Leadership Studies (B.A.)

Our interdisciplinary program in leadership studies provides a unique and marketable set of skills that may be used in a variety of settings, including for-profit and nonprofit, and public and private sectors in the contemporary global environment.

Our program integrates theory and practice, and teaches personal and professional communication skills, conflict negotiation, change theory and strategic planning skills. Students have the option to complete an internship experience that integrates theory with practice in a setting related to their career interests.

To request more information on our leadership studies program, or to apply online, visit the admissions portal for the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education. Have a quick question? Contact our enrollment counselor, Claudia Cordon.

Required Courses

In addition to completing the requirements of our Core Curriculum, students majoring in leadership studies take a minimum of 10 courses (30 credits).

  • LDR203: Holistic Leadership Theory and Practice
  • LDR225: Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • LDR333: Evidence-Based Leadership and Decision-Making
  • LDR352: Leading Conflict Negotiation and Change
  • LDR450: Leadership in Action (capstone)
  • PSY100: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSY342: Organizational Behavior
  • MGT120: Management and Organizational Behavior
  • MGT300: Ethics for Business
  • One of the following: ECN101: Introductory Macroeconomics, LDR491: Internship in Leadership Studies, MGT290: Human Resources Management, SOA120: Social Problems: Analysis by Race, Class and Gender, SOA130: Human Diversity: An Introduction to Anthropology or THE261: Public Speaking Theory and Practice

Joint Bachelor's/Master's Program

Our joint bachelor's/master's program is designed for the University's highly motivated and qualified undergraduates. Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.30 and should expect to take four graduate courses (12 credits) in the senior year. Final program acceptance is contingent upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree and the senior-year graduate courses.

Students majoring in leadership studies will be eligible to apply for the M.A. in holistic leadership, and may also be considered for admission into other master's degree programs.