Program Course Descriptions

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Note: 500-level PSY courses are given every term; the teaching schedule for 800-level courses varies by semester. The schedule for non-PSY courses is determined by the department or institution that offers them. Search the course catalog in lionPATH for the most up-to-date information, including a list of required textbooks (if any) and sample syllabi. Information about required textbooks and sample syllabi for PSY courses only can also be found at

Required Courses

PSY 532 Psychological Foundations of Leadership. An introduction to the social and psychological processes underlying leadership in organizations.

PSY 533 Ethics and Leadership: Psychological and Social Processes. The role of ethics in leadership with an emphasis on supporting ethical decision-making in organizations. Prerequisite: PSY 532.

PSY 539 Foundations of Behavior, Motivation, and Attitudes at Work. An examination of the psychological and social processes underlying behavior, motivation, and attitudes in work settings.

Supportive Electives

PSY 811 Global and Cross-Cultural Leadership. How do cultural variations in psychological and social factors contribute to the effective leadership of individuals and groups in work organizations? Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539

PSY 812 Group Leadership and Effective Decision Making. The influence of leadership on the psychological and social processes related to effective decision making in work groups. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539

PSY 813 Leadership for Creativity and Innovation. The influence of leadership on the psychological and social processes related to the development and implementation of creative ideas within work groups and organizations. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539

PSY 814 Psychology of Leading Workgroups and Teams. An exploration of the psychological and social processes related to leading work groups and teams. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539.

PSY 815 Psychology of Servant and Authentic Leadership. An investigation of servant and authentic leadership, with a focus on the importance of developing followers and leader-follower relationships. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539

PSY 816 Dysfunctional Leadership. An exploration of the impacts of negative and destructive leader behaviors such as toxic leadership, abusive supervision, and leader error. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539.

PSY 817 Psychology of Shared and Collective Leadership. An examination of the topic of shared and collective leadership, which includes the psychological processes surrounding collective, team-based, and dyadic leadership in organizations. Prerequisites: PSY 532 and PSY 539.

LEAD 555 Full Range Leadership Development. Development of behavioral skills associated with outstanding leadership of individuals, teams, and organizations through advanced information technology, experimental exercises, and case analysis.

LEAD 556 Diversity Leadership. Analysis and application of models, theories, and strategies for managing an increasingly diverse workforce and customer base. 

Elective Courses

LER 464/OLEAD 464 Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations. Theory- and research-based communication skills for leaders dealing with work-related problems in contemporary groups and organizations.

MGMT 507 Positive Organizational Behavior and Wellbeing. Exploration of positive organizational behavior and wellbeing concepts for developing the "human sustainability" factor in organizations.

OLEAD 409 Leadership Development: A Lifelong Learning Perspective. The course examines the continuing influence of social and environmental factors in shaping leadership and leadership development.

The Culminating Experience

PSY 894 The Capstone Experience. Supervised, professionally oriented student activities that constitute the culminating experience for the program.