Course Descriptions for Leadership Minor Courses

COM 2101 - Public Speaking - Intensive practice in composition and delivery of various types of speeches with emphasis on speech structure and style. (SPEAKING)

COM 3124 - Intercultural Communication - Examines communication practices in multi-cultural settings including international, national, regional, ethnic, racial, economic, religious, and other topics of pertinence to effective intercultural communication. Students will be involved in observational activities and research activities to exemplify intercultural communication differences in a practical way. (WRITING; MULTI-CULTURAL; CROSS-DISCIPLINARY)

COM 3152 - Communication in Organizations - Examines communication within organizational structures; develops skill in language, observation and listening; teaches improved communications skill through interview and formal presentations. Oriented to the speech communication requirements of the contemporary business and professional community.

HPC 3400 - Resident Assistant Development - Designed to enhance the personal and professional growth of resident assistants. Emphasis is given to the residential living/learning environment and related student development theory; leadership development and styles; communication skills/styles; and situational topics relative to the resident assistant position. Open only to approved prospective or current Appalachian resident assistants.

HPC 3530 - Selected Topic: Diversity Educators - This course is for students chosen to be Diversity Educators.

HPC 3533 - Selected Topic: Women and Leadership - Women and Leadership is an historical, theoretical, and applied survey of women and their experiences in leadership roles.  The course examines women in the contexts of American history and psychological development, using leadership as a lens through which we view all women—not just famous women. 

HPC 3536 - Selected Topic: Leadership and Culture (Study Abroad Course) - This is a short-term faculty lead course where students will have the opportunity to learn about another culture and that culture's approach to leadership.

HPC 3542 - Selected Topic: Multicultural Leadership

HPC 3700 - Applied Leadership - Designed to study the component parts of organizational leadership while assisting leaders in various student clubs and organizations to develop further their leadership skills. The course format will combine instruction, discussion, and experiential learning in order to bridge the appropriate theories with the reality of organizational leadership. The course is limited to students in existing club/organization leadership roles.

HPC 4300 - Advanced Leadership Development - Designed for designated student body officers/leaders to develop and practice their leadership capabilities. It combines the theoretical understanding through the classroom setting with the practical concepts through a practicum. Emphases include an understanding of the University community, clear organizational goals, advanced leadership concepts, and related topics/issues. The course is limited to those invited and approved by the instructor.

HPC 4790 - Group Methods and Processes - A study of group dynamics, experimentation in groups, leadership roles, and applicability to other settings. [Dual-listed with HPC5790.]

MGT 3060 – Opportunity and Entrepreneurship - A survey of the opportunities and challenges associated with the creation and management of entrepreneurial organizations. The course focuses on the unique issues associated with starting and managing a new venture including business planning, human resource management, marketing, legal issues, location selection, funding, buying a business, and exit strategies

MGT 3620 - Human Resource Management - A study of basic personnel policies, practices, objectives, functions and the organization of personnel programs. Emphasis is placed on recruiting, selection, placement, training and development, employee evaluation, compensation, accident prevention, and union management relations in a modern business corporation. Prerequisite: admission to the Walker College of Business. (WRITING)

MGT 3630 - Organizational Behavior - A study of individual and small group behavior in a work setting with focus on how this knowledge is reflected in current management theories. Emphasis is placed on understanding why employees behave the way they do and how to use this understanding to either maintain or change this behavior. Management majors are encouraged to take this course before or concurrently with MGT3620. (CROSS-DISCIPLINARY)

MGT 3800 - International Management - International management studies management as practiced in different nations and cultures. The influences of differences in the political, economic, social, legal, and technological environments on the management functions (planning, organizing, motivating, and controlling) and management effectiveness are examined. The requirements and problems of adapting the American approach to management in foreign cultures, and conversely, adapting foreign approaches to American business will be basic to the course. Also included will be an investigation of management practices world-wide as well as an examination of current issues and special topics. Prerequisite: MGT 3010 or MGT 3630. (MULTI-CULTURAL; WRITING)

MGT 4700 - Contemporary Issues in Management & Leadership - This course is designed to explore theories and practical applications of management and leadership in organizational settings. The major emphasis is on building the managerial and leadership skills necessary to diagnose and provide remedies for organizational level problems. Subjects covered include: management, leadership, strategic vision, organizational culture and values, motivation and empowerment, teams, leading diversity, and leading organizational change. Prerequisite: MGT 3630 or MGT 3010. [Dual-listed with MGT5700.]

MGT 4770 - Business Ethics -A study of the economic, political, social and legal environments within which business processes take place and how such environments affect the decisions that businesses and managers make. (SPEAKING) [Dual-listed with MGT5770.]

PHL 2000 - Social Issues and Ethics - An introduction to ethical reasoning and an examination of moral problems in contemporary social issues. (CORE: HUMANITIES)

PSY 2213 - Survey of Social Psychology - The study of the influence of the social environment and the presence of others on the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of individuals. Theory and research related to social perception, group influence, and interpersonal relations are considered. Prerequisite: PSY 1200

PSY 3207 - Organizational Psychology - A survey of organizational psychology based on classical and contemporary research. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of principles to problems at the micro (individual, interpersonal, and group) and macro (environmental) levels. Prerequisite: PSY1200. (CROSS-DISCIPLINARY)

PA 4665 - Public Management - A study of the organization and operation of government agencies and their role in policy making and implementation and an examination of the various concepts and theories pertaining to administrative behavior and to the performance of the basic tasks of management. Prerequisite: junior or senior standing, or permission of the instructor. (WRITING; SPEAKING) [Dual-listed with PA 5665.]