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Bachelor of Science in
Organizational Leadership

Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership program requires that students complete a minimum of 123 credits.

The degree's 34 credits of prescribed core courses focus on contemporary labor management and supervisory leadership issues. Many different course options are available to fulfill the remainder of the program, allowing you to customize the degree to meet your specific goals.

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

Prescribed Courses (select 27 credits)

  • 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 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

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

    • 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

  • 4
    credits

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

    • Prerequisite

      Placement into MATH 21 or higher.

Additional Courses (select 15 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.

  • 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.

Diversity and Inclusion (select 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    This course will ask how race and gender affect work in the contemporary United States.

  • 3
    credits

    This course focuses on emotional intelligence, social, cultural intelligence competencies used to develop the leadership capacity to be self-aware, understand oneself and others, and to work across cultural differences to effectively meet the demands of work.

  • 3
    credits

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

  • 3
    credits

    Overviews scholarship relating to women in positions of leadership in groups and organizations, as well as obstacles to their success.

  • 3
    credits

    Use literature, film, and scholarly texts to explore how conceptions of social difference, such as those linked to categories of gender, race, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and disability, shape society and everyday interactions historically and today.

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

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

Conflict Management (select 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

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

    • Prerequisite

      CAS 100

    • C or better

      A student enrolled in this course must receive a grade of C or better.

  • 3
    credits

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

    • Prerequisite

      LHR 100

Ethics (select 3 credits)

  • 3
    credits

    A comprehensive view of the contemporary environment of business. This course provides a broad overview of the study of business and its environment, organization, operation, and interrelationships with government and society.

  • 3
    credits

    This course examines human resource management (HRM) and employment relations (ER) from a strategic perspective embedded in a complex and evolving organizational system.

  • 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.

Supporting Courses and Related Areas (select 18–19 credits)

Select 18–19 credits from the following 400-level. Courses that are used in the Additional Courses category may not be double-counted to satisfy this requirement.

Students should consult with an adviser when selecting courses.

  • 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

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.

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