Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
This program is ideally suited for students with strong interests or experience in leadership, management and/or administration. Preparation for entry and mid-level supervisory positions in a wide range of administrative careers is emphasized.
The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership prepares students to be effective leaders in today’s rapidly changing workplace.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Diversity: Demonstrate the understanding of diversity competence in a global society.
- Communication: Apply effective and efficient communication skills for interacting collaboratively.
- Critical Inquiry: Research, analyze and evaluate data, information and situations to draw reasonable conclusions.
- Leadership: Apply leadership theories and models to the practice of leadership.
- Ethics: Assess ethical behavior and decision making.
- Application: Identify and complete a research project to address an organizational leadership issue.
The B.A. in Organizational Leadership consists of 48 credits of coursework, including 18 credits in electives or a pre-selected emphasis area, and 3 credits in a research project. This project should be completed toward the end of the student’s program.
A minor in organizational leadership (18 credits), a Master of Arts (36 credits), and graduate certificates in organizational leadership and organization development are also offered.
All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.
|Foundation Courses (15 credits)|
|OLCU 300||Organizational Behavior||3|
|OLCU 350||Leadership and Professional Ethics||3|
|OLCU 400||Theory and Practice of Leadership||3|
|OLCU 425||Leadership in Diverse and Multicultural Organizations||3|
|OLCU 380||Research and Analytical Thinking||3|
|Competencies (12 credits)|
|COMU 410||Organizational Communication||3|
|OLCU 303||Organizational Development and Change||3|
|OLCU 325||Leadership Skills Development Lab||3|
|OLCU 414||Team Building||3|
|Electives/Emphasis Areas (18 credits)|
|Complete the electives or emphasis area||18|
|OLCU 487||Senior Research Project||3|
Electives/Emphasis Area (18 credits in electives)
Upon admission, students work with their program advisors to develop a plan for electives in the degree program. Electives may lead toward a formal emphasis area in Organizational Administration or Supply Chain Systems (see below). Students who do not wish to develop a formal emphasis area, which are not designated on the student's transcript, may select 18 elective credits to meet individual educational and professional goals, and may be selected to build either functional career skills and/or career context awareness. With the assistance of their advisor, students may design an emphasis area that reflects their career goals. Approved electives include courses from the following programs: Organizational Leadership, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Organizational Administration, Business Administration (to include courses from Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems Management, Marketing, and Management). Electives may also be selected from other programs with advisor guidance and Dean/Associate Dean approval. At least 9 credits must be upper division (300+). Internship and independent study credits do not count toward an emphasis area, but do count as electives in the major.
Emphasis in Organizational Administration (18 credits)
The emphasis in organizational administration addresses the fundamental principles of management and administration. This emphasis will be designated on the student's transcript. Students select six courses (18 credits) from the following:
|Required (15 credits)|
|ACCU 201||Principles of Accounting I||3|
|ECNU 201||Principles of Macroeconomics||3|
|ENTU 401||Introduction to Entrepreneurship||3|
|MKTU 301||Principles of Marketing||3|
|MGTU 301||Principles of Management||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Sociology of Social Conflict, Analysis, and Resolution|
|Human Resource Studies *|
|Organizational Information Systems|
PHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification or recertification within three years may be used as a substitute for HRCU 445 Human Resource Studies.
Emphasis in Supply Chain Systems (18 credits)
This emphasis area in supply chain systems combines an overview and systems approach to understanding supply chain requirements as well as a drill down into specific competencies such as leadership, communication, labor relations and organizational information systems which are crucial to supply chain management and understanding. Students complete six courses (18 credits) as follows:
|MGTU 320||Strategies Across the Supply Chain||3|
|MGTU 321||Project Management and Supply Chain Leadership||3|
|HRCU 352||Labor Relations||3|
|CSCU 315||Organizational Information Systems||3|
|Select two courses from Communication, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, and/or Organizational Leadership||6|