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 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.

PSY 833 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.

Psychology 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.

PSY 818 Leadership Assessment and Development.  Students will learn about leadership assessment techniques, measurement issues, and strategies for developing capabilities.  Students also will complete several self-assessments and obtain feedback on their leadership skills.  Prerequisites: PSY 532 and 539.
Non-Psychology Electives

COMM 531 Strategic Communications: Theory and Implementation. Provides students with a comprehensive overview of professional strategic communications by examining key theoretical and conceptual fundamentals of persuasive communication, attitude formation and change, and mass communication, while examining applied implications that affect the strategic communications industry.

HPA 805 Change Leadership in Health Services Organizations. Explores diagnostic and intervention strategies employed in planned change in health services and programs.

HRER 802 Human Behavior and Organizational Performance. Helps students understand individual and team behavior in organizations and its impact on individual, team, and organizational effectiveness.

HRER 836 Diversity in the Workplace. Examines workplace diversity, gender and race challenges facing employers and employees, and the skills for managing diversity.

HRER 860 Ethical Decision Making for HR Practitioners. Uses normative elements associated with ethical decision making, as well as the emerging interest in descriptive ethics, to address important problems human resource managers confront.

LA 402 Fundraising Leadership: Building a Strong Base. Focuses on the fundamentals of fundraising and leadership, including communications, management of events and people, and stewardship.

LA 802 Fundraising Leadership II: Achieving Success. Focuses on advanced topics in fundraising and leadership: strategic planning, communications, and management of campaigns, events, and people.

LEAD 862 Strategic Leadership. Explores and analyzes the requirements for effective strategic leadership in organizations operating in today's technology-driven environments.

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. Explores positive organizational behavior and wellbeing concepts for developing the "human sustainability" factor in organizations.

MGMT 523 Organizational Change: Theory and Practice. Analyzes research, theory, and practice in dynamics of organizational change. Research literature reviewed for evaluation of concepts and methods.

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

WFED 572 Foundations in Organization Development and Change. Development of major concepts, skills and techniques required by workplace learning professionals to support and facilitate organization change.

WFED 585 Appraising Organization Change and Development and Consulting. Familiarizes students with approaches to evaluating organization development (OD) and consulting services.

WFED 884 Appreciative Inquiry. Provides a foundation in the theories, principles, and techniques of Appreciate Inquiry (AI).

The Culminating Experience

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