Jun 26, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Organizational Leadership, B.A.

Available in both traditional and fully-online formats.

The organizational leadership program explores both theoretical and practical understandings of leadership. Students examine leadership in various types of organizations and across organizational levels and positions while recognizing that leadership is not necessarily position-bound, but based on building relationships and effectively addressing challenges in all types of human groups, communities, and settings. Emphasis is placed on leadership in team and group settings and developing personal and professional leadership capacities. The program offers the chance for students to evolve from understanding leadership as a solitary, authoritarian phenomenon to a process that is inclusive and collaborative. Students who successfully complete the organizational leadership program will be able to understand theory, think critically, navigate and creatively solve complex problems, examine and handle ethical issues, facilitate intentional change, communicate effectively, use contemporary technology, and appreciate diverse and global perspectives. Partnering organizational leadership requirements with a secondary area of study (minor or focus) aligned with educational and career objectives equips students to collaborate, lead, and adapt to future needs in an area of interest.

Degree completion in organizational leadership is available in the following program delivery modes: (1) traditional face-to-face classes; (2) the Program for Adult-Learner Programs & Services (ALPS), an accelerated face-to-face evening program for adult learners; and (3) completely online.

For questions about organizational leadership, email the program coordinator.

Special admission requirements: To declare a major in political science, criminal justice, organizational leadership, or international studies, students - including transfer students - must have earned a GPA of at least 2.0 in all prior college work. First-semester students who wish to declare a major in one of the above programs are required to have ACT scores of at least 18 for English, Math, and Reading or SAT scores of at least 430 for Math and Writing and 450 for Critical Reading, or 23.5 for Math and 25 for Reading, Writing, and Language.

To declare a major in Organizational Leadership, students who have earned at least 12 credit hours, including transfer students, must have earned an official GPA of at least 2.0. Students with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA seeking to declare the organizational leadership major must first be admitted to the pre-major for Organizational Leadership. Students in the pre-major will be admitted into the major once their official GPA is 2.0 or higher.

Special graduation requirements: Students majoring or minoring in any of the programs offered by the Department of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Organizational Leadership must earn at least a C- in each course counted as part of their program.

Four-Year Plan: Click here  to view the Four-Year Plan for this specific program. To find out more about Four-Year Plans, visit the Policies and Procedures page.

♦  Indicates prerequisite.

These prerequisites are not included in the program totals in the table below, but they must be completed IN ADDITION TO other program requirements.


Degree Requirements (33 credits)

Foundation Courses (9 credits)

Students with fewer than 60 hours credit at admission or major declaration must complete the following three foundation courses, plus one elective course from the “Foundation Elective Courses” list below:


Students seeking additional elective hours to meet the minimum of 120 credit hours/45 upper division hours required for graduation may select any LDR course, provided they have not already completed them as part of the major requirements. Furthermore, other electives include: LDR 396 Leadership Practicum (1-6 credits)  (variable credit one to 6 hours; repeatable for up to 12 hours), and the option to repeat LDR 394  for up to 12 credit hours as long as topics differ.