Leadership Studies Program

  • Department Information

    Leadership Studies

    Jepson School of Leadership Studies

    Professors Forsyth, Goethals, Hoyt, Kaufman, Peart, Price, Wilkins
    Associate Professors Bezio, Flanigan, Hayter, Hidalgo, von Rueden, Williamson
    Assistant Professors Chykina, Coetsee, Harwell, Henley

     

  • Major

    The Leadership Studies Major

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.0, with no course grade below a C- (1.7).

    Students wishing to major or minor in leadership studies must apply for admission to the Jepson School of Leadership Studies during the fall semester of their second year.

    A minimum of 12 units, including:

    LDST 101 Leadership and the Humanities 

    LDST 102 Leadership and the Social Sciences 

    LDST 210 Justice and Civil Society 

    1 course chosen from

    LDST 249 Quantitative Social Science

    BUAD 202 Statistics for Business and Economics

    MATH 289 Introduction to Data Science

    PLSC 270 Social Science Inquiry

    PSYC 200 Methods and Analyses

    SOC 211 Sociological Research Methods and Data Analysis

    LDST 250 Critical Thinking and Methods of Inquiry 

    LDST 300 Theories and Models of Leadership 

    LDST 450 Leadership Ethics 

    LDST 488 Internship

    LDST 489 Internship

    Four additional units of advanced courses numbered above 300, not including LDST 450 and LDST 488

     

    Advanced coursework may include one unit of collaborative study, one unit of independent study, one unit of honors thesis work, or one unit of senior thesis work.

  • Minor

    The Leadership Studies Minor

    Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.0, with no course grade below a C- (1.7).

    A minimum of nine units, including:

    LDST 101 Leadership and the Humanities

    LDST 102 Leadership and the Social Sciences

    LDST 210 Justice and Civil Society

    1 course chosen from

    LDST 249 Quantitative Social Science

    BUAD 202 Statistics for Business and Economics

    MATH 289 Introduction to Data Science

    PLSC 270 Social Science Inquiry

    PSYC 200 Methods and Analyses

    SOC 211 Sociological Research Methods and Data Analysis

    LDST 250 Critical Thinking and Methods of Inquiry

    LDST 300 Theories and Models of Leadership

    LDST 450 Leadership Ethics

    Two additional units of advanced courses numbered above 300, not including internship, collaborative study, independent study, or thesis work.

     

  • Honors

    Honors in Leadership Studies

    The Jepson School faculty offers a track by which students with a proven academic record of intellectual initiative and scholarly drive can earn honors in leadership studies. The faculty invites interested students to apply for the honors track. The deadline for this application is October 1 of the student's junior year. To qualify, a student must be a leadership studies major, and hold at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and at least a 3.30 leadership studies GPA. The application form is available for qualified juniors from the associate dean for academic affairs.

    Once accepted to the honors track, in order to receive honors in leadership studies, a student must:

    Enroll in LDST 399 Junior Honors Tutorial, for spring semester of junior year.

    Submit a five-page proposal and preliminary bibliography to be accepted by the course instructor and a Jepson faculty thesis advisor.

    Enroll in LDST 497 and LDST 498, Senior Honors Thesis I and II, during senior year.

    Successfully present one chapter, bibliography, and chapter-by-chapter outline of thesis to the student's committee by the last day of classes in the fall semester of senior year.

    Successfully defend thesis before the student's committee by the last day of classes in the spring semester of senior year.

    Complete undergraduate program with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and at least a 3.30 leadership studies GPA.

    Students in the honors track must complete all aspects of the standard Jepson curriculum. LDST 497 and LDST 498 can count for a maximum of one unit of advanced course credit.

  • Study Abroad

    Study Abroad

    Leadership studies students are encouraged to study abroad. Majors may count a maximum of one unit of study abroad credit toward the advanced course requirement. This course must enhance the student's academic plan in leadership studies. Determination of whether a course enhances a student's academic plan in leadership studies will be made by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Minors may not count study abroad credit toward the minor.

