Organizational Leadership BA

The Organizational Leadership major is designed to provide adult students with the knowledge, skills, and credentials necessary to advance in a rapidly changing workplace.  This program will help students understand theoretical and practical aspects of leadership across disciplines, while allowing them to focus on a specific Area of Concentration that interests them.  

This program is most appropriate for students who have completed at least 40 transferable credit hours at the undergraduate level or have been awarded an A.A. or A.S. degree (or A.A.S. degree with a general education emphasis).    

General Education Requirements

Majors must satisfy the university and college general education requirements. The foreign language requirement for a B.A. must also be satisfied.

Core Courses
INTDSC 2001Introduction to Organizational Leadership3
SOC 1010Introduction to Sociology (MOTR SOCI 101)3
COMM 2231Communication in the Organization3
COMM 2235Professional Communication3
COMM 2235Professional Communications3
ENGL 3100Junior-Level Writing3
or ENGL 3120 Business Writing
or ENGL 3130 Technical Writing
INFSYS 1800Computers and Information Systems3
MGMT 3600Management and Organizational Behavior3
PHIL 1160Critical Thinking (MOTR PHIL 101)3
PHIL 2254Business Ethics3
INTDSC 4001Organizational Leadership Capstone Course3
Total Hours33

Students Seeking a B.A. in Organizational Leadership must complete one of the following areas of concentration:

A. Business Management
B. Community Studies
C. Corporate Communication
D. Criminal Justice
E. Health Communication
F. Information Systems
G. Supply Chain Management

Business Management 

MGMT 3611Advanced Management and Organizational Behavior3
MGMT 3612Professional Skills Development3
MGMT 3625Leadership in Organization3
Total Hours9

Community Studies

SOC 1040Social Problems3
SOC 2302
SOC 2302The City3
SOC 2160Social Psychology3
Total Hours9

Corporate Communication

COMM 1150Introduction to Public Relations3
COMM 3150Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Communication3
COMM 3370Social Media in Public Relations3
Total Hours9

Criminal Justice 

CRIMIN 1100Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice3
CRIMIN 2240Policing3
CRIMIN 2250Courts3
Total Hours9

Health Communication

COMM 1369Introduction to Health Communication3
COMM 1369Introduction to Health Communication3
COMM 3150Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Communication3
COMM 3368Advanced Health Communication3
COMM 3368Advanced Health Communication3
Total Hours15

Information Systems 

INFSYS 2800Information Systems Concepts and Applications3
INFSYS 3841Enterprise Information Systems3
INFSYS 3842Data Networks and Security3
Total Hours9

Supply Chain Management 1

SCMA 3300Business Analytics and Statistics3
SCMA 3301Introduction to Supply Chain Management3
SCMA 3320Advanced Supply Chain and Operations Management3
Total Hours9

Individual courses may be substituted with the approval of the program adviser.

Each concentration area is designed such that the completion of 2-3 additional elective courses could lead to the completion of a minor or certificate in that field. 

Additional areas of concentration (9-hour course sequence) can be designed to suit an individual student’s personal or professional needs. These concentrations must be approved by the program adviser.

All required courses for the major must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Courses counting toward the major requirements may not be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.  The minimum number of hours required for the B.A. degree is 39 (30 core, 9 concentration).

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Articulate a personal leadership style and evaluate her/his own performance for self-improvement
  • Demonstrate an understanding of organizational leadership theory as it relates to individuals, communities and wider societies
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of audiences in written, oral and non-verbal mediums
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving abilities regarding organizational challenges within the chosen area of concentration
  • Use tools specific to the area of concentration to manage systems and organizational resources
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical principles underlying effective organizational leadership
  • Lead teams in the development of innovative solutions to organizational challenges and opportunities within the chosen area of concentration