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Bachelor of Science

Leadership

Rocklin

Program Overview

If you are seeking a highly practical bachelor’s degree program that can equip you to lead in a variety of settings, Jessup’s BS in Leadership degree will help you meet your goals. You can further tailor your degree to your career path by selecting a specialization in either organizational development or Christian ministry.

Courses focus on building professional and relational leadership skills that are grounded in a biblical framework. These courses will help you develop skills that are highly sought after by employers, including: communication, project management, negotiation and conflict management, providing solutions for complex problems, change management, program development, critical thinking, decision making, and teamwork.

Jessup offers a BS in Leadership at our Rocklin campus in the Sacramento area.

Program Details

  • 1 or 2 Classes Per Week
  • Flexible & Customizable Course Schedules
  • Courses are 7 weeks in duration
  • Small Class Sizes
  • Faculty are experienced-leaders in their industries
  • Faith-Based Curriculum
  • Earn your degree in as little as 19 months
  • Articulate core leadership principles for organizations consistent with biblical teaching.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in personal leadership skills.
  • Identify personal areas of spiritual, relational, and emotional growth in self-leadership.
  • Apply leadership traits and skills within a range of cultural contexts.
  • Frame leadership within a Christian worldview and ethic.
  • Integrate leadership studies into their chosen specialization.

Foundations of Leadership

Students will examine their own personal leadership capabilities and effectiveness through self-assessment. A variety of leadership instruments will be used as the students reflect on their own leadership traits and those of others. A 360 degree assessment will also be utilized to provide insight into how student’s leadership is viewed by others in their organizations and provide a basis for leadership development. Biblical leadership principles will be infused into the discussion as students examine various leadership and motivation styles; students will not only learn their particular leadership style, but how to relate to the leadership styles of others.

3 units

Models of Leadership

This course explores the core leadership tenets of servant leadership and spiritual leadership, particularly as they pertain to organizational environments. It examines key biblical principles and ways in which to apply them consistently and accurately for leadership in the contemporary world.

3 units

Spiritual Formation

Course description coming soon.

1 unit

Organizational Communication

Introduces the basic concepts of organizational communication used in business, professional, and personal environments. Both written and oral communication skills are addressed from a biblical/Christian perspective, and students are equipped with the basic tools available for both formal and informal methods of communication in group and individual settings.

3 units

Faith & Life Issues

Challenges students to consider how general revelation (creation) and special revelation (the Scriptures) of God affects every aspect of life. Each student will be encouraged to develop a truly Christian world view and understand and critique competing world views.

3 units

Innovation & Leadership

This course explores creativity and entrepreneurship in leadership. It also analyzes how to effectively initiate and lead change, catch and cast vision, and integrate feedback from others into the leadership journey. It also considers the important connections between personal creativity and spiritual sensitivity in the leadership experience.

3 units

Evidence-Based Decision-Making

Students will increase their literacy for decision making. Making decisions is arguably one of the most important tasks of leadership. Students will recognize both the art and science of making decisions in an uncertain organizational climate. Students will build literacy surrounding the issue definition, gather relevant information, and retrieve the best available evidence to apply to key organizational decisions. Students will understand how their faith integrates with decision making and the impact of decisions within the organizational setting. Emphasis on this class will also include the importance of decision making and execution; moving from strategic planning to tactical activity will be a focus of the study and conversation

3 units

Project Management Tools & Techniques

This course introduces tools and techniques used in project management including computer software. Topics include: defining project scope; identifying and tracking project risks; as well as evaluating, controlling, monitoring, and closing a project. This course examines the Christian perspective on projects, organizations, team building, conflict, leadership and ethics. Project management software (Microsoft Project and others) are utilized to develop an integrated project plan and create a project work breakdown structure (WBS) and GANTT schedule in order to track milestones.

3 units

Leading Organizational Teams

This course will address how organizational goals, priorities and strategies interface with the behavior of individuals and teams both inside the organization and through external constituencies. Attention is given to the effect of organizational culture, government laws and regulations, the economy upon organizational behavior and the important dynamics associated with teams.

3 units

Managing Organizational Change

Students will examine the role of planning in maximizing resources and addressing organizational change. Project planning and management concepts will be discussed and applied to real-world planning initiatives. Specific techniques for analyzing complex problems and for planning and evaluating interventions will be applied. Students will examine a problem or issue in their current or proposed future vocational setting and prepare plans for the implementation of a well-designed program or policy

3 units

Leadership in Global Society

This course will explore the nature of leadership in various cultures and the skills needed in a global economy and society. Students will examine the leadership implications for cross-cultural and multi-national organizations. Students will engage in discussions of the “Great Commission” and reflect on historical aspects of global leadership. The future of global leadership will be examined and the potential leadership challenges considered. To the extent possible, students will be challenged to cultivate their own global leadership “map” as they interact with the emerging global scene.

