Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

This program is ideally suited for students with strong interests or experience in leadership, management and/or administration.  Preparation for entry and mid-level supervisory positions in a wide range of administrative careers is emphasized.


The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership prepares students to be effective leaders in today’s rapidly changing workplace.  

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Diversity: Demonstrate the understanding of diversity competence in a global society.
  • Communication: Apply effective and efficient communication skills for interacting collaboratively.
  • Critical Inquiry: Research, analyze and evaluate data, information and situations to draw reasonable conclusions.
  • Leadership: Apply leadership theories and models to the practice of leadership.
  • Ethics: Assess ethical behavior and decision making.
  • Application: Identify and complete a research project to address an organizational leadership issue.

The B.A. in Organizational Leadership consists of 48 credits of coursework, including 18 credits in electives or a pre-selected emphasis area, and 3 credits in a research project. This project should be completed toward the end of the student’s program.

A minor in organizational leadership (18 credits), a Master of Arts (36 credits), and graduate certificates in organizational leadership and organization development are also offered.

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher.  All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.


Foundation Courses (15 credits)
OLCU 300Organizational Behavior3
OLCU 350Leadership and Professional Ethics3
OLCU 400Theory and Practice of Leadership3
OLCU 425Leadership in Diverse and Multicultural Organizations3
OLCU 380Research and Analytical Thinking3
Competencies (12 credits)
COMU 410Organizational Communication3
OLCU 303Organizational Development and Change3
OLCU 325Leadership Skills Development Lab3
OLCU 414Team Building3
Electives/Emphasis Areas (18 credits)
Complete the electives or emphasis area18
OLCU 487Senior Research Project3
Total Credits48

Electives/Emphasis Area (18 credits in electives)

Upon admission, students work with their program advisors to develop a plan for electives in the degree program. Electives may lead toward a formal emphasis area in Organizational Administration or Supply Chain Systems (see below). Students who do not wish to develop a formal emphasis area, which are not designated on the student's transcript, may select 18 elective credits to meet individual educational and professional goals, and may be selected to build either functional career skills and/or career context awareness. With the assistance of their advisor, students may design an emphasis area that reflects their career goals. Approved electives include courses from the following programs: Organizational Leadership, Healthcare Administration, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, Organizational Administration, Business Administration (to include courses from Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Information Systems Management, Marketing, and Management).  Electives may also be selected from other programs with advisor guidance and Dean/Associate Dean approval.  At least 9 credits must be upper division (300+). Internship and independent study credits do not count toward an emphasis area, but do count as electives in the major.

Emphasis in Organizational Administration (18 credits)

The emphasis in organizational administration addresses the fundamental principles of management and administration. This emphasis will be designated on the student's transcript. Students select six courses (18 credits) from the following:

Required (15 credits)
ACCU 201Principles of Accounting I3
ECNU 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ENTU 401Introduction to Entrepreneurship3
MKTU 301Principles of Marketing3
MGTU 301Principles of Management3
Select one of the following:3
Conflict Resolution
Sociology of Social Conflict, Analysis, and Resolution
Human Resource Studies *
Organizational Information Systems
Total Credits18

PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP certification or recertification within three years may be used as a substitute for HRCU 445 Human Resource Studies.

Emphasis in Supply Chain Systems (18 credits)

This emphasis area in supply chain systems combines an overview and systems approach to understanding supply chain requirements as well as a drill down into specific competencies such as leadership, communication, labor relations and organizational information systems which are crucial to supply chain management and understanding.  Students complete six courses (18 credits) as follows:

MGTU 320Strategies Across the Supply Chain3
MGTU 321Project Management and Supply Chain Leadership3
HRCU 352Labor Relations3
CSCU 315Organizational Information Systems3
Select two courses from Communication, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, and/or Organizational Leadership6
Total Credits18