Administered by the Department of Political Science
The Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Organizational Leadership is designed for non-traditional adult and military students, students seeking degree completion, or traditional students who are seeking to improve their credentials and knowledge base for professional advancement. The focus on organizational leadership is especially beneficial to those wanting to enter public service, since many agencies seek employees with bachelor’s degrees and are specifically interested in employees with an understanding of organizational management, administration, human resources, and technology skills applicable to organizational leadership.
Selected Educational Outcomes
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science with a major in organizational leadership, students will demonstrate
- an understanding of organizational leadership as it relates to and impacts individuals, communities, and wider society from democratic, multicultural, and national perspectives.
- through the discussion of key concepts and ideas the ability to express themselves effectively on topics and issues related to the field of organizational leadership.
- critical thinking and problem-solving abilities regarding issues related to key challenges that organizations face when interacting with their environments.
- an understanding of the ethical principles underlying both research and practice in organizational leadership.
Examples of Outcome Assessments
- Students will use the skills gained in classes to write on specific topics in organizational behavior and leadership.
- Discussions will be used to develop a deeper understanding of the concepts beyond what is covered in the textbook and course content.
- Case studies or writing assignments will provide a useful approach for identifying the key functional, operational, and procedural activities that organizations engage in on a daily basis.
- Quizzes and exams will provide measurable data on how well students master broad theories, ideas, and concepts in organizational behavior and leadership.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Organizational Leadership
|Core Curriculum Areas A, B, C, D.1, and E (See VSU Core Curriculum)||42|
|Core Curriculum Area F (Courses appropriate to the major)|
|ACED 2400||Computer Technology for the Workplace||3|
|or CS 1000||Introduction to Microcomputers and Applications|
|PSYC 1101||Introduction to General Psychology||3|
|Any courses in Areas C-F approved by advisor||12-15|
|Major Core Courses||60|
|ACED 2050||Communications for the Workplace||3|
|ACED 3400||Applied Computer Technology||3|
|ACED 4820||Project Management for Technical Professionals||3|
|ENGL 3010||Professional Writing||3|
|or ENGL 3030||Writing for the Legal and Social Science Professions|
|POLS 3600||Introduction to Public Administration||3|
|POLS 4610||Public Personnel Administration||3|
|POLS 4620||Public Finance Administration||3|
|PSYC 3800||Industrial/Organizational Psychology||3|
|ORGL 4690||Capstone Seminar in Organizational Leadership||3|
|ORGL 3000||Reflective Seminar I: Self as Learner||1|
|ORGL 3050||Reflective Seminar II: Self in Context||1|
|ORGL 4000||Reflective Seminar III: Transforming Self, Self-Transformation||1|
|Students will select elective courses related to Leadership and Professional specialties, such as:|
|Public Administration and Public Policy Formation|
|Government Organization and Administrative Theory|
|Quality Management in Public Administration|
|Computer Systems for the Office|
|Workforce Development and Management|
|Contemporary Skills for the Workplace|
|Legal Research I|
|Legal Research II|
|Criminal Law and Procedure for the Paralegal|
|The Law of Real Property Transactions|
|Total hours required for the degree||120|
Students need a total of 39 hours of course work at the 3000-4000 level. These will include courses in the Major Core, the Guided Electives, and General Electives.