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Leadership, Ethics, and Values

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The Leadership, Ethics, and Values Program at North Central helps students become informed, involved, principled and productive leaders by offering a unique combination of curricular, co-curricular, and experiential learning opportunities tailored to engage and develop individual students.

Through our LEV Pathways to Social Impact, students have the freedom, guidance, and resources to grow as scholars, servant leaders, social entrepreneurs, and engaged citizens.

On each step of their journey, students have the opportunity to develop their minds, discover their strengths, practice their skills, and apply their knowledge in ways that positively impact not only the campus community but the global community as well.

Our Pathways to Social Impact are designed to help fuel students' passions and focus their efforts. Through a thoughtfully designed curriculum, an array of co-curricular opportunities, experiential or immersion-based learning, personalized mentoring, and a number of funding options, we provide students with all of the resources they need to develop both personally and professionally while leaving a lasting positive impact in their chosen sphere of influence.

It has been said that great leaders in the classroom do not focus on their weaknesses, they manage them when necessary. Great leaders in the classroom leverage their strengths to affect the greatest change (Liesveld & Miller 2005). LEV's Pathways approach will allow our students to identify and leverage their strengths and interests to promote positive change.

 

Liesveld, Rosanne and JoAnn Miller. Teach With Your Strengths. Gallup, 2005.

The three LEV minors, Leadership, Conflict Resolution and Social Change Leadership, are compromised of courses from several different academic fields, including Business, Sociology, Speech Communication, Philosophy and Religion. The two LEV concentrations focus credit hours in either Leadership or Ethics. Click HERE to declare a concentration.

Leadership Minor

This minor offers students interdisciplinary preparation for the demands of leadership in various organizational settings such as business, government, education and non-profit organizations.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Leadership, Ethics and Values.

Minor Requirements

At least 20 credit hours, including:

  • LEV 121 - Issues in Leadership

    LEV 121 - Issues in Leadership

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of leadership needs in American communities, corporations and political life. Studies of several leaders who have met diverse challenges form the basis of developing a normative perspective on leadership in our society.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 390 - Seminar on Leadership Theory

    LEV 390 - Seminar on Leadership Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    The goal of the seminar is to gain familiarity with the considerations involved in framing a comprehensive theory of leadership with special emphasis upon the connections between leadership, values and ethics. In independent projects students relate major theories about leadership to the study of specific leader/constituent relationships.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 495 - Applied Leadership

    LEV 495 - Applied Leadership

    3.00 credit hours

    A structured seminar reflection upon experience of leadership relations gained in an approved experiential setting. Students spend approximately 10 to 12 hours per week in their experiential setting. One two-hour class meeting per week.

    Prerequisite(s)


    LEV 390 or Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

Decision-Making and Conflict Resolution

One of the following:

  • LEV 230 - Conflict Resolution

    LEV 230 - Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    An inquiry into the theories and skills relating to the resolution of conflict in the community and the workplace. A variety of approaches are used to understand and analyze issues and develop skills including lecture/discussion, negotiation exercises and simulated mediations. The course focuses on developing the ability to practice as a mediator.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Core

    Communication or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BUS 362 - Management and Organizational Behavior

    BUS 362 - Management and Organizational Behavior

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of management principles and functions in formal organizations. Setting objectives, planning, organizing, delegating, decision making, budget setting and controlling as practiced in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ACC 201ECN 250 and BUS 241.

    Schedule Of Classes

Ethics

One of the following:

  • PHL 110 - Ethics

    PHL 110 - Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of alternative bases for morality and the arguments by which moral claims are justified.

    Core

    Humanities.
    IAI

    H4 904

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    Professional ethics in selected career fields including law, business and biomedicine. Students may apply basic concepts to the career of their choice, relate their personal ethics to professional ethics and become better informed consumers of professional services. This course begins with an examination of the alternative bases for making moral judgments.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

Communication

One of the following:

  • COM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    COM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of communication in face-to-face interactions. The course examines the role of perception of self and others in communication and explores such topics as nonverbal communication, verbal styles, relationship development and conflict management. Skills training is an important component of the course.

    Core

    Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 214 - Group Process

    COM 214 - Group Process

    3.00 credit hours

    The understanding and practice of small group communication theory and skills in information-sharing and decision-making discussions.

