sorting information and making wise choices will be presented and practiced.
CSOL662 Workplace Conflict & Legal Responsibility (2)
The emotional and financial costs of workplace conflict and problems are both personally and corporately an expensive issue. As a responsible manager. leader and a steward of the human assets under our care, we must do all we can to provide an environment that promotes both harmony and reconciliation when issues arise. Conflict can be addressed by: a) understanding our legal responsibility and ensuring a work place that promotes clarity and focus for workers, and b) by knowing how to address the conflicts that arise on a personal and corporate basis. This class will address both the management of conflict on the job coupled with our legal responsibilities as leader/employer, and how good stewardship can help eliminate potential conflict and liability in the workplace.
CSOL694 Leading with Purpose(2)
This course examines the role that governing principles, most especially purpose, play in the life of an organization. Focusing mainly upon organizations with a Christian heritage, in this course students contrast these organizations with the micro-economic concept of profit maximization.
CSOL676 Customer Based Marketing (2)
The course will survey the principles and skills necessary to plan, implement, manage and evaluate the marketing efforts of a business or organization. Both product and service marketing will be examined from a customer-based paradigm that emphasizes vision and leadership. The outcome of the class will be the development of a marketing plan for a business, organization or individual.
*Classes not offered every semester. Some classes only offered based on enrollment.