The Certificate in Leadership

The Certificate in Leadership is a combination of focused academic studies and co-curricular programming coordinated by the Institute for Servant Leadership and sponsored by the Area of Social Learning. Study leading toward a Certificate in Leadership is specifically designed for students in any major (except Public Leadership & Service) who want to cultivate their skills in critical thinking and analysis within the field of leadership development and who want to become effective leaders in their personal and professional lives. 

Why complete a Certificate in Leadership?

Effective leadership results from solid academic training, with supervised experience and productive mentoring arrangements.  During this program, students study not only leadership behavior but theory and leadership process.  Students will use readings, behavior modeling, experiential exercises, and self-reflection as well as focused coaching and feedback to optimize their leadership capabilities in handling real world day-to-day leadership functions in an ethical and effective manner.

Plus:

  1. Leadership is one of eight top qualities employers seek in future employees.

  2. A Certificate in Leadership provides tangible evidence of your academic and hands-on leadership training.

  3. Prepares you for leadership roles in the workplace, community, church and family setting.

  4. The Certificate enhances any major and helps you standout in a crowded job market and in the graduate school admission process.

  5. Your Certificate is awarded to you at Commencement by Milligan College’s President.

  6. The Certificate in Leadership will be recorded on your final transcript.

Academic Requirements

The courses within the Certificate program focus on leadership, communication, ethics, and group processes. Fifteen credit hours are required. Course descriptions are listed below.

Foundational Courses
Both classes are required.

PL&S 301 Introduction to Leadership in Organizations
(3 hour credit)
XXXX 491 Internship within the student’s major
(3 hour credit)
NURS 420P Nursing Leadership and Management Preceptorship*
(3 hours credit)

*For Nursing Majors Only-taken in place of XXXX 491.

Ethics
Choose one course from the following:

PHIL 321 Ethics
(3 hour credit)
BADM 421  Business Ethics
(3 hour credit)
COMM 432 Communications Law and Ethics
(3 hour credit)

Communications
Choose one course from the following:

COMM 311 Public Relations Practices
(3 hour credit)
COMM 345 Dynamics of Group Communication
(3 hour credit)
COMM 350 Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasion
(3 hour credit)

Organizational Behavior
Choose one course from the following:

COMM 341 Principles of Organizational Communications
(3 hour credit)
BADM 362 Human Resource Management
(3 hour credit)
BADM 364 Organizational Theory and Behavior
(3 hour credit)
NURS 420 Nursing Leadership and Management*
(3 hour credit)

*For Nursing Majors Only

Co-Curricular Requirements

  1.  Volunteer at a community service agency or participate in Milligan sponsored community service events.
  2. Join a student organization or participate on an athletic team.
  3. Participate on the leadership team for The Summit
  4. Participate as part of the leadership team for a community service project.
  5. Assume a leadership role in a community service agency, student organization or athletic team.
  6. Maintain and submit a Leadership Reflection Journal.
  7. Write and submit a Leadership Essay.

All of the documentation for the Certificate in Leadership will be submitted in a portfolio to the Evaluation Committee four weeks prior to the student’s graduation.

How Do I Enroll in The Certificate Program?

Contact the Institute for Servant Leadership at 461-8316 to schedule an appointment to discuss the Certificate.  The Director of the ISL will assist you in planning a strategy to complete the certificate requirements.

Do I have to enroll as a freshman?

No, you do not have to enroll as a freshman.  The ideal time to enter the program is in your sophomore year and we have had some recipients enter as late as the second semester of their junior year.  Each plan to complete the program is individualized so schedule an appointment with the ISL Director if you are interested in pursuing the Certificate.

Course Descriptions

BADM 362 Human Resource Management, A study of the principles and policies governing employer-employee relationships and a consideration of the problems and practices of hiring, supervising and terminating workers.  Prerequisite: BADM 361 or permission of the instructor.  Offered fall term each year.  Three semester hours.

BADM 364 Organizational Theory and Behavior, A course designed to describe organizational behavior theories and concepts in the context in the context of current and emerging workplace realities.  The course focuses on how knowledge management, self-leadership, network alliances, technology and virtual teams are changing the way organizations are structured and operate in the 21st Century.  Offered fall term each year.  Three semester hours.

BADM 421 Business Ethics, A study of theoretical and practical problems of moral conduct in the field of business.  The course emphasizes both the philosophical foundations of ethical conduct and the practical problems encountered in the day-to-day conduct of business affairs.  Much of the study of practical problems centers around actual case studies.  Although, there are no specific prerequisites, this course, should generally be taken only after a number of other business administration courses have been completed.  Offered every semester.  Three semester hours.

COMM 311 Public Relations Practices,  An introduction to the public relations process and industry, including a survey of tasks that are performed by every public relations practitioner.  Emphasis is on the role of public relations within the media system as well as in the American social and political economy.  Prerequisite:  COMM 205.  Three semester hours.

COMM 341 Principles of Organizational Communication, An overview of organizational communication and the role that it plays in the American system.  Attention is given to the nature of leadership, organizational structure in business and industry and the role of communication in the process by which complex tasks are carried out.  Offered spring term even years.  Three semester hours.

COMM 345 Dynamics of Group Communication, The study of how
groups and collectivities of people organize and maintain themselves. The
course includes a study of theories in group dynamics as well as an
examination of why groups sometimes fail. Offered spring term odd years.
Three semester hours.

COMM 350 Rhetoric:  The Art of Persuasion, An exploration of the fundamental features of rhetoric primarily using classical Greek and Roman theory.  The theory is applied to modern attempts to persuade, but also the use of emotion, character, and style.  Students will analyze and evaluate speeches and more.  Offered spring semester odd years.  Three semester hours.

COMM 432 Communication Law and Ethics, A course addressing major ethical and legal issues in various mass media, including the integration of Christian thinking and values with a career in the field.  Prerequisites:  COMM 101, 201, 205 and 270 or consent of the instructor.  Offered fall term each year.  Three semester hours.

NURS 420 Nursing Leadership and Management, An examination
of nursing care within a rapidly changing health care delivery system.
Leadership skills and management strategies necessary for appropriate and
effective holistic nursing care are explored and analyzed. The use of
outcome measures to promote quality and cost effective health care in
various organizations and health care delivery systems is emphasized.
Prerequisites: NURS403/403C and NURS410/410C; or equivalents. Corequisite: NURS 420P. Offered spring term each year. Three semester
hours; three clock hours.

NURS 420P Nursing Leadership and Management Preceptorship,
An intensive clinical practicum experience focusing on the application of
the nursing management process for organizing and facilitating the delivery
of comprehensive, holistic, efficient, and effective nursing care to groups
of clients in a variety of settings. Students are expected to demonstrate
competencies of professional accountability and responsibility within
established standards and guidelines. Co-requisite: NURS 420. Offered
through spring term 2011. Three semester hours; twelve clock hours.

PHIL 321 Ethics, An introduction to the character of ethical reflection through the study of important philosophical texts and traditions of moral reflection, as well as through contemporary literature and film. Offered fall term alternate years.  Three semester hours.

PL&S 301 Introduction to Leadership in Organizations, This course is an introduction to leadership with a focus on developing effective skills for organizational leadership.  This course will examine the behaviors of leaders in today’s organizations by studying current leadership theories and the theories’ application.  Students will use readings, behavior modeling, experiential exercises, and self-reflection, as well as focused coaching and feedback, to optimize their own leadership capabilities in handling real world, day-to-day leadership functions in an ethical and effective manner. The content of this course is suitable for students in all disciplines.  Offered every semester.  Three semester hours.

XXXX 491 Internship, A supervised experience in the student’s major.