Goolsby Courses

Early Leader Program (ELP)

Sophomore Year:

Principles and practice of effective communication with business organizations. Students will be exposed to theories of persuasion, argumentation and advocacy. Techniques to achieve group compromise and conflict resolution are also emphasized. A business professionalism lab is required. The grade for this course requires the completion of both the lecture component and the professionalism lab.

Prerequisite: 60 credit hours.

Junior Year:

This course is an introduction to the factors that influence individual and group behavior in organizations.

Emphasizing findings from the field of organizational behavior, topics covered include: individual differences and diversity, social information processing, work attitudes, stress, work motivation, power and influence, negotiation, teams, leadership, and organizational research.

Prerequisite for Section 15: Acceptance in the Goolsby Leadership Academy. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • The students will be able to describe and apply individual processes and behaviors, such as personality, motivation, performance management, and preventive stress management.
  • The students will be able to relate interpersonal processes and behavior, such as communication, group dynamics, decision making, conflict, leadership, and followership.
  • The students will engage in moral reasoning by evaluating Ethical Dilemmas and appreciate individual differences by exploring Diversity Dialogues.
  • The students will demonstrate professional workforce competencies in assignments that require writing and speaking clearly in groups (informal) and presentations (formal).
  • The students will research, analyze, and synthesize information to reach an effective conclusion or outcome for written assignments.
  • The students will be able to describe deeper self-awareness, of their own beliefs and attributes, as well as to display personal integrity in actions and behaviors.
  • The students will participate in community engagement and service learning as a project team member focused on meeting the needs or goals of a community partner or campus organization through reflection and project development.

Principles and practice of effective communication with business organizations. Students will be exposed to theories of persuasion, argumentation and advocacy. Techniques to achieve group compromise and conflict resolution are also emphasized. A business professionalism lab is required. The grade for this course requires the completion of both the lecture component and the professionalism lab.

Prerequisite: 60 credit hours.

Helps students excel in written and oral communication skills. Assignments include writing short papers, making oral presentations, and learning to critique one another. This course provides a perspective on leadership in formal organizations with emphasis on communication, exercising influence, decision-making, and conflict management.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Designed to assist Goolsby Fellows to be competent in an intercultural world. The heart of the course is aimed at appreciating human diversity and variance.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Goolsby Leadership Academy or permission of the Goolsby Leadership Academy Director.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will observe different organizational and leadership styles, and report on how they can be applied.
  • Students will visit several businesses and learn how businesses operate, and compare to similar organizations in the US.
  • Students will visit several important historical sites, and demonstrate understanding of potential impacts through written and oral presentation.
  • Students will be exposed to/observe the culture to apply their knowledge of intercultural communication to adapt and interact effectively with those from different cultures.
  • Students will acquire knowledge about history, and reflect on the significance to current events.

Senior Year:

Course consists of a series of lectures by executives who provide insight into their own unique leadership skills and development.

Prerequisite: Admission to the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of basic leadership concepts and challenges.
  • The ability to identify leadership strengths, skills, traits, development processes, and challenges in others.
  • The ability to identify leadership strengths, skills, traits, development processes, and challenges in themselves.
  • The ability to clearly, effectively, and accurately articulate ideas, in both written and oral formats.
  • The capability to do basic research and use this research to enhance their interactions with others and extend the depth of their understanding of course topics.
  • An understanding of creative thinking as it relates to leadership development and communication.
  • The students will identify the resources needed to complete a project, including stakeholders, and planning tools as a leader or team member.
  • The students will participate in community engagement and service learning as a project team member focused on meeting the needs or goals of a community partner or campus organization through reflection and project development.

An integrative learning experience that focuses on the role of top management in integrating an organization's internal functional activities and external environmental forces. Emphasis is placed on defining economic, technological, ethical, political, and social factors affecting an organization and their consideration in setting goals, strategies, and operating policies. This course serves as the capstone offering for the business major. Prerequisite: ACCT 2301 and ACCT 2302, BUSA/STAT/BSTAT 3321, ECON 2305 and ECON 2306, FINA 3313, MANA 3318, and MARK 3321.

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Kelsey Lemons
2011-2013 Cohort
Major: Marketing

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