Department of Leadership and Strategic Studies

The Department of Leadership 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:

    • 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 or Aerospace studies 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 or Aerospace Studies 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 Corps leadership positions, and participation in weekly physical training.

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

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


Please choose one concentration from the list below.


LDRS 1000. TCC Dual Admit. 0 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

LDRS 1100. Transitioning to University Studies, First Year Seminar (FYS) - Leadership and Military College. 1 Credit Hour (Lecture: 1 Hour, Lab: 1 Hour).

LDRS 1100 Transitioning to University Studies (First Year Seminar) – Specifically tailored for members of the Tarleton State University Corps of Cadets, this course will serve as a practical study designed to prepare cadets for university life, aid in the development of skills for academic success, promote personal growth and responsibility, and encourage active involvement in the learning process from an individual college perspective. Includes an introduction to and analysis of various topics centered on the Texan Cadet experience. Prerequisite: Membership in Corps of Cadets.

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 1302. Leadership and the Humanities. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 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 4308. Leadership Studies Capstone Course. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Capstone leadership course that serves as the cumulation of the Leadership and Strategic Studies program. Students use leadership theories and concepts to research leadership challenges and opportunities within the national defense system and organizations broadly. Students will employ research methods to gather and analyze data related to their research topic and write and present their findings and substantive recommendations in an appropriate forum. Prerequisite: None.

LDRS 4384. Leadership Field Experience. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

A supervised field based internship in which the student applies skills and knowledge gained through the John Tarleton Leadership Academy. The course provides students with an opportunity to exercise leadership fundamentals, specialized language, or technical/research skills within a governmental, public, or private business organization. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

LDRS 4389. Cultural Understanding and Leadership Proficiency. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course is Cadet Professional Development Training for the Texan Corps of Cadets and is conducted at various sites outside the United States. It is designed to develop future leaders who are culturally astute, having gained experience to prepare them to lead organizations in a multi-national environment. Prerequisite: Approval of department head.

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