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Courses - Fall 2023
Leadership Education and Development
Introduction to Leadership
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Freshman standing; or sophomore standing.
Credit only granted for: LEAD217 or HESI217.
Formerly: HESI217.
Surveys the study and practice of leadership and provides students with a variety of experiences to wrestle with large leadership questions. What is leadership? Who can be a leader? How is leadership an important aspect of understanding self and others? Students will explore and respond to these questions through a variety of leadership theories and models, self-assessments, critical reflection, active-learning, group projects, and research. The course will introduce students to critical theory and critical perspectives of leadership to help students broaden their perspectives on leadership and develop more complex thought and practice of leadership.
Students must pay a $32 materials fee. Contact leadershipstudies@umd.edu with questions.
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Leadership in Groups and Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: LEAD217 or HESI217.
Credit only granted for: LEAD315 or HESI315.
Formerly: HESI315.
Assists students in acquiring and integrating leadership knowledge within group and organizational contexts. Individual (self), relational (others), and contextual (context) influences on leadership will be examined using theories and frameworks that will help students learn to navigate complex organizational environments and practice leadership that is process-based and relationship-oriented. Through hands-on activities, personal exploration, and critical analysis of leadership within groups and organizations, students will gain greater insight into the historical, cultural, and environmental elements of leadership.
This is a Global Classrooms course, developed in partnership with the Office of International Affairs (OIA) to provide opportunities or virtual, project-based, international collaboration. Learn more Global Classrooms: go.umd.edu/gci.

Email leadershipstudies@umd.edu for permission to enroll. Students must pay a $15 materials fee.
Social Action Seminar
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HESI217 or LEAD 217; and HESI315 or LEAD315.
Restriction: Must be in the Leadership Studies Minor or Leadership Studies Certificate program.
Credit only granted for: HESI320 or LEAD320.
Formerly: HESI320.
The purpose of the Social Action Sequence (LEAD 320 & LEAD 321) is to examine the connections between leadership and social change, and learn how our own leadership knowledge and practice can be used to advance progress toward more just and equitable communities. In LEAD 320 (2-credits), students will have the opportunity to conduct a semester-long project to increase their knowledge and understanding of a social issue of their interest, and design resources and an action plan for engaging in work related to this social issue in their own communities.
May fulfill a requirement for the Leadership Studies Certificate only if taken sequentially with LEAD321 course.
Leadership Studies Capstone
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HESI217 or LEAD217; and HESI315 or LEAD315.
Restriction: Permission of Counseling, Higher Education, and Special Education department required; Restricted to students in Leadership Studies Minor and Certificate only .
Credit only granted for: LEAD417 or HESI417.
Formerly: HESI417.
As the final academic experience in the Leadership Studies Minor/Certificate, this seminar is designed to be both retrospective and integrative, encouraging you to synthesize relevant concepts and experiences and to formulate your own informed perspective on the implications of leadership. This course will serve as a place to critically think about the field of leadership studies and the implications of leadership in multiple settings for life-long practice. You will be expected to demonstrate skill in analysis of pertinent literature, write with purpose and clarity, facilitate the learning and development of others, and engage in thoughtful group discussion. In this seminar, you will submit scholarly products to demonstrate a mature understanding of your leadership trajectory in past, present and future contexts.