Academics

Leading the Way

By combining multidisciplinary investigation with the broad knowledge base of the liberal arts, students learn to see the world through both a wide lens and a focused eye. Classes are often discussion-based and involve an experiential learning component.

Among other topics, classes may examine subjects like environmental sustainability, social inequality, healthcare, international relations, and local and national politics.

Students can enter the program through one of two gateway courses, Leadership and the Humanities (LDST 101) or Leadership and the Social Sciences (LDST 102), which are open to all University of Richmond students. Required courses include both gateway courses, Justice and Civil Society, Critical Thinking, Theories and Models of Leadership, Leadership Ethics—the capstone course of the curriculum—and the Jepson Internship. Advanced courses have a primary focus in one of three areas: historical, social/organizational, or ethical (normative) to help students understand leadership as it was, as it is, and as it should be.

Students and a professor gathered around in conversation in front of Jepson Hall.

Extending Your Experience

The Jepson experience extends far beyond the classroom walls. Students can take part in a number of activities to extend their leadership studies and make a difference in their communities.

Jepson students with their professor, gathered around a table having a discussion.

Leadership Opportunities

Be a leader among leaders. Jepson students can take on a variety of leadership positions to manage and communicate with students, faculty, and the community.