Your Future in Leadership

The leadership program at Charleston Southern University is for any student who wants to learn how to effectively lead and manage people across professional industries. Special attention is given to critical leadership competencies including personal growth, interpersonal skills, communication, alignment of values, organizational change and executive decision-making. As a Christian university, CSU is committed to providing students with a faith-based community, so that they might learn in a safe, productive environment. As a university, we promote the establishment of growth, change and purpose in the hearts and minds of students. Specifically regarding the leadership programs, these courses will enrich the student’s life with leadership principles necessary for any endeavor they choose to pursue. Our focus on servant leadership is certain to provide the student with the building blocks of a successful career.

Examine and tackle real-life projects in the classroom, learn from faculty with experiential knowledge and gain internship experience — all which will prepare you to graduate well-equipped to be a world changer in corporations, nonprofit organizations and government. An internship or other ELR courses are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership program.

The Leadership degree is a joint effort of the Strack Center (Student Leadership University) and the Hans A. Nielsen College of Business. The degree can be completed 100% online or in a hybrid format for those attending CSU.


Charleston Southern University’s accreditation can be found here.

CSU has specialized accreditation for its Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

Why Leadership at CSU?

The Nielsen College of Business leadership team and faculty continuously strive to fulfill the university’s vision of learning, leading and serving by integrating time-proven Christian principles with current business theory and practice. Each course allows you to apply what you're learning immediately, including foundation courses that guide you through a life plan.

As a Leadership major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Leading Change
  • Developing the Leader in You and Others
  • Effective Organizational Research 
  • Engagement and Excellence 
  • Leading in Diverse Environments
  • Business Law
  • Organizational Behavior

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Management Consultant
  • Administrative Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Nonprofit Director
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Project Coordinator
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The Nielsen College of Business

The Nielsen College of Business has outstanding programs and works diligently to prepare students for the challenges of careers in a variety of fields. Both our undergraduate and graduate students receive a high quality business education that will enhance their career prospects and job performance.

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Jones Hall

Jones Hall houses the offices of the president, the vice president for academic affairs and the Nielsen College of Business. Named for Clif S. Jones.