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Leadership Studies

DePaul offers a bachelor’s degree in Leadership Studies, an accelerated two-year degree completion program for adult students who have previously earned an associate degree or have completed 66 semester hours applicable to the degree program. Courses are offered by the College of Communication, Department of Psychology and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. You will attend class one night each week at the Loop campus, as well as take online courses.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies degree from the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) is an accelerated, inter-disciplinary, 2-year degree completion program for adult students offered at the Loop campus and online. 

This course-based major is for graduates of community colleges with an Associate's degree who seek broad interdisciplinary study that includes project management, leadership models, communication, organizational change, ethics, human interaction, conflict management and negotiation, among others.

Applicants to the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies need an Associate in Arts or an Associate in Science (from IL schools; other degrees to be evaluated), or have earned 66 semester credit hours, applicable to the program based on review and evaluation.

The major consists of courses from the Department of Psychology, the College of Communication, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, which offers the majority of courses, including a unique series of Adult Learning Seminars.

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Transfer Credit 98
Major Requirements 94
Total hours required 192

Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Analyze and apply knowledge and theories of leadership.
  • Investigate problems using qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Apply ethical principles in context.
  • Explain the value of social justice in organizational contexts.
  • Apply various methods of communication in multiple settings.
  • Utilize principles of reflective practice in leadership studies.
  • Analyze and apply different liberal arts perspectives.

Major Requirements (94 credit hours)

Workplace Dynamics (16 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
DCM 302PROJECT MANAGEMENT: DESIGN AND ASSESSMENT4
ORGC 251ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION4
ORGC 353COMMUNICATION AND ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE4
ORGC 316COMMUNICATION AND GROUP DECISION-MAKING4

Leadership Skills (24 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
CMNS 329PERSUASION4
LL 270CRITICAL THINKING4
DCM 301EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP IN A CHANGING PROFESSIONAL ENVIRONMENT4
DCM 303LEADERSHIP MODELS FOR STRONG ORGANIZATIONS4
DCM 311CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND NEGOTIATION4
or CCH 299 ASSESSING AND MANAGING CONFLICT
DCM 330PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE4

Methods (12 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
DA 200DATA ANALYTICS4
or DA 233 APPLIED INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
DCM 308INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS4
DCM 309APPLIED RESEARCH4

Workplace Ethics (8 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
DCM 304EVOLVING PROFESSIONAL ETHICS4
DCM 325WORK & SOCIETY4

Analyzing Human Motivation (12 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
CMNS 313NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION4
DCM 307ANALYZING HUMAN BEHAVIOR4
PSY 347SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY4

Adult Learning Seminars (22 credit hours)

Course Title Quarter Hours
DCM 313LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE AND SELF-ASSESSMENT2
DCM 314LEARNING AND TRANSFORMATION2
DCM 315EXPLORING THE FIELD2
DCM 316WORK IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT2
DCM 317ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS2
DCM 318SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE PROFESSIONS2
DCM 319CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING2
DCM 320PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT2
DCM 321CAPSTONE PLANNING2
DCM 322CAPSTONE PROJECT4