Bachelor of Arts in Ethical Leadership

Program Description

Our world is facing unprecedented challenges that will require adaptive leadership and the capacity to manage innovation and change.  The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Ethical Leadership degree meets these challenges head-on as our dynamic undergraduate students develop the ethical knowledge, skills, and attitudes critical for addressing our world’s most pressing problems.  The program is tailored for students who are passionate about making a difference and practicing leadership to advance diverse organizations and communities.  Throughout the program, students will engage in experiential learning that extends well beyond the traditional classroom environment and creates experiences within real-world settings through the program’s innovative challenge-based curriculum.  Graduates demonstrate exceptional self-awareness, problem-solving capacity, the skill set to manage team dynamics, moral decision-making practices, effective communication skills, and the ability to thrive in fast-paced and competitive work environments.

The BA in Ethical Leadership combines studies in humanities, behavioral and social sciences, business and management, research methods, and technology to advance students’ ability to navigate complex professional environments and ethically facilitate change.  The program is offered in two formats.  The on-campus approach offers students a traditional approach to higher education, while distance learning provides online coursework for students hoping to maximize accessibility.

Graduates are selected for diverse professional opportunities in the following fields:

  • Management positions in corporate, non-profit, government, education, healthcare, and community development organizations
  • Human resource development, organizational development, and talent management positions
  • Consulting and process improvement positions (e.g. Accenture, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, etc.)
  • Upward mobility for career paths in Public Safety and Service (e.g. Fire, Police, EMS, Disaster Management, Corrections, etc.)
  • Foundation for advanced degrees at the Master and Doctoral levels


Recommended courses:
PHI 3609 Ethics
PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology
SOP 3405 Psychology of Persuasion
SYG 2000 Principles of Sociology

EXL 200 Introduction to Leadership – 3 credits*

Leadership Electives (Choose 7) – 21 credits
EXL 205 Overview of Applied Research Methods
EXL 300 Interpersonal Leadership
EXL 302 Leadership and Innovation
EXL 303 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Leadership
EXL 305 Leadership and Applied Technology
EXL 320 Legal Aspects in Leadership
EXL 403 Grant Writing
EXL 404 Special Topics in Leadership
DEP 2000 Human Growth and Development
INP 4105 Psychology of Work

Ethics Electives (Choose 2) – 6 credits
EXL 304 Moral Leadership*
PHI 345C Social Ethics
PHI 3609 Ethics
PHI 3633 Biomedical Ethics
PHI 3640 Environmental Ethics
PHI 3641 Business Ethics

Communication Electives (Choose 2) – 6 credits
EXL 201 Communication Skills for Leaders
EXL 400 Professional Writing & Presentations
COM 4108 Critical Communications for the Professional World
MMC 2204 Media Ethics

Capstone – 6 credits
EXL 490 Leadership Practicum*
EXL 491 Evaluation of the E-Portfolio Submission*

*Required Courses

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