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Bachelor of Arts in
Organizational Leadership

Courses

In addition to required courses in organizational leadership, you will also choose from courses in communication arts and sciences; crime, law, and justice; labor and employment relations; management; philosophy; political science; psychology; and sociology.

This program requires that you complete a minimum of 123 credits.

A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better in all courses required for the major.

Prescribed Courses (16 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    This course introduces key leadership concepts and practices based on current theory and research. It is designed to help students to discover the knowledge and skills that are characteristic of effective leaders.

  • 3
    credits

    Examines the nature of organizations along with its various interconnected functions such as leadership, financial, communications, technology, production, sales, etc.

  • 3
    credits

    Starts by examining different kinds of evidence and analyzing their quality and usefulness; students can then learn how to use that evidence to improve their leadership.

    • 3
      credits

      Theory- and research-based communication skills for leaders dealing with work-related problems in contemporary groups and organizations.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Surveys the theory, research, and practice related to the communication processes by which individuals in groups and organizations exercise influence, whether or not they occupy positions of acknowledged leadership.

    • 3
      credits

      Application of theories of decision-making to work-related issues in groups and organizations requiring collective resolution and action.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      Application of theories of decision making to work-related issues in groups and organizations requiring collective resolution and action.

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.

  • 3
    credits

    Survey of theory and research with respect to attitudes, morale, and motivation of employees and management.

    • Prerequisite

      PSYCH 100; PSYCH 200 or STAT 200

Additional Courses (16 credits)

Select one course from each area.

Critical Thinking (select 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    The use, analysis, and design of information systems and technologies to organize, coordinate, and inform human enterprises.

    • Note

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    Discussion of the validity, soundness, and fallacies of everyday language use and reasoning; informal logic; and manipulative arguments and propaganda.

    • GH

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Humanities (GH) requirement.

Organizational Behavior (select 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    The course will be offered at an introductory level. It is designed to encourage students to explore individual and group behavior at work.

  • 3
    credits

    Personnel selection, training, accident prevention, morale, and organizational behavior.

    • Prerequisite

      PSYCH 100

Conflict Management (select 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Theories and strategies important for conceptualizing, developing, and managing conflict negotiation, mediation, and third-party intervention.

    • Prerequisite

      3rd Semester Standing or 6 credits of CAS

  • 3
    credits

    The objective of this course is to enhance students' abilities to use a range of methodologies to evaluate and conduct research in the field of employment relations and human resource management.

  • 3
    credits

    This course examines dispute resolution procedures in unionized and nonunion workplaces.

    • Prerequisite

      LHR 100 or 3 other credits of LHR or 6th 5th Semester standing

  • 3
    credits

    Experiential-based course covering the four main social research methods: available data, survey research, experiments, and field research.

    • Prerequisite

      3 credits in Sociology

Ethics (select 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    Explores ethics from both a normative and behavioral perspective; four interrelated and mutually reinforcing subject areas will be explored in the course at the individual, organizational and transnational levels business ethics, ethics in unionized firms, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability.

    • Prerequisite

      LHR 100 or fifth-semester standing or 3 other credits of LHR

  • 3
    credits

    Leaders, in whatever context, make difficult decisions, distribute scarce resources, direct and influence the conduct of others, and represent the goals of the enterprise they lead. Thus they ought to exemplify prudence, fairness, integrity, honesty, trustworthiness, sincerity, and morally upright behavior. This course investigates these concepts and the moral dilemmas that arise in developing or applying them.

Statistics (select 4 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    This course provides an introduction to the descriptive and inferential statistics commonly used in psychology, and to hypothesis testing as a method of scientific investigation. It also explores the ways in which the assumptions of statistical tests place constraints on experimental design and, conversely, how the design of experiments can dictate the statistical test appropriate for data analysis.

    • Prerequisite

      PSYCH 100 and MATH 21

  • 4
    credits

    Topics include descriptive statistics, probability distributions, statistical inference, regression and correlation, and forecasting.

