2013-14 General Catalog
Undergraduate certificate: leadership studies
Web site: http://www.careers.uiowa.edu/leadershipstudies/
Leadership studies is a multidisciplinary academic field that draws upon theories and applications from a wide variety of related disciplines, such as the social sciences (e.g., psychology, sociology, political science, and anthropology) and the humanities (e.g., philosophy and history), as well as professional fields, including management and education. The University of Iowa's Leadership Studies Program examines ethical issues, principles, theories, and styles of leadership; the dynamics of interactions between leaders, followers, and group members; leaders' impact on organizations and communities; and leadership skills such as goal setting, communicating effectively, creating a vision, and empowering others.
The Leadership Studies Program offers the undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies as well as the Career Leadership Academy, a four-course sequence designed to help undergraduate students develop leadership and employment skills, and the online course Global Leadership Initiative. See "Undergraduate Program of Study" and "Other Undergraduate Programs" below.Back To Top
Undergraduate Program of Study
The Certificate in Leadership Studies is an interdisciplinary program coordinated by the Pomerantz Career Center and supported by the Tippie College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.Back To Top
The Certificate in Leadership Studies requires 21 s.h. of credit. The certificate program is open to current University of Iowa undergraduate students and to all individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and are not enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. Completion of the certificate is noted on the student's transcript.
Students must declare their intent to earn the certificate to a leadership studies advisor in the Pomerantz Career Center; see Certificate in Leadership Studies on the center's web site for information on how to enter the certificate program.
The certificate program provides a structure for involvement and commitment to leadership. It introduces students to leadership concepts and offers them hands-on leadership experiences they will need in order to begin the life-long development of these skills. Certificate students complete an interdisciplinary core course (3 s.h.), area electives (15 s.h.), an experiential learning course (3 s.h.), and a final personal and program evaluation.
The Certificate in Leadership Studies requires the following course work.
INTERDISCIPLINARY CORE COURSE
All certificate students are required to complete the interdisciplinary core course (3 s.h.). In order to enroll in the course, they must have earned a minimum of 30 s.h. of credit and must be in good academic standing as defined by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00).
The core course provides students with a broad foundation of leadership knowledge. It introduces diverse approaches to studying and practicing leadership and gives students a structure for organizing knowledge and skills from other leadership courses and experiences. The course features presentations by guest instructors from across the University, offering students an interdisciplinary perspective on leadership.
Certificate students must complete 421:072 (LS:2010) before they may enroll in the required experiential learning or service learning course.
Area electives are drawn from five developmental areas central to effective leadership: self-leadership, group leadership, communication, cultural competence, and ethics and integrity. Students must complete 3 s.h. from each of these areas (total of 15 s.h.).
At least 3 s.h. from these:
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Students who use an elective approved for the Certificate in Critical Cultural Competence to satisfy this requirement must choose it from the list Elective Courses for Selected Categories: Certificate in Critical Cultural Competence.
Ethics and Integrity
At least 3 s.h. from these:
Certificate students must earn 3 s.h. in a course focused on experiential, or hands-on, learning. An experiential learning course may take different forms, such as a service learning experience, an internship, or an on-campus leadership practicum.
Before they may enroll in the hands-on course, students must have completed at least 9 s.h. of work toward the certificate, including the core course 421:072 (LS:2010) Perspectives on Leadership: Principles and Practices, so that they have a solid foundation of knowledge to apply to the experience.
Service Learning Courses
Service learning courses incorporate community engagement with academic course work. They allow students to gain hands-on experience along with a deeper understanding of course content while responding to real community needs. Students may satisfy the certificate's experiential learning requirement by earning 3 s.h. in service learning courses approved by the University of Iowa Center for Teaching or by completing 421:078 (LS:1008) Service Learning Fellow Course.
Students who satisfy the requirement with 421:078 (LS:1008) register for the course in order to receive credit for their service learning experience. Students must complete all course assignments and must earn 3 s.h. in order to fulfill the experiential learning requirement. The service learning experience must take place during the semester in which 421:078 (LS:1008) is offered. Service learning experiences completed during fall and spring semesters must last at least 15 weeks and must require eight hours of service per week; those completed during a summer session must last at least 10 weeks and must require 12 hours of service per week.
