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Skills in demand

Why are creative leadership skills in high demand?

Creative Leadership encompasses a set of in-demand skills that have been forged by the digital economy. The current pace of change in any industry is fast and furious, and disruption can come from any angle. Creative leaders inspire, cultivate, and implement imaginative solutions that can redefine an organization and ignite meaningful change.

How we help YOU Succeed

The Syracuse University Creative Leadership bachelor’s degree gives you the leadership skills you need to advance your career. Research shows that there is high demand for workers with Syracuse University degrees and the creative leadership skills our program highlights. These include:

  • Creative and Organizational Leadership
  • Cooperative Negotiations
  • Information Reporting and Presentation
  • Technology Innovation


A Creative Leadership bachelor’s degree or certificate can put you ahead of the competition when applying for positions like:

  • Client Relationship Associate
  • Marketing Analytics Manager
  • Relationship Manager
  • Demand Generation Manager


Enroll Now to advance your career with a degree or certificate in Creative Leadership from Syracuse University.

Creative Leadership Degree Curriculum

Visit our Course Catalog for course descriptions.

Liberal Studies Core: 30—37 Credits
Requirements  Delivery Format
Writing: WRT 105/205 6 Credits Online
Foreign Language or Quantitative Skills 6–12 Credits Based on selection
Humanities 6 Credits Based on selection
Social Science 6 Credits Based on selection
Natural Science 3–4 Credits Based on selection
Critical Reflections on Ethical & Social Issues 3 Credits Based on selection
Professional Competencies Core: 30 Credits
Competencies Required:

Ethics and Critical Thinking (3 credits required) Delivery Format
LPP 467 Management and Ethics (3 credits) On-campus
PHI 171 Critical Thinking (3 credits) Online
PHI 191 Ethics and Contemporary Issues (3 credits) Online
PHI 192 Introduction to Moral Theory (3 credits) Online
PHI 293 Ethics & Media Professions (3 credits) Online (summer only)
PHI 393 Contemporary Ethics (3 credits) On-campus
Communication (9 credits required) Delivery Format
BPS 415 Digital & Business Communications for Professional Studies (3 credits) Online
CRS 225 Public Advocacy (3 credits) On-campus
CRS 325 Presentational Speaking (3 credits) On-campus
CRS 331 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits) On-campus
CRS 435 Interviewing (3 credits) Online
IST 344 Information Reporting & Presentation (3 credits) On-campus
WRT 307 Adv. Writing Studio: Professional Writing (3) Online
Role of Technology (3 credits required) Delivery Format
BPS 312 Technology’s Evolution and Impact on Society (3 credits) Online
IST 335 Introduction to Information-Based Organizations (3 credits) On-campus
Relationship Management (6 credits required) Delivery Format
BPS 317 Assertiveness in the Workplace (3 credits) Online
BPS 382 Leading Cooperative Negotiations (3 credits) On-campus
CRS 430 Intercultural Communication (3 credits) On-campus
MGT 355 Strategic Human Resource Management (3 credits) On-campus
OGL 342 Customer Relations Leadership (3 credits) Online
SWK 326 Persons in Social Context (3 credits) On-campus
SWK 328 Human Diversity in Social Contexts (3 credits) Online
Business Processes (3 credits required) Delivery Format
ACC 151 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 credits) On-campus
BPS 315 Practical Financial Management for the Working Professional (3 credits) Online
LGL 403 Business Organizations (if not used under Relationship requirement.) (3 credits) Online
LPP 255 Introduction to the Legal System  (3 credits) On-campus
Program/Project/Process Management (6 credits required) Delivery Format
BPS 211 Introduction to Professional Studies (3 credits) Online
BPS 411 Senior Seminar (3 credits) Online
Professional Concentrations: 30 Credits
Introduction (3 credits required) Delivery Format
CRL 301 Introduction to Creative Leadership (3 credits) Online
Communication/Problem Solving (6 credits required) Delivery Format
ANT 424 Negotiation: Theory and Practice (3 credits) On-campus
BPS 335 Conflict in Business and Management for Professional Studies (3 credits) Online
BPS 382 Leading Cooperative Negotiations (3 credits) Online
CRS 313 Nonverbal Communication (3 credits) On-campus
CRS 335 Leadership/Stewardship Communication (3 credits) On-campus
CRS 338 Communication in Organizations (3 credits) On-campus
CRS 426 Persuasion (3 credits) Online
CRS 430 Intercultural Communication (3 credits) Online
IST 344 Information Reporting & Presentation (3 credits) On-campus
LGL 322 Alternative Dispute resolution (3 credits) Online
PAF 420 Interpersonal Conflict Resolution Skills (3 credits) On-campus
PAF 421 Mediation: Theory and Practice (3 credits) On-campus
PAF 424 Conflict Resolution in Groups (3 credits) On-campus
Creativity/Design-Thinking (6 credits required) Delivery Format
BPS 325 Creativity and Design Thinking for Professional Studies (3 credits) Online
DES 202 Contemporary Issues in Design (3 credits) On-campus
DES 248 Design Issues (3 credits) On-campus
DES 452 Branding & Marketing Works (3 credits) On-campus
EEE 370 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Emerging Enterprises (3 credits) Online
EEE 375 Entrepreneurial and Family Business Management (3 credits) On-campus
EEE 378 Imagination, Entrepreneurship, and Creative Problem Solving (3 credits) On-campus
IDS 401 What’s the Big Idea?: Technology Innovation (3 credits) On-campus
IDS 402 Idea2Startup (3 credits) On-campus
IDS 403 Startup Sandbox (1-6 credits) On-campus
Leadership (9 credits required) Delivery Format
CRL 311 Professional Issues in Creative Leadership (3 credits) Online
CRL 313 Strategic Leadership (3 credits) Online
OGL 472 Organizational Leadership (3 credits) Online
MGT 462 Leadership and Organization Change (3 credits) On-campus
Relationship/Workforce Management (6 credits required) Delivery Format
BPS 317 Assertiveness in the Workplace (if not used in the Relationship/Management Core Competencies requirement.) (3 credits) Online
HTW 405 Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Stress Reduction (3 credits) On-campus
LGL 403 Business Organizations (3 credits) Online
PHI 197 Human Nature (3 credits) Online
SOC 466 Organizations and Society (3 credits) On-campus
Electives: 23–30 Credits
Delivery Format
General Recommendations – No more than 3 Whitman courses. Electives to match competencies. Based on selection.
Professional Concentration Recommendations – Any course not used for either core or concentration requirements. Based on selection.