3 units

Capstone

Course description coming soon.

1 unit

Introduction to Pastoral Care & Counseling

Care giving in a faith community or by its representatives is a practical theological activity. This course explores the foundational principles of pastoral care and counseling as part of community-based service by (1) distinguishing the unique ministries of pastoral/spiritual care, pastoral counseling, spiritual direction and community counseling, and (2) articulating one’s own pastoral focus in light of the following themes: holistic attention to self-care; developing skills of compassionate listening, attending and care in the context of social and personal dynamics; and commitment to advocacy.

3 units

The Art of Biblical Interpretation

Provides an understanding of how the Bible came to be and introduces the basic principles and skills required to interpret it accurately. The emphasis will be on understanding and application of scripture in today’s world. The skills developed will then be related to reading critically other subject materials.

3 units

Effective Strategies for Leading Volunteers

Unlike most secular organizations, ministries and non-profits tend to rely heavily on volunteers to staff their programs and projects. Working effectively with volunteers requires different leadership strategies than working with paid staff. This course will focus on the unique dynamics of how to gain, train, and sustain volunteers

3 units

Organizational Ethics

This course provides a biblical foundation for Christian ethics in the marketplace. It utilizes the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) as a primary text for the formulation of Kingdom ethics, and a basis for personal decision-making. It also makes specific applications to organizations through the analysis of real-world dilemmas and challenges.

3 units

Leadership and Negotiations

This course focuses on the practice of leadership through effective negotiation and will review the theory, practice, and processes of negotiation in a variety of settings. Students will study the fundamentals of negotiation practice and group psychology and apply leadership and negotiation frameworks to simulations and workplace opportunities

3 units

Fundamentals of Accounting

An overview of accounting from the perspective of a non-accounting manager including the tools used to understand how accounting functions within an organization. Specific topics include internal controls, the function of accounting, historical accounting data and financial planning.

3 units

Entrepreneurship

This course provides an overview of entrepreneurship. Insight will be discussed into the characteristics of entrepreneurs and examines the growth of entrepreneurship. Students will apply the methods used to create, identify, and evaluate opportunities for new ventures and assess skills that are needed to start and manage new ventures. Students will develop a preliminary business plan including reviewing problems and actions involved in launching and operating small profit and not-for-profit organizations. This course emphasizes entrepreneuer characteristics sought by venture capitalists and investors, roles of the business plan and evolutionary stages of start-up activity.

3 units

Public Sector Leadership

This course introduces students to theories and models of change management. Students learn how organizations address the rapidly changing nature of the internal and external environment within which they operate. Students will discuss the role of organizational change agents and how to implement strategies for organizational intervention. Using work specific challenges and organizational case studies, students will develop the skills to evaluate and analyze how to lead effective change initiatives in the workplace. Students will also address the impact of public policy changes on organizations and society. A particular focus of this course will be in leading and managing changes across various organizational cultures.

3 units

Organizational Ethics

This course provides a biblical foundation for Christian ethics in the marketplace. It utilizes the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) as a primary text for the formulation of Kingdom ethics, and a basis for personal decision-making. It also makes specific applications to organizations through the analysis of real-world dilemmas and challenges.

3 units

Leadership and Negotiations

This course focuses on the practice of leadership through effective negotiation and will review the theory, practice, and processes of negotiation in a variety of settings. Students will study the fundamentals of negotiation practice and group psychology and apply leadership and negotiation frameworks to simulations and workplace opportunities

3 units

Additional Courses

This course focuses on the practice of leadership through effective negotiation and will review the theory, practice, and processes of negotiation in a variety of settings. Students will study the fundamentals of negotiation practice and group psychology and apply leadership and negotiation frameworks to simulations and workplace opportunities

3 units
  • Church & Parachurch Organizations
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • For-profit companies
  • Entrepreneurial Ventures
  • Humanitarian & Missionary Organizations
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Offerings

Bachelor of Science

BS in Leadership

Christian Ministry Specialization

Organizational Development Specialization

Mission

We develop transformational leaders serving in churches, businesses, and communities to produce change and build lives.

Vision

William Jessup University’s leadership program educates transformational leaders for the glory of God.

BS in Leadership

Rocklin Campus Contact

2121 University Avenue
Rocklin CA 95765

Phone: (916) 577-2333

Email: spsrocklin@jessup.edu

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