    Core

    Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

Applied Elective

Any applied leadership course (two credit hour minimum) relevant to the special interests of the student subject to approval by the director of the LEV Program; e.g., a fourth course from among those listed above in decision-making and conflict resolution, ethics or communication or:

  • LEV 250 - NCC Preceptor

    LEV 250 - NCC Preceptor

    1.00-2.00 credit hours

    Students who have recently taken an undergraduate course at NCC are selected by the instructor to help facilitate the teaching of that course in the following term. Preceptors attend the class lectures of their precepted class, lead discussion/problem sessions and participate in weekly seminars with other preceptors to reflect on their teaching and leadership experience. This course may be taken twice for credit. Students may sign up for the course more than two times, but will receive no additional credit.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 330 - Conflict Resolution Clinic

    LEV 330 - Conflict Resolution Clinic

    2.00 credit hours

    An advanced, skills-oriented course focusing on the resolution of actual, rather than simulated conflicts. The course continues the conflict resolution theory and skill development commenced in LEV 230 by applying both to conflicts on the college campus and eventually, in community courts and businesses. The course continues the LEV 230 focus on developing the ability to practice as a mediator. Repeatable course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    LEV 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 230 - Business and Professional Communication

    COM 230 - Business and Professional Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    This course focuses on developing the skills and strategies involved in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of interviewing, writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as performance feedback, training, meeting management and organizational identity.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of COM 100, COM 200 or COM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    COM 330 - Organizational Communication Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the major theoretical perspectives contributing to the study of organizational communication, from classical management through cultural, critical, feminist and postmodern perspectives. Attention is given to using theoretical perspectives for analyzing and diagnosing communication problems and for effecting change in organizations.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 214 and three additional hours in Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 211 - American Presidency

    PSC 211 - American Presidency

    3.00 credit hours

    In-depth study of the President's constitutional and political power. Special attention to decision-making styles, the war power, presidential character, relations with the media and the public and crises such as the Cuban missile crisis, Watergate and the Iran-Contra affair.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 101.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSY 270 - Industrial Psychology

    PSY 270 - Industrial Psychology

    3.00 credit hours

    This course explores the relationship between individuals and their jobs. Topics include psychological theory and research related to job-design, selection, training, assessment and career development.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSY 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 115 - Christian Ethics

    REL 115 - Christian Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the Christian basis for morality and arguments by which specific moral actions are justified. Attention is given to such perennial moral issues as capital punishment, sexuality, biomedical ethics and political obligations.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 190 - Urban Problems

    SOA 190 - Urban Problems

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to urban life from a sociological perspective. Examines issues of urban culture, racism, poverty, power and community from both analytic and practical perspectives. Major goal of the course is to engage in an enlightened debate on the nature of urban life.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

Social Change Leadership Minor

This minor prepares students to be activists in making changes in social systems.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Leadership, Ethics and Values.

Minor Requirements

21 credit hours, including:

  • LEV 121 - Issues in Leadership

    LEV 121 - Issues in Leadership

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of leadership needs in American communities, corporations and political life. Studies of several leaders who have met diverse challenges form the basis of developing a normative perspective on leadership in our society.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 301 - Social Change and Servant Leadership

    LEV 301 - Social Change and Servant Leadership

    3.00 credit hours

    Students will explore servant and social change models of leadership and develop a rich understanding of various modes of social change. Students will examine case studies, study leadership in social movements and investigate leadership in various stages of social change. They will examine the values of leaders, and reflect upon individual responsibility and possible leadership roles that address social justice and servant leadership issues.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing:

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 495 - Applied Leadership

    LEV 495 - Applied Leadership

    3.00 credit hours

    A structured seminar reflection upon experience of leadership relations gained in an approved experiential setting. Students spend approximately 10 to 12 hours per week in their experiential setting. One two-hour class meeting per week.

    Prerequisite(s)


    LEV 390 or Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 375 - Protest and Change

    SOA 375 - Protest and Change

    3.00 credit hours

    A sociological study of discontent and social change. Highlights the origins, concerns, life cycle and impact of social movements, as well as the tactics activists use and the challenges they face. Selected case studies may include civil rights, feminism, animal welfare and the abortion debate.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SOA 100 or SOA 190.

