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Chair, Associate Professor JAMES MCALLISTER

Advisory Committee: Professors: ART, BUCKY, DUNN, GOETHALS, HOPPIN**, JACKALL*, K. LEE, MACDONALD, MAHON, PASACHOFF. Associate Professor: MCALLISTER. Assistant Professor: MELLOW. Lecturer: ENGEL. Visiting Professor: CHANDLER.

Leadership Studies focuses on the universal phenomenon of leadership in human groups. Leadership Studies asks what leadership means within a wide variety of social contexts-whether in a family, a team, a theatre company, a philanthropy, a university, a multinational corporation, or a nation state waging war. It seeks to understand the dynamics of the relationships between leaders and followers. It studies authority, power, and influence. It seeks to grasp the bases of legitimacy that leaders claim, and followers grant, in all of these relationships.

Through a wide range of courses in the social sciences and the humanities, a number of questions are addressed through the curriculum. How have men and women defined leadership and what are the bases of leaders' legitimacy in different historical contexts? How do leaders in different contexts emerge? Through tradition, charisma, or legal sanction? How do different types of leaders exercise and maintain their domination? What are the distinctive habits of mind of leaders in different historical contexts? What are the moral dilemmas that leaders in different contexts face? What are the typical challenges to established leadership in different historical contexts? How does one analyze the experiences of leaders in widely disparate contexts to generate systematic comparative understandings of why history judges some leaders great and others failures. How and why do these evaluations about the efficacy of leaders shift over time?

To meet the requirements of the concentration, students must complete the sequence outlined below (6 courses total). Students must take their two core courses from different departments. At least one of the core courses must be at the 300 or 400 level.

[ ] Courses not offered in 2003-2004 are listed in brackets.

The Introductory Course:

  1. Political Science 125 Power, Leadership and Legitimacy: An Introduction to Leadership Studies

One Required Course on Ethical Issues Related to Leadership:

  1. Philosophy 101 Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy
  2. Political Science 203 Introduction to Political Theory

Two Core Courses Dealing with Specific Facets or Domains of Leadership:

  1. English 137 Shakespeare's Warriors and Politicians
  2. Classics/History/Leadership Studies 323 Leadership, Government, and the Governed in Ancient Greece
  3. History 111 Movers and Shakers in the Modern Middle East
  4. History 326 War in European History
  5. History 475 Modern Warfare and Military Leadership
  6. Leadership Studies 275 The Art of Presidential Leadership
  7. Leadership Studies/Political Science 285 The Revolutionary Generation: Galaxy of Leaders
  8. Leadership Studies 295 Leadership and Management
  9. Leadership Studies/French 212/History 393 Sister Revolutions in France and America
  10. Political Science 218 The American Presidency
  11. Political Science 311 Congressional Leadership
  12. [Psychology 342 Psychology of Leadership]
  13. [Sociology 387 Propaganda]

One Leadership Studies Winter Study course (listed separately in the catalogue)

Capstone Course:

Leadership Studies 402(S) Domains of Leadership