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SUMMARY

Below is just a small sample of courses you’ll take as a Leadership major at Jessup. This list is not a guide for course selection. It was created to give you a peek at the program’s academic offerings. For official program requirements, please see the current course catalog.

Core Courses (38 units)

Students will examine their own personal leadership capabilities and effectiveness through self-assessment. A variety of leadership instruments will be used as the students reflect on their own leadership traits and those of others. A 360-degree assessment will also be utilized to provide insight into how student’s leadership is viewed by others in their organizations and provide a basis for leadership development. Biblical leadership principles will be infused into the discussion as students examine various leadership and motivation styles; students will not only learn their particular leadership style but how to relate to the leadership styles of others.

This course explores the core leadership tenets of servant leadership and spiritual leadership, particularly as they pertain to the business environment. It examines key biblical principles and ways in which to apply them consistently and accurately for leadership in the contemporary world.

Students will explore a number of spiritual practices that can help them flourish spiritually amidst the pressures of academia and of life. The course will briefly consider practices such as meditation, Sabbath, gratitude, simplicity, servanthood, spiritual friendship, and discernment. Students will participate in a half-day mini-retreat where they will explore these practices further.

An introduction to the concepts of effective communication. It will enhance communication in building teams and in other organizational settings and addresses important interpersonal exchange issues, such as conflict resolution.

Challenges students to consider how general revelation (creation) and special revelation (the Scriptures) of God affects every aspect of life. Each student will be encouraged to develop a truly Christian world view and understand and critique competing world views.

No course description available.

Students will increase their literacy for decision making. Making decisions is arguably one of the most important tasks of leadership. Students will recognize both the art and science of making decisions in an uncertain organizational climate. Students will build literacy surrounding the issue definition, gather relevant information, and retrieve the best available evidence to apply to key organizational decisions. Students will understand how their faith integrates with decision making and the impact of decisions within the organizational setting. Emphasis on this class will also include the importance of decision making and execution; moving from strategic planning to tactical activity will be a focus of the study and conversation.

This course will address how organizational goals, priorities and strategies interface with the behavior of individuals and teams both inside the organization and through external constituencies. Attention is given to the effect of organizational culture, government laws and regulations, the economy upon organizational behavior and the important dynamics associated with teams.

Students will examine the role of planning in maximizing resources and addressing organizational change. Project planning and management concepts will be discussed and applied to real-world planning initiatives. Specific techniques for analyzing complex problems and for planning and evaluating interventions will be applied. Students will examine a problem or issue in their current or proposed future vocational setting and prepare plans for the implementation of a well-designed program or policy.

This course will explore the nature of leadership in various cultures and the skills needed in a global economy and society. Students will examine the leadership implications for cross-cultural and multi-national organizations. Students will engage in discussions of the “Great Commission” and reflect on historical aspects of global leadership. The future of global leadership will be examined and the potential leadership challenges considered. To the extent possible, students will be challenged to cultivate their own global leadership “map” as they interact with the emerging global scene.

This course provides a biblical foundation for Christian ethics in the marketplace. It utilizes the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) as a primary text for the formulation of Kingdom ethics, and a basis for personal decision-making. It also makes specific applications to organizations through the analysis of real-world dilemmas and challenges.

Not for traditional undergraduate students.

Leadership Concentrations

Students must choose a concentration listed below.

Christian Ministries Concentration (18 units)

This course introduces tools and techniques used in project management including computer software. Topics include: defining project scope; identifying and tracking project risks; evaluating, controlling, monitoring, and closing a project. This course examines the Christian perspective on projects, organizations, team building, conflict, leadership and ethics. Project management software (Microsoft Project and others) are utilized to develop an integrated project plan and create a project work breakdown structure (WBS) and GANTT schedule in order to track milestones.

This course explores creativity and entrepreneurship in leadership. It also analyzes how to effectively initiate and lead change, catch and cast vision, and integrate feedback from others into the leadership journey. It also considers the important connections between personal creativity and spiritual sensitivity in the leadership experience.

This course focuses on the practice of leadership through effective negotiation and will review the theory, practice, and processes of negotiation in a variety of settings. Students will study the fundamentals of negotiation practice and group psychology and apply leadership and negotiation frameworks to simulations and workplace opportunities.

This course explores the different genres of biblical literature and the various methods of studying them to prepare students to understand and explore God’s Word for themselves and classes.

Unlike most secular organizations, ministries and nonprofits tend to rely heavily on volunteers to staff their programs and projects. Working effectively with volunteers requires different leadership strategies than working with paid staff. This course will focus on the unique dynamics of how to gain, train, and sustain volunteers.

Caregiving in a faith community or by its representatives is a practical theological activity. This course explores the foundational principles of pastoral care and counseling as part of community-based service by (1) distinguishing the unique ministries of pastoral/spiritual care, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and community counseling, and (2) articulating one’s own pastoral focus in light of the following themes: holistic attention to self-care; developing skills of compassionate listening, attending and care in the context of social and personal dynamics; and commitment to advocacy.

Organizational Development Concentration (18 units)

This course introduces tools and techniques used in project management including computer software. Topics include: defining project scope; identifying and tracking project risks; evaluating, controlling, monitoring, and closing a project. This course examines the Christian perspective on projects, organizations, team building, conflict, leadership and ethics. Project management software (Microsoft Project and others) are utilized to develop an integrated project plan and create a project work breakdown structure (WBS) and GANTT schedule in order to track milestones.

This course explores creativity and entrepreneurship in leadership. It also analyzes how to effectively initiate and lead change, catch and cast vision, and integrate feedback from others into the leadership journey. It also considers the important connections between personal creativity and spiritual sensitivity in the leadership experience.

This course focuses on the practice of leadership through effective negotiation and will review the theory, practice, and processes of negotiation in a variety of settings. Students will study the fundamentals of negotiation practice and group psychology and apply leadership and negotiation frameworks to simulations and workplace opportunities.

This course provides a fundamental overview of both financial and managerial accounting from the perspective of a non-accounting manager. Topics include the language of business, bookkeeping, financial reporting and analysis, and other essential concepts of accounting for managers. Quantitative tools such as CVP analysis and NPV are presented. At the successful completion of this course, students will have a fundamental knowledge of GAAP and the AICPA code of ethics for accounting.

This course provides an insight into the characteristics of entrepreneurs and examines the growth of entrepreneurship. Students will apply the methods used to create, identify and evaluate opportunities for new ventures and the skills that are needed to start and manage new ventures. Students will develop a preliminary business plan including problems and factors involved in launching and operating small profit and nonprofit organizations. Emphasizes entrepreneur characteristics sought by venture capitalists and investors, role of the business plan and evolutionary stages of start-up activity.

This course introduces students to theories and models of change management. Students learn how organizations address the rapidly changing nature of the internal and external environment within which they operate. Students will discuss the role of organizational change agents and how to implement strategies for organizational intervention. Using work specific challenges and organizational case studies, students will develop the skills to evaluate and analyze how to lead effective change initiatives in the workplace. Students will also address the impact of public policy changes on organizations and society. A particular focus of this course will be in leading and managing changes across various organizational cultures.

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