Lawrence Technological University (LTU) works to ensure that all undergraduate students develop their leadership skills, with an emphasis on ethics, professionalism, and teamwork. As part of their academic program, all LTU undergraduates are required to complete a track of leadership courses.

Starting in the fall 2017 academic semester, incoming (first year and transfer) LTU undergraduate students will begin a leadership based curriculum housed within and administered by the four (4) colleges at LTU (Engineering, Architecture and Design, Management, and Arts and Sciences). These college leadership offerings will be distinct to the specific colleges and their programs of study and will include the following:

College Engineering

Fundamentals of Engineering Design Projects (EGE 1001), Entrepreneurial Engineering Design Studio (EGE 2123), and Leadership and Professional Development for Engineers (EGE 3022) – Students will study and apply leadership, ethics, teamwork, and professional development relevant to engineering. EGE 3022 will build upon the fundamentals practiced in EGE 1001 and EGE 2123 (or equivalent) and the focus on the development of an entrepreneurial mindset and the engineering process. In addition, these courses will prepare students with the skills necessary for a successful senior capstone experience. In regards to leadership, the courses will introduce frameworks for various leadership concepts and practical approaches in personal, professional, and organizational settings. Students will develop personal leadership philosophy by linking skills with experience, self-reflection, and self- and peer assessment of teamwork and problem-solving.

College of Architecture and Design

Art and Design Awareness (DES 1012) and Design Leadership and Entrepreneurship (DES 4112) – Students will study design as a multi-disciplinary process, often involving distributed entrepreneurial activities, globalized business strategies, and professional practices – many of which are positioned between online and on-site models of engagement. Correspondingly, CoAD students will routinely engage with peers within different design disciplines through curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities, including the very first class taken within CoAD: DES 1012 - Art and Design Awareness. DES 4112 – Design Leadership and Entrepreneurship – is a culminating act in this sequence of experiences, within which students will study the entrepreneurial skills and multi-disciplinary approaches needed to thrive within the rapidly evolving professional landscape of design.  

College of Management

Principles of Management (MGT 2203), Strategic Management and Business Policy (MGT 4213), and Information Technology Capstone Course (INT 4303). In MGT 2203, students are introduced to leadership, ethics, teamwork, and management development. This course also covers essential capabilities required of effective leaders: planning, communications, dealing with change, decision-making, conflict resolution, diversity, motivation, and progressive discipline with weekly experiential learning activities and problem-based learning to create solutions. Students complete a series of application essays on leadership concepts that apply to personal and professional development and a cumulative self-reflective learning paper. Throughout their remaining coursework, faculty continue to emphasize the importance of working in teams, communicating effectively, and understanding the professional ethics component as it relates to accounting, finance, human resource management, information technology, and marketing. Ethical dimensions may include: ethical analysis, principles, codes of conduct, and ethical dilemmas. Students will take a capstone course (MGT 4213 or INT 4303) where they integrate and apply the knowledge and skills acquired from their coursework with real world situations through case studies and a team capstone project, and a service learning component.

College of Arts and Sciences

Pathways to Research Careers (COM 1001) and Pathways Capstone Lab (COM 4001) - The College of Arts and Science’s Pathways to Research Careers Program introduces students in their first semester to advanced research across a range of disciplines. Through collaborative projects with their peers, advanced students and faculty, students develop leadership and teamwork skills, and consider the socio-cultural dimensions of technological innovation. By the conclusion of the program in their final year, students will have developed a career pathway that incorporates market and social-impact considerations.

Students who entered the LTU prior to fall 2017 will complete the original leadership program that was in place when they entered the university. The four-part Leadership Program includes:

Freshman Year (0-29 credit hours) – University Seminar (COM 1001)
Sophomore Year (30-59 credit hours) – Leadership Models & Practices (LDR 2001)
Junior Year (60-89 credit hours) – Leadership Seminar Series (LDR 3000)
Senior Year (90 credit hours or more) – Leadership Capstone (LDR 4000)

The Director of Leadership will continue to direct the successful completion of the original leadership program and coordinate with academic programs to promote leadership development and practice in and out of the classroom environment.  The director will also coordinate co-curricular and extracurricular activities promoting leadership and service learning opportunities in the Detroit metropolitan community.

For information about the original leadership program, please contact Director of Leadership, Brian J. Craigo, via email