Fast-Track Bachelor of Science in Leadership with a Business Minor (Global Classroom)

Campus Locations Boston
Also available 100% Online No
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 80
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes

Overview

Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Excel in Borderless Leadership

Globalization has transformed the business landscape and what is expected of today’s professionals. The economic rise of countries like China, India, and Brazil points to a future that will demand a unique set of skills in order to compete in a global marketplace and require broad perspectives, international insight, and the ability to lead strategically, and effectively.

The benefits of a global classroom:

  • Earn your bachelor’s degree in just 18 months
  • Enjoy global peer-to-peer learning by engaging with students from countries around the globe
  • Take advantage of experiential learning opportunities and volunteer opportunities at leading companies and organizations
  • Learn from practitioners – leaders in their fields – who bring their global experiences to the classroom and curriculum

Students in this program take classes on-campus during the week, allowing for internships, short term study abroad trips, and other professional and culturally diverse experiences.

Career Outlook 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, leadership and management jobs are projected to grow about as fast as average. Applicants for the limited number of higher-level management jobs will face keen competition, while less severe competition is expected for lower-level management jobs. Demand is expected to be strong for facility managers.

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Curriculum

Please Note: Undergraduate classes are moving to semesters beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Required Courses

 

Quarter 1

LDR 1203 Assessing and Building Leadership Capacity 6 q.h.
ENG 1005 College English 2 3 q.h.
ENG 1015 Writing Lab for ENG 1005 1 q.h.

Choose one of the following courses:

ESL 1050* Cases in American Organizations
for international students
3 q.h.
POL 1001 Introduction to Politics
for non-international students
3 q.h.

Quarter 2

MGT 1001** Dynamics of Business 1 3 q.h.
MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
ACC 1110** Accounting Basics for Managers 3 q.h.
ENG 3006 College English Workshop 3 q.h.
ENG 3007 Writing Lab for ENG 3006 1 q.h.

 Quarter 3

LDR 2720 Evidence-Based Leadership and Decision Making 3 q.h. 
CMN 2051 Professional Speaking 3 q.h.
MGT 1002** Dynamics of Business 2 3 q.h.
CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
ENG 3003 Writing for the Professions 1 3 q.h.

 Quarter 4

MGT 1503** Managing in a Diverse and Changing World 3 q.h.
PHL 3010 Logic 3 q.h.
HRM 2101** Organizational Behavior 3 q.h. 
ENG 3004 Writing for the Professions 2 3 q.h. 
COP 3940 Personal and Career Development 2 q.h.

 Quarter 5

FIN 2110** Finance Basics for Managers 3 q.h.
ECN 1002 Principles of Microeconomics 4 q.h.
PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology: Fundamental Issues 3 q.h.
LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.

 Quarter 6

CMN 2154 Negotiation Skills 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.
ECN 1001 Principles of Macroeconomics 4 q.h.
NEW Service Learning and Seminar 2 q.h.

 
Required minimum credit hours: 80 q.h.


*May be required dependent upon English language proficiency.

**Courses required for Business minor

Course Descriptions


Quarter 1

Assessing and Building Leadership Capacity (6 q.h.)

Organizations are only as effective as the individuals who work in them. This course focuses on enhancing students’ individual awareness, reflection, and effectiveness as leaders. Through a self-assessment, students will learn to appreciate the differences between themselves and others and deepen their understanding of what motivates people in the work environment. The nature of leadership is explored through various perspectives to deepen and enrich the appreciation of its complexity. The activity-rich experience of this course will provide students with ongoing feedback from peers and opportunities for growth and development.

College English II (3 q.h.)

Students continue examination and development of the principles established in College English 1. The course includes critical reading and written responses to selected essays. Students benefit from a special emphasis on reading comprehension, as well as organized responses posed by assigned readings. The course essays may be organized about a specific theme or themes at the instructor's discretion.

 Writing Lab for ENG 1005 (1 q.h.)

Students continue examination and development of the principles established in College English 1. The course includes critical reading and written responses to selected essays. Students benefit from a special emphasis on reading comprehension, as well as organized responses posed by assigned readings. The course essays may be organized about a specific theme or themes at the instructor's discretion.

Cases in American Organizations (3 q.h.)

The course uses business cases, videotaping, and public speaking techniques to help students develop the speaking skills and confidence to become more effective participants in group discussions. The Case Discussion classes use cases to focus on improving language skills and participation techniques through simulations of team bargaining, presentation sessions, and running meetings. In the Case Skills classes, the concentration is on helping students improve the speaking, listening, leadership and writing skills necessary for presenting cases. In addition, students receive instruction in business writing skills: writing business memos as well as a business plan and a marketing report, and using Power Point to prepare agendas and presentations.

Introduction to Politics (3 q.h.)

Offers students an opportunity to learn about contemporary political science, including consideration of basic concepts in political analysis, the role of government institutions, political representation, political ideologies, and the scope and methods of political science. Covers the nature of politics and such topics as legislatures, executives, judicial systems, and political parties. 


Quarter 2

Dynamics of Business 1 (3 q.h.)