Students enrolled in 421:078 (LS:1008) meet weekly to discuss topics related to theory and practices of academic service learning, including how service learning relates to democracy, citizenship, and civic responsibility.
Internships consist of preapproved, supervised on-the-job learning; they may be paid or unpaid.
Students register for 421:073 (LS:3011) Leadership Certificate Internship in order to receive certificate credit for the internship; they must complete all course assignments and must earn 3 s.h. in order to fulfill the experiential learning requirement.
To meet the certificate's experiential learning requirement, an internship must consist of professional experience that relates to the student's major field of study or career interest area and allows the student to build on the academic course work he or she has completed in the certificate program. At least 80 percent of the student's internship duties must be professional-level work, and the student must receive continuous supervision by a professional (not a student) in the internship field. The internship must last a minimum of 6 weeks and must require 225 hours of work.
Internships that fulfill the certificate's experiential learning requirement must be approved in advance by one of the certificate program's internship advisors, and the internship site supervisor must agree to the terms of the internship and must complete the required form before the internship may be approved. Students may work with staff at the Pomerantz Career Center to find an approved internship opportunity, or they may develop their own internship.
On-Campus Leadership Practicum
Students who wish to fulfill the experiential learning requirement with an on-campus leadership practicum must engage in a formal, approved experience that is meaningful, educational, and cocurricular. It must require the student to take initiative and pursue active leadership roles and responsibilities. Examples include positions as student organization leaders, student government leaders, University Housing resident assistants, student orientation advisors, peer educators, and fraternity and sorority leaders. Practicums may be paid or unpaid.
Students register for 413:125 (STS:1125) Leadership Certificate Practicum Class in order to receive certificate credit for the practicum; they must earn 3 s.h. in order to fulfill the experiential learning requirement. Students meet weekly in the practicum course to discuss topics related to the academic course work as applied in practice, and they must successfully complete a goal-setting assignment and a reflection assignment.
To meet the certificate's experiential learning requirement, a practicum must last at least 15 weeks during the semester in which 413:125 (STS:1125) is offered and must require 10-15 hours of work per week [413:125 (STS:1125) is not offered every semester].
Practicums that fulfill the certificate's experiential learning requirement must be approved in advance by the leadership practicum instructor in the University's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Students must submit a list of goals and assignments and/or duties they will complete during the practicum, to demonstrate that the practicum will provide substantive work assignments and opportunities to build on the academic course work they have completed in the certificate program.
Each student also must identify a practicum mentor and demonstrate that the mentor will be willing to guide and evaluate the student's work and development of leadership skills, and will participate in reviewing the student's goal-setting assignment and in the final review of the student's performance.
Personal and Program Evaluation
In order to be awarded the Certificate in Leadership Studies, students must complete a final report detailing how they completed the certificate requirements. The report should include a list of all courses taken for the certificate, indicating the requirement each course met, when each course was taken, and what grade the student earned for each course.Back To Top
Other Undergraduate Programs
Career Leadership Academy
The Career Leadership Academy is a four-semester sequence of courses designed to help undergraduate students develop vital skills for leadership and employment: communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to work well with others. The program consists of weekly seminars, activities, and events. Participants also have access to exclusive programs such as career exploration opportunities, networking events, and leadership development experiences.
Global Leadership Initiative
The Leadership Studies Program offers 421:071 (LS:3010) Global Leadership Initiative (1-2 s.h.), an online course designed to help those engaged in international experiences develop their leadership knowledge, awareness, and skills. Individuals involved in study abroad, international internships, international exchange programs, or employment opportunities that involve international cooperation may enroll in the course concurrently with their international experiences. The course includes online discussion with other students, guided reflection, opportunities to engage with successful leaders in cross-cultural roles, pre- and postexperience assessment, and direction for continued development of global leadership competence after the course concludes.Back To Top
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