Leadership in the Public Sector - Online and Distance Education

Leadership in the Public Sector

 

Courses

The B.A. in Leadership in the Public Sector will require 120 total hours. Of these total hours, a maximum of 70 credit hours may be transferred in and 50 hours must be completed through NC State. All University and College of Humanities and Social Sciences requirements for graduation must also be completed by students.

Departmental Requirements

LPS 200 - Introduction to Public Leadership

Units: 3

This introductory course is designed for students who are interested in exploring public sector leadership. Students will be introduced to fundamental concepts and assumptions of leadership, will evaluate methods for conducting adequate academic research on leadership, and will assess skills and approaches for good public and non-profit sector leadership, with a focus on leadership self-assessment.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Spring Term 2023 Summer Term 2

LPS 315 - Public Leadership

Units: 3

Nature and varieties of political leadership by elected and appointed officials in government, officials and volunteers in nonprofit organizations, and leaders of political movements and community groups. The course draws on literature in political science, self-assessment of student's leadership characteristics, and examination of outlets for political leadership activity.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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LPS 320 - Research Methodology for the Public Sector

Units: 3

This course will teach students to investigate political and policy related questions in a systematic and scientifically rigorous fashion. Students will become familiar with the basic toolkit of social science methodology, practice basic data analysis, and develop a research project. They will acquire the skills essential for evaluating the claims of others and for advancing sound arguments of their own. This knowledge is applicable in a wide variety of organizational research, needs assessment, program and performance evaluation.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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LPS 425 - Leadership in the Public & Nonprofit Sectors Capstone

Units: 3

Leadership is a critical topic in public, nonprofit, and business administration. Leadership is what we expect of U.S. presidents, association directors, and CEOs, as well as of mid-level and frontline supervisors. Clearly, leaders are awarded the accolades when the organization succeeds and given the blame for its failures. But organizations succeed not just because of the top leader's actions; a positive leadership climate that pervades the organization helps it to learn, adapt, and perform at a high level. Only LPS major students must complete LPS 200 Introduction to Public Leadership course prior to enrolling in LPS 425.

Offered in Spring Only

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2023 Spring Term

Departmental Electives

200 Level Elective Courses - Choose Three

IDS 201 - Environmental Ethics

Units: 3

Interdisciplinary consideration of ways in which field of study coupled with personal/cultural values contribute towards either solving or compounding environmental problems; provides framework for process of making ethical decisions.

GEP: Global Knowledge

GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Spring Term 2023 Summer Term 1

LPS 201 - The Humanitarian Response to Conflict

Units: 3

LPS 201 offers up an introduction to the ideals and paradoxes of humanitarian intervention, with a special emphasis on military responses to humanitarian crises. This course explores the history, animating ideals and contemporary paradoxes of humanitarian action and related military interventions. Throughout history and ever increasingly in the present, there is an intersection between military and humanitarian operations in conflict zones.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Spring Term

LPS 202 - Essentials of Fundraising for Leaders in Public and Non-Profit Institutions

Units: 3

The course covers the basics of fundraising for public and non-profit agencies which include the agencies history, board development, event planning, and the motivation of the giver. In addition, the students will learn the elements of grant proposals related to public sector agencies. The work will include case studies, weekly lectures, discussion assignments, final exam and a special event planning proposal.

Offered in Fall Only

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2022 Fall Term

LPS 205 - International Leadership in Global Politics

Units: 3

Perspectives on leadership dilemmas and strategies in a globalized, knowledge-based, network-dependent environment. Challenges of state and nation-building abroad. Trans-border policy concerns for the national, state, and local governments. Applications of soft power and public diplomacy. International interactions of non-profit and non-governmental organizations. International aspects of informal and grass roots activism.

Offered in Fall Only

HI 254 - Modern American History

Units: 3

Major themes in modern American history with an emphasis on diversity in the United States; focuses on aspects of race/ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, religious and/or age identities as it considers the impacts of industrialization and economic modernization; impact of war on American domestic and foreign policy; continuity and change in American institutions and values; problem solving in a pluralistic society. Credit is not allowed for both HI 254 and HI 252.

