Become an Exceptional Leader

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in leadership opens doors to an endless supply of careers, from management roles to executive-level positions. Individuals who can direct an organization while tackling difficult decisions are in high demand in the workforce.

Union Institute & University’s Bachelor of Science with a major in Leadership will prepare you to navigate the complexities of leadership and global dynamics in the most meaningful and just way. While working alongside faculty mentors, you’ll become a confident, effective leader. Our student-designed, multidisciplinary distance learning degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to make a positive difference and rise to the top of your chosen field.


Careers for B.S. Graduates with a Leadership Major

  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Administrators


  • Identify various concepts of change as they relate to leadership in the professional environment.
  • Analyze a variety of concepts and theories of leadership within your own professional practice experiences.
  • Discuss and evaluate effective management and leadership behaviors and their implications in professional practice.
  • Describe the connections between ethics and leadership and relate ethical principles to issues in your chosen practice.


American Sign Language/English Interpretation Concentration

Upon completion of the major with a concentration in American Sign Language/English Interpretation, graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate the nature and form of interpreting systems.
    Identify and critique key principles of effective leadership as it relates to interpreting.
  • Examine the implications and effectiveness of one’s leadership style as it pertains to leadership within interpreting systems.
  • Evaluate the relationship between leadership service and interpersonal dynamics.
  • Assess one’s own competencies in order to identify areas of need for continuing education and professional development.

Required for LDS core classes for American Sign Language/English Interpretation concentration

Four credit hours each:

  • ASL 310 Leadership in Interpreting Systems
  • ASL 315 Professional Development Planning through Assessment and Feedback for Interpreters (Prerequisite: ASL 310)
  • ASL 320 Effective Communication Mechanisms for Interpreters (Prerequisite:  ASL 315)

Accelerated Degree Completion

  • Minimum credit hours: 48
  • Earn up to 8 credits in 8 weeks
  • Transfer credits from other regionally accredited colleges and universities
  • Request credit for knowledge gained outside the classroom through work or professional experience
  • Successfully complete CLEP or DSST tests
  • Participate in certified learning

Core Curriculum

General Education Courses

View a complete list of curriculum requirements.

Major Core Courses

The Leadership program requires a minimum of 48 credits in the major.

  • MGT 420 Theory and Practice of Leadership
  • MGT 425 Organizational Behavior and Culture
  • LDS 402 Ethics and Leadership
  • LDS 404 Leadership and Change
  • LDS 430 Global Perspectives in Leadership (Capstone Course)

View core course descriptions.


  • LDS 330 Leadership and Community
  • LDS 340 Non-Profit Leadership
  • LDS 405 Leadership and Fiscal Responsibility
  • LDS 410 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • LDS 420 Strategic Planning for Leaders
  • LDS 400 LDS Independent Studies (1-4 cr.)
  • LDS 490 LDS Special Topics (1-4 cr.)

View electives descriptions.

*4 credits unless otherwise noted.

Culminating Graduation Requirement

LDS 430 Global Perspectives in Leadership is the capstone course and final culminating graduation requirement for the Leadership major. With the support and advice of faculty, students choose a specific topic to examine in depth. Students review relevant research and write a paper using the UI&U outcomes, major outcomes and course specific outcomes that address the topic. The paper serves as the CGR for the major, challenging students to draw on theoretical and practical information gained to create a document that demonstrates their mastery of knowledge acquired through the entire distance education program.