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Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Students must complete the following courses for this co-curricular certificate:

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN LEADERSHIP & SUSTAINABLE CHANGE: A total of 11 hours with grades of “C-” or better is required.

Required courses:         

WS131 Introduction to Leadership & Engagement (2)

WS470 Internship (4)

WS495 Capstone Seminar in Leadership (2)

Required: 3 hours from the following.

HO231 Mediation Training (1)

TR291 Political Advocacy Practicum (2)

WS350 Topics in Leadership & Sustainable Change* (1)

*May be repeated as topics change 

WS131 INTRODUCTION TO LEADERSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT (2). The Wilmington Institute for Stewardship and Engagement is a co-curricular certificate program available to students at Wilmington College interested in leadership in social change and/or institutional change. This course serves as an introduction to the role of the change agent and includes a cross-disciplinary overview of theories, philosophies and strategies of innovation and leadership. Students will examine case studies featuring effective and ethical leaders in practice and will develop critical and creative thinking skills relative to change processes. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the WISE program.

WS350 TOPICS IN LEADERSHIP AND SUSTAINABLE CHANGE (1). As a requirement of the Wilmington Institute for Stewardship and Engagement students must complete one to three (1-3) 1-hour topics courses in contemporary leadership in social change and/or institutional change. This course provides an opportunity for advanced study within various areas and applications of stewardship and engagement. Possible case study topics may include, but are not limited to: international development and change, opinion leaders, strategic planning, collegial leadership, social movements, ethical leadership, and leadership in non-profit organizations. The particular topic for a given term will be announced in the course schedule. May be repeated when topics vary. Prerequisites: WS131 and participation in the WISE Certificate Program.

WS470 INTERNSHIP (4). Students demonstrate the ability to work with organizations and individuals undergoing social and/or institutional change. This hands-on experience offers students the opportunity to work with leaders in various fields and to observe their practices while developing skills in creative-thinking and innovation. Work completed during the field experience will be used in the development of the senior portfolio. Taught Pass/No Pass. Prerequisites: WS131, participation in the WISE Certificate Program and junior or senior standing.

WS495 CAPSTONE SEMINAR IN LEADERSHIP (2). As a requirement of the Wilmington Institute for Stewardship and Engagement (WISE) students must complete a final capstone seminar. Students enrolled in this course will engage in the production and management of an applied portfolio. This will provide an opportunity for assessment, evaluation and presentation of both the curricular and co-curricular components of the WISE program. This course will also offer opportunities for student reflection on how participation in the program has facilitated the development of skills in values-centered leadership. Prerequisites: WS131, participation in the WISE Certificate Program and junior or senior standing.