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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Organizational Leadership, B.A.

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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-Centered Education, an accelerated face-to-face evening program for adult learners; and (3) completely online. Online learning  offers a flexible alternative, and PACE offers an accelerated evening format in Highland Heights and at the Grant County Center in Williamstown, Ky.

For questions about organizational leadership, email the program coordinator (orgleadearship@nku.edu).

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 (12 credits)

Students with fewer than 60 hours credit at admission or major declaration must complete these foundation classes (four classes):


The following leadership courses are available as electives: “ LDR 396 Leadership Practicum (1-6 credits) ” (variable credit one to 6 hours; repeatable for up to 9 hours), “ LDR 315 Leading People in Organizations (3 credits) ,” and the option to repeat LDR 394  for up to 12 credit hours as long as topics differ. Students who are not required to complete the four foundation classes may also take “ LDR 117 Introduction to Supervision (3 credits) ,” “ LDR 160 Leadership Around the World - AH (3 credits) ,” and “ LDR 205 Human Relations in Organizations (3 credits) ” as elective courses. Note: “ LDR 160 Leadership Around the World - AH (3 credits) ” is also a Global Viewpoints Foundation of Knowledge course.

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