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The Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies degree from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) is an accelerated, inter-disciplinary, 2-year degree completion program for adult students offered at the Loop campus and online.
This course-based major is for graduates of community colleges with an Associate's degree who seek broad interdisciplinary study that includes project management, leadership models, communication, organizational change, ethics, human interaction, conflict management and negotiation, among others.
Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies need an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science (from IL schools; other degrees to be evaluated), or have earned 66 semester credit hours, applicable to the program based on review and evaluation.
The major consists of courses from the Department of Psychology, the College of Communication, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, which offers the majority of courses, including a unique series of Adult Learning Seminars.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||192|
Students will be able to:
- Analyze and apply knowledge and theories of leadership.
- Investigate problems using qualitative and quantitative methods.
- Apply ethical principles in context.
- Explain the value of social justice in organizational contexts.
- Apply various methods of communication in multiple settings.
- Utilize principles of reflective practice in leadership studies.
- Analyze and apply different liberal arts perspectives.
Major Requirements (94 credit hours)
Workplace Dynamics (16 credit hours)
|DCM 302||PROJECT MANAGEMENT: DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT||4|
|ORGC 251||ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION||4|
|ORGC 353||COMMUNICATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE||4|
|ORGC 316||COMMUNICATION AND GROUP DECISION-MAKING||4|
Leadership Skills (24 credit hours)
|LL 270||CRITICAL THINKING||4|
|DCM 301||EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN A CHANGING PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT||4|
|DCM 303||LEADERSHIP MODELS FOR STRONG ORGANIZATIONS||4|
|DCM 311||CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND NEGOTIATION||4|
|or CCH 299||ASSESSING AND MANAGING CONFLICT|
|DCM 330||PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE||4|
Methods (12 credit hours)
|DA 200||DATA ANALYTICS||4|
|or DA 233||APPLIED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS|
|DCM 308||INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS||4|
|DCM 309||APPLIED RESEARCH||4|
Workplace Ethics (8 credit hours)
|DCM 304||EVOLVING PROFESSIONAL ETHICS||4|
|DCM 325||WORK & SOCIETY||4|
Analyzing Human Motivation (12 credit hours)
|CMNS 313||NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION||4|
|DCM 307||ANALYZING HUMAN BEHAVIOR||4|
|PSY 347||SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY||4|
Adult Learning Seminars (22 credit hours)
|DCM 313||LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE AND SELF-ASSESSMENT||2|
|DCM 314||LEARNING AND TRANSFORMATION||2|
|DCM 315||EXPLORING THE FIELD||2|
|DCM 316||WORK IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT||2|
|DCM 317||ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS||2|
|DCM 318||SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE PROFESSIONS||2|
|DCM 319||CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING||2|
|DCM 320||PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT||2|
|DCM 321||CAPSTONE PLANNING||2|
|DCM 322||CAPSTONE PROJECT/PORTFOLIO REVIEW||4|