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, Callie Sartain, Graduate Advisor for Leadership.

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

Department Course Number Course Title Course Description
BEM 211 Individuals in Organizations Focuses on individual behavior and processes within organizations
BEM 241 Production and Operations Management Introduces the basic concepts of operations strategy and operations planning
BEM 311 Dynamics in Organizations Focuses on group and organizational behavior and processes
BEM 316 Leading in the Nonprofit Sector Explores the role of nonprofit organizations and examines how to effectively lead them
BEM 317 Change Management Focuses on the processes of change and reorganization in organizations
BEM 318 Calloway Leadership Experience Explores the history art, science, and practice of leadership in organizational settings
BEM 327 Marketing Communications Designed for students whose career plans involve making strategic marketing decisions
BEM 377 Entrepreneurship Exposes students to multiple facets of entrepreneurship
BEM 365 Ethics & Business Leadership An interdisciplinary exploration of ethics applied to the world of business that is open to all majors.
BEM 384 Design Thinking and High Performance Teams Develops 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.
BEM 388 Management Simulation Designed to integrate the functional areas of business through the use of an experiential simulation exercises
BEM 394 Applied Risk Management Professional risk management field work, under the direction of a faculty member
COM 336 Organizational Rhetoric Explores the persuasive nature of organizational messages
COM 339 Practices of Citizenship Explores the history and theory of leadership
COM 342 Political Communication Study of electoral communication
COM 343 Presidential Rhetoric Examines the theory and practice of speechmaking and mediated presidential communication
COM 353 Persuasion Examination of theories and research concerning the process of social influence in contemporary society
COM 330 Communication and Conflict Review of the various theoretical perspectives on conflict and negotiations
CNS 120 Personal Framework of Career Exploration Focuses on student self-assessment
CNS 220 Options in the World of Work Provides information about the structure of the world of work
CNS 302 Career Planning Covers the components of the career planning process
CNS 320 Strategic Job Search Processes Provides students with the fundamental knowledge, strategies, and skills required to conduct an effective job search
EAL 175 Japanese Culture Develops an understanding of the Japanese culture
EAL 271 Mass Culture in Modern China An inquiry into the critical concept of mass and popular culture
CHI 255 Business Chinese Communicating in Mandarin Chinese for business purposes
EAS 349 Japanese and American Culture Explores communication differences between the Japanese and the Americans
ECN 225 Public Choice Traditional tools of economic analysis are employed to explore political science topics
ECN 235 Economics of Labor Markets Theoretical and empirical survey of labor markets
ECN 270 Current Economic Issues Examines current economic issues using economic theory and empirical evidence
EDU 300 School Leadership Development of leadership skills within the context of school
EDU 307 Instructional Design, Assessment, and Technology Introduction to contemporary technologies and their applications regarding education
EDU 310 Race, Class, and Gender in a Color-Blind Society Examines issues surrounding race, class, and gender in the US
EDU 358 Studies in Contemporary Leadership Examines contemporary leadership theory
EDU 365 Professional Development Seminars Analysis and discussion of problems and issues in secondary school teaching
ESE 100 Creativity and Innovation Seminar introduces students to readings and processes that elucidate creativity
ESE 203 Writing for a Social Purpose Combines writing, service learning, and entrepreneurship approaches in regards to communication
ESE 322 Religion, Poverty, and Social Entrepreneurship Interdisciplinary study of major themes in religion, poverty reduction, and social entrepreneurship
ESE 340 Communication Technology and Entrepreneurship Explores how an e-commerce business plan can be developed
GTCS 260 Seminar in Global Trade and Commerce Studies Applies integrative knowledge in global trade and commerce
HIS 380 America at Work Examines the American entrepreneurial spirit from the colonial period to the present
HMN 282 Public Life and the Liberal Arts Devoted to topics of abiding public significance
HMN/ ESE 295 Social Entrepreneurship and the Humanities Introduction to the role played by humanities in social entrepreneurship
INS 150 Preparing for Cross-Cultural Engagement Abroad Teaches students how to understand and interact with people in other cultures
INS 151 Cross-Cultural Engagement Abroad Applies INS 150 skills to develop a better understanding of cultural variables
INS 153 Introduction to U.S. and University Culture Students learn to develop critical and creative thinking associated with their academic work
INS 154 Global Service Engagement Focuses on understanding service engagement in a global context
MIL 114 Leadership Focuses 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.
MIL 121 Leadership and Personal Development Introduction to the personal challenges and competencies that are critical for effective leadership.
MIL 122 Introduction to Tactical Leadership Introduction 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.
MIL 123 Innovative Team Leadership Explores 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.
MIL 124 Foundations of Tactical Leadership Examines 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.
MIL 225 Adaptive Team Leadership Challenges cadets to study, practice, and evaluate adaptive leadership skills as they are presented with challenging scenarios related to squad tactical operations.
MIL 226 Leadership in Changing Environments Uses 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.
MIL 227 Adaptive Leadership Transitions the focus of student learning from being trained, mentored and evaluated as a cadet to learning how to train, mentor and evaluate underclass cadets.
MIL 228 Leadership in a Complex World Continuation 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.