LSAL 2283 - Understanding Management

This course examines organizational planning, the process of organizational decision-making, the early research on leadership that focuses on personal traits, motivation in organizations, communicating in organizations, teamwork in organizations, the principles of organizations, and organizational control.

LSAL 2313 - Business Ethics

Business ethics is applied ethics. It is the application of our understanding of what is good and right to that assortment of institutions, technologies, transactions, activities, and pursuits which we call "business." A discussion of business ethics must begin by providing a framework of basic principles for understanding what is meant by the terms "good" and "right"; only then can one proceed to profitably discuss the implications these have for our business world. (from Business Ethics: Concepts and Cases)

LSAL 3113 - Leadership in Organizations

The general purpose of this course is to learn about contemporary thinking regarding leadership in organizations and the applications of these insights for growth as a leader.

LSAL 3133 - Conflict Resolution

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to understand human needs, behavior of self, and others. In this course, you will explore how conflict originates, processes by which it escalates, and alternative methods for dealing with it.

LSAL 3153 - Ethics in Leadership

This course provides an overview of applied ethics as it relates to leadership situations in organizations. An emphasis will be placed on the individual in the "new workplace," and students will be encouraged to make connections between the course content or personal lives.

LSAL 3173 - Goal Setting and Attainment

This course introduces students to the importance of establishing goals and the goal attainment process in business and in everyday life. These include perspectives of goal attainment in industry as they apply to production and to overcoming personal challenges.

LSAL 3333 - Motivation in Learning and Leadership

This course focuses on innovative strategy planning that helps businesses survive in our increasingly competitive markets; an analysis of the individual consumer as a problem solver who is influenced by psychological variables, social influences and the purchase situation; the number, size, location, and buying behavior of various types of organizational customers; and logistics activities and how they provide time and place utility to improve value to the customer.

LSAL 3513 - Integrated Marketing Communications

This course focuses on innovative strategy planning that helps businesses survive in our increasingly competitive markets; an analysis of the individual consumer as a problem solver who is influenced by psychological variables, social influences, and the purchase situation; the number, size, location, and buying behavior of various types of organizational customers; and logistics activities and how they provide time and place utility to improve value to the customer.

LSAL 3533 - The Changing Marketing Environment

This course is intended to introduce learners to several theories on human motivation which can be applied across several contexts, including both learning and leadership. A common misunderstanding is that leading and managing are one and the same. The main difference between the two is that leadership is about influencing people to follow, while management is focused on maintaining systems and processes. This course will be equally helpful to athletes, students, businessmen and women, those in the military, as well as individuals in leadership positions. Not all tasks that are required of us are inherently interesting. When this is the case, it may be necessary to find ways to motivate ourselves and others.

LSAL 3553 - Global Strategies

This course focuses on marketing and marketing strategies—specifically pricing and the integrative nature of marketing management.

LSAL 4123 - Quality Initiatives

This course will strive to improve the student's understanding of quality and how it affects the organization as well as their own lives. Each unit will discuss specific tools that can be used to build teams and a good workplace environment.

The objective for this course is to describe when and how to use check sheets, criteria rating forms, matrix diagrams, affinity diagrams, cause and effect diagrams, Pareto charts, process flowcharts, histograms, run charts, and control charts.

LSAL 4143 - Cultural Diversity

Managers, supervisors, training professionals, and educators must be able to effectively recruit, train, manage, and promote a culturally diverse workforce. However, few have been trained to do so. Throughout his book, Dr. Henderson presents ways to manage and value diversity in the workplace.

According to projected demographic changes in the United States, America's workplace will experience a dramatic change within the next decade. These changes will include increases in women, immigrants, and minorities within the workplace as well as higher proportions of individuals between the ages of 35 and 54 in the working force. This course is designed to promote a better understanding of diversity as well as prepare you for managing culturally diverse employees.

LSAL 4163 - Non-Profit Management

This course will provide an overview of non-profit management, operations, and leadership as well as the problems and environment unique to the various non-profit entities functioning in society.

LSAL 4203 - Decision Making, Problem Solving, and Strategic Planning

In this course, you will explore decision-making, problem-solving, and strategic thinking in a variety of organizational settings. You will study and practice methods of applied intelligence to improve your decision-making, problem-solving, and strategic-thinking skills.

LSAL 4263 - Corporate Environmental Strategies

This course examines the growing importance of environmental science and technology for business and industry. As government and corporate leaders have become more aware of the Earth's limits to support a growing population with current technology, interest has grown rapidly in the private sector to better define the role that environmental science and technology can play in the design and development of a sustainable future. In the past decade, for example, the pace of societal, institutional and technological change has been so rapid in the U.S. and elsewhere that several new academic fields, including industrial ecology, have been launched.

LSAL 4353 - Mediation History, Theory, and Practice

This course provides an overview of the history of mediation as well as an introduction to substantive meditation theories and models. The practice of mediation will be introduced by examining its origins in both the court and community-focused movements.

LSAL 4603 - Leadership and Governance for Social Entrepreneurs

Explores leadership and governance through the perspective of organizational directors and corporate officers. Examines the processes of vision and mission casting, the setting of organizational direction, strategic planning through executive leadership, and the creation of founding documents and policies, all with the "design culture" in mind. 

