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General Education Courses

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Core Courses in the Major

Theory & Practice of Leadership
MGT 420
4 credits

This course will focus on leadership, management, and organizational concepts in use in business today. It will expand the management principles of the last century, taking into consideration knowledge, behavioral, and technological changes that have recently occurred. The student will learn why and how quality improvements, visionary leadership, and customer-driven enterprises have caused change in business. This course also describes a new way to operate without control or compliance and thus improve service to the business organization, while maximizing corporation profit.


Organizational Behavior and Culture
MGT 425
4 credits

This course focuses on management and leadership of organizations and people in organizations. The course emphasizes the need to promote a shared vision, developing a collaborative work environment, fostering a learning organization, effective management/employee relationships, effective communications, interpersonal communications, win/win management, intrinsic motivation, effective work teams, and self- directed work teams.


Ethics and Leadership
LDS 402
4 credits

This course describes the skills required as leaders encounter ethical dilemmas, process reasoned responses, confront daily and long-term ethical issues, and make a positive and progressive difference in their chosen field by relying on an ethical foundation.


Assessing and Building Leadership Capacity
LDS 403
4 credits

Students will focus on self-assessment to determine their effectiveness as leaders and motivators in their environment. Emphasis will be placed on mentoring and development of subordinates and team building for maximum effectiveness.


Leadership and Change
LDS 404
4 credits

This course will focus on how leaders effect change in their environments. They will also explore how to manage change. The chaos theory will also be covered at length.


Major Electives

Leadership & Community
LDS 330
4 credits

Elements such as social change, ethics and value systems, attitudes, politics, perceptions, and personal agendas influence community leaders. This course will provide an overview and analysis of community development, structure, and management, and an examination of how leaders work to enhance their capacity to problem solve in their communities.


Non-Profit Leadership
LDS 340
4 credits

This course covers the elements of a non-profit organization that leaders must understand. The course will examine how non-profit leadership is influenced by factors such as funding, board governance, program development, evaluation and assessment, human resources, public and media relations, client services, government entities, politics, and partnerships and collaborations.


Leadership and Fiscal Responsibility
LDS 405
4 credits

This course demonstrates the importance of leadership with regard to fiscal accountability and decision making. Emphasis will be placed on the leader’s responsibility for the planning, development, and oversight of financial resources within their control as well topics including, but not limited to, risk analysis, capital budgeting, financial statements, and deficit and surplus management.


Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
LDS 410
4 credits

This course will explore why the areas of conflict negotiation, management, and resolution skills are important for leaders. Minimization and management of conflict is important to the success of leaders to enable them to achieve their goals. In addition, this course will enable students to understand the nature of conflict and examine beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that are related to conflict.


Strategic Planning for Leaders
LDS 420
4 credits

The course stresses the importance of strategic planning as an important skill for leaders impacting organizational effectiveness and change. There are universally applicable models and theories for strategic planning.


Global Perspectives in Leadership
LDS 430
4 credits

This course will demonstrate the need for leaders to develop creative, visionary ideals that encompass a culturally diverse perspective in a global context. By looking at various cultures around the world, this course will give the student a perspective of what type of leadership models work in various cultures.


LDS Independent Studies. Each may be taken up to two times.
LDS 400
1-4 credits

Independent Study. May be taken one time with the approval of the department chair and dean.


LDS Special Topics. Each may be taken up to two times.
LDS 490
1-4 credits

Special Topics. May be taken one time with the approval of the department chair and dean.


American Sign Language/English Interpretation Concentration

Upon completion of the major with a concentration in American Sign Language/English
Interpretation, graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate the nature and form of interpreting systems.
  • Identify and critique key principles of effective leadership as it relates to interpreting.
  • Examine the implications and effectiveness of one’s leadership style as it pertains to leadership within interpreting systems.
  • Evaluate the relationship between leadership service and interpersonal dynamics.
  • Assess one’s own competencies in order to identify areas of need for continuing education and professional development.

