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Experience Leadership at URI

"I am glad that I decided to take this course because it was not just "another class" it was an experience and one that I will reflect on for the rest of my life." - Leadership Minor Sophomore

"I feel more accomplished as we come to the final days of the course, than I ever have during my previous college years." - Leadership Minor Senior

Core courses offered through the Leadership Center:

Introductory Courses:
HDF 190 - First Year Leaders Inspired to Excellence (FLITE)
HDF 290 - Modern Leadership Issues

Electives:
HDF 291 - Rose Butler Brown Peer Mentoring Program
HDF 413 - Student Organization Leadership Consultants
HDF 414 - Leadership for Social Change
HDF 415 - FLITE Peer Leadership
HDF 416 - Personal & Organizational Leadership

Internship:
HDF 417 - Leadership Internship

Capstone:
HDF 412 - Historical, Multi-Ethnic and Alternative Leadership

Senior Portfolio:
HDF 492 - Leadership Minor Portfolio

Alternative Course Options:

Additional Approved Electives [PDF]

Capstone:

COM 402 - Leadership and Motivation
HPR 411/412 - Honors Senior Seminar
BUS 441 - Leadership Skills Development


HDF 190- FLITE First Year Leaders Inspired to Excellence (3 credits)
Open only to First Year Students and offered only during their spring semester. This course focuses on the foundations of leadership theory and application. Students begin to develop a personal philosophy of leadership that includes understanding self and others as well as roles and responsibilities inherent in community membership.
  • Get Connected to First Year Leaders
  • Learn about your strengths and how you can use them to lead
  • Topics include Social Change Model, Relational Leadership, and Servant Leadership

"I learned a great deal about myself as a person but more importantly as a leader. I acquired new knowledge and understanding of my strengths, values, and beliefs." - HDF190 Student

(Top) Core requirement for the minor, First year students only, By Instructor Permission Only


HDF 290 - Modern Leadership Issues (3 credits)
Introductory leadership class. Examines leadership theory, critical thinking and leadership in small business, politics, or non-profit organizations as well as U.S. education, modern families, and diversity in the workplace  Core option for the leadership studies minor.

  • Learn about your strengths and how you can use them to lead
  • Gain an understanding of theory and how it can be put into practice
  • Learn through interactive class dicussions and real life case studies


"I feel like a more accomplished, speaker, writer, listener, and student as a result of this course." - Past HDF290 Student

(Top) Core requirement for the minor, By Instructor Permission Only


HDF 291 - Rose Butler Brown Peer Mentoring Program (3 credits)
This elective is designed for students that are interested in an exploratory and introspective look at the issues affecting women of color. Students will explore cultural identity and leadership theories through readings and other media as well as learn about a variety of issues, including historical perspectives, which continue to affect women of color today.

  • Examine and apply principles of mentoring
  • Students need not identify as a woman of color to enroll in this course, this course is open to all students at URI
  • Story behind Rose Butler Browne [PDF]

(Top) By Instructor Permission Only, Freshmen status or above


HDF 412 - Historical, Multi-Ethnic and Alternative Leadership (3 credits)
Examines issues of cultural anthropology, critical thinking, theories of inclusion, and crisis leadership.  Capstone requirement for leadership minors.

  • Work towards completing your leadership outcomes early - and save time in the spring of your final semester
  • Learn about key leadership topics: cultural competence and crisis management
  • Refocus on personal strengths: Get prepared to market your leadership skills on resumes, applications and interviews by attending the Leadership Professional Development Day & Etiquette Dinner

"I had never been exposed to diversity in the context of leadership before, and I think it really opened my eyes to the rest of the world and what other people are dealing with everyday.  A student enrolling in this course should be delighted in the opportunity to interact with many of the prominent underclassmen leaders on campus. You will get to improve your presentation skills and discuss a lot of life after college. You will learn how to think critically, be understanding of others, and how to react to a crisis."  - Elyssa, Class of 2010

(Top) By Instructor Permission Only and HDF 190 or HDF 290


HDF 413 - Student Organization Leadership Consultants (3 credits)
Examines experiential education, organizational development, facilitation techniques, and ethical issues of peer leadership. The mission of SOLC is to promote and use peer leadership by helping groups, organizations, and teams effective and efficiently achieve their desired goals. Consultants receive advanced training in leadership and group development through this elective. Elective for leadership minors.

(Top) By Instructor Permission Only and HDF 190 or HDF 290

HDF 414 - Leadership for Social Change (3 Credits)
Explores issues related to social change, power and privilege, coalition building, non-violence, civic engagement & activist movements.  Elective for leadership minors.

  • Experience activism by learning from a variety of sources including research, community leaders, and guest speakers.
  • Identify your “causes,” while finding ways to act on those causes in your future life
  • Course focuses on current issues around Activisim and Social Change
(Top) By Instructor Permission Only and HDF 190 or HDF 290

HDF 415 - FLITE Peer Leadership (3 Credits)
Explores mentoring strategies, leadership and identity development models, leadership style, and community involvement.  Elective for leadership minors.

  • Identify and utilize your strengths in a variety of settings
  • Plan and participate in a series of experiential workshops for first year students
  • Gain an in depth knowledge of mentoring inside and outside of the classroom
(Top) By Instructor Permission Only and HDF 190 or HDF 290

HDF 416 - Personal & Organizational Leadership (3 Credits)

Topics include leadership theory and style, experiential learning, peer mentoring, critical thinking, quality improvement, and organizational develoment.

  • Apply personal and organizational leadership skills to create positive change and community growth at URI

"What I loved most about this course that I feel was of most importance to me is real-life experiences & learning. We were able to relate papers and research topics to our own lives and chapters. I really feel that after completing HDF 416, I have become not only a more proactive leader, but a proactive person as well."  - Class of 2009

(Top) By Instructor Permission Only and HDF 190 or HDF 290
HDF 417 - Leadership Internship (3 Credits)
Supervised internship experience for leadership studies minors.  A core requirement for the minor in leadership studies.

  • Experience leadership first hand in a professional setting
  • Understand and experience the integration of the concepts and models of supervision and project management
(Top) By Instructor Permission Only and HDF 190 or HDF 290

HDF 492 - Leadership Minor Portfolio (1 Credit)

Preparation of portfolios required for graduation with minor in leadership studies.

  • Be better prepared for (and less stressed about) your next steps after URI
  • Learn how to market your leadership skills for graduate school and job applications
  • Participate in Senior Expedition with your cohort of graduating leadership minors
(Top) By Instructor Permission Only and HDF 190 or HDF 290

Alternative Capstone Options - COM 402, HPR 411/412, & BUS 441

Space is not guarrented. Student must request permission to enrollment through the stated instructors in e-campus. Seniors must notify of their enrollment in a capstone course.

(Back to Top) By Instructor Permission Only

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