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Major & Minor: Course of Study

The core of the Jepson School is our liberal arts academic program. Students use the academic lenses of anthropology, economics, education, history, literature, philosophy, politics, psychology, and religion to examine the worthwhile topic of leadership and explore fundamental questions about who we are, how we live together, and how we influence the course of history.

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.

The Jepson curriculum helps students understand leadership not only as a position but also as a process and a relationship among people, learn how to examine issues from varied perspectives, and seek innovative solutions to problems. Courses challenge students to think critically, communicate effectively, and anticipate change. At the end of the program students receive a bachelor of arts in leadership studies.