Leadership Studies

Rockhurst University's leadership studies program will help you develop as a leader and access your full potential, allowing you to bring out the best in others.

Our Program

Rockhurst offers one of the few undergraduate leadership studies programs in the nation – a major, minor or certificate that is built on a foundation of Jesuit leadership principles and upholds the philosophy that true leadership goes beyond what one can accomplish as an individual.

We’ll prepare you to lead in business, government, nonprofit, or any other sector by sharpening your focus on ethical decision-making, critical thinking and problem solving.

As a leadership studies student at RU, you can expect to:

  • Collaborate with peers on a variety of team projects.
  • Frequently hear from prominent guest lecturers.
  • Bring about the greater good through service-learning opportunities.
  • Learn from passionate, practiced faculty.
Our Leadership Culture

Guided by the Jesuit leadership pillars of self-awareness, ingenuity, heroism and positive action, you will develop a culture of leadership that is:

  • Tangible and actionable.
  • Understanding.
  • Adaptable.
  • Outwardly-focused.
  • Ever-improving.
Get Started.

To learn more about our program, contact us at 816-501-4062 or terry.forge@rockhurst.edu.

Meet Two Leadership Studies Students




“Leadership studies is a great fit for those who love to learn. Through this program, you’ll gain mentors and connections that will help you land that first job and become the leader you want to be.” – Kristine Vainovska, ’14, leadership studies




“All of us are leaders in different ways. At Rockhurst, we’re taught to lead positively, lead by example, live by the golden rule and always remember the core values that guide our decisions.” – James Augustyn, ’11, senior network systems engineer, NIC Inc.