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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Organizational Leadership

Altoona College
Berks College
University College: Penn State New Kensington
University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (OL BS): offered via World Campus and Continuing Education

This program is restricted to adult learners, as defined by the University

PROFESSOR DENNIS GOURAN, Professor-in-charge

The degree draws on many of the disciplines of the liberal arts, as well as business and science, to illuminate the issues that all leaders face regarding work and employment issues in the 21st Century, as well as in other aspects of organizational life more generally. Students select courses in crime, law, and justice, economics, political science, sociology, labor and employment relations, communication arts and sciences, statistics, management, and psychology. The goal is to provide a broad education that introduces methods of analysis used in the disciplines of the liberal arts and prepares students to understand the complex social, cultural, and organizational issues that they will confront in leadership positions in the modern world. Upon successful completion of the B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership, students should be better able to:

  1. Understand the roles and the major functions of leadership in contemporary organizations;
  2. Articulate the theoretical and empirical foundations for different approaches to the exercise of leadership;
  3. Detect, accurately frame, and select appropriate strategies for overcoming obstacles to effective organizational performance that leaders face; 
  4. Exhibit intellectual and behavioral competencies useful in the successful execution of critical organizational tasks and the management of relationships;
  5. Recognize the internal structures of organizations and their impact on members’ performance;
  6. Appreciate the social processes operative in the exercise of influence, as well as how to improve them;
  7. Draw on their knowledge of leadership in transitioning from lower-level to higher-level positions of responsibility and authority in organizations;
  8. Bring a global perspective to the exercise of leadership; and
  9. Grasp the importance of enacting leadership responsibly and in an ethically defensible manner.

For the B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(4 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selections, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 18 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 64-66 credits[1]
(This includes 4 credits of General Education GQ courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (34 credits)
CAS 352(3), ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 104 GS(3), OLEAD 100 GS(3), OLEAD 409(3), OLEAD 464(3), OLEAD 465(3), PHIL 010 GH(3), PSYCH 100 GH(3), PSYCH 281 GS(3), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-5)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (12-13 credits)
Choose one course from each area.

  1. Conflict Management
    CAS 404(3) or LER 437(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  2. Research Methods
    LER 312(4) or SOC 207(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  3. Motivation
    MGMT 321(3) or PSYCH 484(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  4. Ethics
    LER 460(3) or PHIL 119 GH(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18-19 credits)
At least 15 credits must be at the 400-level.
(Courses that are used in the Additional Courses category may not be double-counted to satisfy this requirement.)

CAS 404(3), CAS 452(3), CAS 475(3), CRIM 100 GS(3), CRIM 113 US(3), CRIM 482(3), LER 100 GS(3), LER 136 US(3), LER 201 GS(3), LER 312(4), LER 400 IL(3), LER 434(3), LER 435(3), LER 437(3), LER 458Y US(3), LER 460(3), MGMT 321(3), PHIL 103 GH(3), PHIL 119(3), PL SC 001 GS(3), PL SC 490(3), PSYCH 484(3), PSYCH 485(3), SOC 207(3), SOC 404(3), SOC 455(3), SOC 456(3) (Sem: 3-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2012

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-04-065

Review Date: 01/15/2013

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

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