Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Interdisciplinary Programs, Bachelor of Science (BS) - Concentration in Leadership Studies - Online Degree Completion Program

This academic online degree completion program is designed for experienced college students, who have completed some coursework and proven their ability to succeed at the college level.  Specifically, the Leadership Studies program provides a strong foundation for work in any employment sector.  The curriculum includes coursework to help students make decisions and problem-solve, analyze data, work in a team environment, professionally communicate and manage time and proficiently organize the work environment.

Admission requirements for this program are as follows:

  • Applicants must hold an associate degree from an SRU-recognized accredited program, which must include the equivalent of the following SRU courses:
    • English Writing Proficiency: Students must transfer the equivalency of SRU’s ENGL 102,
    • Math Proficiency: Students must transfer the equivalency of SRU’s ESAP 110, or a higher level Math,
    • Computer Competency: Students must transfer the equivalency of SRU’s CPSC 110,
  • Applicants must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing at most recent institution attended.

Applicants, who do not hold a recognized associate degree but have earned 60 or more college credits including sufficient Rock Studies coursework, may be considered for the program. Recognition of the program and eligibility for program admission is determined by the Transfer Admissions office.

Related Links

Online Degree Completion Undergraduate Programs Page

Interdisciplinary Program Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirments0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major/Concentration Requirements42

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

Complete 42 SRU Rock Studies 2-based credits42
Total Hours42

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements

  • 21 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 21 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above (Adviser approved courses)
Core Courses
Oral and Written Communication
Select at least six credits from the following:6
Leadership Theory
Strategic Planning and Decision Making for Leaders
Interpersonal Skills and Civic Responsibility
Select at least six credits from the following:6
Multicultural Leadership
Self Leadership
Teambuilding for Leaders
Analytical, Quantitative & Critical Thinking Skills
Select at least six credits from the following:6
Statistics for the Social Sciences
Online Practical Research
Emphasis Area
Select at least one course in each of the following areas for a total of 24 credits:24
Area A - Leading Self
Risk Assessment and Fraud Prevention
Financial Best Practices for Decision Makers
Self Leadership
Area B - Leading Others
Cultural Area Studies
Minority Groups
Multicultural Leadership
Teambuilding for Leaders
Organizational Behavior
Area C - Leading Organizations
Intercultural Communication
Law & Ethics in the Workplace
Civic Engagement and Community Decision-Making
Sociology of Organizations
Introduction to Cognitive Studies
Strategic Planning and Decision Making for Leaders
Organizational Leadership
Area D - Leadership Experience
Online Practical Research
Experiential Learning Activities
Must complete 40 hours of experiential learning activities which are fulfilled by section D above or an approved substitution by the Academic Adviser. Please consult with your Adviser for available options.
Total Hours42

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student-faculty creative projects
  4. Internships
  5. Experiential Learning (Practice experience outside the classroom)

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in Leadership Studies (Online) (LSOO)
This program is effective as of Fall 2020.
Revised 07.29.21
UCC 04.13.21