The Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies at Great Northern University is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of leadership. This program utilizes an interdisciplinary approach with a particular focus on the theories of trait leadership, transformation leadership, and servant leadership. The framework for this program examines leaders, followers, and environments.

Students in the Leadership Studies program will learn how to adapt to their contexts in order to instill vision and expand influence. The curriculum provides students with a strong foundational knowledge of leadership principles that will help them become effective leaders in various careers. Students will also be equipped with practical skills in communication and navigating organizational change and conflicts.

Outside the classroom, GNU students in this major can be seen in leadership roles both on and off campus. The curriculum requires students to complete three practicums in three semesters, an internship, and a senior capstone. This gives them the experience necessary to apply skills learned in the classroom to real-life contexts, while still being coached by our professional faculty.



Suggested Program Plan 

What Can I Do with a Leadership Studies Degree?

  • Human Resources
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Management
  • Management and Leadership Rotational Career Programs
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Graduate Studies in Business or Organizational Leadership

Sample Core Courses

Leadership Foundations

This course is designed to provide a foundation for leadership. Students will understand foundational leadership theories and a framework for leadership.  These key aspects of leadership will be personally applied.

Communication Strategies for Leaders

This course is designed to explore on the relationship between leaders and communication. Students will focus on understanding how to communicate effectively as leaders.

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

This course is designed to introduce students to the anthropological study of different cultures, including ways of comparing and contrasting the structures of social relationships and belief systems that operate in different cultural settings, especially for students who intend to engage in intercultural ministry in a variety of settings.

Strategic Planning for Organizations

This course is designed to emphasize the key concepts of leadership that leaders should understand and be able to apply. Particular focus will be on the following: vision, mission, core values, and strategic planning theories.

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