Offers students an opportunity to obtain a foundation for understanding how American business operates in a global marketplace. Business is viewed first by examining key external factors that influence its development: the economy, government, law, politics, and international business. Studies the internal organization of business, highlighting major issues associated with the key management functions such as marketing, finance, information systems, and operations. Emphasizes practical applications of business principles and current events.

College Algebra 1 (3 q.h.)

Includes solving and graphing equations and inequalities, exponents, roots, complex numbers, conic sections, linear functions, and quadratic functions. Requires students to purchase a graphing calculator, the make and model to be specified at the first class meeting.

Accounting Basics for Managers (3 q.h.)

Covers the fundamental concepts and principles of financial and managerial accounting. The objective is to provide the basic language and tools of accounting to understand, use, and communicate information contained in accounting statements to efficiently manage and operate various business entities. Offers sudents an opportunity to study basic techniques of financial statement analysis and apply fundamental principles of managerial accounting to monitor, control, evaluate, and report operational performance, such as the revenue and expense cycle, product costs, and the cash collection process. Emphasizes the role of the user and not the preparer of financial statements.

College English Workshop (3 q.h.)

Students continue to develop writing skills learned in College English 1 and 2 and learn the skills and techniques involved in designing and producing a finished documented paper of ten pages. Students review the principles and methods of organized writing in preparation for the required Competency Examination administered at the end of the Workshop.

Writing Lab for ENG 3006 (1 q.h.)

Requires students to analyze and draft writing assignments from topics covered in ENG 3006.

Quarter 3

 Evidence-Based Leadership and Decision Making (3 q.h.)

Leadership is not an exact science; decisions cannot be prescribed with absolute certainty. How, then, does a leader know when to act? By what criteria do we make decisions, when our access to information may be incomplete? This course is designed to increase a leader's information literacy for decision making. Students will be given the tools to identify and translate knowledge needs into clear, focused, answerable questions; match information needs with the most effective information resources, and retrieve the best available evidence; appraise the new information for its validity and relevance; and apply the new information when making leadership decisions.

Professional Speaking (3 q.h.)

Most organizational women and men are, at least periodically, in positions when they must make a presentation to colleagues or customers. This course examines methods for overcoming presentation anxiety, approaches to structuring presentations, and techniques related to presentation delivery. Students will be required to prepare, deliver, and evaluate professional presentations during the course.

Dynamics of Business 2 (3 q.h.)

Builds on the foundation established in MGT 1001. Focuses on the tools—particularly financial, marketing, and information systems—required to operate businesses in the twenty-first century. Covers consumer-oriented marketing, investment basics, the securities market, and e-business. Seeks to help students demystify the complexities of the business world.

Intercultural Communication (3 q.h.)

Offers students an opportunity to develop intercultural awareness resulting in patterns of perception and thinking that enable them to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries. Topics include the effect of cultural differences in communication styles, the assumptions one makes in attempting to communicate, and the effect of cultural differences on individuals' views of conflict and conflict resolution.

Writing for the Professions 1 (3 q.h.)

Introduces the vocabulary and philosophy of business communications. Students practice planning, writing, and analyzing effective business letters and memoranda.
 

Quarter 4

Managing in a Diverse and Changing World (3 q.h.)

Businesses and individuals in the twenty-first century will undergo rapid and unpredictable change. A significant part of this change involves managing in increasingly diverse global and domestic environments. In this course, students will examine historical changes in workforce composition and the many effects of globalization, domestic diversity, technological change, and new workforce arrangements. The course will focus on increasing personal awareness, understanding, and skills to function effectively with members of different ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds.

 Logic (3 q.h.)

Provides the essentials of lucid thinking in terms of basic logical concepts, including deductive and inductive reasoning, valid and invalid arguments, and the varied functions of language and definition. Examines how to recognize and evaluate different kinds of arguments, methods of detecting and avoiding common errors in reasoning, and the link between structured thought and effective communication. Offers students an opportunity to learn to understand both the value of and some precise methods for thinking in a manner beneficial to personal and professional endeavors.

 Organizational Behavior (3 q.h.)

Organizational Behavior asks the question: What is needed to become an effective organization? Organization members and leaders seek the elusive goals of a highly motivated, innovative workforce, committed to ethical contribution to individuals and society. The study of organizational behavior examines individual learning and motivation as well as interpersonal communication, conflict management, group roles and dynamics, and can determine the levels of each factor. The teaching of this course relies heavily on techniques to analyze, apply knowledge, and develop personal insight and skills.

Writing for the Professions 2 (3 q.h.)

Offers students an opportunity to learn the methods and principles of research and documentation of semitechnical analyses and business reports. The course allows practice in organizing and writing complex forms of business communications.

Personal & Career Development (3 q.h.)

Designed to provide a forum for students to critically analyze and reflect on the relationship between theoretical learning and field experience. In conjunction with this course, students have an opportunity to enroll in a cooperative education placement to gain practical experience. Students are asked to investigate the challenges, opportunities, standards, and implications of their career interests by looking through the lens of the organization that provides their work placement and other industries. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to identify leadership opportunities and techniques. Students are expected to design a career portfolio that demonstrates their leadership vision and skill level.
 

