Leadership Programs

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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 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.

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

You can complete a Leadership major in-person on Villanova's campus, online, or as a hybrid program. 

Courses within the major are also offered as accelerated FastForward courses, which run for seven weeks and enable students to complete the degree at a faster pace.

CPS also offers a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership for students who already have an undergraduate degree but are interested in expanding their knowledge and skills.

What You Will Learn

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



Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Core = 45 Credits, 15 Courses

Students must complete 15 courses (for a total of 45 credits) in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Core Curriculum


Bachelor of Arts Core =  50 Credits, 18 Courses

Complete 18 courses (for a total of 50 credits) in the Bachelor of Arts (BA) Core Curriculum


Leadership Major = 10 Courses, 30 Credits

LDR 2000 Foundations of Leadership: Introduction to the concepts of and approaches to leadership. Historical and contemporary leadership theories.

LRD 2010 Strategic Planning for Leaders: The strategic planning process in organizations. Mission, values, goals, alignment and accountability in the development and execution of a strategic plan.

LRD 2020 Leadership & Community: Leadership in the public sector. A study of leaders in politics, civil rights, academics/research and corporations. Evaluation of effective/ineffective leadership styles.

LDR 2030 Leadership & Technology: Analysis of the implications of technology on leadership. The strategic role of technology in organizations. Information systems, e-commerce and their value to leaders.

LDR 2040 Ethics & Leadership: The nature of ethical leadership. How the leader's values and beliefs affect decision making. The concepts of organizational and social responsibility. 

LDR 2050 History of Leadership: This course evaluates the history of leadership and leaders from both the theoretical and practical perspective. Historical aspects examined will include war, peace, severe economic conditions, technology advances, societal changes, and the evolution of organizations. Students will develop a leadership philosophy and approach, and examine this approach and its place in the grander context of the history of leadership.

LDR 2060 Leadership in a Borderless Economy: The course focuses on the problems confronting the world's disadvantaged majority. Students in this course will develop transformational leadership skills by examining the interconnectedness of educational, economic, and socio-cultural issues in the US and abroad.

LDR 2070 Strategy Driven Talent Management: Develop a personal talent management philosophy and plan. Improve ability to reflectively lead talent management efforts. Develop the capacity to analyze and assess talent management practices. Sharpen decision making and problem solving techniques. Research, develop and present a talent management project. 

COM 3441 Negotiation & Dialogue: Examination of the practical, theoretical, and critical analysis of a variety of approaches to negotiation and resolving conflicts. Verbal forms of negotiation, mediation, and dialogue are developed as key components in the maintenance of any healthy organization.

COMM 2440 Theories of Organizational Communication: Exploration of the relationship between organizational and communication theories. Addresses issues of leadership, structure, culture, decision-making, communication channels, conflict, change, motivation, performance, diversity management, and external communication as they relate to organizations.


COM 3475 Communication Challenges in Organizations: The purpose of the course is to make students aware of the psychology of communication and to assist them in becoming more discerning, discriminating recipients of the torrent of 24/7 bytes and bits of data. The course examines the dynamics of communication within organizations and the elements of effective leadership communication; that is, the written and spoken word; the behaviors exhibited by people who influence the way people think and act; internal and external communication planning; multigenerational communication; crisis communication; the impact of technology, and techniques used to assess the efficacy of planned communication.

LDR 5000 Leadership Capstone Course: Utilizes integration and analysis of leadership principles. Case studies and team-based project covering major topics in the leadership curriculum.


Free Electives

Students must complete 15 elective courses (for a total of 45 credits) if they are in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program,


Complete 14 elective courses (for a total of 42 credits) if they are in the Bachelor of Arts program.


Visit the Admissions webpage to view all admissions requirements. Click here to learn about upcoming admissions events. 

Villanova allows students to transfer up to 60 credits from other regionally accredited institutions.  

Student Testimonials

Dana Owens '17 CPS, SHRM-CP: The CPS Graduate Who Made the Seemingly Impossible, Possible

Tim Sweeney '18 CPS: Tim's Journey to Graduation


Contact Information

Villanova University
College of Professional Studies
800 E. Lancaster Avenue
Vasey Hall, Room 104
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-4300
Fax:     610-519-7910
Email:  cps.info@villanova.edu

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