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Student Leadership and Organizations

Students are a significant asset to campus organizations, university as a whole, and the wider community. Designed to empower students and assist in their leadership journey, Student Leadership and Organizations offers an array of development programs, conferences, retreats and assessments to develop students ’strengths and help them to explore new ways to contribute, and enhance their self-awareness.

For more information contact, Stephen Hirst, Director.

Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative

The Food, Faith, and Religious Leadership Initiative equips faith leaders and congregations to become change agents in food security, community health, and resilient food economies. The program focuses on two primary geographic areas: Winston-Salem and western North Carolina. Through the program, students engage in the crucial issues of food insecurity, food deserts, and the related health disparities that confront the region.

For more information contact, Fred Bahnson, Director.

Center for Leadership and Character

The Center for Leadership & Character at the Wake Forest University School of Business exists to advance the profession of business by developing passionate ethical business leaders who obtain results with integrity. The Center achieves these goals by integrating leadership and character development in the School of Business, building strategic alliances, and creating sustainable systems for developing the school’s faculty, staff, and students along these dimensions.

For more information, contact Patrick J. Sweeney, Director of Leadership, Character, and Business Ethics.

Institute for Public Engagement

Through teaching, research, service and professional development programs, the Institute for Public Engagement connects Wake Forest University to its community. Reflecting Wake Forest University’s commitment to the broader good and public interest, the institute serves students, faculty and communities at the local, state, national and international levels as a resource for public engagement in of all forms.

For more information, contact Steve M. Virgil, Director and Professor of Law.

Leadership Laureates

Leadership Laureates is a selective leadership program that encourages students to explore global service, diverse cultures, and pressing international issues. The program allows students interested in service, international studies, and leadership to engage with others in a cohort model.

For more information, contact Marianne Magjuka, Director of Campus Life & My Journey.

Leadership Development, Office of Personal and Career Development

The Office of Personal and Career Development (OPCD), through its Leadership Development area and emphasis on the ability of each student to lead, builds upon the Teacher-Scholar model and Liberal Arts disciplines. Leadership Development works with faculty to develop curriculum and co-curricular experiences that help students develop their leadership potential.  Focus is placed on helping students develop their emotional intelligence capabilities, particularly targeting self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management skills.

For more information, contact Evelyn Williams, Associate Vice President, Leadership Development.

The M4 Initiative: Making Manhood Mean More

The M4 Initiative is a 9-week discussion group for African-American males to talk about issues of masculinity and manhood, sexuality, higher education, families and relationships, spirituality, and other topics. Through discussions, articles, books, videos and other pop culture media, the group explores the implications of socialization and media influence on Black men and engages with the larger idea of “what does it mean to be a Black man?”

For more information, contact L. Wesley Harris, Jr., Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

First Year in Focus Mentoring-Men

FYIF is a peer mentoring program designed to match an upper-class mentor leader with a first year student to provide information and support during the first year transition. The purpose of the one on one relationship is to establish a friendship base which forms a platform for conversation, reflection and role-modeling between the first-year student and the upper-class mentor.

For more information, first-year men contact Mike Ford, Associate Dean, Campus Life or Matthew Clifford, Director of Residence Life and Housing.

WE3: Women Encouraging Empowerment through Exploration

A collaborative, 9-week leadership development experience designed to affirm students’ innate worth as women, validate students’ value as members of the Wake Forest University community, and propel students toward becoming successful, well-informed and well-adjusted members of society.  WE3 aspires to bring together a group of Latina and African American females to have thought-provoking conversations, while learning from one another and Wake Forest staff and faculty facilitators.

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

First Year in Focus Mentoring – Women

FYIF is a peer mentoring program designed to match an upper-class mentor leader with a first year student to provide information and support during the first year transition. The purpose of the one on one relationship is to establish a friendship base which forms a platform for conversation, reflection and role-modeling between the first-year student and the upper-class mentor.

For more information, first-year women contact Amanda Horton, Assistant Director, Campus Life and Student Programs or Candice Johnston, Associate Director of Student Leadership and Organizations.


Listed below are courses that will aim to cultivate and develop the leadership skills and understanding of students. For registration details, contact the registrar or review the academic bulletin. If you would like to add courses to the listing, please contact Matt Williams at

