Certificate in Leadership Studies


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You can elect to earn a Certificate in Leadership Studies through Hollins’ Batten Leadership Institute, gaining practical and academic experience that complements any major field of study.


What You’ll Gain

  • Certificate in Leadership Studies students learn the language of conflict management through dynamic tag-team negotiations and simulations.
  • You’ll see how the world sees you through videotaped analysis and personal coaching from senior students.
  • You’ll receive training and have face-face negotiations with other students and seasoned professionals.
  • You’ll design and execute team-based leadership projects.

Gabrielle Lewis ’18 was selected to receive a neuroSURF Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship by the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. Read about how BLI helped her develop the leadership skills she will need to become a physician.

"Batten Leadership Institute (BLI) was one of the most valuable experiences and learning opportunities throughout my four years at Hollins. The skill sets that the program teaches have helped me grow in numerous way throughout my personal and professional life."

Monica Osborne

"I served on [the University of Virginia School of Law’s] public service center student advisory board. I was the only person on the board who had had a similar experience before, and I felt so prepared to be there."

"Batten grew me as a person. It’s a place that’s going to challenge you to make goals, widen your lens, look at things with a different point of view, relax and breathe, and yet throw yourself into the fire to see where it goes."

Alex Herring Dillon