Bachelor of Arts in Leadership

Purpose of the Program

The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership (BAL) is to provide an academic and practical process to help students understand leadership principles, history, and theory, while developing key transformational/servant competencies through Christological mimesis, spiritual formation, humility, service, and missional obedience. The BAL is designed for students who wish to prepare for leadership ministry. The program can be taken online or through a combination of online and resident courses. The program requires courses in the following areas: Orientation, General Education, Bible and Ministry, Leadership, and electives which may be used to establish a specialty in an area such as Business and Management, Psychology, Church and Non-profit Administration, Counseling, Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Life Coaching, or African-American Studies. The program is for the following:

  1. Christian leaders in positions where an undergraduate degree will allow entrance into a Christian ministry or secular vocation which would not otherwise be possible;
  2. Those who need a general education in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences and wish to gain further knowledge in the areas of Bible, theology, and leadership; and
  3. Those who desire to apply for future admission to a graduate program in an area of leadership or ministry studies.

The degree calls for students who demonstrate a potential for ministry, a faithful commitment to the Word of God, a heart for Christian service, and the personal discipline necessary to complete degree requirements. The academic prerequisite for this degree program is a high school diploma or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must have read and signed that they are in agreement with and will uphold the Doctrinal Statement, that they will abide by the Biblical Code of Conduct, Academic Code of Honor, Drug and Alcohol Policy, Payment Policy, and all other academic and financial policies. Additional requirements can be found on the Application for Admission.

  1. Acquire basic liberal arts knowledge through selected general education courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences;
  2. Acquire an understanding of core biblical and theological disciplines;
  3. Acquire an understanding of the relationship between academic studies and practical Christian leadership;
  4. Acquire an understanding of Transformational/Servant Leadership, both personal and corporate, emanating from a Christian worldview and its implications in life; and
  5. Acquire core leadership competencies and an ability to interact effectively with church and civic  leaders while addressing critical issues in an ever changing culture.

Online students must have access to a computer (Windows XP/MAC OS 10.3 or higher) with an Internet connection. Students begin the process by accessing the institution’s website at and linking to Login to Student Access System to register for courses through Populi. Populi is the online student management system for the institution.

Once the online registration is processed, it will prompt the Director of Online Education to forward an email to the student with a link that allows them access to Canvas, the student interface and method of delivery for taking courses online. Once in the system the student will find the courses for which he or she has registered. Courses are accessed by each student when they link to “Online Courses Login” and follow the prompts. 

Orientation (5 Hours)
CLO 100 College Life Orientation 5
General Education (55 Hours)
Humanities (20 hours)
ENG 100 Introduction to Academic Writing 5
ENG 102 English Composition 5
COM 101 Speech Communication 5
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking 5
Social Sciences (20 Hours)
GOV 101 U.S. Government 5
PSY 101 General Psychology 5
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
HST 101 Introduction to World Civilizations 5
Natural Sciences (15 Hours)
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Science 1 5
HEA 101 Introduction to Health Science 5
Choose 1 from the following: 5
ECN 110 Survey of Economics
CIS 102 Introduction to Computer Science 2
Bible and Ministry (50 Hours)
CS 102 Christian Studies Overview 1 5
CS 102 Christian Studies Overview 2 5
OT 231 Old Testament Overview 1 5
OT 232 Old Testament Overview 2 5
NT 231 New Testament Overview 1 5
NT 232 New Testament Overview 2 5
BT 201 Foundations of Biblical Theology 1 5
BT 202 Foundations of Biblical Theology 2 5
BT 225 Bible Study Methods 5
BT 220 Essentials Biblical Doctrines 5
Leadership (45 Hours)
LE 347 Essentials of Christian Leadership 5
LE 350 History and Foundations of Leadership 5
LE 354 Leadership Theories and Models 5
LE 360 Ethics and Leadership in Practice 5
LE 401 Personal Leadership Assessment 5
LE 403 Leadership and Conflict Transformation 5
LE 405 Organizational Envisioning 5
LE 362 Introduction to Leadership Coaching 5
LE 490 Leadership Integration and Analysis 5
Interdisciplinary/Specialty Electives (25 Hours) 25
Total Hours = 180

Note: Students wishing to use this degree as the foundation for eventual graduate studies or for vocational opportunities or advancement should check beforehand with their graduate school of choice or current or potential employer to determine the applicability of this degree to meet those goals.

Program Application

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