Courses

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  • FYS 100 First Year Seminar

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement First Year Seminar

    Description

    Allows students to choose from a list of special topics courses while they pursue a shared set of educational goals. All seminars are designed to expand the students' understanding of the world, enhance their ability to read and think critically, enhance their ability to communicate effectively in writing, speech, and other appropriate forms, develop fundamentals of information literacy and library research, and provide the opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty mentor. Topics descriptions for each term can be found on the FYS website. Students must take two different FYS 100 courses to meet the First Year Seminar degree requirement.

    Prerequisites

    First-year standing.

  • LDST 101 Leadership and the Humanities

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to leadership as an object of study through examination of its historical foundations and intellectual development. Readings selected from history, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, and social theory. Emphasis on assessing these texts in light of reasoned argument and on drawing out their implications for leadership studies. This course may be taken before or after LDST 102.

  • LDST 102 Leadership and the Social Sciences

    Units: 1

    Fulfills General Education Requirement FSSA

    Description

    Introduction to the study of leadership through theoretical and empirical explorations of social interaction. Readings selected from anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Emphasis on advancing the understanding of leadership through an increased appreciation of the rich complexities of human behavior. This course may be taken before or after LDST 101.

  • LDST 210 Justice and Civil Society

    Units: 1

    Description

    Exploration of contemporary society and understandings of justice. Readings on civil society, theories of justice, and analysis of poverty and related socio-economic problems. Includes a service learning component with critical reflection on community service to populations in need.

    Prerequisites

    Leadership Studies 101 or 102 or permission of instructor.

  • LDST 249 Quantitative Social Science

    Units: 1

    Description

    Prepares students to be informed consumers of quantitative social science and provides students with basic skills in and understanding of research strategies. Introduces issues associated with empirically testing hypotheses and collecting, analyzing, and presenting various kinds of data.

    Prerequisites

    LDST 101 or 102 and admission to the Jepson School of Leadership Studies as a major or minor.

  • LDST 250 Critical Thinking and Methods of Inquiry

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examination of knowledge and argumentation as they pertain to leadership. Analysis of scientific methodology and logic, language and interpretation, and their influence on the study and practice of leadership.

    Prerequisites

    Leadership Studies 101 or 102, and admission to the Jepson School of Leadership Studies as a major or minor.

  • LDST 290 Selected Topics

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Topics developed by Jepson school faculty, visiting faculty, or faculty in other schools of the University that address particular issues in leadership studies. Examples may include leadership studies courses in the Sophomore Scholars in Residence program. May be taken more than once for credit if topics vary.

    Prerequisites

    Varies depending on topic.

  • LDST 300 Theories and Models of Leadership

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examination of theories and models in leadership studies. Introduces role of theory in social science, and both classic and contemporary leadership theories/models are presented. Emphasis on critical analysis of theoretical perspectives.

    Prerequisites

    Leadership Studies 101 and 102, and admission to the Jepson School of Leadership Studies as a major or minor.

  • LDST 302 Leadership in Organizations

    Units: 1

    Description

    Focus on leadership theory and research within and across formal organizational settings such as public/private, profit/nonprofit, professional/nonprofessional, and unitary/multidivisional. Examination of rational, natural, and open systems, and of how leadership differs in each system.

  • LDST 303 Leadership in Political Contexts

    Units: 1

    Description

    Informal and formal processes by which power and authority are exercised and leadership is selected within political systems in various settings. Examination of leadership in basic processes and institutions of government through case study of legislative issues.

  • LDST 304 Social Movements

    Units: 1

    Description

    Exploration of history of leadership in social movements. Comparison and contrast of forms, mechanisms, and practices of leadership in various stages of a social movement. Examination of values of leaders as expressed through stories of ordinary people involved in leadership in social movements.

  • LDST 306 Sex, Leadership, and the Evolution of Human Societies

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of how biological and cultural adaptation shape leadership and, more broadly, political organization. Through case studies drawn from primatology, cultural anthropology, and political history, students will learn what makes human leadership unique and investigate why leadership and political organization vary across human and non-human societies. Some of the questions we consider include: Why do humans adopt leader and follower roles at all? What is the political organization of other social animals, particularly the great apes? Are there any human societies that lack leadership? Are there societies in which, on average, women wield more power than men? Why are some human societies more hierarchical than others? The goal of the course is not only to expose students to the diversity of political organization in humans and other animals but also to stimulate them to think critically about the ultimate causes of human social behavior in general.

