AA/BA in Leadership Studies

Associate of Arts in Leadership Studies Bachelors of Arts in Leadership Studies

The Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Arts in Leadership at Beulah Heights University will help you develop skills in communication, conflict management, ethics, and leadership theories and models. The program offers a broad focus that prepares students for leadership positions in a variety of organizations. The curriculum prepares you to become a change agent. At the end of this program, you will be eligible to pursue careers in Human Resources, Project Management, Strategic Planning, Leadership Coaching and Training, Sales, or Public Relations. The study of leadership is multidisciplinary and the skills developed are transferable.

FEATURES OF OUR AA/BA IN LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

  • Flexible. Classes are offered online and at all our locations in Georgia (Atlanta, Marietta, Gwinnett, Columbus, and Albany). We offer daytime and evening course options.
  • Personalized attention. Our small class sizes enhance the learning experience and allow students to interact more easily with our faculty.
  • Affordable. Our affordable tuition puts a BA within your reach.
  • Accredited. Beulah Heights University is dually-accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).
  • Faith-based. Our Christian education provides a positive and inspiring learning experience for all students.
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Program Details

What Will I Learn?

With a AA/BA in Leadership you will understand strategic planning, gender differences in leadership, psychological perspectives and societal norms. 

Your course work will enable you to:

  • articulate an understanding of the dynamics of biblical leadership. 
  • demonstrate an understanding of leadership theory and ethical, reflective decision making to manage and lead a ministry or nonprofit organization with integrity. 
  • demonstrate broad leadership skills that are transferable in any organization and the market place. 
  • demonstrate broad leadership skills that are transferable in any organization and the market place. 
  • illustrate a global perspective on leadership which values diversity and embraces new trends in leadership. 
What Courses Will I Take?

Associate of Arts in Leadership Studies

ABA degree is a 2 year program with 4 components:

Required - Leadership – 18 credit hours (6 courses)

  • LS 101 Developing the Healthy Leader
  • LS 205 Enhancing Leadership Through Technology
  • LS 300 Dynamics of Global Leadership
  • LS 301 Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
  • LS 318 Dynamics of Biblical Leadership
  • LS 339 Conflict Management

Bible/Theology – 12 credit hours (4 courses)

  • Bi 117 Biblical Literature
  • TH 203 Systematic Theology I
  • Th 213 Systematic Theology II
  • Bi/Th Elective

General Studies – 21 credit hours (7 courses)

  • E 101 English Grammar
  • E 102 English Composition (Prereq: E 101)
  • Ath 115 Foundations for University Life and Ministry
  • SS 112 Interpersonal Cross-cultural Communication
  • Math117 Basic Concepts of Mathematics
  • Sc 260 Basic Computers/Word Processing
  • Sc 366 Principles of Science

Leadership Electives – 6 credit hours (2 courses)

  • Any two courses with a LS course type

Bachelor Arts in Leadership Studies - 129 Credits

Leadership Courses – 36 credit hours (12 courses)

  • *LS 205 Enhancing Leadership Through Technology
  • LS 300 Dynamics of Global Leadership
  • LS 301 Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics
  • *LS 318 Dynamics of Biblical Leadership
  • LS 339 Conflict Management
  • *LS 375 Innovative Ministry for the 21st Century
  • LS 382 Personality Profiles and Models for Leadership
  • *LS 384 Exploring Gender Differences
  • *LS 454 Leadership Coaching
  • LS 462 Enhancing Leadership Through Technology
  • LS 463 Internship: Leadership
  • LS 465 Strategic Planning and Decision Making

Bible/Theology – 30 credit hours (10 courses)

  • Bi 105 Pentateuch
  • Bi 111 Life of Christ
  • Bi 117 Biblical Literature
  • TH 203 Systematic Theology I
  • Th 213 Systematic Theology II
  • Th 313 Systematic Theology III
  • Bi 322 Apocalyptic Literature
  • Bi 323 New Testament Literature
  • Th 325 Apologetics
  • Bi/Th Elective

General Studies – 33 credit hours (11 courses)

  • E 101 English Grammar
  • E 102 English Composition (Prereq.: E 101)
  • Sp 107 Effective Oral Communication
  • SS 112 Interpersonal Cross Cultural Communication
  • Math 117 Basic Concepts of Mathematics
  • Hist 228 Survey of American History
  • Hist 253 Survey of World History
  • SC 260 Basic Computers and Word Processing
  • E 351 Literature of the Western World
  • SC 366 Principles of Science
  • Hist 414 Church History

Core Courses – 21 credit hours (7 courses)

  • Ath 115 Foundations for University Life and Ministry
  • LS 101 Developing the Healthy Leader
  • Ath 205 Principles of Spiritual Growth
  • Ath 248 Urban Evangelism
  • SS 225 Marriage and Family
  • ACCT 101 Accounting and Financial Management
  • LS 427 Principles of Organizational Administration

Communication – 3 credit hours (1 course)
Choose any speech or language course

General Electives – 6 credit hours (2 courses)
Any two courses from any category

Course Descriptions

Accounting I - Acct 101
This course addresses basic accounting principles, practices, and financial management. Students will learn how to interpret financial statements, maintain fiduciary responsibilities, and budgeting techniques for the nonprofit sector.

