Leadership is not an act, but a way of being, and it is an ongoing process. Grounded in the Jesuit leadership paradigm, this program prepares students for leadership opportunities not just at work, but also in the ordinary activities of everyday life. Central to this adult-focused interdisciplinary leadership program is the premise that the leader must know him or herself. This self-awareness stems from an ongoing ability to engage in self-reflection and discernment. This self-awareness can be utilized in all personal and professional roles and ultimately leads to a desire to work for innovation and change. Thus, the foundational philosophy of the B.S. in Leadership Studies centers around the following tenets:
- We are all leaders, and we are leading all the time, well or poorly;
- Leadership springs from within and it is about who I am as much as what I do;
- Leadership is not an act, it is my life, a way of living; and
- One never completes the task of becoming a leader but instead, it is an ongoing process.
Program Learning Outcomes:
- Disciplinary Competence: Articulate and apply leadership theories and practices in a variety of settings.
- Critical Thinking: Practice critical thinking in a variety of leadership situations.
- Ethics: Apply ethical practices and Ignatian values in a variety of environments.
- Communication Skills: Demonstrate effective communication skills for personal and organizational leadership.
- Deliberative Reflection: Practice deliberate reflection for personal and professional formation.
- Diversity: Demonstrate an awareness for the diversity of individuals.
B.S., Major in Leadership Requirements: (36 credits)
|ILS 201||Introduction to Leadership Studies||3|
|ILS 302||Strategic Leadership & Project Management||3|
|ILS 303||Ethical Dimensions of Leadership||3|
|ILS 304||Financial and Quantitative Dimensions of Leadership||3|
|ILS 306||Social Justice: In Thought and Action||3|
|ILS 320||Theories of Leadership and Organizational Change||3|
|ILS 499||Leadership Capstone||3|
|Additional 15 credits from ILS courses numbered 300 or above. Non-ILS courses with leadership relevance may be applied to major electives with approval of the program director.|
|Global Perspectives: Food in World History|
|Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector|
|Healthcare in Society|
|Emotionally Intelligent Leadership|
|Coaching and Mentoring|
|Women in Leadership|
|The Human Capital Management Environment|
|Leadership in Literature|
|Volunteer Recruitment, Training and Management|
|Nonprofit Governance: Board Development and Strategic Planning|
|Acquiring and Selecting Human Resource Capability|
|Directed Independent Study|
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Program
This program provides highly qualified and motivated students an opportunity to complete both the Bachelor of Science (Leadership) and Master of Science (Organizational Leadership) at an accelerated pace. Participating students can apply as many as 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework toward both of their degrees.