Leadership Track

Students pursuing the School for New Learning’s Bachelor of Arts with an Individualized Focus Area can select the Leadership Track.

The Leadership Track consists of courses designed to provide broad-based, basic competence in skills and theories necessary to leadership in the 21st century. 

Sample Schedule*

As a student in the Leadership Track, you’ll work with an academic advisor to review your transfer course work and select specific courses that meet your interests and degree requirements.  

This 108-credit-hour program can be started in any term -- Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer --and is typically comprised of a 10 core courses, a minimum of nine leadership courses, and about 13 elective courses in liberal arts.

A unique benefit of the Leadership Track is that the leadership courses within the track are offered on a regular, 2-year rotation schedule—see below—so that students can plan their course schedule when they start the program.  

 Leadership Track Course Schedule

Quarter Course Number and Title Campus Credit Hours
Fall DCM 302 Project Management (year 1)
FA 316 Making Budgets: Financial & Ethical Interpretations (yr. 1)
HC 267 Workplace Law (year 1)
DCM 311 Conflict Management & Negotiation (year 2)
Organizational Theory (year 2) 
Introduction to Budgets and Budget Making (year 2)
Loop
Loop
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Loop
Loop
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4
2
4
2
2
Winter AI 256 Workplace and Professional Ethics (Hybrid) (year 1)
FA 260 Essentials of Project Management (year 1)
Law in the Workplace (year 1)
Great Leaders (year 2)
Change Management (year 2)
Organizational Theory (year 2)
Loop
Online
Loop
Loop
Loop
Online
4
2
4
2
2
2
Spring DCM 301 Effective Leadership in a Changing Environment (yr.1)
Change Management (year 1)
Great Leaders (year 2)
Loop
Online
Online
4
2
2
Sum. 1

DCM 303 Leadership Models (year 1)
DCM 317 Ethics in the Professions (year 1)
DCM 311 Conflict Management & Negotiation (year 2)

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Online
Online
4
2
2


Sample Full-Time Schedule

 Courses* Credit Hours
 Quarter 1
 LL 103 Independent Learning Seminar (L1) 2
 LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning (L2, F1) 4
 LL 260 Writing to Competence (L4) 4
 FA 316 Making Budgets (S2X, FX) 4
 Total Credit Hours 14
Quarter 2
 Civic Engagement (L3) with Humanities (H) elective 4
 LL 270 Critical Thinking (L5) 4
 DCM 311 Conflict Management and Negotiation (FX, comp. TBD) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12
 Quarter 3
 LL 300 Research Seminar (L8, L9) 6
 DCM 306 Project Management (FX, H2X) 4
 DCM 301 Effective Leadership in Changing Environment (FX. comp. TBD) 4
 Total Credit Hours 14
 Quarter 4
 LL 302 Externship (L10, L11)  4
 IN 307 Advanced Elective (E1, E2)   4
 DCM 303 Leadership Models (FX, H3D) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12
 Quarter 5
 LL 205 Quantitative Reasoning (L6)  4
 Change Management (FX) 2
 Organization Theory (FX) 2
 Arts Elective (A2A, A) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12
 Quarter 6
 DCM 317 Ethics in the Professions (FX)  2
 Law in the Workplace (H4, FX)    4
 DCM 319 Creativity & Innovative Thinking (A4) 2
 Total Credit Hours 8
 Quarter 7
 Great Leaders (FX, comp. TBD) 4
 Science Elective (S1X, S) 4
 Arts Elective (A2X, A1X)    4
 Total Credit Hours 12
 Quarter 8
 Science Elective (S5, S1X)  4
 Arts Elective (A3X. A5)      4
 Humanities Elective (H1, H2)   4
 Total Credit Hours 12
 Quarter 9
 FA 303 Advanced Project (F11, F12) 4
 Faculty Designed Independent Study (S2X) 2
 Humanities Elective (H3X, H) 4
 LL 390 Summit Seminar (L12) 2
 Total Credit Hours 12
 Total Credit Hours 108

*Course substitutions may be necessary, as not all courses listed are offered every quarter or at all campuses. Examples include:  
- HC 232 Leadership Across the Globe
- FA 248 History of American Business
- HC 261 The Journey of Leadership Through Ancient Greek Literature
- HC 101 The Art of Negotiation: Realizing Opportunity
- AI 155 Analyzing Leadership
- HC 141 Coaching for Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness
- AI 147 Ethics: How Good People Make Tough Choices
- AI 178 The Art of Living: Achieving Fulfillment During Life's Transitions
- FA 212 Conflict, Work Performance and Empowering Employees
- FA 270 Starting Up and Running Your Own Business


Benefits

• Want to know your 8-quarter course plan when you begin the program?
        o Select the Leadership Track and know upfront when each leadership course is offered.
• Working during the day?
        o Take evening and online courses with other motivated adult learners.
• No college course credit?
        o Earn your degree in just over 24 months—and accelerate the completion of your degree with course credit for life experience and proficiency exams.
• Some college course credit?
        o Accelerate the completion of your degree with transfer course work, course credit for life experience and proficiency exams.
• Looking for a high quality and well-respected degree? 
        o DePaul’s impressive academic rankings and distinguished faculty speak loudly to future employers. And, you’ll become part of a network of more than     
           150,000 DePaul graduates. 
• Worried about paying for your degree? 
        o Qualify for one of the many scholarships available.


Career Outlook

Students pursuing the Leadership Track can advance their careers in leadership positions in sectors such as:
• Corporate/business
• Social service
• Healthcare
• Education
• Government
• Religious


Getting Started

Complete an online DePaul Adult Admission Application and submit all your transcripts. Questions?  Attend a free information session or contact the Adult Enrollment Center at 312-362-6338 or adultenrollment@depaul.edu