DepartmentCourse NumberCourse TitleCourse Description
BEM211Individuals in OrganizationsFocuses on individual behavior and processes within organizations
BEM241Production and Operations ManagementIntroduces the basic concepts of operations strategy and operations planning
BEM311Dynamics in OrganizationsFocuses on group and organizational behavior and processes
BEM316Leading in the Nonprofit SectorExplores the role of nonprofit organizations and examines how to effectively lead them
BEM317Change ManagementFocuses on the processes of change and reorganization in organizations
BEM318Calloway Leadership ExperienceExplores the history art, science, and practice of leadership in organizational settings
BEM327Marketing CommunicationsDesigned for students whose career plans involve making strategic marketing decisions
BEM377EntrepreneurshipExposes students to multiple facets of entrepreneurship
BEM365Ethics & Business LeadershipAn interdisciplinary exploration of ethics applied to the world of business that is open to all majors.
BEM384Design Thinking and High Performance TeamsDevelops the ability to participate in and lead high performance teams within a design thinking environment. Involves several action learning projects that apply the perspectives of anthropology, history, political science, communication, and psychology, among others, in solving real-world problems.
BEM388Management SimulationDesigned to integrate the functional areas of business through the use of an experiential simulation exercises
BEM394Applied Risk ManagementProfessional risk management field work, under the direction of a faculty member
COM336Organizational RhetoricExplores the persuasive nature of organizational messages
COM339Practices of CitizenshipExplores the history and theory of leadership
COM342Political CommunicationStudy of electoral communication
COM343Presidential RhetoricExamines the theory and practice of speechmaking and mediated presidential communication
COM353PersuasionExamination of theories and research concerning the process of social influence in contemporary society
COM330Communication and ConflictReview of the various theoretical perspectives on conflict and negotiations
CNS120Personal Framework of Career ExplorationFocuses on student self-assessment
CNS220Options in the World of WorkProvides information about the structure of the world of work
CNS302Career PlanningCovers the components of the career planning process
CNS320Strategic Job Search ProcessesProvides students with the fundamental knowledge, strategies, and skills required to conduct an effective job search
EAL175Japanese CultureDevelops an understanding of the Japanese culture
EAL271Mass Culture in Modern ChinaAn inquiry into the critical concept of mass and popular culture
CHI255Business ChineseCommunicating in Mandarin Chinese for business purposes
EAS349Japanese and American CultureExplores communication differences between the Japanese and the Americans
ECN225Public ChoiceTraditional tools of economic analysis are employed to explore political science topics
ECN235Economics of Labor MarketsTheoretical and empirical survey of labor markets
ECN270Current Economic IssuesExamines current economic issues using economic theory and empirical evidence
EDU300School LeadershipDevelopment of leadership skills within the context of school
EDU307Instructional Design, Assessment, and TechnologyIntroduction to contemporary technologies and their applications regarding education
EDU310Race, Class, and Gender in a Color-Blind SocietyExamines issues surrounding race, class, and gender in the US
EDU358Studies in Contemporary LeadershipExamines contemporary leadership theory
EDU365Professional Development SeminarsAnalysis and discussion of problems and issues in secondary school teaching
ESE100Creativity and InnovationSeminar introduces students to readings and processes that elucidate creativity
ESE203Writing for a Social PurposeCombines writing, service learning, and entrepreneurship approaches in regards to communication
ESE322Religion, Poverty, and Social EntrepreneurshipInterdisciplinary study of major themes in religion, poverty reduction, and social entrepreneurship
ESE340Communication Technology and EntrepreneurshipExplores how an e-commerce business plan can be developed
GTCS260Seminar in Global Trade and Commerce StudiesApplies integrative knowledge in global trade and commerce
HIS380America at WorkExamines the American entrepreneurial spirit from the colonial period to the present
HMN282Public Life and the Liberal ArtsDevoted to topics of abiding public significance
HMN/ ESE295Social Entrepreneurship and the HumanitiesIntroduction to the role played by humanities in social entrepreneurship
INS150Preparing for Cross-Cultural Engagement AbroadTeaches students how to understand and interact with people in other cultures
INS151Cross-Cultural Engagement AbroadApplies INS 150 skills to develop a better understanding of cultural variables
INS153Introduction to U.S. and University CultureStudents learn to develop critical and creative thinking associated with their academic work
INS154Global Service EngagementFocuses on understanding service engagement in a global context
MIL114LeadershipFocuses on personal style of leadership with emphasis on the dimensions of junior executive management; specifically in the areas of business, politics, sports, and the military.
MIL121Leadership and Personal DevelopmentIntroduction to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership.
MIL122Introduction to Tactical LeadershipIntroduction to Army terms, philosophies, and basic leadership concepts. Aims to help cadets focus on developing themselves into exceptional leaders. CÑMIL 118 is required for contracted and scholarship cadets only.
MIL123Innovative Team LeadershipExplores the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership framework (trait and behavior theories). CÑMIL 117 is required for contracted and scholarship cadets only.
MIL124Foundations of Tactical LeadershipExamines the challenges of leading tactical teams in the complex contemporary operating environment Further study of the theoretical basis of the Army leadership framework explores the dynamics of adaptive leadership in the context of military operations. CÑMIL 118 is required for contracted and scholarship cadets only.
MIL225Adaptive Team LeadershipChallenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations.
MIL226Leadership in Changing EnvironmentsUses increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build cadet awareness and skills in leading tactical operations up to platoon level. Cadets review aspects of combat, stability, and support operations. PÑMIL 121 through 124 (or equivalent credit as determined by the professor of military science) and MIL 225. CÑMIL 118.
MIL227Adaptive LeadershipTransitions the focus of student learning from being trained, mentored and evaluated as a cadet to learning how to train, mentor and evaluate underclass cadets.
MIL228Leadership in a Complex WorldContinuation of MIL 227 with emphasis on the transition from cadet to officer. Explores the dynamics of leading in the complex situations of current military operations in the Contemporary Operating Environment. PÑMIL 121 through 124 (or equivalent credit as determined by the professor of military science) and MIL 225 through 227. CÑMIL 118.