One cannot learn
to play a musical instrument or a sport without spending time
practicing actual skills and technique. It would be hard to learn to
play the piano or hit a baseball without actually sitting down at a
piano to play or swinging a bat at pitched balls. Likewise,
people cannot expect
to improve their leadership and teamwork skills without considerable
time and energy spent practicing and reflecting on their "games" and
how they might improve.
learning to play a sport or instrument, learning leadership involves
mastering the understanding of a body of core principles and ideas
while simultaneously practicing and developing skills and abilities.
Classes and other
program experiences are designed to expose students to the ideas of
leadership theory, management theory, organization theory, and
organizational behavior and fundamental concepts of economics,
marketing, and entrepreneurship. Other experiences exist for
skill development in decision making, planning, creativity, conflict
resolution, critical thinking, teamwork, communication, and
awareness of individual differences.
Studies Program is not a typical "textbook and lecture" program.
Students are challenged to dream big dreams and to develop the
skills and understanding necessary to go out and make their dreams
into realities. The confidence gained by participating and
succeeding in program activities will help students succeed in the
leadership and organizational challenges that they will face in
their work and other pursuits after college.