• Leadership at Woodbury

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EXPLORE Bachelor in Leadership

Bachelor in Leadership

Bachelor of Arts Leadership

This Bachelor of Arts Leadership program is offered in partnership with public or private organizations seeking to provide employees with the opportunity to develop their leadership abilities to further their career. Students learn the principles of effective leadership including:

– How human beings work and interact at the individual and institutional level

– How organizational structure and communication affect workplace dynamics

– The requirements and principles for ethical behavior and decision-making

– Critical thinking and communication skills

This program has been offered in partnership with Los Angeles County, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the cities of Burbank, Beverly Hills, and Glendale. This program is designed for working professionals with flexible evening programming and can be completed just over two years by full-time employees. By employing a cohort model, students can develop new professional relationships while balancing their responsibility to work, family and the community.

To qualify for the Leadership program at Woodbury, applicants must have an Associates Degree of Science or Art, or the equivalent. Additional pre-requisites may apply.


Our mission is to develop ethical leaders with an ability to think criticially and act effectively.

Our program is built upon these four pillars:

Transdisciplinarity: Thinking and acting holistically by bridging multiple perspectives and practices.

Design Thinking: Creating impactful solutions by linking needs and functions to limits and possibilities.

Entrepreneurship: Pursuing visionary opportunities to realize innovative knowledge, practice or product.

Civic Engagement: Strengthening communities by actively applying critical knowledge, skills and values.

    Are you ready to become a leader?

    If you are an employee or organizational representative looking to partner with Woodbury to bring this program to your organization, please contact Dr. H. Eric Shockman at eric.shockman@woodbury.edu or call 818-394-3307.


    Leadership Admissions Counselor:

    Natalie Keshishian
    Phone: 818-394-3363
    Email: natalie.keshishian@woodbury.edu


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    Bachelor-Leadership FACULTY

    Woodbury University takes pride in its accomplished faculty and intimate, family-like atmosphere. In addition to teaching, our faculty continue to work as professionals in their fields, passing along the latest technology, trends, and strategies in the current market to WU students. We foster close mentoring relationships between faculty and student. Through this individual attention, we are able to know you as a person, and best help you find your path to success.

    Program Schedule and Curriculum

    LEAD 300-Leadership Theory and Practice 1
    This course examines past theory in the field of leadership studies covering the history, philosophy, theories, and concepts of leadership. It will provide the students with the foundations of leadership and students will differentiate between the role of the manager and the leader. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 301-Leadership Theory and Practice 2
    This course examines current theory in the burgeoning field of leadership studies. It includes practical application of leadership skills and their place in supervising and leading others. Also covered are ideas of self-awareness, understanding the role of leader, leadership styles, and the significance and implementation of vision statements. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 302-Critical Analysis and Decision Making
    This course emphasizes both policy analysis and policy development. Based on the development of empirical data, the student utilizes both a deductive and inductive decision making process for problem analysis. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 303-Leadership and Social Responsibility
    This course centers on a variety of moral dilemmas that prevail in societies and organizations. Students gain a deep understanding of the complexity of such moral dilemmas through critical analysis and application of ethical principles. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 304-Organizational Structure: Private and Public Sectors
    Emphasis is on organizational structure from a sociological point of view. The categories of learning include: diversity and common elements of organizational structure; rational, natural, and open systems perspectives. Course also covers an in-depth study of emerging issues and problems in public service employment. Students will identify and define the role of personnel administration within public sector, review objectives and processes of mobilizing and managing human resources for governmental services and study conflict resolution and problem solving collective bargaining. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 305-Personnel Development and Organizational Culture
    This course covers the basic principles underlying formulation and administration of human resource management, such as recruitment, selection, orientation, training, development, compensation, benefits, and salary. Upon understanding managing human resources, focus becomes primarily on more critical and social meanings associated with the development of human resources. Course topics include internal and external organizational influences upon individual morale, motivation, satisfaction, and performance. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 306-Diversity and Organizational Culture
    This course is designed to provide students with conceptual models and successful examples for exercising leadership in a diverse culture. The goal of the course is to develop organizational leadership that aims to transform the workplace through global awareness and enhancement of human potential. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 307- Leadership and Organizational Communication
    Equips students with a broad scope of organizational communication theories on which they can build effective internal/external communication strategies. Course focus is on organizational communication channels and networks. Also includes dyadic, small group, formal and informal communication as well as the relationship of communication to organizational satisfaction and effectiveness and how communication differs in leader-member exchange and mass communication. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 308- Leadership and Interpersonal Communication
    Interpersonal aspects of leadership communications will be studied. This course explores concepts and develops related skills that define communication in a variety of face-to-face contexts. Topics include models of communication, language and meaning, verbal and nonverbal communication, interpersonal communication, small group communication, perception, conflict, and establishing positive human relationships via communication. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 309-Leadership and Organizational Psychology
    This course provides an overview of leadership and employee behavior in the workplace and a broader study of organizational psychology. Topics include cultural issues involved in the development of organizations and the structure of these organizations, the efficacy of various organizational structures on productivity, the well-being of employees, and organizational structure and culture as a reflection of values and norms. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 310-Leading Organizational Change
    Students study the leader’s role in organizational change, creating and preventing change, as well as determining the organization’s readiness for change. Students explore the reasons for resistance to change and strategies for coping with resistance. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 311-Managing Conflict and Labor Relations
    The success of leaders often rests on their ability to manage conflict and build sustainable coalitions. Leaders must be able to strategically analyze complex multiparty negotiation and conflict situations. They need self-awareness and skills to manage crisis and to facilitate consensus while protecting and advancing their own interests and objectives. This course will apply analytical tools and concepts from the fields of negotiation and conflict management. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 312-Quantitative Methods 1
    Focusing on the pursuit of truth, this course gives a comprehensive perspective focusing on selecting appropriate data analysis techniques for research and evaluation designs. Emphasis is on self-understanding in the context of research and the appropriate use of various methodologies. The practical logic and applications of the statistics used for research designs are presented. Both descriptive and inferential statistics (parametric and non-parametric) are covered. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 313-Quantative Methods 2
    The focus of this course is on formulation of research problems, development of interviewing skills, including data collection and recording, establishing field relations and tactics, transcribing data, analyzing data, and writing research reports. This course addresses the fundamentals of participant observation and interviewing. Students conceptualize their own research design and become more knowledgeable consumers of extant literature. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 314-Strategic Planning and Assessment
    Major areas covered include those that will assist the student to: guide and direct the development of long range comprehensive strategic plan, including the documentation of the plan, guiding, and implementing the plan as well as on-going assessment of the success of the plan. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.
    LEAD 401-Capstone in Organizational Leadership
    This course builds on the leadership concepts contained in previous courses and provides the opportunity to synthesize all prior learning in leadership and related coursework and experiences, professional and personal. It enables students to expand their thinking outside the present concepts and explore the arena of leadership as it will impact and apply in the future to the individual, the group, the organization, and an industry. Lecture, case study, experiential exercises and group processes.


    • Education goes beyond the accumulation of information, and even beyond the ability to internalize and apply that information. True education offers the student the means to explore intellectual possibilities that allow them to think about life and work in a new way. This way of thinking leads to improved decision making, problem solving and planning. Ultimately, it provides tools for professional success. This is the essence of a Woodbury education.

      Dr. Ariane David

      Founding Member, The Veritos Group, Adjunct Professor