    Schedule Of Classes

Sociology/Psychology

One of the following:

  • PSY 330 - Community Psychology

    PSY 330 - Community Psychology

    3.00 credit hours

    Community Psychology presents a complementary perspective to traditional clinical psychology. Community psychologists focus on preventing mental disorders before they occur, and more generally on promoting mental health. They often address these goals by studying, designing and implementing programs and policies that build communities (schools, neighborhoods, the larger society, etc.) which are more conducive to good mental health. Topics discussed include prevention, program evaluation, creation of settings, psychological conceptions of the environment, social support, community organization and development, empowerment and social action, mutual help, participant research, social justice, social policy and ethics of community intervention.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One 200-level Psychology course, excluding PSY 250; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 190 - Urban Problems

    SOA 190 - Urban Problems

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to urban life from a sociological perspective. Examines issues of urban culture, racism, poverty, power and community from both analytic and practical perspectives. Major goal of the course is to engage in an enlightened debate on the nature of urban life.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 203 - Community Studies

    SOA 203 - Community Studies

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the challenges and opportunities confronting communities in contemporary society, with a focus upon issues of social justice, social change and community service. The course serves both as an introduction to urban and community life and an introduction to meaningful careers in public life, social services and community organizing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 315 - Sociology of Gender and Sexualities

    SOA 315 - Sociology of Gender and Sexualities

    3.00 credit hours

    The study of gender as a social product, including theoretical frameworks, gender-defining institutions and feminism.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SOA 100 or SOA 190.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 330 - Racial and Ethnic Minorities

    SOA 330 - Racial and Ethnic Minorities

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of racial and ethnic diversity in American society, with a focus upon racial and ethnic inequality; prejudice, discrimination and institutional racism; patterns of race and ethnic relations; racial and ethnic responses to racism and subordination.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SOA 100 or SOA 190.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 380 - Social Class in American Society

    SOA 380 - Social Class in American Society

    3.00 credit hours

    An analysis of social class in American society. Examines a variety of social class-related issues, including prestige systems, social mobility, poverty, world systems, structured inequality and community organizing. Special emphasis placed upon inequality in terms of the values of social justice and attempts to bring about social changes through different forms of leadership and community organizing.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing; SOA 100 or SOA 190; or instructor consent.

    Schedule Of Classes

Writing and/or Communication

One of the following:

  • LEV 230 - Conflict Resolution

    LEV 230 - Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    An inquiry into the theories and skills relating to the resolution of conflict in the community and the workplace. A variety of approaches are used to understand and analyze issues and develop skills including lecture/discussion, negotiation exercises and simulated mediations. The course focuses on developing the ability to practice as a mediator.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Core

    Communication or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    COM 285 - Argumentation and Debate

    3.00 credit hours

    Theory and practice in argumentation. Students prepare for and participate in debates in order to develop skills in research, organization, critical thinking and oral presentation.

    Core

    Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 367 - Persuasion Theories

    COM 367 - Persuasion Theories

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the humanistic and scientific theories of oral persuasion as practiced in a variety of situations, including interpersonal, public speaking, organizational and mass media contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)


    COM 287.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 462 - Writing for Social Change

    ENG 462 - Writing for Social Change

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of writing that engages in civic life and contributes to meaningful public debates. Students engage in research designed to expand their expertise as cultural critics.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201 and ENG 265.

    Schedule Of Classes

Ethics

One of the following:

  • PHL 110 - Ethics

    PHL 110 - Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of alternative bases for morality and the arguments by which moral claims are justified.

    Core

    Humanities.
    IAI

    H4 904

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    Professional ethics in selected career fields including law, business and biomedicine. Students may apply basic concepts to the career of their choice, relate their personal ethics to professional ethics and become better informed consumers of professional services. This course begins with an examination of the alternative bases for making moral judgments.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 115 - Christian Ethics

    REL 115 - Christian Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the Christian basis for morality and arguments by which specific moral actions are justified. Attention is given to such perennial moral issues as capital punishment, sexuality, biomedical ethics and political obligations.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

Conflict Resolution Minor

This minor offers students applied interdisciplinary and preprofessional preparation to engage in a variety of conflict resolution models including negotiation, mediation and facilitation. Additionally, it complements academic majors in a variety of disciplines in which students may seek graduate education.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Leadership, Ethics and Values.

