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Critical Approaches to Leadership Minor

USC has long played a role in providing Southern California with leaders in most significant civic and professional fields. This minor examines leadership rigorously and systematically from several critical perspectives and allows students to select classes that reflect their own academic and professional aspirations. Coursework in the University's professional schools supplements the USC Dornsife curriculum, applying principles of leadership to diverse professional fields.

After completing the curriculum, a student should have gained a theoretical understanding and historical perspective on issues that confront effective and ethical leaders. He or she will have studied questions that inform a leader's judgment from ethics and social psychology, and problems that arise in professional applications. Each student has the opportunity to bring together all that he or she has learned in a capstone course, to demonstrate expertise in leadership as an activity of community-building.

For more information about the leadership minor, contact Maria Velasquez at 213.740.2961 or email her at mvelasqu@usc.edu.

Core classes. Choose two of the following classes (eight units): 
CLAS 370 (or COLT 370)   Leaders and Communities: Classical Models 
CLAS 375   Alexander the Great:  Leadership, Personality, and World Conquest 
PHIL 335   Theoretical Models of Leadership 
MDA 325    Case Studies in Modern Leadership 
Courses in the first group explore critical issues related to leadership, such as why people 
follow leaders and ethical obligations of leaders.  They do not all explore "leadership" 
explicitly but consider issues that should inform the judgments of capable leaders.  
Critical electives. Choose one from each of the following two groups: 
                      
Group 1 (four units): 
                               PHIL 337, History of Modern Political Philosophy   
                               PHIL 437, Social and Political Philosophy 
                               PSYC 355, Social Psychology 
                               REL 341, Ethics in a Technological Society 
                               REL 360, Ethical Issues in the New Medical Revolution
                               REL 375, Conflict and Change and the Ethics of Business 
                               SOCI 320, Social Psychology 
Group 2  (four units) :   
                              IR 303, Leadership and Diplomacy 
                              MOR 470, Global Leadership (Marshall School)  
                              POSC 365, World Political Leadership 
                              POSC 423, Presidents and the Presidency 
Capstone course. Choose one (four units) : 
                    AMST 365, Leadership in the Community (by application), or 
                    MDA 365, The Art and Adventure of Leadership 
As with all minors, students must include four courses outside their major department and 
four courses that are not being counted toward any other subject requirement. 

Core Classes (eight units)
Choose two of the following classes
CLAS 370 (or COLT 370)   Leaders and Communities: Classical Models 
CLAS 375   Alexander the Great:  Leadership, Personality, and World Conquest 
PHIL 335   Theoretical Models of Leadership
MDA 325    Case Studies in Modern Leadership 

Courses in the first group explore critical issues related to leadership, such as why people follow leaders and ethical obligations of leaders.  They do not all explore "leadership" 
explicitly but consider issues that should inform the judgments of capable leaders.

Critical Electives (eight units)
Choose one from each of the following two groups.

Group 1 (four units)
PHIL 337, History of Modern Political Philosophy
PHIL 437, Social and Political Philosophy
PSYC 355, Social Psychology
REL 341, Ethics in a Technological Society
REL 360, Ethical Issues in the New Medical Revolution
REL 375, Conflict and Change and the Ethics of Business
SOCI 320, Social Psychology 

Group 2  (four units)
IR 303, Leadership and Diplomacy
MOR 470, Global Leadership (Marshall School)
POSC 365, World Political Leadership
POSC 423, Presidents and the Presidency 

Capstone Course (four units)
Choose one course
AMST 365, Leadership in the Community (by application)
MDA 365, The Art and Adventure of Leadership
MDA 475, The Future of California 

As with all minors, students must include four courses outside their major department and four courses that are not being counted toward any other subject requirement.