  • LDST 307 Leadership in International Contexts

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examines the history and ethics of international leadership. Students will consider ethical issues relating to international affairs that leaders and followers confront in politics, the military, business, and the nonprofit sectors. Topics include war, diplomacy, nationalism, religious conflicts, human rights, global poverty, migration, and international institutions.

  • LDST 310 Folk Music and Protest Thought

    Units: 1

    Description

    An exploration of leadership in the arts that will examine the subject from three perspectives. First, it will consider figures in traditional, old-time, and folk music whose contributions have been transformative. Second, consideration will be given to folk music as a variety of American political and social thought, as an expression of ideas about human nature and the politics of the day. Finally, there will be an evaluation of the persuasive power of song as a rhetorical means of spreading, and perhaps inculcating political and social ideas in the minds of the people.

  • LDST 317 Reimagining Richmond: History, Power, and Politics in the Capital of the Confederacy

    Units: 1

    Description

    The role of historical context and leadership in shaping urban development, particularly the development of Richmond, Virginia. Study of Richmond's history from the colonial era, through Reconstruction, and into the twentieth century, including how historical actors used politics and leadership to transform local power relationships. Analysis of the eras of slavery and Jim Crow, reimagination of twentieth century urban history and the American civil rights movement.

  • LDST 331 Comparative Public Law US/UK

    Units: .5

    Description

    Examination and comparison of underlying principles of constitutional and administrative law in the United States and United Kingdom.

    Prerequisites

    Admission to Jepson at Cambridge program.

  • LDST 340 Early Modern Crises in Leadership

    Units: 1

    Description

    Discussion of primary texts that disclose difficulties in formulating political and religious policy during the crises that start with the later Middle Ages in Western Europe and run into the seventeenth century. Students will be expected to evaluate currently influential interpretations of the crises and proposed resolutions. Specific subjects will be selected from a menu that includes medieval papal imperialism and decline, the development of early modern secular bureaucracies, Renaissance political theory, religious reformations, and religious wars as well as historical figures like Machiavelli, More, Luther, Calvin, Whitgift, Lord Burghley, Queen Elizabeth I, Emperor Charles V, and King Henry IV (France).

  • LDST 345 Civil War Leadership

    Units: 1

    Description

    A study of the events leading to the Civil War, and the military and political leadership on both Union and Confederate sides during the war. Topics include the roles of slavery and political leadership in starting the war, the leadership of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis during the war, and that of Generals Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, George B. McClellan, and William T. Sherman in shaping the outcome of the war. Primary focus historical.

  • LDST 346 The Democratic Prospect

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examines democracy by reviewing current critiques, key historical periods in its development, and central philosophical principles. This course provides an overview of the current condition of democracy and a review of key stages in democracy's development and important moments that clarified and refined central features, such as the rule of law, accountability, citizenship, equality, freedom, and rights. A study of American democratic theory--past and present--as revealed through the statements and actions of key individuals during critical periods, including our own. Examines what kind of leadership is necessary and appropriate in such a complex system.

  • LDST 351 Group Dynamics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Introduction to scientific study of group processes through vocabulary, concepts, theories, and research. Both classic and contemporary theories and research are presented. Emphasis on both theoretical and applied components of group dynamics.

  • LDST 352 Presidential Leadership

    Units: 1

    Description

    A study of theories of presidential leadership and assessments of several presidencies, including those of George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton. Addresses the personal qualities and capacities as well as the situational and historical contingencies that influence the effectiveness of various presidencies. Also considers the nature of social perception and its role in appraisals of presidential performance. Special attention will be given to presidential campaigning and presidential debates. Each student will undertake the study of one or more presidents.

  • LDST 354 Conflict Resolution

    Units: 1

    Description

    Understanding principles and dynamics of mediating disputes and achieving agreements between groups and individuals. Discussion of negotiating techniques and ethical issues related to use of such techniques by leaders. Use of simulations and exercises to practice skills for resolving conflicts.