Minor Requirements

22 credit hours, including:

  • LEV 230 - Conflict Resolution

    LEV 230 - Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    An inquiry into the theories and skills relating to the resolution of conflict in the community and the workplace. A variety of approaches are used to understand and analyze issues and develop skills including lecture/discussion, negotiation exercises and simulated mediations. The course focuses on developing the ability to practice as a mediator.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Sophomore standing.

    Core

    Communication or Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 330 - Conflict Resolution Clinic (must be taken twice)

    LEV 330 - Conflict Resolution Clinic

    2.00 credit hours

    An advanced, skills-oriented course focusing on the resolution of actual, rather than simulated conflicts. The course continues the conflict resolution theory and skill development commenced in LEV 230 by applying both to conflicts on the college campus and eventually, in community courts and businesses. The course continues the LEV 230 focus on developing the ability to practice as a mediator. Repeatable course.

    Prerequisite(s)


    LEV 230.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 495 - Applied Leadership (LEV 390 is not a prerequisite for Conflict Resolution Minors)

    LEV 495 - Applied Leadership

    3.00 credit hours

    A structured seminar reflection upon experience of leadership relations gained in an approved experiential setting. Students spend approximately 10 to 12 hours per week in their experiential setting. One two-hour class meeting per week.

    Prerequisite(s)


    LEV 390 or Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    Professional ethics in selected career fields including law, business and biomedicine. Students may apply basic concepts to the career of their choice, relate their personal ethics to professional ethics and become better informed consumers of professional services. This course begins with an examination of the alternative bases for making moral judgments.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • BUS 205 - Introduction to Business Law

    BUS 205 - Introduction to Business Law

    3.00 credit hours

    An introductory survey of the major aspects of the law governing business and commerce including the domestic and international legal environment, the range of dispute resolution processes, legal liability including business torts and crimes, contracts, employment law including employment discrimination, business entities focusing on corporations and general partnerships and intellectual property with particular attention to copyright and trademark law.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 190 - Urban Problems

    SOA 190 - Urban Problems

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to urban life from a sociological perspective. Examines issues of urban culture, racism, poverty, power and community from both analytic and practical perspectives. Major goal of the course is to engage in an enlightened debate on the nature of urban life.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • COM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    COM 200 - Interpersonal Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of communication in face-to-face interactions. The course examines the role of perception of self and others in communication and explores such topics as nonverbal communication, verbal styles, relationship development and conflict management. Skills training is an important component of the course.

    Core

    Communication.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 230 - Business and Professional Communication

    COM 230 - Business and Professional Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    This course focuses on developing the skills and strategies involved in written, face-to-face and electronic communication in professional settings. Students learn fundamentals of interviewing, writing and presenting in professional contexts and may investigate organizational communication practices such as performance feedback, training, meeting management and organizational identity.

    Prerequisite(s)


    One of COM 100, COM 200 or COM 214; Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    COM 317 - Intercultural Communication

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the basic components involved in intercultural communication. Topics considered include, but are not limited to: cultural biases, cultural determinants of experiences and backgrounds, social perception, verbal interaction, nonverbal interaction and opinion leadership.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior or Senior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    Considers the ways in which conflict, both domestic and abroad, is created and/or exacerbated as well as resolved by religion and ethnicity. The course draws on the resources of many traditional disciplines in understanding the causes and solutions to ethnic and religious conflict, including political science, law, sociology and communication theory, as well as the newer field of peace studies. Students consider a range of religious and cultural contexts in which conflict exists or has existed, including, but not limited to, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the American Southwest.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 103 - Introduction to Law

    PSC 103 - Introduction to Law

    3.00 credit hours

    The role of law in shaping values and controlling society examined through the humanities and social sciences, including literature, ethics, history, politics, philosophy and sociology. Topics include origins and nature of law, law and social change and uses of precedent. Students participate in legal arguments.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 241 - Philosophy of Law

    PSC 241 - Philosophy of Law

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the concept of law, including topics such as the nature of law, liberty and law, justice, legal responsibility, punishment and theories of legal interpretation.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 103 or a PHL course.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