Sophomore standing and LSAL 4163, or permission from your advisor

LSAL 4623 - Budgeting for Social Entrepreneurs

An exploration of economics, finance, and accounting from the perspective of commercial, nonprofit, community service, and government service entities. Topics include basic accounting principles and the organization of financial statements, the fundamentals of financial investing, and the impact of interest on an organization’s planning.

Sophomore standing and LSAL 4163, or permission from your advisor.

LSAL 4623 - Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship

An exploration of social innovation and entrepreneurship presented through the historical examination of organizations that have utilized innovative methods and strategies to address social issues.

Sophomore standing and LSAL 4163, or permission from your advisor

LSAL 4683 - Development and Grant Writing

Presents a contemporary overview of the grant writing process. Topics explored include the search and select process, budget creation, proposal submission, and award management.

Junior standing or permission from your advisor.

LSAL 4700 - Case Studies for the Social Entrepreneur

Examines the foundation of social innovation and entrepreneurship. Theoretical concepts of social innovation are explored. Case studies are used to examine the history of organizations from across the globe. Lessons learned from history and theory are applied to real-world experience through written assignments and discussions.

LSAL 4700 - Economics and Finance for the Social Entrepreneur

Explores economics, finance, and accounting from the perspective of a social mission-driven leader of nonprofits, commercial community service, and government service entities. Explores fundamental concepts and ideas necessary for decision making and design of organizational structure and process. Examines basic accounting principles organization structure of financial statements, the fundamentals of financial investing and the impact of interest, and the underlying fundamentals economics.

LSAL 4700 - Exploring Race and Gender in Film

This course will examine the role of race and gender in film in the post-civil rights period. A brief comparison of race/ethnicity in entertainment during the periods of; 1) slavery, 2) Jim Crow, 3) Civil-Rights, and 4) Post Civil-Rights will be used as a basis for the examination as to whether entertainment in the Post Civil-Rights period has furthered or hindered the goal of racial/ethnic equality in America today. The Post Civil-Rights Period is the only time in U.S. history which has arguably been racially/ethnically inclusive of minorities. The goal of this course is to examine the effects of this inclusiveness. Specifically, we will look at how Blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other minorities are portrayed in film. The gendered role of women will be examined through film and television using the pre-civil rights period as a comparison point for decades post-civil rights.

LSAL 4700 - Servant Leadership

Various traditional views of the word “serve” are associated with negative connotations, many times fueled by feelings of inferiority to the person or organization that you are serving. However, this course will investigate the idea (through literature, case studies, speakers, service learning projects, and class discussions) that to lead is to serve. This practical and applied approach to leadership is a unique leadership model because it grants any desiring individual the ability to lead, regardless of employment title, economic background, celebrity, personality, gender, ethnicity, etc. Collectively, we will examine the shifts from the traditional industrial revolution leadership models (autocratic/directive/hierarchical) to the emerging servant approach to leadership. Additionally, this course will furnish perspectives on the ethical components of servant leadership and the discrepancies between managing and leading. The course is strategically designed to challenge each student to enhance their understanding of value systems in decision making, the importance of understanding environment, and the necessity of leaders serving others.

LSAL 4700 - Strategic Leadership and Governance for the Social Entrepreneur

This course explores Strategic Leadership and Governance through the perspective of formal organizations' Directors and Corporate Officers. The learner will examine the processes of vision and mission casting, the setting or organizational direction, strategic planning through executive leadership, and the creation of founding documents and policies all with a “design culture.” The purpose of this course is to educate, empower, and inspire you to make a difference in your immediate world. The course provides a theoretical understanding of strategic leadership and governance through inquiry into the knowledge base contained in the literature and a practical understanding of strategic leadership and governance through examination of founding documents such as Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, minutes, and policy manuals as official records that enable the organization to pursue collective actions as a social mission entity. Our approach is to treat you as a practicing Social Entrepreneur engaged in innovative thinking, even if not currently in practical application. In addition, we hope you will form relationships with other social entrepreneurs as guides and companions for future knowledge sharing and support.

LSAL 4713 - Understanding Race in American Society

An exploration of the major theoretical perspectives used to explain racial issues in the United States. Identifies common racial/ethnic assumptions through an examination of how race or ethnicity is portrayed in the media with a comparison of current research findings relating to inequality.

Sophomore standing or permission from your academic advisor

LSAL 4713 - Understanding Educational Inequality in America

An examination of inequality within the American educational system from K-12 to higher education utilizing demographic data and analyzing current research on inequality based upon race, class, and gender.

Sophomore standing or permission from your academic advisor

LSAL 4753 - Class and Economic Inequality 

An examination of how social class and socio-economic status (SES) operate in American society, including how media and research findings depict economic and social inequality in the United States.

LSAL 4793 - Exploring Race and Gender in Film 

An exploration of race and gender in film during the post-civil rights period. Examines the effects of inequality and inclusiveness through the cinematic lens and analyzes the evolution of film relating to the depiction of race and gender issues. No student may earn credit for both 4793 and 5793.

Sophomore standing

LSAL 4920 - Exploring Race and Gender in Film 

One to three hours. Prerequisite: junior standing and permission from CLS advisor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Field experience in issues related to a student’s area of study. Students will gain knowledge through experiential and on-the-job practice. (F, Sp, Su).

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