The Leadership Studies program engages students in the formal study of leadership as a phenomenon that students observe, reflect on, and participate in. Through Leadership Studies, students become familiar with the practice and consequences of leadership in a variety of cultural and historical contexts. Empirical research, reflective inquiry, critical thinking, and the analysis of leadership theory, research, and practice are integral to the Leadership Studies program. While Leadership Studies are based in the social sciences, curricular initiatives will include interdisciplinary contributions from the arts, humanities, sciences, and applied and professional studies.
Students in Leadership Studies will develop knowledge in the following areas of study:
- the definition of and impact of leadership
- the cultural and contextual forces that influence leadership processes and outcomes
- theories of leadership and their implications for leadership practice and development
- the relationship between leadership and power in social relations
- the connection between leadership style and team effectiveness
- the role of leadership in creating and managing change
- the ethical issues and consequences of leadership action
- the process of leadership development
For more information, contact the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership at (360) 650-2292 or visit Old Main 480.
JOSEPH E. GARCIA (1984) Bowman Distinguished Professor of Leadership Studies and Director of the Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership. BA, State University College of New York at Cortland; MA, Western Washington University; PhD, University of Utah
Leadership Studies Courses
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