Bachelor of Liberal Studies Program
Ana Garcia Chichester, Program Director
Leadership and Management is a multidisciplinary major only open to students in the Bachelor of Liberal Studies Program. Students pursuing a B.A. or B.S. degree may not declare this major.
The major in Leadership and Management provides students with basic management skills. The course of study is organized to produce effective and intellectually agile leaders. Students gain advanced critical thinking skills, firm ethical reasoning abilities, and a readiness to participate productively in the workplace and the community.
Business administration courses within the Leadership and Management major introduce students to central theoretical issues regarding management organization and processes within business, industrial, and governmental environments. Additional courses are grounded in liberal arts disciplines recognized by employers as crucial to career growth.
The category of courses in Ethical issues helps guide students in decision making and requires them to evaluate the consequences of managerial choices. Organization and Government allows the student to gain knowledge about the structures of private and public systems. Leadership and Communication guides the student’s skills in the communication and understanding of those systems. Through courses in Leadership and Diversity students learn about the populations that managers must engage and to which they must communicate effectively.
A capstone course encourages students to conduct research through an individual study experience guided by a faculty mentor and/or to complete an internship in a subject appropriate to the major and under the guidance and direction of a faculty advisor and an agency supervisor.
Requirements for the Leadership and Management major
Thirty-nine (39) credits to include the following (consult the relevant sections of this Catalog for course titles and descriptions).
1. Required Courses (27 credits): ACCT 201, BPST 314, BPST 316, CIST 301, LRSP 201, LRSP 311, LRSP 316, LRSP 344, LRSP 406, LRSP 412, and one of the following; LRSP 460, BLST 491, or BLST 499.
2. One course in each of the following 3 categories (9 credits):
A. Ethics and Diversity (3 credits): ECON 332, ECON 351, ECON 352, ECON 354, ENGL 206A, ENGL 243, GEOG 331, HIST 313, HIST 314, HIST 315, HIST 327, HIST 328, HIST 384, IDIS 203, PSYC 333, PSYC 347, PSYC 350, RELG 101, RELG 276, RELG 305, RELG 317, SOCG 304, SOCG 315, SOCG 341, or SOCG 421.
B. Organization and Government (3 credits): ECON 202B, EXON 311, ECON 312, EESC 321, 320, FREN 313, GEOG 338, GERM 313, PHIL 101, PHIL 210, PSCI 301, PSCI 202, PSCI 311, PSCI 312, PSYC 301, PSYC 385, PSYC 386, PSYC 387, or SPAN 393.
C. Leadership and Communication (3 credits): BPST 311, BPST 312, COMM 205, COMM 206, COMM 208, COMM 209, COMM 315, COMM 316, COMM 317, COMM 350, COMM 351, COMM 352, COMM 354, COMM 356, CPSC 103, CPSC 104, CPSC 105, CPSC 106, CPSC 302, CPSC 310, CPSC 348, CPSC 350, ENGL 200, ENGL 300, LING 101B, LING 202, LING 301A, PHIL 151B, THEA 218, or THEA 261.
3. A maximum of 27 credits can be in business-related courses*: any BUAD, CIST 101, LRSP 305. LRSP 306, LRSP 311, LRSP 331, LRSP 343, LRSP 344, LRSP 406, LRSP 407, LRSP 412, LRSP 433, LRSP 434, LRSP 435, LRSP 460, BPST 314, BPST 316, any 471.
Bachelor of Liberal Studies course offerings (BLST)
100 – Orientation (1)
An introduction to the B.L.S. program, study skills, time management, library use, and common issues facing adult students. Open only to BLS students.
101 – Portfolio Development (1)
Techniques for identifying, defining, and presenting experiential learning for assessment. Open only to BLS students.
491 – Individual Study (3)
Prerequisites: Admitted to the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program for at least one semester. Students must have earned 90 credits and have completed 12 UMW credits in good standing. Individual investigation of a subject appropriate to the major and directed by a member of the faculty. This individual study option is only available for Bachelor of Liberal Studies students pursuing an approved selfdesigned or an interdisciplinary BLS major. The registration form must be signed by the directing faculty member and by the Director of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies program.
499 –Internship (3-6)
A supervised work experience directed by a member of the faculty in consultation with an agency supervisor. This internship option is only available for Bachelor of Liberal Studies students pursuing an approved self-designed or an interdisciplinary BLS major. Students must contact the Office of Career Services to complete the required contract in order to register, and must follow all internship program guidelines set forth by that Office.