Leadership, Ethics and Values, Leadership Concentration

Completion of an interdisciplinary Ethics or Leadership Concentration allows a student to obtain a formal transcript designation with fewer courses and requirements than a full academic minor in the context of a challenging, coherent and meaningful LEV experience involving coursework and co-curricular efforts. Both concentrations consist of tightly focused collections of academic and educational co-curricular experiences in ethical or leadership analysis and application. In most cases, the courses taken to satisfy the concentration will also satisfy general education requirements. The concentrations afford our students a splendid resume credential that we believe has real significance in a wide variety of professional settings.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Leadership, Ethics and Values.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a 'B' average in the courses taken to acquire the concentration. Requirements for the concentration come in three areas: coursework, applications and portfolio.

Required Courses

  • LEV 121 - Issues in Leadership

    LEV 121 - Issues in Leadership

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of leadership needs in American communities, corporations and political life. Studies of several leaders who have met diverse challenges form the basis of developing a normative perspective on leadership in our society.

    Core

    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • LEV 390 - Seminar on Leadership Theory

    LEV 390 - Seminar on Leadership Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    The goal of the seminar is to gain familiarity with the considerations involved in framing a comprehensive theory of leadership with special emphasis upon the connections between leadership, values and ethics. In independent projects students relate major theories about leadership to the study of specific leader/constituent relationships.

    Schedule Of Classes

Two of the following:

Choose two courses from the list of courses satisfying the ACR Leadership, Ethics and Values requirement. These two courses may not be taken within the same discipline.

Application

One of the following:

  • Service in an NCC organizational leadership position (e.g., student government, residence life staff, service trip coordinator, board member of campus ministry organization, etc.) Service in an NCC athletic leadership position (e.g., Team Captain, Member of SAAC, Member of SAM, etc.)
  • Completion of LEV 250: Precepting, or service in some other approved academic leadership position
  • Service in an approved off-campus leadership position
  • Service as an LEV MicroLoan advisor
  • Completion of an LEV approved Verandah course involving significant leadership components
  • Completion of an LEV approved internship experience, preferably LEV 495, involving significant leadership components.

Note: Students are encouraged to propose additional leadership applications to satisfy this component of the Leadership Concentration to the Director of the Leadership, Ethics, and Values Program.

Leadership Portfolio

The Leadership Portfolio must include all of the following:

  • Written responses to two "leadership designated" cultural events not to exceed two pages each
  • Evidence of participation in two annual leadership concentration colloquia (College Scholars may participate in two honors colloquia when approved by the Director of the Leadership, Ethics and Values Program)
  • Copies of major written work submitted in all leadership concentration required courses
  • A concluding/capstone personal statement not to exceed three pages
  • A resume
  • Completion of all requirements for either a North Central College B.S. or B.A. degree.

Leadership, Ethics and Values, Ethics Concentration

Completion of an interdisciplinary Ethics or Leadership Concentration allows a student to obtain a formal transcript designation with fewer courses and requirements than a full academic minor in the context of a challenging, coherent and meaningful LEV experience involving coursework and co-curricular efforts. Both concentrations consist of tightly focused collections of academic and educational co-curricular experiences in ethical or leadership analysis and application. In most cases, the courses taken to satisfy the concentration will also satisfy general education requirements. The concentrations afford our students a splendid resume credential that we believe has real significance in a wide variety of professional settings.

For additional information and courses in this program, see Leadership, Ethics and Values.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a 'B' average in the courses taken to acquire the concentration. Requirements for the concentration come in three areas: coursework, applications and portfolio.

Required Courses

  • PHL 110 - Ethics

    PHL 110 - Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of alternative bases for morality and the arguments by which moral claims are justified.

    Core

    Humanities.
    IAI

    H4 904

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    PHL 210 - Professional Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    Professional ethics in selected career fields including law, business and biomedicine. Students may apply basic concepts to the career of their choice, relate their personal ethics to professional ethics and become better informed consumers of professional services. This course begins with an examination of the alternative bases for making moral judgments.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 115 - Christian Ethics

    REL 115 - Christian Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the Christian basis for morality and arguments by which specific moral actions are justified. Attention is given to such perennial moral issues as capital punishment, sexuality, biomedical ethics and political obligations.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 125 - Religious Ethics

    REL 125 - Religious Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    A comparison of ethical experience, sources, norms and methods as interpreted by at least one Eastern religion and one Western religion. Attention is given to specific issues such as marriage and family, war and peace and social responsibility

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 225 - Urban Ethics and Religion

    REL 225 - Urban Ethics and Religion

    3.00 credit hours

    This course examines the relationship between urban problems in America and religious communities and their teachings. Attention is given to the ways religious institutions can be both part of the problem and part of the solution within urban contexts, as well as to specific resources within religious traditions for illuminating and improving urban life.