GEP: Humanities

GEP: U.S. Diversity

GEP: U.S. Diversity, Equity, and In

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Spring Term 2023 Summer Term 1

PHI 221 - Contemporary Moral Issues

Units: 3

Philosophical analysis and theory applied to a broad range of contemporary moral issues, including euthanasia, suicide, capital punishment, abortion, war, famine relief, and environmental concerns.

GEP: Humanities

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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PHI 250 - Thinking Logically

Units: 3

Deductive arguments attempt to guarantee their conclusions. Inductive arguments attempt to make their conclusions more probable. Using a small number of simple, powerful logical techniques, this course teaches you how to find, analyze and evaluate deductive and inductive arguments, and thus how to avoid the most common errors in reasoning.

GEP: Mathematical Sciences

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Spring Term

PS 201 - American Politics and Government

Units: 3

Analysis of American political institutions and processes, including the constitution, political culture, campaigns and elections, political parties, interest groups, the media, the president, congress, the federal courts, and public policy. Discussion of contemporary and controversial issues in American politics. Emphasis on placing current issues in comparative and historical perspective where relevant.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Summer Term 1

PS 202 - State and Local Government

Units: 3

State and local governments within the context of the American federal system. Special emphasis on federalism, the constitutional/legal relationships between state and local governments, and the institutions, organizational forms, and political processes in American state and local government.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Spring Term

PS 203 - Introduction to Nonprofits

Units: 3

Development of nonprofit organizations and the contributions of nonprofits in the U.S., other countries, and the international community; political, social, and economic roles of nonprofits; nonprofit governance; partnerships with government and other nonprofits; types of organizations in the nonprofit sector; contemporary policy issues. Service project with minor transportation costs.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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300 Level Elective Courses - Choose Two

SLC 300 - Leading with an Ethical Perspective

Units: 3

Students will explore personal and professional aspects of ethical leadership perspectives. They can look at ethical perspectives from a general overview, or they can choose to focus on ethical perspectives within their specific field, such as: business, entrepreneurship, engineering, or athletics. Students will use a variety of ethical frameworks to analyze ethical situations and how values held by leaders and organizations result in ethical impacts and outcomes. The course will address philosophical origins of ethical frameworks and how they relate to the current business and societal environment. Primary focus will be on supporting students in identifying their personal values and developing a values-based plan for their individual leadership style to help them succeed as a values-based leader in their fields.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Spring Term

HI 335 - The World at War

Units: 3

Comparative history of the experience of war over time and place. Topics include the interactions between war and society; effects on combatants and non-combatants, especially women and children; and the role of technology.

GEP: Global Knowledge

GEP: Humanities

Offered in Fall Only

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2022 Fall Term

HI 337 - Spy vs. Spy: Cold War Intelligence History

Units: 3

This course will examine the often deadly intelligence efforts that characterized the Cold War [USA vs. USSR] of 1945-1991. While the history of that era marks the major political, economic, and military events, much occurred in the shadows. This wide-ranging intelligence competition affected - and was affected by - both American and Russian societies and cultures. Drawing on selected readings, this course will seek to describe this struggle to know and to conceal, and offer useful context to explain how and why it influenced the course of the Cold War.

GEP: Humanities

Offered in Spring Only

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2023 Spring Term

LPS 302 - Diversity and Leadership in the Public Sector

Units: 3

This course provides students with information regarding diversity and leadership in history as well as material and activities that foster an understanding of how diversity and leadership intersect in the public sector and how diversity can improve organizational effectiveness and performance. The concept of cultural competency is defined and evaluated as an important component of effective public sector leadership. Students will learn what it means to be a more culturally competent leader.