The chart below indicates the credit requirements for each competency as well as the delivery formats available.Visit our Course Catalog for course descriptions.

Requirements Required # of Credits Delivery Format
CRL 301 Introduction to Creative Leadership 3 Online
Choose from one of the following courses:
BPS 382 Leading Cooperative Negotiations 3 Online
CRS 335 Leadership/Stewardship Communication 3 On-campus
IST 344 Information Reporting and Presentation 3 On-campus
Choose from one of the following courses:
BPS 325 Creative and Design Thinking for Professional Studies 3 Online
EEE 370 Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises 3 Online or On-campus
EEE 378 Imagination, Entrepreneurship and Creative Problem Solving 3 On-campus
IDS 401 What’s the Big Idea: Technology Innovation 3 On-campus
Choose from one of the following courses:
BPS 317 Assertiveness in the Workplace 3 Online
BPS 335 Conflict in Business and Management for Professional Studies 3 Online
LGL 322 Alternative Dispute Resolution 3 Online
CRS 426 Persuasion 3 On-campus
PAF 424 Conflict Resolution in Groups 3 On-campus
Choose from one of the following courses:
CRL 311 Professional Issues in Creative Leadership 3 Online
CRL 313 Strategic Leadership 3 Online
OGL 472 Organizational Leadership 3 Online
MGT 462 Leadership and Organizational Change 3 On-campus

Prerequisite for admission
– associate degree or 60 college credits.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

  • Acquire the skills to build and lead effective and diverse teams in a local and global workforce
  • Build professional networks and relationships
  • Develop skills for creative conflict resolution, communication, presentational speaking, writing and research, negotiation and problem solving
  • Assess an organization’s culture, the dynamics of power within the organization and strengths/weaknesses of its leaders
  • Implement, develop and oversee work processes based on desired outcomes
  • Apply creative leadership tools and thinking for assessing industry trends, forecasting, decision making, strategic planning and managing risk to develop appropriate solutions
The Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) instructors are practicing professionals in their fields, as well as experienced academics who clearly link theory to practice. As a group, BPS instructors meet regularly and are committed to your success in the classroom and beyond.

