Leadership Studies, BA

To address the crisis in leadership, CBU developed the leadership studies program, meant to equip students to lead formally and informally in workplaces, churches and in the home and community. 

Program Intro

Students in CBU's leadership studies bachelor's program learn how to build teams, de-escalate conflict, implement change, develop social and political capital, make good and ethical decisions and communicate effectively for maximum impact. The leadership studies program is complementary to a primary major and will enhance students’ competitive edge in the job market. This degree can only be declared as a second major after enrollment. 

36 Units

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8 % Expected Growth in the Field
12 Required Major Courses

Why Study Leadership Studies at CBU?

Understand leadership through a biblical mindset

Leadership studies will prepare students with the knowledge they need to be competent in their field of study and will be able to make wise decisions with a biblical mindset.

Master the soft skills of leadership

No matter which career path students take, it is essential to learn the basics of leadership, but so often people do not believe it is necessary to develop these soft skills. In this program, not only will students advance their leadership abilities, they will also acquire a strong background in leadership development that will ultimately broaden their opportunities in leadership positions in the workplace. 

Attend the Leadership Seminar Series

The Leadership Seminar Series is a community service event free to the public. The seminars are hosted simultaneously live and online. The events occur throughout the year on CBU’s campus and are designed to enhance the effectiveness of emerging and established leaders.

What You'll Learn

Students graduating with a bachelor’s degree in leadership studies will learn to:

Program Details

LDR 330: Personal Leadership

This course helps identify the skills and strategies that the student may employ to effectively lead. 

LDR 350: Communication Principles for Leadership

This course provides an analysis of the principles of communication in the workplace.

LDR 430: Decision Making and Leadership

This course explores various biases, common heuristics, and social dynamics that often lead to faulty decisions.

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Gaynell Vanderslice, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Business Management

Office Location: Jabs School of Business


The world is in desperate need of leaders, specifically Christian leaders, so I thought this would be a perfect add-on to my business administration major. In this program, I get to reflect and analyze my personal leadership styles, ask myself how I can better develop, and hear from great professors who have real-world experience. I have been able to begin implementing what I've learned into my everyday life here on campus.

Christina McDonald '18

Career Possibilities

Leadership studies majors can apply their field of study to a variety of careers. Some careers listed below may require further education.

  • CEO 
  • Administrator
  • Leader
  • Director
  • Manager
  • Entrepreneur

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Next Steps

Join our community. At CBU, you’ll be challenged to become an individual whose skills, integrity, and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish you in the world.