Organizational Leadership

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership is an interdisciplinary approach to relevant issues in any sector or setting. The major is designed to provide an opportunity for students to study the relevant theoretical and academic aspects of leadership while developing practical skills through the development of individual leadership capacity. The program combines academic coursework with experiential aspects that result in a tangible and applicable understanding of effective leadership. The major is designed to support students as they progress through their careers by emphasizing the role, scope, and effectiveness of women leaders.

A Leadership Development Plan (LDP) that individualizes leadership growth for each student is completed each semester and tracks leadership development within each student, contributing to a portfolio showcasing both academic knowledge and leadership skills that may be utilized for graduate school applications or advancing career objectives. Additionally, the major at Cottey relies heavily on experiential learning, both within the classroom and in the overall program requirements.

A Cottey student majoring in Organizational Leadership:

  • Recognizes the Roles of Women through developing a better understanding of her own leadership capacity. The collective experience will provide insight into the need and potential for women leaders, and a better understanding of the collective state of leadership for women.
  • Communicates Effectively utilizing both the technical skill of effective communication and the understanding of the importance of the craft. Courses are designed to enhance student skills in developing and delivering visual and oral communication messages regarding their learning.
  • Collaborates Successfully as a result of group projects and experiences that emphasize team activities and group assignments.
  • Acts Responsibly through programmatic and curricular aspects that emphasize responsibility for individuals and the communities (local, national and global) that students are involved with and responsible for.

Programmatic Learning Outcomes

As a result of completing the major in Organizational Leadership, students will have:

  1. A better understanding of leadership, demonstrated by the development of a Leadership Portfolio that includes both academic and practical.
  2. Heightened self-awareness, as demonstrated by tangible growth through ongoing use of Leadership Development Plans (LDPs).
  3. Practical experience in leadership, gained through a Leadership Internship and Leadership Excursions, which have been reflected on to enhance leadership capacity.

Career Outlook

Students pursuing Organizational Leadership will be prepared to pursue
graduate study in interdisciplinary fields or may pursue careers in areas such as:

  • Community Development
  • Conductor
  • Educational Administration
  • Entrepreneur
  • Event Coordination
  • Government Official
  • Human Resources
  • Industrial Relations
  • Management Consulting
  • Military
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Organization Management
  • Organizational Development
  • Political Advisor
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning Consultant
  • Theatre Director
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Students pursuing the major in Organizational Leadership will be required to complete
20 credits in Organizational Leadership Studies (OLS), 15 hours of coursework from relevant
disciplines (BUS, ENG, PHI, PSY, SPE) and nine (9) credits of relevant electives. The
curriculum does include courses that may involve pre-requisites, it is presumed that
these courses will be taken as requirements for the second major or as requirements for
the core curriculum.

Every student interested in the study of organizational leadership will begin their
journey by successfully completing OLS 102: Foundations in Leadership. Students are
strongly encouraged to double-major and to pursue either a study abroad or immersion
experience that supports their education and development from a global perspective.
Long-term integration of the elements within the program will occur during the
Leadership Capstone in order to enhance understanding and synthesis of experiential
components (internship and excursion/immersions) academic learning and
individualized development via Leadership Development Plans (LDPs).

Program/Degree requirements:

Course # Course Title Credit Hrs. Cred Req.
Lower Division Requirements 16
Choose one:
PHI 205 Ethics 3
PHI 210 Human Nature & Society 3
OLS/WGS 102 Foundations in Leadership 3
WRI 292 Intro to Professional Writing 3
SPE 101 Fundamentals of Speech 3
OLS 211 Leadership Excursions 1
OLS 280 Organizational Leadership and Leading Change 3
Upper Division Requirements 22
OLS 320 The Leader Within 3
OLS 350 Team Leadership & Group Dynamics 3
*OLS 399 Leadership Internship 1
OLS 420 Leadership Theories & Practice 3
*OLS 490 Leadership Capstone 3
Choose one:
BUS 320 Principles of Management 3
OLS 330 Leadership for Social Change    3
Choose one:
BUS 350 Organizational Behavior 3
PSY 345 Industrial-Organizational Psychology 3
Choose one research course:
IDS 312 Qualitative Research Methods 4
INR 320 Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences 3
PSY 310 Research Methods I: Research Design and Ethics 3
Electives* 12
Select four courses from the following, one must be OLS:
BUS 480 Strategic Management 3
HIS/WST 211 History of Women in the U.S. 3
INB/IDS 450 Corporate Social Responsibility 3
INR/WGS 216 Women, Power, & Politics 3
OLS 220 Leadership in Times of Crisis 3
OLS 263 Ethical Leadership 3
OLS 360 Leadership and Culture 3
POL 141 Public Policy 3
PSY 245 Personality Psychology 3
PSY 325 Motivation & Emotion 3
PSY 331/WST 331 Psychology of Women & Gender 3
PSY 430 Conflict Resolution 3
SOC/INR 330 Poverty & Inequality 3
SPE 121 Interpersonal Communication 3
SPE 205 Gender and Communication 3
WGS 205 Social Justice & Civic Engagement 3
*While these electives range from 100-level to 400-level, we believe that the value of any of these courses will help a student achieve her individual goal and/or area for development as a leader.
Total Hours Required for B.A. in Organizational Leadership
Lower Division Requirements 16
Upper Division Requirements 24-25
Electives 12
Total Hours in Major 52-53


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