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Leadership Studies

University of Richmond
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
University of Richmond

Program description

Leadership Studies

The core of the Jepson School is our liberal arts academic program. Students use the academic lenses of anthropology, economics, history, literature, philosophy, politics, psychology, and religion to examine the worthwhile topic of leadership and explore fundamental questions about who we are, how we live together, and how we influence the course of history.

By combining multidisciplinary investigation with the broad knowledge base of the liberal arts, students learn to see the world through both a wide lens and a focused eye. Classes are often discussion-based and involve an experiential learning component. Among other topics, classes may examine subjects like environmental sustainability, social inequality, healthcare, international relations, and local and national politics.

Students can enter the program through one of two gateway courses, Leadership and the Humanities or Leadership and the Social Sciences , which are open to all University of Richmond students. Required courses include both gateway courses, Justice and Civil Society, Critical Thinking, Theories and Models of Leadership, Leadership Ethics—the capstone course of the curriculum—and the Jepson Internship. Advanced courses have a primary focus in one of three areas: historical, social/organizational, or ethical (normative) to help students understand leadership as it was, as it is, and as it should be.

The Jepson curriculum helps students understand leadership not only as a position but also as a process and a relationship among people, learn how to examine issues from varied perspectives, and seek innovative solutions to problems. Courses challenge students to think critically, communicate effectively, and anticipate change. At the end of the program students receive a bachelor of arts in leadership studies.

Admission requirements

Candidates for admission must have a high school diploma (or recognized equivalent), and must have completed a minimum of 16 units of secondary school coursework. Minimum requirements include four units in English, three in college preparatory mathematics (including Algebra I, II, and Geometry), and at least two each in history, laboratory science, and a second language (two units of the same language, including American Sign Language).

International Admission Requirements

English Proficiency Policy

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for four years.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 28 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

  • Leadership & the Humanities/ Foundations of Leadership Studies
  • Leadership & the Social Sciences
  • Justice and Civil Society
  • Research Methods
  • Critical Thinking
  • Group Dynamics
  • Sophomore Scholars in Residence Courses
  • Theories and Models of Leadership
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Leadership in Political Contexts
  • Leadership, Social Movements, and Social Change
  • Leadership in Community and Volunteer Organizations
  • Sex, Leadership, and the Evolution of Human Societies
  • Leadership in International Contexts
  • Creation of the American Republic
  • Leadership & the Common Good
  • Folk Music and Protest Thought
  • Reimagining Richmond: History, Power, and Politics in the Former Capital of the Confederacy
  • Early Modern Crisis in Leadership
  • Dead Leaders Society
  • Civil War Leadership
  • Group Dynamics
  • Presidential Leadership
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Competition, Cooperation & Choice
  • Leading Change
  • Ethics of Influence
  • Gender and Leadership
  • Sex, Power, and Politics
  • Leadership on Stage and Screen
  • Moral Limits of Criminal Law
  • Contemporary Debate in Democratic Theory
  • Economic Policy and Leadership
  • Ethical Decision Making in Healthcare
  • Statesmanship
  • Reason, Rhetoric and Leadership
  • Leadership and the Future of Higher Education
  • Education and Equity
  • Leadership in a Diverse Society
  • Leadership and Religious Values
  • Research Methods in Leadership
  • Recent Special Topics Courses
  • Junior Honors Tutorial
  • Leadership Ethics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is $56,860 per year.

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University of Richmond

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University of Richmond

410 Westhampton Way
23173 Richmond Virginia
United States of America

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