Virtuous Leadership Certificate

The Virtuous Leadership certificate expands business professionals’ leadership skills, by developing students’ abilities to understand and apply ethical leadership, character, virtue, and happiness in making decision for long-term business success. This curriculum prepares you to assess, analyze, and direct the role of virtuous leadership to achieve fiscal success.



Philosophy of Happiness (3 credits)

This course critically investigates the philosophy of eudaimonia (that is, the human quest for happiness) throughout the ages and across various cultures, especially within the Catholic tradition. Arguments for and against various philosophical claims about paths to achieve human happiness are evaluated in light of ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary secular and religious thought. Students will Identify and analyze the cultural expressions of the search for happiness evident in theology, literature, the arts and broader culture. Emphasis will be given to reading the classics and analyzing the claims made regarding education and the pursuit of truth and happiness in the Western tradition.

Virtuous Leadership Immersion (3 credits)

This course provides students an opportunity to interface directly with representatives of Alexandre Havard’s Virtuous Leadership Institute and course-mates. Concepts from Virtuous Leadership: An agenda for personal excellence (2nd edition) will be discussed. Students will be immersed in these concepts during a four-day session. This immersion session will be bookended with technically-blended content to help students prepare for the session and reflect on implementation techniques afterward.

Business and Catholic Social Teaching (3 credits)

In this course, students will analyze workplace diversity and discrimination, workplace conditions, privacy, wages, the use of technology, environmental concerns and corporate social responsibility. Students will integrate these business topics through meaningful reflection of faith-based readings including “Rerum Novarum,” “Economic Justice for All” (from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), and John Paul II’s “Laborem Exercens.”