Enhancing Leadership through Technology - LS 205
This course is designed to expose students to various forms of technology that will increase their leadership effectiveness. Students will learn how to apply technologies as an enhancement to their leadership in either the ministry or market place sectors.

Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics - LS 301
Part I of this course covers a comprehensive study of how to develop and operate a small business, including visioning, legal structures marketing, financing options and financial management. Options in franchising will also be covered. Students will develop a business plan. Part II will cover business ethics and will explore ethics in managing a business, as well as working relationships in the marketplace and the business environment. There will be discussions on the role of faith as a motivator in making ethical decisions. Case studies will be analyzed.

Conflict Management- LS 339
This course will teach the student how to implement biblical conflict resolution in sacred and secular arenas, how to prevent unnecessary conflict in these arenas, and how to become conflict competent leaders in any setting. The student will learn how to identify and deal with conflict in organizations, examine how to prevent or reduce much of the pain and suffering caused by conflict, and learn to tell the difference between constructive, healthy conflict and destructive, unhealthy conflict.

Developing the Healthy Leader - LS 101
The student will analyze issues of the soul (mind, emotions and will). This analysis will be accomplished by examining their emotions, their perception, their beliefs, the scriptures and scientific studies. Additionally, the student will study how a healthy leader’s thoughts and actions are manifested in practical principles. (Revised)

Dynamics of Biblical Leadership LS 318
This course communicates the dynamics and distinctive of biblical leadership, contrasting it with the secular view of leadership. It the reviews the grounds and essential for leadership in the context of the local church and the marketplace.

Dynamics of Global Leadership - LS 300
Globalization is evolving, bringing with it new challenges and opportunities that impact the religious and business world. Leaders are called upon to work in nations other than their own or to lead at home in global settings. This course will equip leaders with global perspectives and strategies to help them lead successfully in that dynamic environment. It will examine strategies of world-class leaders in business and ministry organizations as well as characteristics of global leaders. The growth and shift in Christianity from the western world to the southern world and how it impacts leaders’ ability to do multicultural programming will be explored.

Enhancing Leadership through Technology - LS 205
This course is designed to expose students to various forms of technology that will increase their leadership effectiveness. Students will learn how to apply technologies as an enhancement to their leadership in either the ministry or marketplace sectors. Elective.

Exploring Gender Differences - LS 384
This course will examine some of the varied schools of thought concerning gender differences in leadership. Primary emphasis will be given to leadership roles and functions within the church setting and marketplace. Theological, psychological and societal norms will be investigated to allow the students to formulate an informed position on the subject of gender as it relates to leadership both within the church and in the larger community.

Innovative Ministry for The 21st Century - LS 375
This course will focus on critical issues in ministry and developing solutions and creative approaches for the 21st century. The course is divided into three segments. Segment one will focus on youth leadership development; segment two will focus on renewal, re-visioning and team building; and segment three will focus student –based learning wherein students will identify and present issues and solutions of their choosing. (Replaces Effective Ministry Management.)

Internship: Leadership - LS 463
This course is designed to be the capstone for students’ matriculation through the Leadership Studies major. Attention will be given to the practical use of learned, acquired and developed leadership skills by the student in a field setting. Second-semester Junior or Senior level students will choose a field setting (either on their own or with some assistance from the Leadership Department faculty) and participate actively in a pre-determined leadership capacity. Emphasis is placed on leadership skill development. Students are required to complete an on-site project. This course will also help students evaluate who they are as leaders in the body of Christ how students can integrate this awareness into their personhood and praxis as 21st century leaders. The student must apply for the internship at the work location a semester prior to registering for the internship. Internships are only completed in the spring or fall semesters.

Leadership Coaching - LS 454
Leadership Coaching is designed to familiarize the student with the coaching profession with the caveat that coaching can be a lifestyle. Coaching will be defined in the course and compared to similar disciplines. Students will examine various models of coaching. The student will be exposed to credentialing requirements and premier coaching agencies. Considerable attention will be devoted to discovering the need for and leading change (self and others). Students will practice techniques with peers and discover the role of core values and attitudes in coaching.