  • LDST 355 Competition, Cooperation, and Choice

    Units: 1

    Description

    Economic approach to leadership examines how individuals come together in social settings (a market place, an organization, a political entity) to make distributive decisions. Particular focus on Adam Smith's analysis of the development of modern industrial society and on important policy debates about slavery, the franchise and eugenics. Consideration of Smithian insights applied to contemporary game theoretic and experimental research on the emergence of cooperative behavior in settings where individual interests sometimes conflict with the interest of the group (or society). Special attention to public goods games and institutional frameworks that facilitate cooperation in a repeated prisoner's dilemma setting: competition, repetition, punishment, and reciprocity.

    Prerequisites

    ECON 101

  • LDST 357 The Ethics of Influence

    Units: 1

    Description

    Investigates the moral limits of the influence tactics that leaders employ. Uses traditional moral theory and contemporary philosophical literature to distinguish justified influence from coercion, deception, and manipulation. Topics include public policy efforts to influence behavior.

  • LDST 361 Sex, Power, and Politics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Explores the processes by which "sexuality" is constituted and informs the leadership process. Readings on the social construction of gender, theories of power, and conceptions of freedom will be coupled with analyses of policy debates on issues such as reproductive freedom, pornography, and gay rights.

  • LDST 368 Leadership on Stage and Screen

    Units: 1

    Description

    Discussion of primary dramatic texts and films that examine leadership in a variety of settings and frameworks. Uses critical readings to contextualize the works as commentary on the issues and crises of leadership present at the time of their creation and examines the way in which they continue to address ethical and logistical leadership concerns in later periods and alternative contexts. In addition, discussions will focus on the use of film and theater as vehicles for questions of sociopolitical change and ethical inquiry. Course expectations include a theatrical production project working in the greater Richmond community designed to use the theatrical experience to enact social justice and examine leadership at work.

  • LDST 375 Economic Policy and Leadership

    Units: 1

    Description

    Explores important questions using debates amongst economists as our policy laboratory. What is the scope for policy makers to lead the economy through crises and the inevitable ups and downs that accompany economic expansion? How much agency should policy makers assume and when are unusual mechanisms called for? What leadership role do economists legitimately play in the development and implementation of new economic policy? As we read and discuss the policy proposals of the past, we explore the answers to these and other questions in today's economic contexts.

  • LDST 377 Ethical Decision Making - Health Care

    Units: 1

    Description

    Systematic examination of the central ethical decisions faced by leaders in medicine and healthcare. Topics include deception, decision making for incompetent patients, consent, abortion, euthanasia, disability, resource allocation, organ donation, and experimentation with human and non-human animals. Readings by historical thinkers such as Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, and John Stuart Mill. Contemporary readings from bioethicists such as John Finnis, Judith Jarvis Thompson, Derek Parfit, Jonathan Glover, James Rachels, Peter Singer, and Ronald Dworkin.

  • LDST 378 Statesmanship

    Units: 1

    Description

    Focus on statesmanship through historical and biographical case studies of such figures as the American founders, Abraham Lincoln, and Winston Churchill. Also will seek to understand ways in which constitutional, legal, and political institutions can encourage, thwart, or direct leadership on a grand political scale. (Same as Political Science 310.)

  • LDST 383 Leadership and the Future of Higher Education

    Units: 1

    Description

    Examines issues of leadership in higher education. Focus on how presidents work with constituents to achieve legitimacy, guide plans, and make decisions. Explore both traditional and emerging models in higher education.

  • LDST 384 Education and Equity

    Units: 1

    Description

    Explores inequity in K-12 education due to racial and income segregation. Examines possible solutions to alleviate these inequities and overcome the opportunity gaps

  • LDST 386 Leadership in a Diverse Society

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of how diversity affects social relations with an emphasis on leadership. Examines diversity, primarily through the lens of social psychology, by examining individual and collective dynamics in pluralistic settings. The primary focus is to familiarize students with basic research on intergroup relations, prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination, so that they may: (1) evaluate and analyze the scientific merit of this research, and (2) apply this research to real world situations--e.g., reflect on the effect of social identity on achievement, performance, mental health, physical health, etc. Focuses on the causes, correlates and consequences of stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination. Also addresses approaches to ameliorating these problems.

  • LDST 387 Leadership and Religious Values

    Units: 1

    Description

    Study of how political, cultural, and religious leaders draw on and influence their respective religious traditions.