Instructor Biographies

Karen Zannini Bull | Susan Conklin | Michael P. Evans | Richard Garza | Stewart Koenig | Emily Luther | Marie E. Pennucci | Marcene Sonneborn | Katherine J. Sosa | Charles M. Sprock, Jr., Esq. | Elizabeth Wimer


Karen Zannini Bull is the interim associate dean of academic affairs and online programs at University College of Syracuse University and served as the director of online education from 2013-2016. Prior to her appointment at Syracuse University, Bull served two roles at Onondaga Community College; the assistant director of distance education from 2010-2012 and the director of program evaluation from 2012-2013. Outside of Syracuse University, she promotes academic excellence and lifelong learning through her service on the Rosamond Gifford Zoo education committee, her role as chair of the board for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), and her work as a board member for Literacy CNY. Bull is an assistant adjunct professor in the Masters of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction department at the New York Chiropractic College. Bull holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation from the School of Education at Syracuse University. She holds a Masters of Education in Instructional Technology from the University of Maine at Orono and a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science from Allegheny College.

Susan ConklinSusan Conklin

Susan Conklin is a professor of management, organizational development, and cultural studies, as well as a consultant and trainer. She uses her 25 years of experience managing people and projects to develop training programs that improve business performance. Her consulting, training and coaching services focus on personal and interpersonal skill development, leadership, and organizational development. Her clients span public and private corporations and institutions.Conklin holds an M.B.A. from Syracuse University, with a concentration in marketing and organizational development. Her corporate experience includes leadership positions with GE and Carrier Corporation, as well as several small businesses. In addition to her consulting work, Susan has been teaching management and cultural studies classes in higher education for 15 years.

Michael P. EvansMichael P. Evans Ed.D.

Leadership and Behavior SciencesMichael Evans is a professor, author, and consultant. He has worked with numerous federal agencies and private firms, providing professional and organizational development, including the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Environmental Protection Agency, United States Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives, Social Security Administration, Internal Revenue Service, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Patent Trade Office, Harley Davidson, and Tropicana.Prior to his consulting career, he served in the U.S. Navy Seabees as a field engineer and material logistics officer, where he completed one tour on the Antarctica, Operation Deep Freeze. He was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Medal for heroism (a U.S. Presidential Medal), and the Navy Achievement Medal by the Secretary of the Navy. Evans is a graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Sarasota with a B.S. in Policy Studies, M.A. in Secondary Education, M.P.A. (Masters in Public Administration), and an Ed.D. in Leadership and Behavior Sciences.  He resides in Oneida, New York, where he and his family enjoy their 90 acre farm.

Richard GarzaRichard Garza

M.S. Information Management

Richard Garza has spent 32 years in various technical positions, including Help Desk, Desktop, Server, and Network Support, Project Manager, and Technical Trainer. Most recently, he is a cyber-security consultant providing computer security training, vulnerability assessments, security audits, and penetration testing services to businesses. He holds a Master of Science in Information Management for Executives from the School of Information Studies Syracuse University, graduating with Phi Kappa Phi honors.Garza has achieved several Professional Certifications: CISSP from the International Standard for Information Security (ISC)2; CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ from Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA); Certified Ethical Hacker from EC Council; Web Development Professional and Web Security Professional from Certified Internet Webmasters; and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University.

Emily LutherEmily Luther

Emily Luther has been teaching writing and English courses to diverse student populations since 2000. She has taught courses in academic and technical writing, literature, and grammar, and she often works as a one-on-one writing support consultant for beginning and advanced writers. She has designed, implemented, and facilitated courses and workshops for students and colleagues at Syracuse University, Onondaga Community College, and LeMoyne College, and for local high schools in Syracuse, New York and Reno, Nevada.Throughout her career, Emily has held a long-term commitment to developing educational opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and economic status, including refugees, international students, part-time students, and first-generation college students. She is also a faculty visitor for Syracuse University Project Advance, a program that hosts SU classes on high school campuses nationwide. She holds a master’s degree in English and a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender studies from Syracuse University, and a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from SUNY Fredonia.In addition to her teaching career, Emily is a writer and artist pursuing an entrepreneurial project that integrates art, education, and holistic healing for children. She lives in Southern New Jersey with her husband and three children.

Stewart KoenigStewart Koenig

As president of Koenig Advertising Public Relations in Syracuse, Stewart Koenig has more than 35 years of hands-on experience working with manufacturers, service businesses, government and not-for-profits, planning and implementing their marketing communications programs.Stew holds an MA in public relations from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communication, an MBA in marketing from Syracuse University’s School of Management and a BA in Political Science and American Studies from SUNY Oswego.He developed and teaches, “Assertiveness in the Workplace”, for University College based on years of management training in industry.  Stew is also an adjunct professor at Columbia College, Hancock Extension, Keuka College and Onondaga Community College, where he teaches marketing, communications and management courses.Stew is deeply involved in the community having served as Board President of the Consortium for Children’s Services, Board Member of the Rape Crisis Center and as a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse, and is currently 1st Vice President -Trustee of Temple Concord.  Stew is also chair of the City of Syracuse Board of Zoning Appeals.


