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Program Requirements

The Undergraduate Leadership Certificate requires 15 credit hours, and may be earned as a stand-alone certificate, or as part of your undergraduate degree. Courses listed below reflect online offerings only. For additional information about other courses which may be used to fulfill program requirements visit

I.  Introduction to Leadership Perspectives (3 credit hours)

  • LEAD 200: Effective Leadership Studies 

Please Note: At least three credit hours taken in Category II, III, or IV listed below 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):

  • GWS 200: Intro to Gender/Women's Studies
  • LEAD 330: Leadership Ethics and Decision Making
  • MGT 200: Legal Environment of Business
  • PHIL 320: Ethics
  • PHIL 322: Biomedical Ethics

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

  • ANTH 120: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • COMM 263: Fundamentals of Communication and Culture
  • FLK 280: Diversity in US
  • LEAD 325: Leading Change
  • LEAD 440: Leading Teams
  • LEAD 450: Leadership in Global Contexts
  • MGT 210: Organization and Management
  • MGT 311: Human Resource Management
  • NURS 400: Nursing Leadership and Management
  • PSY 350: Social Psychology
  • SOCL 210: Interaction: Self in Society

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

  • ECON 150: Introduction to Economics
  • GEOG 317: Geographic Information Systems
  • LEAD 395: Contemporary Leadership Issues
  • SOCL 300: Using Statistics in Sociology 

V. Practicum Experience (3 credit hours)

  • LEAD 400 Practicum in Leadership (not listed in online offerings, but may be completed at a distance)

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 Last Modified 9/24/14