    Core

    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

Two of the following:
  • LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    LEV 350 - Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    Considers the ways in which conflict, both domestic and abroad, is created and/or exacerbated as well as resolved by religion and ethnicity. The course draws on the resources of many traditional disciplines in understanding the causes and solutions to ethnic and religious conflict, including political science, law, sociology and communication theory, as well as the newer field of peace studies. Students consider a range of religious and cultural contexts in which conflict exists or has existed, including, but not limited to, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and the American Southwest.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • BIO 300 - Human Sexuality: A Clash of Values

    BIO 300 - Human Sexuality: A Clash of Values

    3.00 credit hours

    In traditional topics in human sexuality (e.g., natural essence of sexuality, reproductive biology, sex research, marriage and other arrangements, reproductive issues) there is a clash of values both within a culture and between cultures. This course includes such controversial issues as religious perspectives, pornography, the media, prostitution and female circumcision. The latter components serve to explore problems that result from the clash of values.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ECN 350 - Public Finance and Social Welfare

    ECN 350 - Public Finance and Social Welfare

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the economic role of the public sector in the United States with an emphasis on theory and policy analysis of the effects of government spending and taxation. Topics include the role of government intervention in the market, the tax system, income redistribution programs, social security and deficit financing, among other current policy issues.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ECN 250 and ECN 252; or ECN 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ENG 462 - Writing for Social Change

    ENG 462 - Writing for Social Change

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of writing that engages in civic life and contributes to meaningful public debates. Students engage in research designed to expand their expertise as cultural critics.

    Prerequisite(s)


    ENG 201 and ENG 265.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 310 - Ethical Theory

    PHL 310 - Ethical Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of topics in contemporary and/or classical ethical theory. Course may focus on key figures in ethical theory or issues in normative ethics and metaethics. Topics have included virtue ethics, feminist ethics and relationships between normative ethical theory and social or natural sciences.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PHL 110.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PHL 361 - Science and Religion: Conflict or Dialogue?

    PHL 361 - Science and Religion: Conflict or Dialogue?

    3.00 credit hours

    This course examines the contemporary dialogue between science and religion in relation to different Western and Asian religious traditions. The course considers the implications of recent scientific theories for understanding and assessing the belief systems of various theistic and non-theistic religions.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Junior standing and one course in science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • PSC 336 - Civil Rights, Liberties and Justice

    PSC 336 - Civil Rights, Liberties and Justice

    3.00 credit hours

    Focus on historical and contemporary topics in the area of constitutional litigation, such as free speech, press, religion, reproductive rights, privacy, rights of the criminally accused and discrimination (race, gender and sexual orientation). Constitutional litigation is approached from the viewpoint of politics, economics, history, social movements, value conflicts and leadership. Students assess the leadership role of individuals and groups in promoting and hindering social change.

    Prerequisite(s)


    PSC 101.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 375 - Topics in Religious Ethics

    REL 375 - Topics in Religious Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of one topic or theme in contemporary religious ethics through the lens of at least two major religious and cultural traditions. Philosophical and scientific sources, films and/or literature that illuminate the topic may also be examined. Content varies. Possible topics include: Pacifism and Just War, Work and Family, The Environment, Accounts of Human Nature and Human Perfection or Asceticism. Repeatable with different topic.

    Prerequisite(s)


    Any two courses in philosophy or religious studies.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 375 - Protest and Change

    SOA 375 - Protest and Change

    3.00 credit hours

    A sociological study of discontent and social change. Highlights the origins, concerns, life cycle and impact of social movements, as well as the tactics activists use and the challenges they face. Selected case studies may include civil rights, feminism, animal welfare and the abortion debate.

