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