Course Descriptions

LEAD 501: The Character of a Leader (3 credits)
Character is a cornerstone of effective leadership and this course is devoted in its entirety to this elusive endeavor. Students will examine character attributes that comport with God-honoring leadership and models for cultivating those attributes, as well as the various obstacles to that pursuit.

LEAD 505:  Influence Strategies (3 credits)
At its very core, leadership is influence. Drawing from an interdisciplinary body of knowledge, this course explores the art and science of influence, the relational aspects between leaders and followers, and the impact of the context on leadership and develops practical skills through experiential exercises.

LEAD 510:  Communicating to Lead Change (3 credits)
This course enables students to develop effective leadership communication skills at the interpersonal, small group, and public speaking levels. Through instructor coaching and peer feedback, students will gain confidence and enhance skills by exploring and strategically practicing verbal, non-verbal, listening-oriented, and adaptive workplace communication.

LEAD 515:  Best Practices in Leadership (3 credits)
This course will expose students to the current research and best practices in leadership. In addition, students will evaluate their personal leadership practices, develop a philosophy of leadership, and build a personal leadership development plan.

LEAD 520: Leadership Capstone Project (3 credits)
This course provides students with an opportunity to synthesize what they have learned about leadership during their graduate degree program and to demonstrate mastery of leadership practices.  Students in this course complete a field project in the organization of their choice, supervised by a faculty member. Pre-requisites: LEAD 501, LEAD 505, LEAD 510 and LEAD 515 or advisor approval.

BUSA 501:  Managing with Excellence and Integrity (3 credits)
This course focuses on values-led organizations, examining topics such as mission, core values, planning, organizational design, strategic human resource management, and execution. This course also encourages self-examination, authenticity in leadership and personal development.

BUSA 505:  Decision Making with Data (3 credits)
This course introduces students to some of the tools available to conduct organizational research and to make more effective decisions. In particular, students will learn various techniques for collecting, analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data.

BUSA 510:  Innovation and Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
This course focuses on innovation and new product development, with a special emphasis on entrepreneurial ventures. Topics include environmental scanning, evaluating opportunities, creating business plans, and securing financial capital.

BUSA 515: Marketing Strategy (3 credits)
This course examines the role of marketing in an organization and its relationship to other functions, with the primary objectives of learning how to develop a value proposition and consistently deliver value to customers.

BUSA 520: Management Capstone Project (3 credits)
This course provides students with an opportunity to synthesize what they have learned about management during their graduate degree program and to demonstrate mastery of management practices. Students in this course complete a field project in the organization of their choice, supervised by a faculty member. Pre-requisites: BUSA 501, BUSA 505, BUSA 510, BUSA 515 or advisor approval.

BUSA 550: The Customer (3 credits)
“The Customer” is part of a sequence of integrative courses that focus on serving key stakeholders. This course explores how to build a customer-focused organization, considering topics like identifying the needs and motivations of end users, segmenting markets, providing exceptional service, developing two-way communication strategies, and structuring the organization to cultivate loyal customers. Pre-requisites: undergraduate competency in accounting, finance, economics, statistics, and successful completion of BUSA 510 and BUSA 515 or advisor approval.

BUSA 553:  The Competition (3 credits)
“The Competition" is part of a sequence of integrative courses that focus on serving key stakeholders. This course explores how to identify and benchmark competitors, stake out market space, differentiate products, develop growth strategies, and execute strategic plans for sustained competitive advantage. Pre-requisites: undergraduate competency in accounting, finance, economics, statistics and successful completion of BUSA 510 and BUSA 515 or advisor approval.

BUSA 555: The Employee (3 credits)
"The Employee" is part of a sequence of integrative courses that focus on serving key stakeholders. This course explores how to prioritize the human dignity of employees while developing a high-performance work environment, cultivating a collaborative culture of excellence, and gaining a competitive advantage through people. Pre-requisites: undergraduate competency in accounting, finance, economics, statistics, and successful completion of BUSA 501 and LEAD 501 or advisor approval.

BUSA 565: The Common Good (3 credits)
"The Common Good" is part of a sequence of integrative courses that focus on serving key stakeholders. This course explores business and non-profits as a means to a greater end -- as organizations that care for the local and global communities in which they operate and advance the common good of society, while simultaneously advancing their organizational health. Pre-requisites: undergraduate competency in accounting, finance, economics, statistics, and successful completion of BUSA 501 and LEAD 501 or advisor approval.