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Batten Leadership Institute courses

The certificate in leadership studies gives students the opportunity to gain both practical and academic experience in leadership studies that serves as a perfect complement to any major field of study. In addition to introductory and advanced leadership seminars representing disciplines across the curriculum, students will complete courses offered through the Batten Leadership Institute (BLI), where they develop working knowledge of leadership theories and skills, as well as gain experience conducting a leadership project. The program culminates with the year-long leadership capstone course, during which students serve on the BLI advisory board, provide mentoring to beginning leadership studies students, and supervise leadership labs. The program is open to all interested undergraduates and does not require an application process.


Requirements for a Certificate in Leadership Studies

20 credits.

  • Introductory Leadership Seminar (4)*
  • BLI 101: Leadership Skills (4)
  • BLI 201: Leadership Project (2)
  • BLI 211: Leadership Experience Seminar (2)
  • Advanced Leadership Seminar (4)*
  • BLI 471, BLI 472: Leadership Capstone (2, 2)
    *It is strongly recommended that students choose an introductory and advanced seminar from two different departments.


Leadership Seminars

Introductory Leadership Seminars
Seminars open to all students:

  • ART/DANC/FILM/MUS/THEA 276: Philanthropy and the Arts
  • CLAS/ART 261: Ancient Art
  • COMM 125: Public Speaking
  • EDUC 141: Schooling in American Society
  • ES/PHYS 137: Environmental Physics
  • FILM 281: Video Production I
  • GWS 141: Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
  • THEA 161: Acting Dynamics
  • THEA 363: Directing
  • HIST 212S: American Politics and Society since 1950
  • First-year Seminars (introductory):

  • ENG/GWS 197F: Women/ Bodies/ Voices
  • HUM 197F: The Passion for Power and the Power of Passion

  • Advanced Seminars
  • BIO/ES 357: Conservation Biology
  • ANTH/GWS 312: Women and Social Movements
  • BUS 263: International Business
  • BUS 349: Corporate Finance
  • COMM 343: Organizational Communication
  • DANC 340: Imaginative Thinking, Moving, Crafting
  • GWS/POLS 213: Globalization and Poverty


Courses in leadership studies

BLI 101: Leadership Skills (4)
This course employs a case-in-point teaching methodology to help students both learn and experience the dynamics of adaptive leadership theory in thought and action. In this interactive, discussion-based course, students will explore issues of technical vs. adaptive leadership challenges, their relationship to authority, work avoidance, factions and loyalties, and the compassion and collaboration at the heart of meaningful change and effective leadership. Open to first-year students. No prerequisites. Offered both terms.

BLI 201: Leadership Project (2)
Use your leadership skills to design and implement a BLI group project and experience the life of a team. Through this collaborative experience, students will delve into the way teams function, examining elements that create success and foster dysfunction. Students will work to strengthen accountability through pointed sessions of giving and receiving meaningful peer-to-peer feedback. Open to first-year students. Prerequisite: BLI 101. Offered both terms.

BLI 211: Leadership Experience Seminar (2)
Using various models to support your experiential learning, this class is designed to expand leadership abilities by applying a systemic focus, first inward, then outward. Students will examine their own cultural experience to understand how these influences impact the construction of your values and behavior while stretching to develop a greater understanding of others in order to become fully present in the midst of conflict and try out new interventions in service to moving themselves and the group toward progress. Prerequisite: BLI 101. Offered both terms.

BLI 471, 472: Leadership Capstone (2, 2)
The central focus of the Capstone course is to strengthen considerably your ability to both give and receive constructive, meaningful feedback. As the year unfolds, we will work to create a supportive, resilient group of participants mutually invested in mentoring BLI 101 students in leadership lab and growing one another as mentors. Prerequisites: BLI 471: BLI 201 and 211; BLI 472: BLI 471. BLI 471 offered Term 1; BLI 472 offered Term 2.