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Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Leadership Studies

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Leadership Studies Online


Program Overview

Get to Know Our 100% Online Leadership Studies Bachelor's Degree


The B.S.I.S. in Leadership Studies at A-State is a great way to reach your goal of working in leadership. This 100% online interdisciplinary studies program combines multiple areas of study, giving you experience in communication, business topics and leadership development. Upon graduation, you will have a well-rounded understanding of what makes an impactful workplace leader.

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The Interdisciplinary Studies Thematic leadership studies degree online curriculum focuses on expanding your knowledge, skills and interpretation of specific leadership theories, concepts, models and current professional issues and challenges. You are encouraged to develop your own philosophy and leadership style through various mediums both in and outside the virtual classroom. Emphasis is placed on self-awareness, effective communication, research, collaboration, diversity, integration and practical leadership applications through experiential learning.

This B.S.I.S. utilizes courses from communications, business and sociology to create a leadership-focused undergraduate degree. Choose from several areas of study and tailor this versatile degree to fit your specific career goals. You can also decide to take one course at a time or more, depending on your schedule, to complete your program faster.

Learn industry-relevant skills that employers seek:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills

Prepare for careers like these:

  • Organizational Development Manager
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Organizational Trainer
  • Business Manager
  • Sales Professional
  • Leadership Coach
  • Nonprofit Administrator

Projected Job Growth:

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in management to grow 5% through 2029.

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Increase Your Earning Potential

Earning your bachelor’s degree could increase your first-year income by an average of 77% – Arkansas Research Center, 2019

Tuition

Low Tuition Plus Financial Aid Packages For Those Who Qualify


A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The B.S.I.S. in Leadership Studies online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included in the total tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Course $774

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$218.00 $40.00 $258.00 $654.00 $120.00 $774.00

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Our B.S.I.S. in Leadership Studies is a flexible online program featuring accelerated coursework and multiple start dates per year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Summer 2021 5 wk 07/06/2021 08/06/2021 06/21/2021 06/25/2021 07/01/2021 07/02/2021 07/23/2021
Fall 2021 7 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 08/09/2021 08/13/2021 08/19/2021 08/20/2021 09/24/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/26/2021
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 5 wk 05/31/2022 07/01/2022 05/16/2022 05/20/2022 05/26/2022 05/27/2022 06/17/2022
5 wk 07/05/2022 08/05/2022 06/20/2022 06/24/2022 06/30/2022 07/01/2022 07/22/2022
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Admissions

See the Qualifications For Admission to the Online B.S.I.S. Degree at A-State


A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the B.S.I.S. in Leadership Studies online program should review and follow the requirements for admission below.

  • When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps in the application process.
  • Select three emphasis areas and submit this form.
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT and SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 1070
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • Foreign born students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. Transcripts will be evaluated by Arkansas State University. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

Students who have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

For students who have:

  • Fewer than 12 college hours: Submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: Have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
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2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses

See What You'll Learn in the Online Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies Program


To earn your Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Leadership Studies, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 35 credit hours of general education courses, 18 credit hours of interdisciplinary studies core courses, 45 credit hours of leadership studies courses, 6 credit hours of experiential learning and 16 credit hours of electives. Students can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

Core Requirements:

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

IDS 2013: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the concept of interdisciplinary study, exploration of research and career possibilities for IDS majors, and composition of individualized program of study.

IDS 2023: Introduction to Service Learning

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to principles of service learning and the Social Change Model of Leadership to promote personal learning, social growth, and civic responsibility. Students participate in a community-based project as determined by the instructor of record.

IDS 3013: Critical Thinking in the Profession

Duration: 14 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Exploration of the role of critical thinking in a range of professional settings through reading, writing and communication using technology, professionally-prepared materials, and statistical charts. Basic overview of the research writing process is included. Prerequisites, ENG 1013, and ISBA 1503 or CS 1013.

IDS 3023: Advanced Service Learning

Duration: 14 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course integrates academic objectives with service experiences to foster student learning, personal and social growth, and civic responsibility. Students establish expectations and responsibilities to address a campus or community need in partnership with the community-based service project. Course theme determined by instructor at time of instruction. Prerequisites, IDS 2023.

