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Become an Even Stronger Leader in Your Organization.

A major in Leadership will help you develop and cultivate a comprehensive set of practical skills to apply to your professional endeavors. You will learn about theories of leadership, and identify the factors that contribute to one's ability to develop, articulate, and sustain a vision as a leader. 

The Leadership major is available for students pursuing a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA). 

Curriculum and Coursework

The curriculum is designed to investigate and analyze moral and ethical challenges to leadership. You will develop personal, professional, and intellectual skills to act with integrity when faced with ethical dilemmas. You will learn about the issues most relevant to today's corporate leaders such as globalization, technological and social change, and workforce diversity, inclusion, and equity.

You will learn to:

  • Understand and influence diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders
  • Lead and manage ethically
  • Lead in a global environment
  • Recognize how political and social issues interact with one's organization
  • Operate in evolving environments
  • Develop a high level of personal adaptability, learn from experience and modify plans as needed
  • Quickly resolve complex problems by perceiving relationships among multiple, disparate issues

Related Programs

Students pursuing a major in Leadership can also apply to the combined BIS/MS Human Resource Development program.

CPS also offers a Certificate in Leadership that only requires 6 courses to complete. Students may enroll in this certificate program with or without completion of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. All courses can be counted towards completion of a degree in CPS.



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Villanova allows students to transfer up to 90 credits from other regionally accredited institutions. Find out more about transfer credits and community college agreements.

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Important Notices for Distance Education Students

The following includes important information for students participating in online courses, online programs and/or on-ground clinicals or practicums while physically located outside of Pennsylvania.

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BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.