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Undergraduate Leadership Certificate

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Undergraduate Leadership Certificate Program


Who is eligible?

The Undergraduate Leadership Certificate Program offers an undergraduate interdisciplinary academic program. You will enhance your understanding of leadership theory and practice, while applying it directly toward your academic or professional area of interest.

Undergraduate applicants must have at least sophomore standing and a GPA of at least 2.8 at entry to the program (GPA must be maintained throughout the program).

Eligible students from all majors are encouraged to participate.



•Enhanced career opportunities

•Special lectures and interaction with local and regional leaders

•Workshops and seminars

•Applied activities

•Leadership participation

•Professional experience

•Certificate becomes a permanent part of your academic transcript



Requirements: 15 credit hours

I. Introduction to Leadership Perspectives (3 credit hours)

LEAD 200 Effective Leadership Studies

LEAD 300 Leadership Theory and Application


At least three credit hours taken in category II., III., or IV. must not duplicate any requirements of the major, minor, or general education fulfillment.

II. Ethics and Social Responsibility (Select one of the following—3 hours):

BCOM 301 Mass Communication in Law and Ethics

HCA 441 Legal Aspects/Health Care

JOUR 301 Press Law and Ethics

LEAD 330 Leader Ethics and Decision Making

PS 338 Government and Ethics

MGT 305 Critical Thinking and Ethics

MGT 200 Legal Environment of Business

MIL 401 Professional Leadership Skills

PH 447 Human Values and the Health Sciences

PHIL 320 Ethics

PHIL 350 Ethical Theory

PHIL 322 Biomedical Ethics


III. Human Relations (Select one of the following—3 hours):

ANTH 120 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

COMM 148 Interpersonal Communication

COMM 263 Fundamentals of Communication and Culture

COMM 349 Group Decision Making

HCA 342 HRM for Healthcare Managers

LEAD 325 Leading Change

MIL 202 Team Building and Military Doctrine

MGT 311 Human Resource Management

MGT 417 Organizational Behavior

MGT 210 Organization and Management

NURS 400 Nursing Leadership and Management

PSY 350 Social Psychology

PSY 370 Industrial Psychology

PSY 355 Cross Cultural Psychology

SOCL 210 Interaction: Self in Society

SW 205 Intro to Social Work


IV. Critical Thinking and Empirical Assessment (Select one of the following—3 hours):

ECON 150 Introduction to Economics

ECON 206 Applied Statistics

LEAD 395 Contemporary Leadership Issues

MATH 203 Statistics

NURS 412 Nursing Research

PH 383 Biomedical Statistics for Health Sciences

PHIL 115 Elementary Logic

PHIL 330 Philosophy of Science

PHIL 404 Metaphysics and Epistemology

PHIL 415 Advanced Logic

PS 301 Research Method in Political Behavior

PSY 201/210 Statistics in Psychology/Experimental Psy

SOCL 300 Using Statistics in Sociology

SWRK 344 Social Work Statistics and Data Analysis


V. Practicum Experience (3 credit hours)

LEAD 400 Practicum in Leadership


Ready to Apply?

Eligible students can apply at any time! The School of Leadership Studies accepts applications throughout the year.

For more information on the Certificate Program, please contact us at:

The School of Leadership Studies
2nd Floor TPH - Room 220
1906 College Heights Blvd. #21067
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1067


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 Last Modified 9/25/14