The coursework listed below is a sample of the courses you'll be taking as a part of the 19-Month Leadership Cohort. You'll complete the necessary courses for an Integrative Studies Major with an Emphasis in Leadership as part of the cohort group. Additional coursework needed to complete GVSU degree requirements may be fulfilled in transfer or before/after the 19-month cohort program.  See a sample 19-month curriculum outline here

Leadership Emphasis

The Leadership Emphasis requires a total of 18 credits (at least 15 at the 300-level or above). The courses below are examples of courses that meet the Leadership Emphasis requirement.

WRT 350: Business Communication - Training in communication skills for business and the professions. Assignments cover varieties of information management, including handling research, gathering data, writing reports, manuals, directions, and correspondence, and making oral presentations

PA 390 - Leadership Dynamics Examines and applies leadership issues, concepts, and situations that are evident in various community and public or nonprofit organizational contexts.

LIB 331: Person and Profession in a Global Environment:  A study of how professional identities and work lives develop globally and historically as well as throughout ones’ individual lifespan, looking at how professional choices are shaped by intersectional identities and global social/economic forces as portrayed in literature, film, art, and social analysis

LIB 341- Leadership and Social Change. An examination of the theory and practice of leadership in social change movements, focused on developing personal and organizational capacities for leadership in a liberal education context. Students identify a contemporary social issue and create an action plan for resolution, addressing that issue with at least one action step.

COM 438 - Communication Ethics An upper-division course for the study of communications ethics. Students explore how language and innocence are mutually exclusive, examine how rhetoric, ideology, and information bear upon social and personal evil, and consider ethics issues relating specifically to communicative media. Focus is directed to the assessment and development of ethical sense-making

PA 420 - Organization Theory and Dynamics An exploration of the various theories that inform the structures of organizations and the resulting dynamics of accommodation, direction, control, permission, and ethical dilemmas that are set in place within and between the public structures of our society. Offered fall and winter semesters

Integrative Studies Core

All majors are required to take the following core courses that provide a foundational skill set in the areas such as communication, ethical reasoning, intercultural competence, and more. 

LIB 100 - Reflect, Connect, Engage. A study of the nature and importance of liberal education, including the education of the adult free citizen, through extensive reading of classical and modern texts and through examination of the contemporary state of liberal education in the university and society. 

LIB 201 - Diversity in the United States. Explores how the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, religion and physical abilities affect the material lives and media representations of various cultural groups in the United States. Engages historical and current debates regarding issues of immigration, meritocracy, segregation, the economy, the environment, and identity.

LIB 312 - Dialogue, Integration and Action. An interdisciplinary examination of the basic interpretations of dialogue in a diverse world. This course engages the theory and practice of dialogue through personal reflection, integration, and action. Students develop this relational art for personal, professional and civic lives, and understand its implication for the possibility of a democratic life. 

LIB 301 - Interdisciplinary Research Methods. This course is a survey of selected interdisciplinary research methods. It includes comparative analysis of research methods of research methods used in natural and life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, with a focus on integrative and problem-solving methodologies. Procedures for evaluating data, sources, and findings are reviewed.

LIB 400 - Visionary Thinkers. A variable topics course that focuses on the life and work of a significant contributor to our culture.

Integrative Electives

All Liberal Studies majors are required to select a body of at least three elective courses (9cr) that serve to contextual their emphasis. Leadership Cohort students will typically enter the cohort with this requirement filled through previously earned coursework. 

Application and Synthesis

 The following courses allow you to apply the knowledge you've acquired throughout the Leadership Cohort.

LIB 490 - Internship. A supervised work experience through which students can relate liberal studies principles, academic work, and practice. Student, faculty, and advisors agree on the scope of the study, its components, and methods of evaluation. 

LIB 495 - Senior Seminar (Capstone). Students will contrast classical and contemporary statements on liberal education in relation to the principles and core courses on which the program rests. Students will develop and present their senior theses.