Organizational Leadership

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Organizational Leadership trains leaders to apply theory and evidence-based research to promote, strengthen, and change community and organizational networks. 

About the Program

This program promotes career development for students by:

  • Promoting cultural, social, and political literacy as it applies to the development of leadership skills.
  • Developing applied business skills in leadership and project management.
  • Strengthening interpersonal and organizational communication skills in both writing and speech.

As a result, the program supports careers in training and development, community and nonprofit administration, higher education, project management, and general business administration.

Eligibility Requirements

The B.S. in Organizational Leadership is open to all students. The program requires at least 120 credits hours, and up to 72 credits may be awarded for coursework previously completed for the Applied Associate degree. Students enrolled in the program will also be required to complete the General Education Program (GEP) requirements. Many of the courses required for the B.S. in Organizational Leadership will also satisfy GEP requirements.


The core courses in the B.S. in Organizational Leadership provide a clear and broad curriculum in applied social science. This includes the following:

Social Science (9 credits): 
PSYC 110: Introduction to Psychology
SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
POLI 101: American Politics

Leadership/Project Management (9 credits): 
BUS 325: Organizational Behavior
BUS 322: Business Leadership for Managers
BUS 329: Project Management

Ethics (3 credits): One of the following:
PHIL 302: Ethics of Medicine
BUS 390: Ethics in Business
SOC/SW 263: Ethical Practice in the Helping Professions

Math/Analytical Skills (4 credits): 
MATH 255: Elementary Statistical Methods

Communication in the Major (6 credits): 
ENG 351: Advanced Business Writing
COMM 394: Business and Professional Communication

Capstone in the Major (3 credits): 
ORGL 425: Capstone Project

Under the assumptions that many students will need to complete additional credits beyond the General Education and Major requirements, the following courses are particularly recommended. Note that they are not the only possibilities.

SOC 102: Social Problems
SOC 270: Race and Ethnicity
PSYC 320: Social Psychology
PSYC 345: Industrial Organizational Psychology
POLI 242: State and Local Government

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