LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT
The Bachelor of Arts in Leadership & Management is an accelerated degree-completion program designed for working adults who want to grow as servant leaders in all aspects of their life. This program focuses on applied skills, creativity, efficiency, and a work/life balance.
60 Credit Hours
UPCOMING START DATES
January 3rd, 2023
July 11th, 2023
An online program where adult students take one course at a time for approximately two years to finish their Bachelor's Degree. Students will take courses in Orthodox Theological Studies and Leadership and Management. Every course incorporates Orthodox Theological Studies into the curriculum. Our cohorts have a maximum of 20 students, so APPLY today to reserve your spot.
Our curriculum focuses on five key areas
Orthodox Theology: An applied approach to ancient wisdom
Personal Development: Learn more through assessments about your strengths and weaknesses
Leadership Development: Vision, Alignment, & Execution are key leadership values
Management Development: Communication, Administration, and Team Building in the real world
Work/Life Balance: The best leaders know when to clock out. They work hard and play hard.
What To Expect?
Doable. You might think you're too busy to go back to school. Maybe you haven't found a program designed for working adults? With our program, you will commit to one night a week of class plus homework. That's it! Not only that, some Capstone Projects can be done at work because it will benefit your employer.
Support. Every instructor and staff member is committed to helping you graduate. Whether it's a little extra tutoring or some inspiration to finish that project, we are ready to help you achieve your career goals.
New Options. Finishing your degree can help remove the glass ceiling in your career. Graduating transforms students' lives with promotions, raises, or possibly moving into a whole new career. This program could also transform the other aspects of your life, not just your job.
Every course is taught to help you "Win at Work and Succeed at Life, " the title of a book from Dn. Michael Hyatt, one of the core leaders studied throughout the program.
The hallmark of our program is the number of excellent guest lecturers who are leaders in the field. We have two categories of guest lecturers: Fellows and Module Leaders. Each guest brings something unique and valuable to the program.
Modules Leaders have high expertise in the subject matter, an advanced degree, and assist in casting an educational vision in the graduate and doctoral world.
Fr. Paul Abernathy, Neighbor Resilience Project
Hollie Benton, Orthodox Christian Leadership Initiative
Ann Mitsakos Bezzerides, Ph.D., CrossRoad
Fr. Nicholas Louh, D.Min
Pres. Roxanne Louh, Psy.D., PA
Bill Marianes, Stewardship Calling
Dn. Marek Simon, Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Our Fellows have obtained expertise in the subject matter beyond their formal education. They have a lot of pragmatism to offer and "tricks of the trade."
Paul Finley, St Herman House of Cleveland
Jonathan Jackson, 5-Time Emmy Award Winner, Founder of Theoria School of Filmmaking
Joe Kormos, OCA Parish Development Ministry
John Maddex, Ancient Faith MinistriesJohn Maddex, Ancient Faith Ministries
Be assured that every faculty member is fully qualified to guide students through the coursework.
Fr. Elias Ayoub
Fr. John Fenton
Fr. James Hamrick
Fr. Gregory Hogg
Dn. Basil Hinkle
Anna Wade Michael
Fr. Anthony Perkins
Fr. Barnabas Powell
Fr. James Purdie
Fr. Fred Shaheen
Fr. Stephen Shaheen
Fr. Justin Slaughter Doty
LDR 301: Leadership Development. With assessments and an evaluation on strengths and weaknesses, students will gain a better understanding of themselves and their potential.
SG 310: A Study of the Spiritual Direction of St. John Climacus. A study of the Ladder of Divine Ascent and how one can ascend the 30 steps on the ladder. The primary text is The Ladder of Divine Ascent.
LDR 303: Vision. Learn how to craft an irresistible vision with buy-in. The primary text is Vision Driven Leader by Dn. Michael Hyatt.
COM 301: Public Speaking. One of the top fears in today's society remains public speaking. Overcoming this fear and executing a strong speaking style is key for a leader.
TH 306: Apostolic Fathers Part 1. An historical and theological introduction, stressing the continuity of these writings with the New Testament, as well as their orthodoxy. In addition to dealing with the historical contexts underlying specific issues, contemporary applications are made wherever appropriate.
LDR 304: Introduction to Parish Ministry (elective 3). A study of parish ministry for the laity, including historical reference guides and a fresh look at effective administration when working with volunteers. Personality types along with spiritual reorienting are used to help create a humble framework for the average volunteer coordinator.
PCM 303: Cross-Culture Ministry and Group Dynamics. Learn how to respectfully embrace cultural differences while adhering to Orthodox Dogma through Christ’s love. Students will study the Book of Daniel and create a leadership philosophy using Daniel’s leadership as their framework.
BIB 306: Comprehensive Study of the Prologue of John. A study of the first 18 verses of the Gospel of St. John with emphasis on interpretation and application. With the help of the Church Fathers, these 18 verses will guide the student in their application to life today.
LDR 306: Alignment. Move past disagreements with a unified public approach. Alignment does not mean agreement, but it does mean setting aside differences and following the leader after concerns have been heard.
SG 303: Prayer Life. Discover a deeper understanding of the spiritual significance of a disciplined prayer life and how developing a habit of prayer is a necessary ingredient if one desires to build and grow in understanding the grace of God and the fullness of His Church.