Required classes in addition to the LDS core classes to obtain a concentration in American Sign Language/English Interpretation include:

Leadership in Interpreting Systems
ASL 310
4 credits

This course is designed to give interpreters the opportunity to discover and analyze factors that shape their own leadership style. Interpreters will also refine their leadership skills as it relates to navigating interpreting. Students analyze local, national, and global trends in leadership practices for translators and interpreters. Students gain skills and knowledge to act as mentors and resources for less experienced and entry-level interpreters. Students examine the dynamics of discussion; group thinking and decision-making; interpersonal relations; types of leadership and the application of discussion techniques in society and interpreted events.


Professional Development Planning through Assessment and Feedback for Interpreters
ASL 315
4 credits

In this course, students will explore and apply theories and approaches of both peer and self-assessment. Students will be presented with a structured method for diagnostic assessment of interpreting work. This course will focus on using two systems of analysis–major feature analysis process and miscue analysis process. Using this framework, students will learn to assess samples of interpreting work, review findings, and discuss a plan of action including creation of professional goals and development of skill-building activities. Students will acquire and perfect their skills of active listening, networking, self-reflection and discussion through constructive dialogue focused on improving the interpreting work product.


Effective Communication Mechanisms for Interpreters
ASL 320
4 credits

In this course, students will practice and apply the principles of interpretation/translation to interpersonal communication via the Demand-Control Schema constructs. Students in this course will explore and negotiate the contexts in which interpreting occurs, assess roles and responsibilities, and address situational issues arising in communication events. Students will incorporate real and mock observations, supervision sessions (case conferencing) and hands-up practice to enhance their skills in decision-making around meaning transfer, ethical dilemmas, and in terpersonal communication. This course focuses on how to use descriptive and non-evaluative language when assessing their own work and when working with peers.


Sport Management Concentration

Required classes in addition to the LDS core classes to obtain a concentration in Sport Management include

Sports Administration & Organizational Theory
SPM 315
4 credits

This course will explore, assess, and identify various organizational theories and structures and their application in sport environment. The course will examine the management process, including theoretical and philosophical aspects of management in a sport setting and review the role of character development in sport management. The course will also examine the importance of relationships within sport management, such as client, employee, and community relations, and analyze physical education, recreation, wellness, health promotion, sport and fitness as micro components in sport administrations as it relates to society as a whole.


Economic & Fiscal Responsibility in Sports Management
SPM 320
4 credits

This course will identify principles of finance specific to budgeting and operations in connection with business decision-making in various sport-related organizations. The course will expose students to various financial principles as they relate to professional, collegiate, and high school sport programs. In addition, this course will provide students with practical application of financial management, including principles and financial statements as they pertain to planning, administration, and reporting the financial performance of a sport-related organization.


Law & Ethics in Sports Management
SPM 410
4 credits

This course provides an understanding of the American legal system with an emphasis on the resolution of sport business legal disputes by means of civil litigation, mediation, arbitration, and trial procedures. The course will examine the legal structure of the sport industry. This course provides an understanding of the laws affecting professional sports and provides a philosophical viewpoint of the ethics, professional codes of conduct, and ethical professional responsibilities of leaders in the sport environment.


Culminating Graduation Requirement

As part of course work in the major, every student will complete a culminating graduation requirement (CGR). The CGR requirement may be met by satisfactory completion of one of the following:

LDS 499 Capstone (CGR) Learning Experience Project (6-12 credits within the 120)


Research Paper (Taken in a major core class – separate credit not awarded)

Capstone Learning Experience Project
LDS 499
6-12 credits

The project draws upon all of the student’s previous experience, both academic and experiential, bringing together the theoretical and practical knowledge attained over the course of the program, especially as it pertains to the major. The project will result in a major paper, article, work of art, training manual, or other product that not only provides the student with lasting educational enrichment but also develops and demonstrates background and expertise.