    Prerequisite(s)


    SOA 100 or SOA 190.

    Schedule Of Classes

Application

One of the following:

  • Participant on national Ethics Bowl team
  • Participant on College sponsored or approved service trip
  • Service as Dispute Resolution Center Associate
  • Completion of an LEV approved Verandah course involving significant service or ethics work
  • Completion of an LEV approved internship experience, preferably LEV 495, involving significant service or ethics work.

Note: Students are encouraged to propose additional leadership applications to satisfy this component of the Ethics Concentration to the Director of the Leadership, Ethics and Values Program.

Ethics Portfolio

The Ethics Portfolio must include all of the following:

  • Written responses to two "ethics designated" cultural events not to exceed two pages each
  • Evidence of participation in two annual ethics concentration colloquia (College Scholars may participate in two honors colloquia when approved by the Director of the Leadership, Ethics and Values Program)
  • Copies of major written work submitted in all ethics concentration required courses
  • A concluding/capstone personal statement not to exceed three pages
  • A resume
  • Completion of all requirements for either a North Central College B.S. or B.A. degree.

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

LEV 121 Issues in Leadership (3.00)
An examination of leadership needs in American communities, corporations, and political life. Studies of several leaders who have met diverse challenges form the basis of developing a normative perspective on leadership in our society. Core: Social Science.

LEV 230 Conflict Resolution (3.00)
An inquiry into the theories and skills relating to the resolution of conflict in the community and the workplace. A variety of approaches are used to understand and analyze issues and develop skills including lecture/discussion, negotiation exercises, and simulated mediations. The course focuses on developing the ability to practice as a mediator. Core: Communication or Social Science.

LEV 240 Leadership and Culture (3.00)
This course provides an overview of the basic elements of leadership with emphasis on recognizing cultural variety and developing effective leadership approaches suited for cross cultural contexts. The course provides a basic overview of leadership definition, types of leadership, and leadership traits. Then it explores leadership across cultures in terms of: leadership theories, communication, motivation, exploration of non-Western cultures, and effective leadership approaches.

LEV 250 NCC Preceptor (1.00-2.00)
Students who have recently taken an undergraduate course at NCC are selected by the instructor to help facilitate the teaching of that course in the following term. Preceptors attend the class lectures of their precepted class, lead discussion/problem sessions, and participate in weekly seminars with other preceptors to reflect on their teaching and leadership experience. This course may be taken for credit twice. Instructor consent required.

LEV 301 Social Change and Servant Leadership (3.00)
Students will explore servant and social change models of leadership and develop a rich understanding of various modes of social change. Students will examine case studies, study leadership in social movements, and investigate leadership in various stages of social change. They will examine the values of leaders, and reflect upon individual responsibility and possible leadership roles that address social justice and servant leadership issues. ACR: Leadership, Ethics, & Values.

LEV 325 Leadership and Place (3.00)
Leadership and Place traces the influence of home towns and home places on contemporary and historical leadership paradigms while considering such ethical questions as: What role does place play in forming a responsible and responsive leader? How does one lead responsibly and well far from home? How and where do rural, urban, and suburban ethical standards and value judgments converge and diverge? Where have the leaders of the past come from and where are they likely to be found in the future? Playing close attention to small communities and neighborhoods as key loci in the production of twentieth-century civic leaders and as ethical centers in a Jeffersonian republic, course texts, lectures, and discussions feature real-life case studies designed to engage students in debates weighing ethical and moral positions viewed through the lens of place. Leadership and Place uniquely encourages students in the s tudy of personal (inside-out) as well as cultural (outside-in) place-based, ethical perspectives while inviting them to consider the foundational role home communities play in ethical leadership on the local, regional, and national level. Same as: USS 325. ACR: Leadership, Ethics, & Values.

LEV 330 Conflict Resolution Clinic (2.00)
An advanced, skills-oriented course focusing on the resolution of actual, rather than simulated conflicts. The course continues the conflict resolution theory and skill development commenced in LEV 230 by applying both to conflicts on the college campus and, eventually, in community courts and businesses. The course continues the LEV 230 focus on developing the ability to practice as a mediator. Repeatable course.

