Leadership Studies

The undergraduate program in Leadership Studies (LS) is a multidisciplinary program offering both a major and minor that includes coursework exposing students to potential careers in business and social services sectors, with specific focus on nonprofit leadership, foreign service, and public policy. Focus will be educating students in various service-oriented disciplines while preparing them for leadership positions in both local communities and globally. Courses will concentrate on both the theoretical and applied areas of leadership strategies, group work and community development, ethics and morality, and globalization. Additionally, Leadership Studies majors will develop valuable skills in the areas of communication, conflict management and negotiation, teamwork, and moral-based decision making - allowing students a diversified skill set to be applied towards multiple career paths.

Students enrolled in this major will choose between two concentrations:

  • Global Service
    Students choosing Global Service will take courses focusing on intercultural competence and specific service work sectors, including health, education, and the environment. In partnership with the Peace Corps, students enrolled in this concentration have the opportunity to earn a Peace Corps Prep certificate after completing required coursework.
  • Nonprofit Leadership
    Students choosing the Nonprofit Leadership concentration will take courses on nonprofit governance, strategic management, professional communication, and financial resource development. This concentration is appropriate for students seeking to apply for external certification as a Nonprofit Professional (CNP), as conferred by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance.

Program Overview

To earn an undergraduate degree in leadership studies, you will need to complete at least 120 semester hours in general education and leadership studies courses.

Core Courses

  • 24 semester hours of required core courses, including an outdoor immersion experience course and a capstone internship

BA in Leadership Studies - Global Service Concentration

  • Minimum of 20 semester hours of required intercultural competence, global work sector, leadership development, and foreign language courses
  • Graduates have the ability to earn the Peace Corps Prep Program certificate thru the Peace Corps

BA in Leadership Studies - Nonprofit Leadership Concentration

  • 16 semester hours of required communication, finance, nonprofit management, and strategic planning courses
  • Graduates can earn the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

Leadership Studies Minor

  • 12 semester hours of required core courses
  • 8 semester hours of elective courses

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are prepared to enter the workforce in a variety of settings, including nonprofits, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social entrepreneurship, public policy, community development, foreign service (ex: Peace Corps), education and hospital administration, youth/social services (ex: YMCA or Boys and Girls Club), charitable organizations, and international relations.

Also, this program is designed to partner with other majors/fields of study to promote interdisciplinary connections, such as business, political science, communication, sociology, international studies, etc.