IDS 4013: Seminar in Professional Development

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Capstone experience is designed to ensure BSIS students meet their individualized educational goals upon graduation. Students will develop and articulate employment skills for each area of study and enhance workplace skills including professional-level reading, writing and communications. Open to any student with senior-level standing (90 or more earned college credits).

IDS 4023: Leadership in the Profession

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Independent study of a specific problem in a professional setting relevant to one or more of a student’s BSIS emphasis areas. Student will present a formal plan of action using solutions grounded in leadership theory. Prerequisites, ENG 1013, IDS 3013, and ISBA 1503 or CS 1013.

Leadership Studies Requirements:

These courses must be completed to earn your degree.

COMS 2243: Principles of Argumentation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Principles of logical reasoning used in advocacy, analysis, use of evidence, inductive and deductive reasoning.

COMS 3243: Principles of Persuasion

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Theory and practice of persuasion as an instrument in motivating human conduct.

COMS 4243: Interpersonal Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Emphasis on increasing student's capacity for openness, sensitivity, and objective appraisal.

COMS 4253: Intercultural Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Identification of barriers and breakdowns to communication among cultures.

COMS 4263: Organizational Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Dynamics and theories of communication within an organization.

LAW 2023: Legal Environment of Business

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the fundamental elements of the Anglo American legal system and its common law origins. The scope of the course will include the application and operation of the legal system in the remedy of business disputes, the development and operation of the court system, and the regulation of American business and industry by the United States government.

MGMT 3143: Human Resource Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Functions and problems involved in personnel management with emphasis placed upon recruitment, selection, management development, utilization of and accommodation to human resources by organizations. Prerequisite, MGMT 3153

MGMT 3153: Organizational Behavior

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An interdisciplinary analysis of the relationships of individuals and groups within the context of the organization, blending concepts drawn from psychology, sociology, philosophy and communication theory with basic managerial concepts.

MGMT 3613: Leadership

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Leadership processes and application at the organization, group, and individual levels. Emphasis on team activities. Prerequisite, MGMT 3123 or MGMT 3153.

MGMT 3123: Principles of Management

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is an overview of foundational management principles, including internal and external assessment and planning, organization structure and design, leadership and motivation, and decision and control processes.

SOC 3353: Minority Groups

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examines race, ethnicity and other bases for minority status in society, focusing on social inequality and the social construction of minority and majority group statuses and relations.

STCM 4603: Crisis Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An investigation of communications during crises, focusing on public relations, advertising and other persuasive efforts by institutions, corporations, movement leaders, and citizens to describe, persuade and shape human interactions with their environment during a crisis.

UC 480V: Special Problems

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Individual problems in Leadership Development arranged in conjunction with the instructor.

UC 1103: Introduction to Leadership Development

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course examines leadership theories and the role of self-understanding in effective leadership.

UC 3023: Seminar in Advanced Leadership Development

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course integrates leadership theories, styles and experiences. Students will study leadership issues in current events and refine their personal leadership philosophy.

Experiential learning is required. Students may seek national exchange and study abroad opportunities, internships, independent studies, foreign languages, or cultural studies courses to fulfill six hours of this requirement.

Students must take 16 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Courses may be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered so long as prerequisites are met.

Students must take the following courses.

First-year course - Students must take the following Making Connections online course.

UC 1013: Making Connections

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.

Departmental Option Course Requirement:

This 3-hour course for the degree plan is chosen by the department, not the individual student.

COMS 1203: Oral Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement:

Students must complete 3 credit hours of the following course.

MATH 2143: Business Calculus

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course looks at exponential functions, mathematics of finance, systems of linear equations, linear inequalities and linear programming, limits, derivatives, and integrals, business calculus applications including marginal analysis, extrema and concavity of functions of one and several variables.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of Arts and Humanities courses.

ENG 2003: Introduction to World Literature I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: Introduction to World Literature II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 9 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. At least one course must be selected from POSC 2103, SOC 2213 or HIST 2773.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Principles of Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

BIO 1003: Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.

BIO 1001: Biological Science Lab

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.

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