Leadership and Strategic Studies

The Department of Leadership and Strategic Studies offers a Minor in Leadership Studies:

Requirements for the Minor in Leadership Studies

1.  18 hours of university-recognized leadership coursework in one of the three tracks described below:

Civilian Track – Successful completion of the Leadership Studies curricula combined with successful completion of the Leadership Progression in the Corps of Cadets. 

Military Track – Successful completion of the Military Science curricula combined with successful completion of the Leadership Progression in the Corps of Cadets.

Combination Track – Cadets may use up to 10 credit hours from the Military Science curricula toward completion of the 18-credit requirements above combined with successful completion of the Leadership Progression in the Corps of Cadets. 

2.  Satisfactory completion of Leadership Progression within the Tarleton Corps of Cadets. Leadership Progression is defined as a minimum of four semesters’ participation in the Tarleton Corps of Cadets, including: completion of at least two Corps leadership positions and having passed at least once during a Cadet career, an ROTC, or Corps Physical Fitness test.

3. Satisfactory completion of the summer training or internship and evaluation conducted by the Department of Military Science or Department of Leadership and Strategic Studies.

4. A minimum minor grade point average of 2.5 in all courses taken to fulfill the minor is required.

5. A minimum of six hours of course work at the 3000-level or above must be taken to fulfill the minor requirement.

6. Students not enrolled in an ROTC program may be permitted to take MLSC courses as electives with advanced approval of the Professor of Military Science, and the concurrence of the Department of Leadership and Strategic Studies.

Minor in Leadership Studies

Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Civilian Track
LDRS 1201Basics of Self-Leadership and Staff Work2
LDRS 1202Leadership and the Humanities2
LDRS 2301Foundations of Leadership3
LDRS 2302Elements of Leading Teams3
LDRS 3301Leadership and Change3
LDRS 3302Leadership and Ethics3
LDRS 4086Independent Study1-6
LDRS 4108Leadership Studies Capstone1
Total Hours18-23
Military Track
MLSC 1201Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking2
MLSC 1202Introduction to the Profession of Arms2
MLSC 2301Leadership and Decision Making3
MLSC 2302Army Doctrine and Team Development3
MLSC 3301Training Management and the Warfighting Functions3
MLSC 3302Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations3
MLSC 4086Independent Study1-6
MLSC 4301The Army Officer3
MLSC 4302Company Grade Leadership3
Total Hours23-28
Combination Track
Choose 18 hours from the following with no more than 10 hours from MLSC courses.18
Basics of Self-Leadership and Staff Work
Leadership and the Humanities
Foundations of Leadership
Elements of Leading Teams
Leadership and Change
Leadership and Ethics
Independent Study
Leadership Studies Capstone
Introduction to the Army and Critical Thinking
Introduction to the Profession of Arms
Leadership and Decision Making
Army Doctrine and Team Development
Training Management and the Warfighting Functions
Applied Leadership in Small Unit Operations
Independent Study
The Army Officer
Company Grade Leadership
Total Hours18

Courses

LDRS 1201. Basics of Self-Leadership and Staff Work. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Individual assessments to provide insights into personal traits, characteristics, and tendencies. Basic skills of time management, goal setting, and personal planning. Identifying organizational protocols and procedures. Develop interpersonal communication skills, project implementation and quality assurance. Fundamentals of reporting orally and in writing.

LDRS 1202. Leadership and the Humanities. 2 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to leadership as an object of study through examination of its historical foundations and intellectual development. Readings selected from history, literature, philosophy, political theory, religion, and social theory. Emphasis on assessing these texts in light of reasoned argument and on drawing out their implications for leadership studies.

LDRS 2301. Foundations of Leadership. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced study of leadership theories and models. Explores major theories and applications associated with various leadership practices throughout the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Provide students the framework to critically think about their leadership philosophy and the situations they will encounter in future careers.

LDRS 2302. Elements of Leading Teams. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced study of team leadership and management. Explores team and group dynamics, organization, planning, and group behavior. Strategies for organizational assessment, tools for developing people within organizations, and techniques for developing and delivering training programs.

LDRS 3301. Leadership and Change. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This survey course introduces the student to a broad range of concepts, theories, and practices important for a basic understanding of the similarities and differences between leadership and management. Contemporary and advanced issues in change leadership such as creating a climate for change, implementing and sustaining change, building a change vision, adaptive leadership and change readiness.

LDRS 3302. Leadership and Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced study of important historical and contemporary ethical theories. Includes assessment and development of character and actions, application of ethical theories, their justification and relationship to society, and objective or subjective status in today’s society.

LDRS 4086. Independent Study. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Topics vary according to student need. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Open to students of junior or senior classification. Prerequisite: Approval of the department head.

LDRS 4108. Leadership Studies Capstone. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

Culmination of comprehensive knowledge gained about leadership and social change throughout a student's undergraduate career. Involves reflection on collegiate leadership experiences and coursework in the leadership minor. Results in student development of an electronic portfolio (i.e., ePortfolio). Prerequisites: Senior standing.

Colonel Kenny Weldon, USAF (Ret)
Department of Leadership and Strategic Studies
Wisdom Gym, Room 171-A
Box T-0480
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9531
(254) 968-9596
kweldon@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/cadets

Mrs. Pat Wilborn, Administrative Assistant III
Department of Leadership and Strategic Studies
Wisdom Gym, Room 108
Box T-0480
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9188
(254) 968-9596
wilborn@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/cadets

Commandant of Cadets and Chair

  • Weldon, Colonel Kenny (Ret)