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Why Called to Lead?

Why Called to Lead?

Called to Lead is a flexible leadership development program open to all students

Called to Lead Student Spotlight

Called to Lead Student Spotlight

Every month, a Called to Lead student will be featured on our website and on Facebook so that we can celebrate our student leaders.

What do students say?

What do students say?

See what our students say about the Called to Lead program.

Mentoring program

Mentoring Program

Find a mentor who will help guide you, develop your passions, and invest in your goals by participating in a mentoring partnership through Called to Lead.

What Matters & Why

What Matters & Why

Every semester, Called to Lead hosts the What Matters to Me and Why dinner that features a faculty or staff member who shares what really matters to them and why it matters.

Academic Courses

The following courses are eligible for Called to Lead points.  Please email calledtolead@etown.edu to let us know if you are in one of the courses below.

If you think that a course you are taking relates to the themes of Called to Lead (life calling, leadership, ethical commitments, or purposeful life work), then email calledtolead@etown.edu with the course syllabus and a written reflection essay on how the course relates to Called to Lead.  We will review your submission and let you know if the course qualifies for points.

FYS 100 on selected topics - 50 points

  • American Environmentalism
  • The Bible as Literature
  • Big Theological Questions
  • The Choices We Make
  • Contemporary Women and the World
  • Disability as a Social, Political, and Cultural Construct
  • Discovery: America Now
  • Ethics in the Field of Information Technology
  • Free Speech and Student Rights
  • Global Perspectives of Health
  • Identity, Diversity, and Social Justice
  • Omnipresent Economics
  • Simple Living
  • Water, Water, Everywhere?
  • You, the Economy, and Wealth Accumulation

Career Courses - 75 points each

CP 170: Career Pathways. 1.0 credit. This course is designed to assist undecided students, humanities students and humanities-based social science students in the exploration and cultivation of a professional identity. During this course students will have the opportunity to reflect on their interests, values, and skills/strengths and how this may impact their career related decisions. Additionally, students will develop a framework for career decision-making, planning, and implementation that they can use during their college experience. Graded Pass/No Pass.

CP 171: Mapping Career Goals and Job Shadowing. 1.0 credit. This course is designed primarily to assist sophomore students studying in the humanities and undecided students with their career development. Students will self-reflect in writing and discussions about primary career paths of interest and experiential goals relevant to preparing for life after college. Additionally, students will participate in career research, informational interviews, and a job shadow experience. Graded Pass/No Pass.

CP 172: Professional Skills Development and Defining Career Goals. 1.0 credit. This course is designed to assist juniors with professional skill development such as resumes, cover letters, networking, interviewing and searching for a job or internship. This course will give students the opportunity to reflect on where they are headed post-graduation, and how to proactively connect to the next steps in their desired plan. Graded Pass/No Pass.

CP 173: Planning for Career and Graduate School. 1.0 credit. This course is designed to provide students with the skills needed to put their post-graduate plans in action. During this course students will have the opportunity present their skills for graduate schools and employers in written and verbal form. Students will gain experience researching information about potential employers and evaluating the fit of corporate mission statements with their own values and goals. Additionally, students will create an understanding of implementing life-long learning goals through graduate school, professional associations, and professional development. Graded Pass/No Pass.

Exploring Interfaith Leadership and Service (ILS 105) - 150 points

This survey course introduces the beliefs, values, practices, and historical origins of many of the world’s religions as well as non-religious worldviews, and also grants significant attention to the contemporary environment of religion, including secularization, the relationship between religion and politics, and religious diversity. Students will be challenged to relate religious values to fundamental human dilemmas, including historical dilemmas (e.g., evangelism, colonialism, and religious violence), theological dilemmas (e.g., exclusivism versus religious pluralism), and current issues (e.g., interfaith leadership and service) through case studies and interfaith leadership projects.

Introduction to Coaching: A Servant Leadership Approach (PE 172) - 150 points

In this course, students will gain an understanding of a servant leadership approach to coaching. Exploring principles and strategies of coaching that can be utilized at several different levels of sport, students will study topics such as leadership development; team conditioning, including weight training, speed training, and nutrition; practice planning, sport skill development,  motivation techniques, budget planning, and fundraising.

Law and Social Change (SO 270) - 150 points

This course will familiarize you with the ways in which law is both a means of achieving social
change and a product of social change. By the time this course is over, you should be able to discuss
theories of law, why laws are used to achieve social change, praise and criticism of the law’s ability to
achieve social change, and the ways society can bring about legal change. You should also be able to think more critically about the relationship between law and society.

Leadership Theory (HON 205) - 150 points

This course examines a wide variety of both theory and examples of leadership. Students will identify what types of leadership skills they have and wish to develop through self-assessment and reflection. Students will implement a variety of leadership practices and skills through planning and implementing group service or other types of projects in the community and on campus.

Life Meaning and Purposeful Work (REL 151) - 150 points

This course will explore what it means to live purposefully in terms of traditional and contemporary understandings of vocation and life calling.  Emphasis will be placed on the nexus between theological and philosophical understandings of the meaning of life, the moral life, and vocation.  Students will be invited to think about career choices as part of a larger field of play which includes things to which one dedicates one’s life (whether that be music, business, religion, or social work).

Social Justice (SO 370) - 150 points

Here at Elizabethtown College, and at colleges and universities nationwide, social justice plays a significant role in the school's mission. And yet, the term social justice is itself often contested and goes undefined. What exactly is social justice and how do we achieve it, especially at the college level? This course will help address these questions by providing a space to discuss and analyze theories of social justice, areas in which social justice activists attempt to make a difference, and critiques of the idea of social justice. We will then turn our focus to the Occupy Movement, which purports to be a modern-day social justice movement. Throughout the semester, the class as a whole will work on a project in which it develops ways in which to incorporate social justice more fully into the Elizabethtown College curriculum.

Spirituality and Servant Leadership Across Cultures (REL 170) - 150 points

This course will explore the theory and practice of servant leadership across cultures. Special attention will be given to the spiritual and religious roots of both service and servant leadership within many of the world’s religious traditions, as well as in Native American, Latino, and African-American communities. Students will review case studies of successful servant leadership in different sectors of the economy, including for-profit, non-profit, government, education, health care, and policing. Throughout the course, students will carry out an applied interreligious action or servant leadership project.

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About Elizabethtown College

About Elizabethtown College

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