GEP: U.S. Diversity

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2023 Spring Term

PA 311 - Public Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Units: 3

This course will be an introductory course for the study of policy analysis, i.e. the systematic study of political-issue problems and alternative policy choices. An individual semester-long project will be completed by each student that identifies a policy issue of interest to the student and various alternatives to implement or improve the policy. Students will measure outcomes of their alternative choices and choose a course of action based on anticipated outcomes.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2022 Fall Term

PA 332 - Human Resource Management in Public Sector

Units: 3

PA 332 is a fundamental, comprehensive course designed to provide a view of the major influence human resources management has in a productive public sector organization. Specifically, it examines the challenges of managing complex work systems in the political and institutional environments. Emphasis is given to the challenges facing the public sector in attracting and developing human assets in an environment of conflicting goals, stakeholder obligations and a highly aware electorate. With theoretical concepts established, the focus will shift to practical implementation tools to include recruitment, retention, compensation, and evaluation techniques.

Offered in Spring Only

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2023 Spring Term 2023 Summer Term 2

PS 301 - The Presidency and Congress

Units: 3

Historical development, selection, and internal organization of the presidency and congress. Discussion of the relations between the branches and the influence of public opinion, interest groups and parties on the federal government. Analysis of the legislative process.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2023 Spring Term 2023 Summer Term 1

PS 303 - Race in U.S. Politics

Units: 3

Race in American politics with emphasis on the African-American political experience: civil rights legislation, voting rights, political representation, campaigns and party politics, survey attitudes, and public policies including affirmative action.

GEP: Social Sciences

GEP: U.S. Diversity

GEP: U.S. Diversity, Equity, and In

Offered in Fall and Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Even Years

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2022 Fall Term

PS 305 - The Justice System in the American Political Process

Units: 3

Criminal justice process and civil justice system in the American judiciary, including court organization and legal professionals such as police, attorneys and judges; formulation and implementation of policies by law enforcement and the courts; impact of political system upon police, attorneys and judges; interaction between public and legal professionals in judicial decision making. Students who have successfully completed PS 306 or PS 311 may not receive credit for PS 305.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Only

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2022 Fall Term

PS 310 - Public Policy

Units: 3

Introduction to public policy formulation and analysis, including agenda-setting strategies, problems of legitimation, the appropriations process, implementation, evaluation, resolution, and termination.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Summer Term 1

PS 312 - Introduction to Public Administration

Units: 3

Administration in city, state and national governments: effectiveness and responsiveness, involvement in policy areas, and issues of ethics and responsibilities.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Spring Term

PS 331 - U.S. Foreign Policy

Units: 3

The content, formulation, and execution of U.S. foreign policy during the postwar period, with concentration on major issues and trends, the instruments for implementing foreign policy, and analysis of the policy-making process.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall and Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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2022 Fall Term

PSY 307 - Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Units: 3

Surveys the application of psychological theories and methods to problems involving people in working settings. Topics include: organizational and management theory; work motivation and job satisfaction; job and organizational analysis; performance evaluation; personnel recruitment, selection, and placement; and personnel training and development.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2023 Spring Term

STS 302 - Contemporary Science, Technology and Human Values

Units: 3

Interdisciplinary evaluation of recent and potential influences of current scientific and technological developments on US and non-US societies. Emerging social, ethical, and intellectual issues include: The adequacy of contemporary scientific frameworks; the relations among science, technology, and society; the social consequences of scientific and technological applications, and human prospects and possibilities.

GEP: Global Knowledge

GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Spring Term 2023 Summer Term 1

STS 322 - Technological Catastrophes

Units: 3

Interdisciplinary examination of the human, organizational and technical factors contributing to the causes and impacts of recent technological accidents such as the Bhopal chemical leak, the space shuttle Challenger explosion, the Chernobyl nuclear accident, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Evaluation of risk assessment, risk perception and risk communication strategies. Consideration of options for living with complex technological systems.

GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Spring Term 2023 Summer Term 1

400 Level Elective Courses - Choose One

STS 402 - Peace and War in the Nuclear Age

Units: 3

An interdisciplinary examination of contemporary wars and international conflict, arms, races, nuclear strategy and defense policy, arms control, theories and strategies of peace.

GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Spring Term 2023 Summer Term 1

LPS 400 - Decisive Leadership

Units: 3

Decisive Leadership is a challenging course that will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of leadership, values and ethics, personal development, decision-making, influencing and motivating others and team tactics in problem solving and mission accomplishment. Military officers, especially, enrolled in the LPS program will gain immediate benefit from the leadership self-assessments and new leadership strategies.

Offered in Fall and Summer

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2023 Summer Term 1

LPS 490 - Undergraduate Internship in Leadership in the Public Sector

Units: 1 - 3

Students can earn 1-3 credits for completing internships in the public sector or non-profit agencies. Emphasis is placed on gaining work experience needed to explore and plan careers in the public and non-profit sector. Students must prepare an internship proposal. Students must provide own transportation for internship. Intern liability insurance is required. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

TYPE: Internship Course

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2022 Fall Term 2023 Spring Term

PA 420 - State and Local Economic Development Policy

Units: 3

In many communities, both rural and urban, the most immediate policy problem confronting public leaders is how to improve the local economy. The purpose of this course is to introduce public leaders to the tasks and challenges in policy development for improving the economies of communities. This course introduces students to the strategies fir attracting and retaining public and private investments in a local economy. An individual semester long project will be completed by each student that presents an original economic development strategy, program or project for a specific community [city/town or county].

Offered in Spring Only

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2023 Spring Term

General Elective and Education Courses - 32 hours

Precise course requirements depend on what coursework you transfer

Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Academic Writing Research - ENG 101 (Not offered online)
  • History I
  • History II
  • Literature I
  • Literature II
  • Foreign Language 200 Level
  • Philosophy
  • Arts and Letters
  • Social Science (3 Different)
  • Additional Social Science

General Education Program

  • GEP Mathematical Science
  • GEP Natural Sciences
  • PE & Healthy Living
  • GEP Additional Breadth (Math or Science)
  • Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • GEP Diversity
  • GEP Global Knowledge
  • Foreign Language Proficiency
  • Free Electives

Total Hours Required
The B.A. in Leadership in the Public Sector will require 120 total hours. Of these total hours, a maximum of 70 credit hours may be transferred in and 50 hours must be completed through NC State. The complete list of degree requirements can be found in greater detail on the courses page. All university and College of Humanities and Social Sciences requirements for graduation must also be completed by students.

Before you submit your application, you may contact us to help determine how many of your existing credit hours will transfer to NC State, which can also determine potential admissibility to the program. We can evaluate your existing transcripts and calculate your cumulative GPA.

Please contact LPS Advising at lps@ncsu.edu for further information and/or to discuss your qualifications.

To verify if the courses you completed are transferable to NC Sate, visit the NC State credit equivalency page. It should be noted that final authority regarding applicability of the transfer courses towards particular degree requirements rests with the individual academic college.

Use this link and scroll to the bottom to view a helpful worksheet for transferring from any NC Community College  to determine which credits may be transferred into the LPS program.

The LPS program is part of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Grades Required
Students admitted into the B.A. in Leadership in the Public Sector program will be expected to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.

Courses in the Major Field of Study must be completed with a “C-” or better.

A 2.0 GPA in the major is required.

Foreign Language Requirement
Students majoring in Leadership in the Public Sector will be required to complete a 200-level FL course as a part of the foreign language requirement for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It is highly recommended that you complete this requirement before entering in the LPS degree program.

Also note,  students may be required to take two FL prerequisite courses before being able to enroll in the 200-level FL.

Enrollment Requirement
Applicants for transfer into the LPS program at NC State must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on their completed approved college-level work. Moreover, no more than 70 semester hours of approved college credit will be accepted for transfer.

Graduation Requirements
There is no time limit on the completion of the B.A. degree in LPS; however, most students are expected to graduate in a maximum of four years. Students who successfully complete 30 credits of LPS major courses and accumulate 90 hours of required university credits will be eligible to graduate.