Marie Pennucci has been teaching communication and conflict courses to adult students and working professionals for the past 18 years. Her specialty areas include the influence of culture and gender on communication and conflict in organizational settings. Her training background includes design and delivery of programs for non-profit, university, government, and corporate institutions. Prior to her teaching and training career, Pennucci held various positions in the public relations and marketing fields. She brings to her teaching a passion for students to develop in self-awareness, assertiveness and the confidence to identify and practice healthy problem solving behaviors.Pennucci holds a master’s degree in Interpersonal/Intercultural Communication with a focus on intercultural conflict from the University at Albany and a bachelor’s degree in Human Communication from SUNY Fredonia.


Marcene Sonneborn is a business development and management consultant, working in innovation and technology, creativity and strategic planning. She provides technical and business assistance to clients in new product development, R&D and commercialization, new concept marketing, and new ventures. She presents talks on emerging technologies and foresight for local groups including manufacturers and corporations primarily in New York State, and educational institutions throughout the northeast. Marcie enjoys following emerging technologies and projections of where they may lead, but now it looks to her as if everything leads to IT and informatics!As a Professor of Practice, on contract, Marcie is the Regional Innovation and SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Specialist for the Central New York Technology Development Organization (TDO). She operates the Central New York SBIR Outreach Program, which covers a 19-county region, including Central NY, the Southern Tier, and North Country. SBIR federal awards fund early stage high-risk technology development, from which Marcie’s clients have received over $200 million over the last 20 years, from eleven federal agencies. In 1997 Marcie was a recipient of a Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration, given for economic impact from technological innovation through SBIR awards.

Katherine SosaKatherine Sosa

Ph.D. Candidate, Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Katherine J. Sosa is a Consultant and Trainer in Organizational Development for Neil Katz and Associates in the areas of leadership development, workplace training, employee coaching, and negotiation, among others. Client sectors include non-profits, human resource departments, university management and personnel, security departments, tribal leadership and youth development. Prior to working in higher education, she served as Violence Prevention Manager at Women in Distress, one of the largest domestic violence organizations in Florida. Current areas of research include reducing the cost of workplace conflict in organizations as well as the impact of experiential courses in conflict resolution higher education. She is passionate about further developing the field in practice and education.Sosa holds a Masters of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and B.S. in International Affairs from Florida State University. She is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs dedicated to community improvement, a small business owner and resides in South Florida with her daughter and partner.

Charles M. Sprock, Jr., Esq.CHARLES M. SPROCK, JR., ESQ.

Charles M. “Casey” Sprock, Jr. is a partner with the law firm Baldwin & Sutphen, LLP in Syracuse, New York. His practice focuses on real estate, banking, business formation, estate planning and administration.  He is admitted to practice in New York State, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, and the United States Supreme Court.Sprock also serves as an adjunct faculty member at several colleges. His present course offerings include: Sexual Orientation and the Law and Planning for Non-Traditional Families at Syracuse University College of Law; Arts, Entertainment and the Law at the College of Arts and Sciences, Syracuse University, as part of the Janklow Arts Program; Sexuality, Gender and the Law and Political and Social Movements: An Exploration in LGBT Studies at Colgate University; and Business Organizations at University College of Syracuse University. His course designs and teaching methods have earned him several honors including a Meredith Teaching Recognition Award.In addition, he is on the board of United Way of Central New York, chairs the Nominations Committee of the National LGBT Bar Association, and is a past president of the National LGBT Bar Foundation. Sprock holds an A.B., Philosophy with Honors, Political Science Minor, from Colgate University, and a J.D. with a Business and Tax Concentration from Notre Dame Law School.

Elizabeth Wimer

M.A. Rhetorical Studies/Speech Communication

Elizabeth Wimer is an instructor in both University College and the Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University; leading courses on customer service, marketing, entrepreneurship, sales, and creative problem solving. Prior to her career in academia, she served as the director of marketing and public relations for exclusive, independent hotels in Maryland and in upstate New York. Her past career success can be credited to creating and executing against service-oriented marketing plans that feature nontraditional, relationship-based and profit-generating methods critical to the success of the entrepreneurial organizations in which she served. In addition to teaching, Elizabeth consults for organizations in marketing and project management roles, most recently serving as Director of the international symposium “Securing the Cybersphere” held in Dubai, UAE and Dammam, Saudi Arabia. Wimer is a graduate of Syracuse University with an M.A. in Rhetorical Studies/Speech Communication, and Hood College with a B.A. in Communications.