Chair, Professor GEORGE R. GOETHALS
Advisory Committee: Professors: ART, BUCKY, COOK***, DUNN, G. GOETHALS, S. GRAVER, HOPPIN, JACKALL**, PASACHOFF, WOOD. Associate Professors: BURGER, CHRISTENSEN, ROSENHEIM. Assistant Professors: MCALLISTER*, REEVES**. Lecturers: ENGEL, MATHEWS§§.
Leadership Studies explores the phenomena of leadership from a wide range of historical, cultural, organizational and intellectual domains. Questions about leadership are pursued in the curricular cluster described below, and through visits with guest leaders in classes, conferences and lectures, and at informal social occasions. There are ample opportunities for students to become involved with leaders who are Williams College alumni and, through several experiential courses, to develop their leadership skills and apply them to socially constructive ends.
The interdisciplinary nature of the cluster courses allows individuals to study leadership within contexts most suited to their major area of study. Each course challenges the individual to acknowledge the complex social, psychological, ethical, and aesthetic issues facing leaders of many kinds. The recommended curriculum entails completion of two cluster courses, two Leadership Studies Electives, and EXPR 402, Topics in Leadership. Leadership Studies Winter Study courses can be substituted for either cluster courses or electives. Students may pursue a contract major in Leadership Studies if desired.
Cluster courses were designed especially for Leadership Studies and place a strong emphasis on leadership issues, while electives are courses from a range of departments or programs that consider some aspect of leadership in a particular domain. EXPR 402 allows students to develop an independent project that explores in depth one of the many facets of leadership.
Interested students should contact the Chair of Leadership Studies to discuss their curricular goals. Students should also note that due to the interdisciplinary nature of Leadership Studies, many of the courses carry the prefix EXPR.
Leadership Studies Electives
Leadership Studies Winter Study Courses