Leadership Studies

The Leadership Program fulfills an important role in the Methodist University curriculum. The Tally Center for Leadership Development was founded in 1995 on the belief that our country urgently needs better leaders in all walks of life. The Center offers an Associate of Arts concentration in Leadership and Management and two interdisciplinary academic minors: One in Leadership Studies and the other in Church Leadership.

The Leadership and Management A.A. concentration is especially targeted toward military students, who can get a significant portion of the requirements satisfied through their military experience (check with the program director for more information). The Leadership Studies minor is appropriate for students of all majors preparing for any career path. The Church Leadership minor prepares students for lay positions within established churches, mission organizations, para-church ministries, camps, youth ministries, and other ministries.

Within the Tally Center students participate in innovative courses, student-led activities, campus and community events, and off-campus internships. In addition to leadership theory and practice, the Center emphasizes ethics, character, and civic responsibility.

The Center brings to students something long absent from liberal arts education: practical training necessary for effective participation and leadership in today's complex society. With its own inhouse, certified facilitators, the Center instructs the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This, plus other tools, place the Center at the forefront of leadership training in the nation today. It is not necessary to declare a Leadership minor to enroll in the Leadership courses. The courses are available, without prerequisites, to all students as electives.

Requirements for the A.A. Concentration in Leadership and Management

18 s.h. to include LSS 3000, BUS 3430, plus any two other LSS courses, plus two of the following: BUS 3000, 3200, or 4850.

Requirements for the Minor in Leadership Studies

Minimum 18 s.h. – Required 3 s.h. (LSS 3000); 6 s.h. (two from LSS 3250, 3400, 3500, 3750, 4600 or 4850); 3 s.h. (either LSS 4700 or 4710); plus 6 s.h. from the module of electives (two from BUS 3430, 3750, COM 2800, ECO 3010, HIS 4220, MSC 4020, PHI 2200, PSC 2010, 3050, 3330, PSY 3100, 3610, PXS 3080, SOC 2530, OCL/SOC 3750, SWK 3150, OCL 2710, 3400, 3600, 3700, 3900). With the approval of the program director other appropriate courses may be substituted as electives, and other internship experiences may be substituted for LSS 4700 or 4710.

Requirements for the Minor in Church Leadership

18 s.h. – LSS 3000, 4600, and 4700 (the internship must be in a church or some other ministry); REL 2010 and 2020, and one elective (either SOC 2530, SWK 3150, 3500, PSY 3300, OCL 3600, 3900, LSS 3250, 3400, 3500, or 3750). With the approval of the program director, appropriate courses may be substituted.

Program Faculty & Staff

Darl Champion, Professor of Justice Studies

Dr. Darl Champion

Professor of Justice Studies
(910) 630-7050

Dr. Dave Turner

Professor of Speech
(910) 630-7409
Bill Watt, Professor of Speech and Chair, Department of Applied Communication

Dr. Bill Watt

Chair, Applied Communication
(910) 630-7191
Michael Wayland, Assistant Professor of Management

Michael Wayland

Assistant Professor of Management
(910) 630-7331
Andrew Ziegler, Jr., Professor of Political Science; Director of the Tally Center for Leadership Development

Andrew Ziegler, Jr.

Chair, Political Science
(910) 630-7488
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