    • Prerequisite

      MATH 21 or higher or satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination

    • GQ

      The credits earned in this course may be applied toward the Quantification (GQ) requirement.

  • 4
    credits

    Descriptive Statistics, frequency distributions, probability and normal distributions, statistical inference, linear regression, and correlation.

    • Prerequisite

      Placement into MATH 021 or higher.

    • GQ

      This course can be used to satisfy the Quantification (GQ) requirement.

Supporting Courses and Related Areas (select 3–4 credits)

Select 3–4 credits at the 400-level from the following list of courses. Courses that are used in the Additional Courses category may not be double-counted to satisfy this requirement.

  • 3
    credits

    The course examines the continuing influence of social and environmental factors in shaping leadership and leadership development.

  • 3
    credits

    This course explores the science and practice of leadership around the globe through pertinent scholarly literature and related instructional resources.

    • Prerequisite

      OLEAD 100 and sixth-semester standing

  • 3
    credits

    Through the review of literature and research on leadership, problem-solving in leadership scenarios, and self-assessment, students will gain a working definition of leadership and identify and develop leadership traits/competencies to encourage more women to be successful future leaders.

    • Prerequisite

      OLEAD 100 and sixth-semester standing

  • 1–12
    credits

    Supervised practicum in organizational leadership.

  • 1–18
    credits

    Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

  • 3
    credits

    The study of social influence, leadership and status, and social cohesion and commitment processes in small groups.

  • 3
    credits

    Work and occupational life in modern society; work in the past, present, and future.

  • 3
    credits

    The role of gender in shaping contemporary North American patterns of employment, occupational roles, and statuses.

Or any 400-level course from:

ACCTG, AFAM, AFR, AGBM, AMST, ANTH, ASIA, BA, BBH, BLAW, CAS, CEDEV, COMM, CRIM, CRIMJ, ECON, EDUC, ENTR, FIN, FR, GER, HIST, HDFS, HLS, HPA, IB, IST, IT, LA, LAS, LAWSC, LHR, MATH, MGMT, MIS, MKTG, OLEAD, PHIL, PLSC, PSYCH, PUBPL, RUS, SCM, SOC, SPAN, STAT, WMNST

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Some Bachelor of Arts requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major, General Education courses, or electives. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.

  • Foreign Language: 0–12 credits
    Student must attain 12th credit level of proficiency in one foreign language.
  • B.A. Fields: 9 credits
    Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Arts, Foreign Languages, Natural Sciences, Quantification (cannot be taken in the area of the student's primary major; foreign language credits in this category must be in a second foreign language or beyond the 12th credit level of proficiency in the first language)
  • Other Cultures: 0–3 credits
    Select 3 credits from approved list. Students may count courses in this category in order to meet other major, minor, elective, or General Education requirements, except for the General Education US/IL requirement.​

General Education Requirements

Some General Education requirements may be satisfied by courses required for the major. Students should work with an adviser to select courses.

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GWS courses.
  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
    A student must receive a grade of C or better in GQ courses.
  • Integrative Studies: 6 credits
    This requirement only applies to students starting in summer 2018 or later. Learn more about the Integrative Studies options and consult your academic adviser when choosing courses to fulfill these requirements. Integrative Studies credits may be completed within the thirty Knowledge Domain credits and must be completed with either Inter-domain or Linked courses, not a combination of both.

Elective Courses (select 18-24 credits)

Among the degree requirements, students should incorporate at least:

  • 3 credits in U.S. cultures
  • 3 credits in international (IL) cultures
  • 3 credits in writing-across-the-curriculum courses

The course list includes only courses offered by World Campus. An official degree audit or the recommended academic plan for this program may include additional course options and detailed requirements. All students are expected to complete at least 36 Penn State credits to earn this degree. Please consult an academic adviser for details.

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