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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, BUS 3200, or BUS 4850.

Requirements for the Minor in Leadership Studies: 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 hours from the module of electives (two from BUS 3430, 3750, COM 2800, ECO 3010, HIS 4220, MSC 4020, PHI 2200, PSC 2010, PSC 3050, PSC 3330, PSY 3100, 3610, PXS 3080, SOC 2530, SOC/OCL 3750, SWK 3150, OCL 2710, 3400, 3600, 3700, 3900.) With the approval of the program director other appropriate electives may be substituted as electives, and other internship experiences may substitute for LSS 4700 or LSS 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.