2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
    May 24, 2024  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Organizational Leadership, B.A.

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Innovative Leadership Education

Organizational Leadership is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on the human side of organizations and the application of leadership theory to practice.  The degree prepares students for careers in management and leadership in corporate, not-for-profit, and community organizations.  The program starts with a strong liberal arts core, and then incorporates coursework in leadership, business, and human resources.  You also identify a specific focus that enables you to custom design your major to support your interests and career goals.

Program Features

You will learn to apply cutting edge research and practices from leadership, psychology, and business to innovate, drive results, and lead change.  Through your coursework, you can set yourself apart with competencies in:

  • Change leadership
  • Conflict management
  • Evidence-based and ethical decision making
  • Strategic communication
  • Critical thinking

Career Opportunities

When you enter the Organizational Leadership program, you can create a major with an emphasis in the area that most interests you such as business, psychology, communication, sociology, industrial/organizational psychology, fine arts, humanities, or applied sciences – to name just a few.  A minor or concentration for the major is required, and many students choose to double major.


You will be uniquely prepared for careers in one of the fast growing areas of:

  • General management and leadership
  • Non-profit leadership
  • Human resource leadership
  • Public relations leadership
  • Learning and development
  • Organization development
  • Talent management

Transform your leadership skills to become an effective change agent in your organization with a degree in organizational leadership. 


General Education:

Humanities (5 courses)

  • Fine Arts (1 course) - FPAR, ADSA, MUS, OR ADAH
  • Language (1 course) - ENGL, Foreign Language
  • Philosophy (1 course)
  • Electives (2 courses) - ADAH, ADA, ENGL, PHIL, FPAR, HUM, REL, OR Foreign Language

Social Science (3 courses)

Natural Science/Quantitative Reasoning (2 courses)

  • Science - BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, SCI, SUST.
  • Additional MATH or Science course

Requirements for the Major (39 credits total):

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