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 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

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
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 (Cross-listed as PO 425W)
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
Other Discipline Areas (no more than nine semester credits):
Evolutionary Biology
Developmental Biology
Educational Psychology for Children and Adolescents
Democracy, Leadership, and Schooling (Cross-listed as EDU 401W)
Philosophical and Psychological Aspects Of Coaching
Organization and Administration of Athletic Training
Applied Team Leadership
General Conducting
Advanced Conducting
General Physics I
Quantum Mechanics (Cross-listed as PS 455)
Fundamentals of Directing
Special Topics:
Topics in Leadership Studies
Topics in Leadership Studies


LS 151General Physics I (Cross-listed with PS 151)3
LS 151LGeneral Physics I Lab (Cross-listed with PS 151L)1
LS 170Leadership Development in Ministry (Cross-listed with TH 170)1
LS 196Topics in Leadership Studies1-3
LS 201Educational Psychology for Children and Adolescents (Cross-listed with EDU 201)3
LS 202Exploring Teaching (Cross-listed with EDU 202)1
LS 221Ethics (Cross-listed with PH 221 and TH 221)3
LS 225General Conducting (Cross-listed with MU 225)2
LS 244Publicity and Public Relations (Cross-listed with JMC 244)3
LS 250Principles of Service and Leadership (Cross-listed with DS 250)3
LS 297Nonviolent Defense and Conflict Resolution (Cross-listed with HI 297 and PO 297)3
LS 302Applied Team Leadership (Cross-listed with MI 302)3
LS 305Introduction to Public Service Leadershp3
LS 313History of Christianity I (Cross-listed with TH 313)3
LS 313WHistory of Christianity I (Cross-listed with TH 313W)3
LS 314WHistory of Christianity II (Cross-listed with TH 314W)3
LS 316American Drama Since 1900 (Cross-listed with EL 316)3
LS 322Philosophical and Psychological Aspects Of Coaching (Cross-listed with KIN 322)3
LS 322WPhilosophical and Psychological Aspects Of Coaching (Cross-listed with KIN 322W)3
LS 323Organizational Communication (Cross-listed with SP 323)3
LS 325Economic Development (Cross-listed with EC 325)3
LS 330Community Leadership Training (Cross-listed with GE 330)1
LS 332Organization and Administration of Athletic Training (Cross-listed with AT 333)3
LS 333Evolutionary Biology (Cross-listed with BI 333)3
LS 333WEvolutionary Biology (Cross-listed with BI 333W)3
LS 336Gospel Proclamation (Cross-listed with TH 336 and SP 336)3
LS 350Transforming Leadership (Cross-listed with DS 350)3
LS 351Group Dynamics (Cross-listed with SP 351)3
LS 353International Political Economy (Cross-listed with PO 353)3
LS 354Developmental Biology (Cross-listed with BI 354)4
LS 354LLab: Developmental Biology (Cross-listed with BI 354L)0
LS 354WDevelopmental Biology (Cross-listed with BI 354W)4
LS 361Fundamentals of Directing (Cross-listed with TA 361)3
LS 362Argumentation and Debate (Cross-listed with SP 362)4
LS 365Cities and Urban Life (Cross-listed with SO 365)3
LS 371Introduction to Public Administration (Cross-listed with PO 371)3
LS 390Leadership Internship1-4
LS 396Topics in Leadership Studies1-3
LS 398Intercultural Communication (Cross-listed with SP 398)3
LS 401Leadership Seminar1
LS 402WDemocracy, Leadership, and Schooling (Cross-listed with EDU 401W)3
LS 410WAmerican Intellectual History (Cross-listed with HI 410W)3
LS 424WInternational Development (Cross-listed with PO 425W)3
LS 425Organizational Behavior (Cross-listed with BU 425)3
LS 427Advanced Conducting (Cross-listed with MU 427)2
LS 445Revolution in History (Cross-listed with HI 445)3
LS 450WSocial and Ethical Issues in Business and Economics (Cross-listed with BU 450W)3
LS 453WOrganizational Theory (Cross-listed with BU 453W)3
LS 455Chaos Theory, Leadership and Management (Cross-listed with BU 455)3
LS 456Quantum Mechanics (Cross-listed with PS 455)4
LS 470WStrategic Leadership in Public Service Organizations3
LS 490Leadership Internship1-4
LS 493Communication Ethics (Cross-listed with SP 493)3
LS 497Topics: Leadership1
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