CAP 301: Leadership Capstone Part 1. A Capstone Project is a two-semester project where students identify a problem, select a possible solution, apply the solution, and measure the results. All of this is reported in a Capstone paper that is presented to the cohort before graduating.
TH 407: St. Athanasius of Alexandria. A study of the life and works of St. Athanasius of Alexandria, patron of the college.
LDR 401: Communication. This is often identified as the number one fixable weakness of most companies and organizations. However, effective and proper communication stems from the top.
LDR 403: Execution. Excellent execution is required to turn vision into reality. A great plan poorly executed remains a great plan. However, a mediocre plan with excellent execution delivers results.
TH 408: Foundations of Orthodox Christian Ethics. Evil and sin are discussed in terms of experience and therapy. Human moral capacity, natural moral law, and related issues are covered in connection with the Scriptures and the Fathers. Ethical decision-making is related to the evangelical ethic and confirmation of the image and likeness of God.
CAP 303: Leadership Capstone Part 2. The completion of part one.
PCM 497: Independent Study in the Field. With the assistance of the instructor, students will choose a field expert to study under for a particular topic and write a paper showing what was learned from the experience.
LDR 402: Administration & Management. What is the difference between management, administration, and leadership? This is discussed as well as an introduction to financial reports, Human Resources, and a healthy work/life balance.
TH 409: Survey of the Latin Orthodox Fathers. A study of the life, works, and legacy of some of the major Latin church fathers of the Orthodox West before the schism of 1054 A.D. The writings of many “greats” such as Saint Augustine, Saint Gregory the Great, Saint Jerome, Saint Ambrose, and many more are examined.
LDR 404: Team Building. Students will survey employee development, hiring, coaching versus firing, discipline, and volunteers versus workers. The primary text is Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek.
Every effort has been made for our students to graduate WITHOUT student loans. This is an important principle for this program. Every course in this program is 3 credit hours.
3 credit hours = $425
Our program is 60 credit hours which equals a total cost of $8,500. We also put a limit of no more than $75 on the cost of textbooks per course. Each course is $425. At the beginning of most semesters, the student enrolls in two courses at $425 each and then one course every five weeks until the end of the semester.
The cohort will meet on Zoom every Tuesday. Class sessions are four hours long from 6 PM to 10 PM Eastern. At 6:45, 7:45, and 8:45, a 15-minute break will take place.
For a total of six times, the cohort will meet outside of Tuesday for the Capstone Project. These dates will all occur in 2024 and be shared at the beginning of the program.
When a U.S. Holiday or Eastern Orthodox Major Feast occurs on a Tuesday, the cohort will not meet. However, if the Holiday occurs the day before or after, the cohort will meet. A break is also given for Eastern Orthodox Holy Week.
Attendance & Tardiness Policy
Excused absences do not affect a student’s grade. Two unexcused absences will result in grade reduction for the course one half of a letter grade (e.g. A to A-, A- to B+, etc.), however, the final decision concerning grade
reduction is the prerogative of the course instructor. Further absences will affect the final grade accordingly. A student whose attendance of the course is lower than 70% may receive the grade of FN (failure for non-attendance), with the approval of the instructor. A student may appeal the grade reduction.
A student who is late for the regularly scheduled class session for more than seven (7) minutes (given that the instructor is in class and the class session has begun) is considered as “tardy” for the class, and is marked accordingly on the attendance record. Three instances of tardiness may trigger a grade deduction at the instructor's discretion. Students who may be late for class are obliged to inform instructors in advance. Students who arrive more than 15 minutes late may be marked “absent." Students who miss more than 15 minutes of the 3 hours and 15 minutes of class time (excluding the three 15 minute breaks) may be marked "absent" at the discretion of the teacher.
Transcripts & Acceptance
Here are the following requirements for acceptance into the program.
40 transferable semester credit hours completed before the first day of class that have a C grade or higher. Send unofficial transcripts for evaluation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon acceptance, official transcripts are required immediately.
Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English.
The ability to execute and complete a capstone project either in the workforce or at one's home church.
Age of at least 21 years old on the first day of the program.
The degree will be awarded upon the completion of the degree requirements, which include:
A minimum of 120 semester credit hours in courses numbered 100 - 499.
Of the minimum total hours, 40 semester hours must be in upper-division courses (numbered 300 - 499).
Minimum GPA requirements for coursework in the major, and a minimum GPA of 2.0 overall in coursework completed at St. Athanasius College.
Candidates for the bachelor's degree must complete at least 30 credits at SAC. A minimum of 20 of these credits must be completed in upper-division courses, and a minimum of 10 credits must be completed in courses in the student’s selected degree program.
Candidates must complete at least 18 credit hours in upper-division theological studies. Up to 9 of the 18 credit hours may be obtained in alternate ways, such as through transfer credit, testing out of a course, the substitution of a major research paper, or in rare cases through advanced standing with proof of proficiency, pending the approval of the dean.
The degree must be completed within a period of seven years, once begun.
We are pursuing both domestic and international accreditation options. We fully expect to have accreditation before this first cohort of the program graduates. St. Athanasius College is not required to have accreditation due to the California State Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009, California Education Code (CEC) Section 94874 (e) of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE).