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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Leadership Studies

On-Campus Leadership Degree Overview

On-Campus Degree Available

The purpose of the BA in Leadership Studies program is to graduate ethical Christian leaders that are academically & spiritually prepared to advance the development of people & organizations.

  • The program has a strong organizational component, but also provides a broader perspective on leadership. An emphasis on topics such as decision making, conflict resolution, knowledge management, and ethics equips students in the varied nuances of leadership that can be applied across multiple disciplines.
  • An important component of leadership is to the ability to apply leadership skills, behaviors, theories, and principles to various areas of public life. The curriculum design will provide students with the framework in which to apply the knowledge from the earlier courses to application courses taken later in the program.
  • The program provides a strong foundational knowledge of leadership theories, concepts, and principles, while inspiring students to immediately apply these in their places of influence and work.
  • The Leadership Studies program offers a deep understanding of current leadership literature and subject matter with a biblical worldview perspective that emphasizes strong Christian character.

All classes are taught from a Christian perspective with biblical integration and an emphasis on ethical business practices through dialogue and projects.

  • Courses in the B.A. in Leadership Studies are offered online and on-campus. The on-campus courses follow an eight-week hybrid format. They meet weekly on campus but have a strong online component as well. The online and hybrid formats allow a measure of flexibility to those students who are currently working fulltime.
  • Requires entering students to have at least two years of leadership experience or three years of work experience that have exposed the student to leaders and leadership situations.
  • Over 80% of the Leadership Studies faculty have their terminal degree and many have diverse international backgrounds.
  • Internships are available for interested students through Career Services.
  • Study abroad trips are planned to China to study international leadership practices.
  • Graduates are prepared for management and leadership roles in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations; or to attend graduate school for future studies in either business, law or leadership programs.

Contact Info: Dr. Joseph Bucci - Assistant Professor, Department Chair, Business, Leadership, and Information Systems: phone: 757-352-4553; email:

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