2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 15, 2024  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Organizational Leadership, B.A.

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.

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

(45 credits)


(5 courses)

  • Fine Arts elective
  • Literature or Foreign Language elective
  • Philosophy elective
  • Two Humanities electives

Social Science

(2 courses)

Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning

(2 courses)

  • Science elective
  • Math or Science elective

General Education Required for Major

(2 courses)

Requirements for the Major

(42 credits)

Business Acumen

(3 credits)

Select one course:


(0-6 credits)

Depending on the coursework chosen, students may need additional Organizational Leadership electives in order to meet the 42 credit minimum.

Graduation Requirements

  • 128 credit hours minimum (last 30 hours in residency)
  • A minimum half the major credit hours in residency
  • A minimum half the minor credit hours in residency
  • ​60 credit hours must be completed at a 4-year institution