Leadership Principles in Business - LS 462
There is a split today between church and business, and all are negatively impacted by this. There is distance between some of the fundamental beliefs and attitudes of these two groups. In this exciting and eye opening class, you will reinforce your understanding that your faith is all inclusive and your understanding that you go to work for the same reason you go to church: to praise God. Hopefully, this course will result in your recognizing that part of your ministry must be engaging in church-business dialogue and forming linkages between the two groups so that we can end the divide. (Revised)

Bi 105 Pentateuch
The first five books of the Bible are explored with special attention to the development of God’s plan of redemption and Satan’s efforts to stop it. These books relate a continuing record of revelation and the foundation of the rest of the Bible.

Bi 108 Old Testament Literature
This course gives a broad overview of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament text within the context of its history, geography and culture. The course is geared toward examining and exploring the dating, authorship, theological, and philosophical perceptions of each book. It also discusses the social, cultural, political, and ideological arguments proposed by the diverse writers of the books. Using a literary and socio-historical lens to interpret the world of the text and the intention of the writer, the course attempts to theologically and philosophically reconstruct the teachings and rhetoric found within the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. This is a survey course. It is fast-paced and seeks to give a better than cursory understanding of the testaments.

Bi 111 Life of Christ
This course covers a chronological overview of Jesus’ life from birth to resurrection, based upon the Gospel record.

Bi 116 New Testament Literature
This course gives a broad overview of the New Testament text within the context of its history, geography and culture. The course is geared toward examining and exploring the dating, authorship, theological, and philosophical perceptions of each book. It also discusses the social, cultural, political, and ideological arguments proposed by the diverse writers of the books. Using a literary and socio-historical lens to interpret the world of the text and the intention of the writer, the course attempts to theologically and  philosophically reconstruct the teachings and rhetoric found within the New Testament. This is a survey course. It is fast-paced and seeks to give a better than cursory understanding of the testaments.

Th 203 Systematic Theology I
This course serves as an introduction to the nature and source of theology, the inspiration and verification of the Scriptures, the doctrine of God, the creation and doctrine of man, and the doctrine of angels. Study includes God’s attributes, God’s names, and trinitarianism.

Th 213 Systematic Theology II
This course examines Christology (the doctrine of Christ), which includes the names of Christ, His natures, humiliation, exaltation, and offices, as well as the soteriology (doctrine of salvation).

Th 307 Hermeneutics
This course develops the skill of biblical interpretation based on contextual, grammatical, and historical research. The principles of sound exegesis, which improve the ability to understand and teach the Word, are imparted.

Th 313 Systematic Theology III
This course covers the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, how He works in the Church, the nature of the Church, its organization and its work.

Bi 322 Apocalyptic Literature
This course compares the books of Daniel and Revelation and analyzes their prophecies of the end-times that reveal the awesome sovereign power of God to control all history.

Bi 323 New Testament Epistles
This course gives an analysis and exposition of the books of Ephesians through Jude (except 1 and II Thessalonians) as the Gospel message is explained.

Th 325 Apologetics
1 Peter 3:15-18 (NIV) 15But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer [apologia] to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the discipline of apologetics from a Christian perspective. Christian beliefs are explained and students are introduced to other religions and worldviews that contradict our Christian beliefs. With 1 Peter 3:15 as the foundation, this course covers how to structure arguments and strategies for an effective and confident defense of our faith, including how to effectively argue for the existence of God, the deity of Christ, miracles, and evil.

Th 344 Historical Theology
This course covers theology in its historical development throughout the centuries, taking note of the development, growth, and change in the church’s understanding of the central doctrines of the faith.

Requirements and Cost

Admissions Requirements
  • A High School Diploma, an associate's degree from an accredited institution, or a GED passing Score.
  • Submit:
    • A completed application form (Online or In-Person) and $50 non-refundable application fee.
    • Official High School transcript OR a GED Test Scores OR Official transcript(s) from college/university where the associate degree was conferred.
    • One personal reference

Note:  International Students should inquire about additional admissions requirements.

Tuition

The estimated tuition for the BBA program is approximately $41,022. This does not include the $100 online services fee for students who elect to take classes online. This cost is assessed each semester that a student registers for online courses.

Note: Tuition cost is based on the 2019-2020 fee schedule and is subject to change. Additional fees may apply.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Beulah Heights University offers financial assistance for eligible programs through federal financial aid or institutional scholarships to students who meet the requirements or demonstrate academic excellence or need. Students can gain more information on the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or by contacting the Financial Aid Department through financialaid@beulah.edu. Information on scholarships is available online at http://beulah.edu/scholarships.

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