LEV 335 Social Impact Entrepreneurship (3.00)
An introduction to the development, operation and assessment of social impact entrepreneurial enterprises. Students will learn to identify social impact opportunities, venture plan development, creative methods of venture financing, the law and regulation of social entrepreneurship enterprises and impact assessment measures. The ethical, legal and public policy dimensions of operating a business that seeks to achieve social impact in addition or as opposed to profit will be considered. ACR: Leadership, Ethics, & Values.

LEV 350 Ethnic and Religious Conflict Resolution (3.00)
Considers the ways in which conflict, both domestic and abroad, is created and/or exacerbated as well as resolved by religion and ethnicity. The course draws on the resources of many traditional disciplines in understanding the causes and solutions to ethnic and religious conflict, including political science, law, sociology, and communication theory, as well as the newer field of peace studies. Students consider a range of religious and cultural contexts in which conflict exists or has existed, including, but not limited to, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the American Southwest. ACR: Intercultural.

LEV 390 Seminar on Leadership Theory (3.00)
The goal of the seminar is to gain familiarity with the considerations involved in framing a comprehensive theory of leadership with special emphasis upon the connections between leadership, values, and ethics. In independent projects students relate major theories about leadership to the study of specific leader/constituent relationships. ACR: Leadership, Ethics, & Values.

LEV 399 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

LEV 495 Applied Leadership (3.00)
A structured seminar reflection upon the experience of leadership gained in an approved experiential setting. Students spend approximately 10 to 12 hours per week in their experiential setting. One two-hour class meeting per week.

LEV 497 Internship (0.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

LEV 499 Independent Study (1.00-9.00)
Instructor consent required.

Thomas Cavenagh, JD

Schneller Sisters Professor of Leadership, Ethics, and Values; Professor of Business Law and Conflict Resolution; Director of Leadership, Ethics, and Values
BUS
630-637-5157
Whitney Roberts

Director of Civic Engagement and Social Innovation
Leadership, Ethics & Values
630-637-5251
Jeremy Gudauskas

Assistant Vice President, Co-Director of the Center for Social Impact
630-637-5147
Abigaile VanHorn

Associate Director of Leadership, Ethics, and Values
PSC
(630) 637-5160
Bruce Janacek

Professor of History
HST
630-637-5613

With endless academic and co-curricular opportunities, LEV offers 1-4 year personalized plans that you can take advantage of starting today!

  • NCC LEAD is our uniquely North Central leadership development program. It includes a variety of retreat opportunities, workshops/conferences, and peer mentoring to help students start their college journey. It is tailored to first year students; no previous leadership experience required! 
  • Changemaker Challenge is an annual fall event that gives students an opportunity to pitch their project or business idea to create social impact. Students can receive funds to launch their ideas, mentoring from faculty and staff, or resources connected to the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 
  • Mironda K. Heston Scholarship for Public Service is awarded annually to one or more North Central College students who are interested in working in a human rights and service capacity at home or abroad.
  • Blue Key Honor Society recognizes upperclass students who demonstrate exemplary leadership academic distinction, community service and citizenship.
  • The LEV Fellows Scholarship is a highly attractive option for students who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and a keen interest in maximizing their leadership skills to improve the North Central College community in return for year-to-year financial aid incentives. Students will receive a $1,000 scholarship the first year, a $1,500 scholarship the second year and a $2,000 scholarship the third year. Contact Dr. Abigaile VanHorn at amvanhorn@noctrl.edu for more information. Apply through the North Central College Academic Works website. Applications go live on February 1st, 2018.
  • Servant Leader Award is presented at the annual Honors Day to the senior man or woman who has demonstrated a commitment to service in the College community and beyond.
  • Action Day is a day long conference for students and community members to gain understanding, inspiration and skills to become a changemaker. With an incredible speaker lineup including NCC faculty, grassroots organizers, politicians, musicians, and students, Action Day is an event you wont want to miss. Date: TBA. More information on the website. 
  • Dispute Resolution Center provides community outreach opportunities in the form of training, mediation, and group facilitation services. 
  • LEV Preceptor Program provides students with an opportunity to work closely with a faculty member assisting with a course they have successfully completed. The preceptor experience is great for students interested in graduate school or future careers in teaching. Apply here or email Dr. Abigaile VanHorn at amvanhorn@noctrl.edu for more information.

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