Whether you plan to travel the globe or enhance your career options in the United States, global leadership education is the reality of a new century marked by interdependence, rapid technological changes and the need to bridge cultural divides. Marietta’s nationally recognized McDonough Leadership Program offers a major that combines a range of international studies courses and foreign language with a rigorous leadership development component. As a McDonough Scholar, you will become part of a tight-knit cohort of students who take leadership courses and field experiences together until they graduate from Marietta College. Graduates of the Global Leadership Studies major pursue a wide range of careers, including foreign service, diplomacy, law, international business, nonprofit work and teaching English abroad.

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Requirements for the Major

Successful Application and Acceptance into the McDonough Leadership Program
Participation in the EXCEL Workshop (the orientation event for incoming McDonough Scholars)


LEAD 101 (Foundations of Leadership)
LEAD 103 (Organizational Leadership)
LEAD 140 (Leadership Practicum I)
LEAD 201 (Theories and Models of Leadership)
LEAD 203 (Global Leadership)
LEAD 240 (Leadership Practicum II)
LEAD 301 (Ethical Leadership)

LEAD 403 (Senior Capstone Seminar)

POLS 130 (International Relations)
HIST 121 (History of World Civilizations: 1815 to Present)
POLS 340 (International Political Economy)
COMM 385 (Intercultural Communication)

Foreign Language (Four semesters or equivalent of any language other than English)

Area Studies Courses (Choose ONE: Latin America, Europe, Asia)

One Content Elective Course (See College Catalog List)

Comprehensive Leadership Oral Exam (Pass/High Pass)

International Experiential Component: One of the following (Internship Abroad, Study Abroad, Community Service Project Abroad)

Service-Learning: 125 hours of approved community service.

Learning Outcomes:

The McDonough Leadership Program is structured around three pillars: Knowledge (expanded knowledge of leadership concepts, theories, and models); Action (expanded leadership skills through guided experiential opportunities -- critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, oral communication); and Growth (the attainment of "Leadership Wisdom" through reflection, coaching, and mentoring).


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