Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership


The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership prepares graduates to understand the philosophical, theoretical, and practical nature of a variety of social organizations with a view toward entry-level employment as leaders who can organize, develop, plan, lead, and assess a range of professional tasks necessary for success in broadly diverse organization contexts. The philosophy underlying this program is derived from adult learning theory: that adults are uniquely motivated internally as they move through a range of life stages and phases and that their life experiences are unique resources to develop personal agency, critical thinking ability, and reflective practice suitable for leadership in a wide range of professional and vocational situations. The program seeks to harness the unique contributions of the university's Liberal Arts coreand its long history of association with adult educationand a minor in Ethics, drawn from the departments of Philosophy and Religion, to foster the development of leaders for a diverse organizational context.

Prerequisites

With adult learners, there are adult learning competencies that allow these learners to build the meaningful connections needed in their learning with a less prescriptive path. While most of the 400-level courses have a specific prerequisite course, the program is uniquely designed to account for and allow adult learners, at any level, to join the program and successfully progress through. Students have the opportunity to transfer in prior college or prior learning credit that may be applicable. It is also the expectation of the program that 100- and 200-level courses be taken in years one and two, 300-level courses would begin to be taken in years two and three, and 400-level courses could begin to be taken in years three and four. This could be adjusted upon the approval of the faculty advisor.

Course/Student Information

The courses in the Organizational Leadership program for the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) are specific to non-traditional, undergraduate students who are currently in the workforce and looking to take the next step in their careers.

Textbook

CAS Department of Communication Studies has elected to utilize a consistent textbook across each section for each of the new courses in the programs. This is one way that CAS has chosen to ensure consistency in all courses regardless of modalities or other unforeseen factors that could arise.

Teaching Modality Information

The courses in the Organizational Leadership program for the College of Arts and Sciences are intended to be taught entirely online in an asynchronous environment over seven weeks. The content is delivered in an accelerated format where students only have access to one week at a time, but each week then will remain open. The student is responsible for the weekly content and must ensure that assignments are submitted by the posted due dates. Regular and substantive interaction between students and instructor, students and content, students and other students (where applicable), and students and self will be carefully considered and developed into the course design for each course. If the degree programs are offered in the Correctional Educational Program, the course would be adjusted in the format(s) designed for the delivery platforms aligning with Correctional Educational Programming.

This course is delivered asynchronously online through Blackboard (or other platforms as necessary). To complete this course successfully, learners will be required to have:

  1. A personal computer that adheres to the minimum requirements outlined by the Student Learning Management System (LMS)

  2. An appropriate browser for the platform/LMS being used. (Google Chrome works the best with Blackboard.)

  3. A webcam to record video (unless otherwise prohibited)

  4. A microphone to record audio (unless otherwise prohibited).

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

Course Number and Title

Hrs.

Prerequisites

Program Requirements

 

 

EDAE 101 Introduction to Leadership for the Adult Learner

3

None

EDAE 102 Study Skills for Adult Learners

3

None

EDAE 203 Critical Thinking in Social Sciences

3

None

EDAE 305 Multicultural Perspectives on Adulthood

3

None

EDAE 406 Systems Theory and Human Capability

3

Jr. or Sr. Status

EDAE 412 Organizational Development and Change

3

EDAE 101

EDAE 415 Research Methods in Adult Education and Professional Studies

3

MATH 108

EDAE 418 Ethical Leadership in Workplace Training

3

EDAE 101

EDAE 430 Capstone in Organizational Leadership

3

Sr. Status with a minimum of 42 hours program requirements completed

MATH 108 Elementary Statistics

3

MATH 100 or ACT 18 or SAT 480

MIS 221 Information Technology

3

None

PHIL 220 Practical Thinking

3

None

SOC 301 Race, Ethnic and Minority Issues

3

None

COM 101 Human Communication

3

None

COM 305 Organizational Communication

3

COM 101

COM 333 Leadership Communication

3

COM 101

COM 343 Conflict, Mediation, and Negotiation

3

COM 101

Choose one of the following:

3

COM 206 Small Group Communication

(3)

COM 101

COM 425 Risk and Crisis Communication

(3)

COM 101

 

54 hrs.

 

 Minor in Ethics

 

Philosophy ethics course (choose 2):

6

 

PHIL 110 Philosophy of Human Nature

(3)

 None

PHIL 215 Ethics

(3)

 None

PHIL 280 Applied Ethics

(3)

 None

Religion ethics course (choose 2):

6

 

REL 109 Exploring Christian Ethics

(3)

 None

REL 220 Taking Human Life

(3)

 None

REL 308 Faith and Society

(3)

 Core religion course

REL 401 Seminar in Christian Ethics

(3)

REL 106 or 109

Any approved ethics course*

3

 

15 hrs.

Total

69 hrs.

*Courses will be approved by the Ethics Minor Committee.  

Plus Institutional Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Courses and Descriptions

See COM Courses

See EDAE Courses

See MATH Courses

See MIS Courses

See PHIL Courses

See REL Courses

See SOC Courses