Organizational Leadership, B.S.

Program Code: OLBS_BS

Direct Admission to the Major

Incoming first-year students who meet the program admission requirements are admitted directly into the major. Admission restrictions may apply for change-of-major and/or change-of-campus students.

For more information about the admission process for this major, please send a request to the college, campus, or program contact (listed in the Contact tab).

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership, a minimum of 123 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 16-18
Requirements for the Major 64-66

4 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes 4 credits of General Education GQ courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

 
Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CAS 352Organizational Communication Keystone/General Education Course3
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ECON 104Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
OLEAD 100Introduction to Leadership Keystone/General Education Course3
OLEAD 409Leadership Development: A Life-Long Learning Perspective3
OLEAD 464Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations3
OLEAD 465Collective Decision Making3
PHIL 10Critical Thinking Keystone/General Education Course3
PSYCH 100Introductory Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
PSYCH 281Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology Keystone/General Education Course3
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one course from each area:12-13
1. Conflict Management
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Keystone/General Education Course
Workplace Dispute Resolution
2. Research Methods
Employment Relations to Research Methods in Labor and Employment Relations
Research Methods in Sociology
3. Motivation
Leadership and Motivation
Work Attitudes and Motivation
4. Ethics
Ethics in the Workplace
Ethical Leadership Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 18-19 credits (at least 15 credits at the 400-level) of the following: 118-19
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Keystone/General Education Course
Organizational Communication Theory and Research Keystone/General Education Course
Studies in Public Address
Introduction to Criminal Justice Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Law
Seminar, Criminal Justice Agency Administration
Introduction to Labor and Human Resources Keystone/General Education Course
Race, Gender, and Employment Keystone/General Education Course
Employment Relationship: Law and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Employment Relations to Research Methods in Labor and Employment Relations
Comparative Employment Relations Systems
Advanced Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration
Labor Relations in the Public Sector
Workplace Dispute Resolution
History of Work in America
Ethics in the Workplace
Leadership and Motivation
Ethics Keystone/General Education Course
Ethical Leadership Keystone/General Education Course
American Politics: Principles, Processes and Powers Keystone/General Education Course
Policy Making and Evaluation
Work Attitudes and Motivation
Leadership in Work Settings
Research Methods in Sociology
Social Influence and Small Groups
Work and Occupations
Gender, Occupations, and Professions

Student Outcomes

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.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
http://starfish.psu.edu
http://www.la.psu.edu/current-students/undergraduate-students/education/majors-and-minors

Berks

Weaver Santaniello
Program Coordinator, Professor
Franco 106
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6142
wms10@psu.edu

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

Career Paths

A Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership can prepare you to work in a range of relationship-focused careers in which you can showcase your ability to manage and nurture business and professional relationships through through evidenced-based decisions, motivational strategies, conflict management, ethical decision making, and other forms of interpersonal and social influence. The degree will benefit any career in which leadership skills are necessary for the advancement of the overall business climate through interpersonal interactions.

Careers

The degree is perfect for collaborative work environments in manufacturing, service industries, government, communications, charitable and nonprofit organizations, and multinational organizations. Graduates of Penn State’s School of Labor and Employment Relations, of which the OLEAD program is a part, have found employment in such companies as Google, Earnst and Young, GE, Amazon, Lockheed Martin, Samsung Electronics, PriceWaterHouseCoopers Consulting, government agencies such as the U. S. Department of Labor, and in labor unions such as the AFL-CIO, American Federation of Teachers, and the Service Employees International Union.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Penn State World Campus offers a Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations (HRER) in which the curriculum balances advanced theory with practical knowledge. After receiving strong fundamental knowledge, the program focuses on the complex personal, legal and organizational issues inherent in the relationship between employers, employees, unions, and government. As in the undergraduate OLEAD program, students in the M.P.S. in HRER program have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Contact

University Park

SCHOOL OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS
506 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-5425
lerpsu@psu.edu

http://lser.la.psu.edu/

Berks

DIVISION OF HUMANITIES, ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Franco Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6142
wms10@psu.edu

http://berks.psu.edu/organizationalleadership

World Campus

SCHOOL OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS
506 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-5425
pxm205@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/organizational-leadership-bachelors/overview