Leadership Studies

California Baptist University's Leadership Studies program equips students with the skills needed for leadership in everyday life, the workplace, and the world. Students will grow in their knowledge of leadership styles, mentoring, ethical decision making, as well as collaboration and communication skills. 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.

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.

Adding Leadership Studies will provide foundational knowledge of servant leadership, while enhancing competitiveness in the labor market.

  • Student Learning Outcomes
    1. Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of leadership theories and practices with emphasis on transformational services.
    2. Strategically facilitate positive change.
    3. Develop ethical and biblical-based habits.
    4. Articulate strategies to collaborate effectively and ethically with others optimize community outcomes.
    5. Implement ethical and wise decisions.
    6. Be a good follower and servant to others.
    7. Articulate a life-long leadership development plan to maximize leadership potential and personal growth.
    8. Practice responsible and effective work ethic.
    9. Practice lifelong learning in leadership studies.
    10. Communicate effectively and work well with others.

Dual Major

Upper division course requirements (24 units) and 12 upper division elective units unique from those required for the primary major.  

LDR310 Leadership Theory

The purpose of this course is to equip students with skills necessary for successful leadership in public, private, and non-governmental organizations. Emphasis is on assessment of personal growth needs and enhancement of administrative skills including communication, decision-making, motivation, leadership styles, and team building. Experimental class work will be utilized in conjunction with classic and current organizational literature so that students can appreciate the bridge linking theory and practice. Students completing this course for credit may not also earn credit for BUS 435. (3 units; As offered)

Davis, Bryan I.
01/10/2018 TTh 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center ONLN
05/07/2018 T 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA ONLN

LDR330 Personal Leadership

This course introduces the student to the concepts of personal leadership and helps identify the skills and strategies that the student may employ to effectively lead. (3 units; As offered)

Hubbert, Heather
01/10/2018 TTh 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center ONLN

LDR350 Commnctn Prncpls for Ldrshp

This course provides an analysis of the principles of communication in the workplace. Students will learn basic communication theories, strategies, and processes as they relate to the modern organizational structure. We will be examining the nature and process of communication in modern organizations, including pragmatic implications of organizational communication theories as they relate to understanding organizations, and implementing change strategies. The course will also compare contemporary principles of leadership with the contemporary literature on communications. (3 units; As offered)

09/04/2018 M 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex ONLN

LDR410 Ethcl & Biblcl Prncpls for Ldshp

This course evaluates the principles for practicing ethical judgments and behavior that confront those in leadership positions. Students will evaluate various ethical frameworks and survey the Bible to explore and develop principles and habits for Biblically-based leadership practices. The course will also compare Biblical principles of leadership with the contemporary literature on leadership ethics. (3 units; As offered)

09/04/2018 MW 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex ONLN

LDR430 Decision Making and Leadership

This course explores various biases, common heuristics, and social dynamics that often lead to faulty decisions and evaluates strategies and tactics to safe guard the decision making process so as to enhance the probability of implementing good decisions. Students will also study the creative process and models for making wise decision that optimize personal and collective outcomes. (3 units; As offered)

LDR450 Culture and Leadership

This course deepens the student's understanding of principles of collaboration, modeling positive behavior, and mentorship in relation to diverse groups, communities, and individuals. Students will evaluate various effective strategies for fostering and nurturing diversity best practices. The course will also have students appreciate the differences of individuals and how to capitalize on those differences as strengths. (3 units; As offered)

LDR470 Group and Leadership

Effective groups and teams are critical in modern organizations, yet there are often dysfunctional dynamics and processes within the group. This course will provide the student with fundamental concepts relating to group dynamics, group decision making, and interpersonal conflict. Special attention will be paid to diversity in this class. Students will gain a better understanding of dynamics of small group interaction and having an understanding of some of the techniques for solving conflict and improving communication toward future benefits. This course will provide the platform necessary for the student to engage in accurate communication of ideas which can influence other behavior. (3 units; As offered)

Adcock, Joseph E.
01/10/2018 TTh 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM James Complex ONLN
05/07/2018 T 3:45 PM - 5:45 PM Yeager Center ONLN

LDR491 Internship

Under the supervision of a faculty member and representative from the sponsoring organization, students will utilize the internship to develop and demonstrate the principles and skills explained in the Leadership Studies courses. (3 units; As offered)

Moss, Joshua P.
01/10/2018 - Online
09/04/2018 - Online


Upper division course requirements (6 units) and 12 units from other leadership studies major courses with exception of LDR 491.  


Upper division course requirements (6 units) and 6 units from other leadership studies major courses with exception of LDR 491.