Orientation to Culver
1 term, non-solid, ¼ credit
The course introduces new students to the important aspects of life at Culver, including followership, history and traditions, the school mission, conduct, organizational and leadership structures, the Honor Code, study skills, etiquette, and respect for others. This course complements the leadership experience within the living units and assists students in completing the prerequisites for their Crest (CGA) or for Branch Boards (CMA).
Living, Learning, Leading
2 terms, solid, 1 credit
Through an integrated, rigorous curriculum, the Living, Learning, Leading course exposes students to current research, case studies and literature to build a foundational understanding of the Culver mission in terms of Wellness, Learning and Leadership.
Freshmen and 4th classmen will learn about their strengths, how their brains really work, reflect upon decisions and their impact on others. They will cultivate wellness habits and experience collaborative service. As they explore the Culver mission, students are explicitly introduced to successful learning process skills such as note taking, reading, cooperative skills and best practices with technology. With these essential sills, the three core strands of wellness, learning and leadership weave together to prepare students for success and well-being at Culver and beyond.
Character and the Application of Leadership Skills
1 term, non-solid, ¼ credit, B
Character and Skills is introduces students to important elements of character and the role of virtues in the application of basic leadership concepts and skills. It is the application of these basic skills that make leadership roles within the dorms and barracks an effective and meaningful learning experience. The course weaves themes of character and virtue with discussions of self-concept, leadership traits and characteristics, goal-setting, decision-making, communications, active listening, peer counseling, assertiveness, conflict and problem-solving. Essential to the application of these skills is the ability of each student to make appropriate connections to the virtues of wisdom, courage, moderation, and justice in their everyday lives as they prepare for future leadership roles. Students are guided to begin to identify their own personal leadership styles and are required to establish connections between their styles and the application of virtues. This course meets 1 day a week.
Ethics: Virtues and Character Education
1 term, solid, ½ credit, B
The Ethics course provides students with the background to be able to integrate the aspects of character and the virtues into all facets of their daily life: academic, leadership, athletic, social and religious. It introduces students to the concept of moral leadership – a balance between legitimate authority and the virtues that form the Culver Leadership culture (wisdom, courage, moderation, and justice). Coursework stresses the application of critical thinking, dilemma resolution, and ethical decision-making in the context of active leadership. The course integrates the traditional humanities disciplines – literature, history and philosophy – through readings, student writing, film analysis, and group discussions.
Servant Leadership Practicum
non-solid, ¼ credit, B
This is a one-term academic minor with student work continuing throughout the academic year until the chosen service project has been completed. It is designed to incorporate three general elements: service, servant leadership, and critical thinking. Servant leadership is a leadership style whereas service is an action that our society connects to volunteerism. In service, the key elements of decision-making, communication, problem-solving, and the application of virtues are all integrated under the umbrella of critical thinking. Students utilize leadership experiences, academic learning, and interests to design and execute a service project that will contribute to a community of their choosing. Students are evaluated on the application of decision-making and problem solving skills, communication, planning and reflection on all aspects of their project. This course meets 1 day a week.