Leadership and Communication

BAAS Course Block in Leadership and Communication

About the Leadership and Communication course block

The Leadership and Communication course block is an exciting skills-building and career-enhancing program designed by distinguished, award-winning Ivy League academic experts and researchers in consultation with top executives and leaders from the real worlds of business, government, and the nonprofit sector.

A Penn path to effective, ethical and career-boosting leadership

Drawing expertly on the social sciences, humanities, and data sciences, each of the five Leadership and Communication courses is scheduled especially for working adults and taught by dedicated and experienced Penn-affiliated scholars.

Each Leadership and Communication course brings you one step closer to having the intellectual understanding and professional skills needed for effective leadership and communication.

  • In LEAD 101, Leadership Theory and Practice, students learn what studies say about how to identify, develop and apply their distinctive leadership traits and skills, and craft their own five-year career plans.
  • In LEAD 202, Leadership Lessons from the Social Sciences, students study what Nobel Prize-winning research in psychology, economics, and other fields teaches about the ABCs of effective leadership.
  • In LEAD 203, Leadership Lessons from the Humanities, students explore competing schools of thought about leadership ethics, and co-author a mini-biography assessing the ethics of a famous (or infamous) public leader.
  • In LEAD 304, Professional Communication and Self-Development, students learn how to edit their own writing, give persuasive oral presentations and practice what positive psychology teaches about success in professional settings.
  • In LEAD 305, Quantitative Data: Reasoning, Analysis, and Display, without needing to know statistical analysis or be a math whiz, students learn key concepts in data analytics using the programming language R and discover how to acquire, mine, format, analyze, and display large quantitative data.

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree courses in the Leadership and Communication course block are offered on an accelerated (8-week) schedule. Courses in this block include a weekly synchronous session.

You have the option to enroll in individual courses without committing to the entire course of study or degree concentration, enjoying the flexibility and expertise offered by Penn LPS Online to suit their schedules and interests.

Please note: Students completing this course block while enrolled in the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degree are awarded a Certificate in Leadership and Communication upon completion of the degree. If you are enrolled in the BAAS program and don't complete the degree requirements to graduate, you are not eligible to receive this certificate.

*Academic credit is defined by the University of Pennsylvania as a course unit (c.u.). A course unit (c.u.) is a general measure of academic work over a period of time, typically a term (semester or summer). A c.u. (or a fraction of a c.u.) represents different types of academic work across different types of academic programs and is the basic unit of progress toward a degree. One c.u. is usually converted to a four-semester-hour course.

Team effort: Penn LPS, Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, and Civic Enterprises

The Certificate in Leadership and Communication is designed, developed and delivered through a working partnership between the leaders and staff of Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS), the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, and those of Civic Enterprises, headquartered in Washington, DC.

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies is the home of lifelong learning at the University of Pennsylvania. Housed within Penn’s School of Arts and Sciences, LPS offers high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, summer and online studies as well as customized professional training with courses that span across academic fields.

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary year, The Robert A. Fox Leadership Program is Penn's premiere leadership and service-learning fellowship program, dedicated to helping equip and empower Penn students and alumni to identify, develop and apply their leadership traits, skills and signature strengths.

Civic Enterprises works with universities, nonprofits, corporations, foundations, businesses, and governments to develop innovative programs in the fields of education, national service, civic engagement, conservation, public health, and more.

John Bridgeland

John Bridgeland

Founder, CEO of Civic Enterprises

Vice Chair, Service Year Alliance at the Aspen Institute

Vice Chairman, Malaria No More

John J. DiIulio, Jr.

John J. DiIulio, Jr.

Frederic Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion, and Civil Society, University of Pennsylvania

Nonresident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

John Lapinski

John Lapinski

Robert A. Fox Leadership Professor, Faculty Director of the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program, University of Pennsylvania

Bruce Reed

Bruce Reed

President, Civic Enterprises

Co-chair, Aspen Institute’s Future of Work Initiative

Senior Fellow, Results for America

Meet the Faculty

Elizabeth Matthew

Elizabeth Matthew

Associate Director, Curriculum Development and Instruction, Penn LPS Online

 Rebecca Padot

Rebecca Padot, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of History and Government