Certificate in Emotional Intelligence and Leadership


Learning about emotional intelligence will help students to become more socially aware and develop the emotional intelligence skills needed to lead others. Leaders who demonstrate emotional intelligence are adept at earning and maintaining the respect of peers and coworkers, including the ones they lead. 

Socially aware leaders encourage coworkers to express opinions honestly and without fear of retribution.  They are exceptional listeners who pay attention to the needs of both the organization and the individuals in the organization.  They are willing to accept constructive criticism about their leadership style and activity and to sincerely undertake corrective action.  By doing so, they create an honest, respectful, and comfortable environment for followers and others in the organization. Learning to recognize and develop emotional intelligence will help students gain skills in leadership.

Students completing this certificate will meet the following goals in the three core courses:

  1. Students will appraise their own emotional intelligence and leadership skills.
  2. Students will learn to identify the qualities of emotional intelligence in leaders and others.
  3. Students will analyze the qualities of positive leadership.
  4. Students will recognize unethical/ethical leadership behaviors and situations.
  5. Students will describe various types of leadership.
  6. Students will examine how they empathize with or respond to the expressed feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and needs of others in the organization. 


This certificate consists of 6 courses (18 credits).

  • 4 core courses (12 credits).
  • 2 elective course from a menu of approved courses (6 credits).

Note: Students are held to all prerequisite requirements; some students may require more than 6 courses to complete this certificate.

Core Requirements (12 credits)

SOC 315 Emotional Intelligence and Leadership

SOC 317 Applied Emotional Intelligence

SOC 463 Social Values & Intercultural Communication

PHI 302 Ethics and Values in Behavioral Science

Electives (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses:

BBM 347 Interpersonal Skills and Professionalism in the Workplace

COM 300 Communication Theory

COM 332 Managing Crisis Communications

HRM 300 Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining

PSY 300 Theories of Personality

PSY 309 Interpersonal Communication Skills

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

SOC 314 Community Organizing & Advocacy

SOC 352 Crisis Communications

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2024-2025 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2023 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.