Classic format

Overview of the Classic Classroom Format

An emphasis on face-to-face learning

For more than 25 years, our classic classroom format has featured a flexible choice model that allows students to select courses and a completion option that focus on individual goals, interests, and learning style. Students can also determine the pace at which they move through the program. This format offers numerous electives and allows for individualized studies. Courses are organized as seminars with the opportunity for discussion and dialogue. Some online work is incorporated into this format.

Schedule

During the academic year (fall and spring semesters), classes usually meet every other Saturday morning or afternoon for four hours. Additional instruction time is provided online. Seven Saturday sessions are included in one semester. Some select classes meet on Monday evenings. Students can take a combination of Saturday and Monday courses. Following this model, students can complete four courses during the academic year and two during the summer sessions.

A sample class schedule in the classic classroom format:

Period I         Saturday       8:00 am to 12 pm

Period II       Saturday       1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Period III     Weekdays     6 pm to 10:00 pm

Note: Each class taken commits a student to Period I, Period II, or Period III, an average of two meetings a month. A few courses are taught on an immersion model, which features fewer but longer sessions.

The MAL program also offers summer session courses in seven-week, fourteen-week, or special immersion formats.

Curriculum

Four core courses:

ML 510 – Visions of Leadership: A Historical and Literary Journey

ML 514 – Research Methods

Two courses related to final project

Seven electives, selected from more than 20 offerings*

*Students may petition the department to do a thesis in place of two of the elective courses.

Final Project Options for the Classic Classroom Format

For non-cohort students there are three ways to complete the final project option in the MAL degree (Plans A, B, and C). All final projects are taken on a Pass/No Credit basis.

In the Thesis/Leadership Application Project (Thesis/LAP) Option (Plan A), students complete 11 courses, including a thesis or a major leadership application project. In the Non-Thesis Option (Plan B), students must complete 11 courses, two major papers, but no thesis. For the third option, the Comprehensive Exam Seminar (Plan C), students complete 11 courses, including the comprehensive exam seminar.

Plan A: Thesis/LAP Option

Students who select the thesis/LAP option are required to develop and carry out an in-depth study of some aspect of leadership or of a leadership-related topic. This research-based study gives the student an opportunity to “tie together” what has been learned from the study of leadership and course-related activities.

The principal distinction between the thesis and the leadership application project lies in their underlying orientation. A thesis has a more theoretical orientation, while a leadership application project is based on a practical issue. Both require similar rigor and preparation. For either alternative, the student must register for ML 592 and 593.

For more information regarding the thesis/LAP option, refer to the Thesis/LAP and Non-Thesis Project Guidelines booklet. Students are given a continuation period of up to five years to complete the project. During the continuation period, a campus access fee of $35 per term is charged. Refer to Augsburg’s continuation policy in the Academic Programs and Policies section.

Required Courses:

ML 510 – Visions of Leadership: A Historical and Literary Journey

ML 514 – Research Methods

ML 592 – Thesis/Leadership Applied Project Consultation I

ML 593 – Thesis/Leadership Applied Project Consultation II

Plan B: Non-Thesis Option

One alternative to the thesis is the successful completion of two major papers. The first of these papers will be written in conjunction with ML 580. The second paper will be written while enrolled in ML 597 – Non-Thesis Independent Project. The independent research projects approved each year will be presented in an annual colloquium.

For more information regarding the non-thesis option, refer to the Thesis/LAP and Non-Thesis Project Guidelines booklet. Students are given a continuation period of up to five years to complete the project. During the continuation period, a campus access fee of $35 per term is charged. Refer to Augsburg’s continuation policy in the Academic Programs and Policies section.

Required Courses:

ML 510 – Visions of Leadership: A Historical and Literary Journey

ML 514 – Research Methods

ML 580 – Colloquium on Contemporary Theories of Leadership

ML 597 – Non-Thesis Independent Project

Elective courses for ALL Classic Classroom options

The MAL program requires that seven elective courses be selected from the following course list. All courses are 3 semester credits:

ML 511 – Creativity and the Problem-Solving Process

ML 520 – Self-Identity, Values, and Personal Growth

ML 527 – Spirituality and Leadership in the Workplace

ML 530 – Ethics in Communication

ML 531 – The Dynamics of Change

ML 535 – Organization Theory and Leadership

ML 536 – Facilitating Organizational Change

ML 538 – Communication Skills for Leadership

ML 539 – Communicating a Self in the Modern Organization

ML 540 – Political Leadership: Theory and Practice

ML 545 – Decision Making and Leadership

ML 548 – Coaching and Consulting

ML 550 – Communication, Decision Making, and Technology

ML 553 – Design and Leadership

ML 557 – Language of Leadership

ML 560 – Cultural Competence and Effective Leadership

ML 563 – Leadership in a Global Society

ML 565 – Women and Leadership

ML 570 – Negotiation: Theory and Practice

ML 574 – Strategic Leadership

ML 575 – Constructive Conflict Resolution

ML 576 – Leading Innovation

ML 577 – Universal Responsibility and Leadership: A Nicaraguan Experience

ML 580 – Colloquium on Contemporary Theories of Leadership (elective for Plan A)

ML 598 – Independent Study

ML 599 – Topics