Quarter 5

Finance Basics for Managers (3 q.h.)

Do you need to know how to work with budgets and make management decisions based on financial information? The purpose of this course is to provide students without a financial background with the rudiments of financial problem solving in the areas of planning projects and securing the funds to finance them in both domestic and international settings. Topics include financial analysis, financial forecasting and planning, working capital management, capital budgeting, short- and long-term financing decisions, valuation, and risk management. Spreadsheets will be used along with the Internet to access key information.

Principles of Microeconomics (4 q.h.)

Introduces microeconomics, which centers on individual areas of activity such as a firm, product, or consumer. Applies basic principles of economics to current economic problems. Explores the role of a market pricing system, supply and demand, the costs of production, profits and the supply decision, competitive markets, monopoly, oligopoly, factor markets, and income distribution. Applies economic principles to selected problem areas, including poverty, pollution, and international trade.

Introduction to Psychology: Fundamental Issues (3 q.h.)

Explores the fundamental principles and issues of contemporary scientific psychology, which are approached as a method of inquiry as well as a body of knowledge. Provides an overview and integration of the many and diverse approaches to the study of behavior and mental processes, which is the definition of the science of psychology. Offers students an opportunity to obtain a basis for more advanced study in the disciplines of psychology. Examines the origins and methods of psychology, biological foundations, consciousness, cognition and language, and learning and memory.

Ethical Decision Making (3 q.h.)

The fact that there is not one universal set of leader behaviors one considers ethical and no guidelines to follow to determine ethical behavior poses unique challenges to managers today. Yet, as managers we are daily faced with situations where individual values may conflict with those of our teams or organizations. Applying a decision-making model using real-world ethical dilemmas, participants will analyze behaviors and consequences and make recommendations for actions ethical managers can make. 

Quarter 6

Negotiation Skills (3 q.h.)

Introduces the techniques of dispute resolution. Focuses on the processes of mediation, facilitation, and negotiation. Through readings, lectures, and class activities, offers students the opportunity to explore methods of applying these skills to professional settings.

Business Ethics (3 q.h.)

Ethical principles and considerations involved in making moral business decisions. Studies basic ethical viewpoints as a foundation; analyzes specific characteristics of business life through particular cases and examples.

 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 q.h.)

Introduces macroeconomics, the study of the economy as a whole. Macroeconomics applies the basic principles of economics to whole economic systems and the relationships among sectors of the economy. Topics include unemployment, inflation, national income and employment theory, government expenditures and taxation, the role of the banking system, the Federal Reserve System, and supply-side policies.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Academic transcript: Must submit one of the following:
    • Official associate degree stating conferral and date
    OR
    • Official high school transcript or GED and
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended. Must be equal to 70 quarter hours (53 semester hours) for transfer credit evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $30,240.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.


Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be? 

The Fast-Track 18-month Bachelor of Science in Leadership with a Business Minor is a Global Leadership Degree Completion program designed to meet your educational goals and provide an exciting global experience within the classroom and beyond. This program attracts an audience from around the world to our Boston campus.

Leadership- Global Classroom graduates may wish to consider jobs in global companies as:

  • Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Directors
  • Team leaders

Program Format

On-Ground Format

The Fast-Track 18-month Bachelor of Science in Leadership with a Business Minor is a Global Leadership Degree Completion Program designed to fit your lifestyle and your higher educational goals. This format attracts an internationally diverse audience and meets on-campus in the afternoons, while allowing time for internships and other professional experiences.

Benefits:

  • 18 month degree completion
  • Focus on the fundamentals of leadership
  • Contextualized curriculum reflecting international perspectives
  • Emphasis on understanding a global economy
  • Academic internships and volunteer opportunities to complement classroom learning

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Cognitive Complexity
    Students will develop and apply a process for sound decision making, through the use of critical-thinking skills and an understanding of change processes and obstacles to change.

  2. Knowledge Acquisition, Integration and Application
    Students will integrate their lived experience; knowledge of diverse cultures, cross-cultural communication, the dynamics of privilege and oppression, and the uses of power between groups; and how ethics, morals, and values relate to their leadership dilemmas into their leadership development process.

  3. Humanitarianism/Civic Engagement
    Students will demonstrate humanitarian values, such as being committed to social justice, engaging in socially responsible actions, and serving as positive social change agents that are reflected upon within their work in the program.

  4. Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Competence
    Students will evaluate and clarify their own and others’ intrinsic and extrinsic motivations as leaders, their own personal identities, and how their identities shape their leadership and followership. Students will define and explicate their personal values, establishing a sense of confidence, belief in themselves, a comfort with taking risks, and a sense of balance between achieving tasks and dealing with relationships.

  5. Practical Competence
    Students will learn how to effectively articulate their set of practical skills and tools, relating group dynamics, team building, and multiple forms of effective communication to developing relationships, managing conflict, and working across difference through a ‘blueprint” portfolio of the individual’s leadership design.

 

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