Tier 1: Leadership Essentials

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If you are a student without any previous leadership courses, you can select from a number of introductory leadership courses or participate in an approved leadership development program to meet Tier 1 requirements. The foundations of these courses include self-awareness, personal development, self-management, career planning, networking, and exploration of community engagement.

There are four ways in which you can fulfill the requirements of this introductory tier: an in-major or cross-college course, a co-curricular activity, or a previous leadership course.

1 to 3 credits

1. In-Major Course

Currently a version of this course is offered in three CALS majors:

  • AGSCI 1125, Guided Explorations: Growing You and Your Path in the Agricultural Sciences (1 credit, fall)
  • PLSCI 1110, Explorations in the Plant Sciences: Pathways to Success (2 credits, fall)
  • FDSC 1102, Leadership and Career Skills in Food Science (2 credits, spring)

2. Cross-College Course

Since the above courses are open only to students in those majors, the CALS Leadership Minor will also accept the following courses as satisfying the Tier 1 Leadership Essentials requirement:

  • AEM 1260, Business Inclusion and Diversity Skills (2 credits, spring)
  • ALS 1700, Maximizing Individual Success (1 credit, fall)
  • ALS 2000, Leadership for Sustainability (3 credits, fall or spring)
  • ALS 2200, Make Your Mark: Essential Professional Skills to Launch Your Career (1 credit, spring)
  • EDUC 2610, The Intergroup Dialogue Project (3 credits, fall or spring)
  • HADM 1150, Organizational Behavior and Leadership Skills (3 credits, fall or spring)
  • ILROB 1220, Introduction to Organizational Behavior (3 credits, fall, spring or summer)
  • LEAD 2020, Greek Leadership Academy (1 credit, fall or spring)
  • MILS 1102, Foundations in Leadership (1 credit, spring)

3. Co-Curricular Activity: LEAD 1960, Leadership Training Practicum

This introductory course is limited to students in the Leadership Minor who are involved in formal training provided by the Office of Engaged Initiatives (Stage 1 activity for Certificate in Engaged Leadership plus retreat), Public Service Center, Greek leadership, Cornell Outdoor Education, or other approved program. Topics covered in the approved program should include: Reflection on what it means to be a leader; various models/styles of leadership; assessing personal strengths and weaknesses; team building and group values; motivation and engagement; managing conflict; and leading with authenticity and a personal leadership philosophy. Approximately 15 hours of formal classroom instruction is equivalent to one credit hour.

4. Previous Leadership Course

Once you have completed a leadership course or professional development program, you are eligible for Tier 2: Foundations in Leadership. If you take a course found on the Tier 3 Electives list first, you can substitute that course for the Tier 1 course requirement. However, you will still need to complete at least 6 additional credits of coursework from the Tier 3 list to satisfy the Tier 3 requirement.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this requirement, students will:

  1. Examine campus support services available to support learning, career planning, stress management, etc.
  2. Become self-aware through analyzing personal style, and assessing personal strengths, weaknesses, and motivations
  3. Be able to practice critical reflection and apply it to learning from experience
  4. Examine possible courses of study, career options, service learning and community engagement opportunities, and how theses align with personal affinities
  5. Demonstrate basic study skills for setting priorities, time management, and stress relief.
  6. Employ career prep skills including resume writing, conducting job interviews, business etiquette, and networking
  7. Initiate their e-leadership portfolio, which will be used throughout the minor
  8. Apply basic leadership skills of conflict resolution, ethics, appreciating diversity, working effectively in teams
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