  • LDST 390 Selected Topics

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    Topics developed by Jepson School faculty, visiting faculty, or faculty in other schools of the University that address particular issues in leadership studies. Examples may include leadership and psychology and literature and leadership. May be taken more than once if topics vary.

    Prerequisites

    Varies depending on topic.

  • LDST 399 Junior Honors Tutorial

    Units: .5

    Description

    Juniors accepted to honors track (in fall of junior year) work with Jepson faculty members in this spring tutorial to develop thesis proposal and preliminary bibliography to be accepted by the course instructor and a Jepson faculty thesis advisor.

    Prerequisites

    Acceptance to honors track.

  • LDST 406 Summer Undergraduate Research

    Units: 0

    Description

    Documentation of the work of students who receive summer grants to conduct research in the summer. The work must take place over a minimum of 10 weeks, and the student must be the recipient of a Jepson School summer research grant. Graded S/U.

    Prerequisites

    Approval for summer research grant by Jepson School Student Affairs Committee

  • LDST 450 Leadership Ethics

    Units: 1

    Description

    Application of moral theory to the values and assumptions of leadership, focusing especially on the ethical challenges of leaders past and present, group behavior, and leadership theory. Topics include self-interest, power, charisma, duty, obedience, and the greater good.

    Prerequisites

    Leadership Studies 300. Restricted to senior majors and minors or by permission of instructor.

  • LDST 488 Internship

    Units: .5-1

    Description

    First semester of applied experience in field of leadership studies and accompanying seminar. Observations of leaders in government, corporate, or nonprofit settings. Students are expected to apply what they have learned in required courses such as Theories and Models. For majors only, in spring of junior year.

  • LDST 489 Internship

    Units: .5

    Description

    Second semester of applied experience in field of leadership studies and accompanying seminar. Observations of leaders in government, corporate, or nonprofit settings. Students are expected to apply what they have learned in required courses such as Theories and Models. For majors only, in fall of senior year.

  • LDST 490 Independent Study

    Units: .5-2

    Description

    Independent study allows students to pursue research on their own topic of interest under the supervision of a faculty member. Independent study proposals must be submitted to the associate dean for academic affairs at least two weeks before the beginning of classes for the semester in which the independent study is to take place. The independent research experience will culminate in a final written product.

    Prerequisites

    Department approval.

  • LDST 491 Collaborative Study

    Units: .5-2

    Description

    Collaborative study provides students with the opportunity to conduct research collaboratively with a Jepson faculty member on a project of theoretical or methodological importance to the faculty member's program of research. Collaborative study must involve more than providing research assistance to an ongoing project; rather, the student must take responsibility for conducting original research of scholarly value. Collaborative study will be grounded in rigorous methods appropriate to the discipline in which the student is working and will culminate in a final written project.

    Prerequisites

    Department approval.

  • LDST 492 Directed Study

    Units: 1

    Description

    Group reading and discussion in a specified area of leadership studies under faculty supervision.

    Prerequisites

    Department approval.

  • LDST 495 Senior Thesis I

    Units: 1

    Description

    Year-long engagement in independent research project under supervision of faculty advisor.

    Prerequisites

    Department approval.

  • LDST 496 Senior Thesis II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Year-long engagement in independent research project under supervision of faculty advisor.

    Prerequisites

    Department approval.

  • LDST 497 Senior Honors Thesis I

    Units: 1

    Description

    Year-long engagement in independent research to produce written thesis worthy of honors in leadership studies. See description of Jepson honors track for further details.

    Prerequisites

    Leadership Studies 399 and commitment of a faculty thesis advisor are required to register for 497; in December of senior year, upon oral presentation of research and proposal, Jepson faculty verifies permission to enroll in 498.

  • LDST 498 Senior Honors Thesis II

    Units: 1

    Description

    Year-long engagement in independent research to produce written thesis worthy of honors in leadership studies. See description of Jepson honors track for further details.

    Prerequisites

    Leadership Studies 399 and commitment of a faculty thesis advisor are required to register for 497; in December of senior year, upon oral presentation of research and proposal, Jepson faculty verifies permission to enroll in 498.