LEADERSHIP STUDIES PROGRAM
Leadership Studies Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Morehouse College Leadership Studies Program is to produce - in the words of Benjamin E. Mays - "men who can be trusted in public and private life, men who are sensitive to the wrongs, the sufferings, and the injustices of society, and who are willing to accept responsibility for correcting those ills."
Leadership and the Injustices of Society
Morehouse College has been producing ‘outstanding leaders for more than 150 years’ and needs to continue doing so over the course of the next 150 years. The legendary educator, the schoolmaster of the movement, Benjamin E. Mays stated:
It will not be sufficient for Morehouse College, for any college, for that matter, to produce clever graduates — but rather honest men, men who can be trusted in public and private life — men who are sensitive to the wrongs, the sufferings, and the injustices of society and who are willing to accept responsibility for correcting those ills.
Similar to Mays, Thurman’s ideal of socio-ethical leadership begins and ends with questions of character. But from beginning to end, this model of leadership is less about self-preservation than other-preservation, a value system preoccupied less with I than Thou. The pedagogical model at Morehouse emphasizes intellectual curiosity. The Leadership Studies Program at Morehouse is more about the lingering questions than textbook definitions and quick answers. It is an academic program that inspires curiosity, patience, and sacrifice.
THE PEDAGOGICAL METHODS:
The ideal of leadership at Morehouse is exemplified in both academic excellence and ethical integrity. Mays and Thurman as well as King embody this ideal, certainly, but it is exemplified in the lives of other Morehouse alumni as well. Students in this program will both study and emulate these exemplary leaders, both women and men, and they will seek inspiration and guidance from diverse leadership styles or models. The LSP emphasizes what is sometimes called ‘servant leadership,’ that is, leadership aimed at serving others and “correcting societal inequalities.” The LSP relies heavily on problem-based learning, experiential learning, and service learning. In addition to a set of required courses in LS and elective courses in various disciplines (e.g., economics, political science, philosophy, psychology, and sociology), the minor in LS culminates in an integrative capstone project.
PROBLEM-BASED OR SOLUTION-BASED PROGRAMMING and a PURPOSE-DRIVEN CURRICULUM:
Martin Luther King, Jr., spent his life seeking solutions to the triple evils of racism, poverty, and militarism. These problems constitute interrelated barriers to the beloved community. Following the Morehouse model of leadership, leaders are acutely sensitive to these social problems and who assume the responsibility to solve them. Students who participate in the Leadership Studies Program will struggle in earnest against all forms of inequality.