Leadership Studies (Interdisciplinary Minor)


The mission of the Whitworth Leadership Studies Program is to educate the minds and hearts of those who practice leadership. The program will make a significant and unique contribution to the study and practice of leadership through its integration of principles and theories of leadership with the transforming nature and the moral authority of Christ. Students will acquire knowledge and skills informed by the emerging and related collaborative and transforming leadership theories. The program teaches a perspective on world need that is broad, inclusive and empathetic.

Leadership Studies The learning outcomes of this minor prepare the student to obtain the following:


Students who complete the Whitworth Leadership Studies Program will accomplish the following:

  • Develop knowledge of the evolution of the theories of leadership and management, as well as theories that inform various practices of leadership, e.g. conflict management.
  • Be able to understand, in different kinds of leadership situations, how to choose appropriate situational leadership styles and understand the basic leadership theory that informs their practice of leadership.
  • Understand how complexity theory and chaos theory inform their analysis of organizations.
  • Understand the differences between transactional and transforming leadership and the benefits of each in different kinds of leadership and organizational settings.
  • Learn to develop and present a comprehensive project proposal.
  • Explore the relationship of leadership to service by participating in local and global service projects.
  • Have appreciation and knowledge of both the breadth and the depth of contemporary and classical leadership literature.

Students who complete the leadership studies program will gain skills and competence in the following areas:

  • Moral reasoning
  • Leading change
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Conflict-resolution skills
  • Human motivation
  • Organizational behavior
  • Communications issues
  • Servant-leadership
  • Ethical practices in leadership
  • Participation on leadership teams


LS 196 Topics in Leadership Studies1-3
Selected lower-division topics in leadership studies. Periodic offering.
LS 250 Principles of Service and Leadership3
A focus on basic leadership skills development and theoretical foundations. Students gain exposure to leadership styles, values and leadership, and numerous leadership skills and challenges as well as theory that informs leadership practices and issues.
LS 305 Introduction to Public Service Leadershp3
This course will be an introduction to the study of leadership with a focus on public service entities. Additional topics covered will be types of entities (non-profit, NGO, governments, neighborhood associations), organizational behavior, sustainability and community development.
LS 350 Transforming Leadership3
The companion and sequel to LS 250. The course carefully explores transforming leadership theory. Students participate in a service-learning project in which the theory is put to a practical test. Prerequisite: LS 250 or BU 110. Fall & Spring semesters.
LS 390 Leadership Internship1-4
LS 396 Topics in Leadership Studies1-3
Selected upper-division topics in leadership studies. Periodic offering.
LS 401 Leadership Seminar1
A senior seminar for students completing the leadership studies minor. This capstone leadership studies course is taken after all other leadership studies core coursework requirements are completed. Students are exposed to emerging literature in leadership studies and develop and present a senior thesis on leadership.
LS 455 Chaos Theory, Leadership and Management3
A capstone course in leadership theory. Application of theory and practice to personal philosophy of leadership and how that applies to future vocational/avocational objectives. Translation of theory into practice through a major course proposal. Project. Periodic offering.
LS 470W Strategic Leadership in Public Service Organizations3
This course builds on prior courses and further develops the decision-making skills necessary to succeed in a 21st century organization. Emphasis is placed on the development and execution of strategy. Students will examine the elements of a strategic planning process and learn to apply them in the public service arena. This course is designed to enhance the impact and influence students bring to the work place when faced with the need to navigate complex situations.
LS 490 Leadership Internship1-4
Internships are arranged by students and approved by the Whitworth Leadership Studies Program Board.
LS 497 Topics: Leadership1
What is the difference between world class organizations and those just getting by? In most cases it is the quality of the leadership of the organization. This workshop focuses on those skills required to create an exceptional leader. The qualities of leadership are studied and then applied in a series of case studies out of today's current events. Students who are approaching the end of their bachelors degree and want to prepare to become extra-ordinary professionals should consider taking this workshop. For continuing studies students only.

Requirements for a Leadership Studies Minor (19)

Required core courses:
LS 250Principles of Service and Leadership3
LS 350Transforming Leadership3
LS 401Leadership Seminar1
Three semester credits from the following:3
Leadership Internship
Chaos Theory, Leadership and Management
Community Leadership Training
Leadership Development in Ministry
Supporting curriculum (choice of nine semester credits):9
Business and Economics (no more than six semester credits):
Introduction to Business and Management
Organizational Behavior
Social and Ethical Issues in Business and Economics
Organizational Theory
Chaos Theory, Leadership and Management
Economic Development
Communication Studies (no more than six semester credits):
Publicity and Public Relations
Organizational Communication
Gospel Proclamation
Small Group Ministry
Group Dynamics
Argumentation and Debate
Intercultural Communication
Communication Ethics
English, Political Science and History (no more than six semester credits):
American Drama Since 1900
American Intellectual History
Revolution in History
Nonviolent Defense and Conflict Resolution
International Political Economy
Introduction to Public Administration
International Development
Psychology and Sociology (no more than six semester credits):
Cities and Urban Life
Theology & Philosophy (no more than six semester credits):
History of Christianity I
History of Christianity II
Gospel Proclamation
Small Group Ministry
Other Discipline Areas (no more than nine semester credits):
Evolutionary Biology
Developmental Biology
Educational Psychology for Children and Adolescents
Democracy, Leadership, and Schooling
Philosophical and Psychological Aspects Of Coaching
Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
Applied Team Leadership
General Conducting
Advanced Conducting
General Physics I
Quantum Mechanics
Fundamentals of Directing
Special Topics:
Topics in Leadership Studies
Topics in Leadership Studies
Program Contact


Dean of Arts and Sciences