Leadership Education

COM 267L

All CMU students are required to take a speaking class. For LAS, our debate class (COM267L) is our speaking class. Our cohort was split into two different classes, and split up into smaller debate groups. Over the course of the semester, we learned about argumentation and what it should really be like, the processes of formal debate, different forms of persuasion, and common flaws with arguments. I have never been very good at┬áspeaking in front of people, and this class was good practice for me. My first debate in class was a little rocky, but things only got better from there. By our last debate, I felt like I had improved a lot, and I got good grades on the debates. The majority of the class was learning about the history of debate, and how things have progresses. My favorite part of the class was getting to learn about the different logical fallacies people use when they are arguing . We only got to learn about 16 different fallacies, but there are around 115 different fallacies. Now that I know about the different fallacies used in argumentation, I will be able to pick them out in other’s arguments, and make sure I don’t use them myself. ┬áThe skills I gained from practicing speaking in front of people will stick with me as well.

 

Leadership Education

PSY 100L

As an LAS scholar, I have 3 required classes to take my freshman year of school. Introduction to Leadership Education (LDR 100), Introduction to Psychology (PSY 100L), and Introduction to Debate (COM 267L).

Psychology is the study of the human mind, and why it is the way that it is. Personally, I really enjoyed psychology. I found it extremely interesting to learn the things we learned in class. On the exams we took, he would give us an essay question relating leadership to different psychology components. Having to connect the two helped me understand why taking psychology was important to minor in leadership. As a leader, it is important to understand why some people think the way that they do. This class was one of my favorites for multiple reasons. One, I really liked the Professor, and the way he taught. Two, I liked the content we learned about. I found psychology very interesting, and considered minoring in it. Lastly, I really liked having a class with everyone in my cohort. It was nice to be able to ask questions to people you’re familiar with, and to study with them. Overall, I think psychology was a great class, and I am glad I had the opportunity to take it with such an amazing cohort.