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. Membership in the Texan Corps of Cadets and 18 hours of university-recognized leadership coursework in one of the three tracks described below.  All freshman and sophomore cadets will register for ROTC courses and labs.  Sophomore cadets may request an exception to enroll in LDRS courses in lieu of ROTC courses through the Office of the Commandant.  The Commandant has the final authority over all exceptions.  At the end of the sophomore year, cadets declare their intention to continue with ROTC courses or LDRS courses in the appropriate track: 
     
    1. Civilian Track - Successful completion of the Leadership Studies curricula combined with successful completion of the Leadership Progression in the Corps of Cadets.
       
    2. Military Track - Successful completion of the Military Science curricula combined with successful completion of the Leadership Progression in the Corps of Cadets.
       
    3. 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, participation in weekly physical training, and passing the ROTC or Corps Physical Fitness test annually.
     
  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 grade point average of 2.5 is required in all coursework taken to fulfill the minor.
     
  5. A minimum of six hours of coursework at the 3000-level or above must be taken to fulfill the minor requirement.

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

Aerospace Studies Courses

AEST 1101. Foundation of the US Air Force I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Air Force AEST 1101 in the fall and AEST 1102 in the spring: A survey course designed to introduce students to the U.S. Air Force and Air Force ROTC. Featured topics include: mission and organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, Air Force officer opportunities, group leadership problems, and an introduction to communication skills. Leadership Laboratory L100 must be taken and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.

AEST 1102. Foundation of the US Air Force II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Air Force AEST 1101 in the fall and AEST 1102 in the spring: A survey course designed to introduce students to the U.S. Air Force and Air Force ROTC. Featured topics include: mission and organization of the Air Force, officership and professionalism, military customs and courtesies, Air Force officer opportunities, group leadership problems, and an introduction to communication skills. Leadership Laboratory L100 must be taken and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.

AEST 2101. Evolution of US Air & Space Power I. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Air and Space Power (AEST 2101 in the fall and AEST 2102 in the spring): A survey course designed to examine general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective. Utilizing this perspective, the course covers a time period from the first balloons and dirigibles to the space-age global positioning systems of the Persian Gulf War. Historical examples are provided to extrapolate the development of Air Force capabilities (competencies), and missions (functions) to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today's USAF air and space power. Furthermore, the course examines several fundamental truths associated with war in the third dimension: e.g. Principles of War and Tenets of Air and Space Power. As a whole, this course provides the student with a knowledge level understanding for the general element and employment of air and space power, from an institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspective. In addition, the students will continue to discuss the importance of the Air Force Core Values with the use of operational examples and historical Air Force leaders and will continue to develop their communication skills. Laboratory L100 must be taken and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.

AEST 2102. Evolution of US Air & Space Power II. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

Air and Space Power (AEST 2101 in the fall and AEST 2102 in the spring): A survey course designed to examine general aspects of air and space power through a historical perspective. Utilizing this perspective, the course covers a time period from the first balloons and dirigibles to the space-age global positioning systems of the Persian Gulf War. Historical examples are provided to extrapolate the development of Air Force capabilities (competencies), and missions (functions) to demonstrate the evolution of what has become today's USAF air and space power. Furthermore, the course examines several fundamental truths associated with war in the third dimension: e.g. Principles of War and Tenets of Air and Space Power. As a whole, this course provides the student with a knowledge level understanding for the general element and employment of air and space power, from an institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspective. In addition, the students will continue to discuss the importance of the Air Force Core Values with the use of operational examples and historical Air Force leaders and will continue to develop their communication skills. Laboratory L100 must be taken and complements this course by providing cadets with followership experiences.

AEST 3301. Leadership Studies I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

AEST 3301 is a study of leadership, management fundamentals, professional knowledge, leadership ethics and the communication skills required of a junior military officer. Case studies are used to examine leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. Course objective is for student to comprehend and apply the concepts of ethical behavior as well as comprehend the selected concepts, principles and theories of leadership and management. Laboratory L100 must be taken and consists of activities classified as leadership and management experiences. It involves the planning and controlling of military activities of the Cadet Corps; and the preparation and presentation of briefings and other oral and written communications.

AEST 3302. Leadership Studies II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

AEST 3302 builds upon the concepts established in AEST 3301. Case studies are used to examine Air Force leadership and management situations as a means of demonstrating and exercising practical application of the concepts being studied. Course objective is for the student to comprehend and apply the concepts of conflict management, mentorship and counseling in a military environment, understand the principles of leadership authority and responsibility as it pertains to the military officer. Laboratory L100 must be taken and consists of activities classified as leadership and management experiences. It involves the planning and controlling of military activities of the Cadet Corps; and the preparation and presentation of briefings and other oral and written communications. Prerequisite: AEST 3301 or permission of the instructor.

AEST 4301. National Security Affairs I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 1 Hour).

Course is designed to examine the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on the military as a profession, officership, military justice, civilian control of the military and current issues affecting military professionalism. Course objective is for student to comprehend basic elements of national security policy, Air Force functions and competencies and role of the military as it pertains to national security policy. Laboratory L100 must be taken and consists of activities classified as leadership and management experiences. It involves the planning and controlling of military activities of the Cadet Corps; and the preparation and presentation of briefings and other oral and written communications.

AEST 4302. National Security Affairs II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 0 Hours).

AEST 4302 builds upon the concepts established in AEST 4301. Course is designed to examine the national security process, regional studies, advanced leadership ethics, and Air Force doctrine. Special topics of interest focus on responsibility, authority and functions of an Air Force Commander, the military Major Commands Area of Responsibilities, basic introduction of military law and the Code of Conduct. Laboratory L100 must be taken and consists of activities classified as leadership and management experiences. It involves the planning and controlling of military activities of the Cadet Corps; and the preparation and presentation of briefings and other oral and written communications. Prerequisite: AEST 4301 or permission of the instructor.

Leadership Studies 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.

Col Kenny Weldon, USAF (Ret), Commandant and Sr. Director of Strategic Studies
Texan Corps of Cadets and John Tarleton Leadership Academy
Traditions South, S149
Box T-0480
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9531
(254) 968-9596
kweldon@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/cadets

Dr. Richard Cummins, Assistant Professor and Department Head
Department of Leadership and Strategic Studies and John Tarleton Leadership Academy
Traditions South, S145
Box T-0480
Stephenville, TX 76402
254-968-1702
254-968-9596
cummins@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/cadets

LTC (Ret) Ronald E. Henry, Jr., Assistant Commandant for Recruitment, Communications and Scholarships
Texan Corps of Cadets and John Tarleton Leadership Academy
Traditions South, S144
Box T-0480
Stephenville, TX 76402
254-968-1781
254-968-9596
rhenry@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/cadets

Loren Stroebel, Cadet Training Officer III
Texan Corps of Cadets and John Tarleton Leadership Academy
Traditions South, S142
Box T-0480
Stephenville, TX 76402
254-968-1604
254-968-9596
lestroebel@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/cadets

Shane Belanger, Inventory and Property Control Coordinator
Texan Corps of Cadets and John Tarleton Leadership Academy
Traditions South, S132
Box T-0480
Stephenville, TX 76402
254-968-9191
254-968-9596
belanger@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/cadets

Mrs. Pat Wilborn, Administrative Associate IV
Texan Corps of Cadets and Department of Leadership and Strategic Studies
Traditions South, S140
Box T-0480
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9188
(254) 968-9596
wilborn@tarleton.edu
www.tarleton.edu/cadets

Assistant professors

  • Cummins, Dr. Richard
  • Weldon, Col (Ret) Kenny