Description of Program
Organizational Leadership is an online degree-completion program offering adult learners an opportunity to finish their undergraduate education. The interdisciplinary curriculum allows students to interweave theoretical principles from liberal arts and business traditions. Students will develop the concepts and skills needed to adjust to rapidly changing organizational settings in business, nonprofit groups, educational institutions, and government sectors.
The curriculum will provide many opportunities for learners to practice the role of an organizational development consultant--recognizing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the impact of change within an organization as well as the potential impact on other organizations. The curriculum incorporates learning the correct use of research tools to analyze organizational situations.
Organizational Leadership Learning Outcomes:
• Prepare program graduates to lead effectively in order to meet organizational goals.
• Develop leadership skills and confidence to recognize, plan, and implement change in complex organizational systems.
• Generate effective, organizationally-relevant communication--written, oral, and technological.
• Relate to pertinent aspects of business, psychology, and sociology to understand how these aspects connect with effective organizational leadership.
• Develop the skills to set priorities for outcomes and results that impact the organization, e.g., thinking critically and problem solving.
A Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership enhances an individual’s potential for both formal and informal leadership positions. Program graduates will gain the skills and techniques that will enable them to understand and unlock their potential to become an effective, constructive individual who will lead and implement change within complex organizational systems. Graduates will be equipped with the interpersonal skills to develop key business relationships necessary to influence decision makers within their organization.
The Organizational Leadership courses listed below are offered in a seven-week online format (Fall and Spring). All other required and elective courses may be offered in either a eight-week or 15-week online format. Summer courses can vary in length.
Students will be able to develop a strong online learning community and have meaningful interactions with other students who are pursuing the same educational goals. Our faculty prides itself on offering individual attention to the online learners with easy faculty access, based on the students busy schedules.
The Organizational Leadership Degree Completion Program Curriculum:
• ORL 201 Introduction to Organizational Leadership
• ORL 301 Human Resources Leadership
• ORL 304 Leadership Skills: Understanding, Assessment, and Development
• ORL 310 Organizational Leadership and Change in Complex Adaptive Systems
• ORL 314 Team Analysis and Leadership Skill Development
• ORL 320 Organizational Assessment, Diagnosis Intervention, and Evaluation
• ORL 303 Writing at Work
• ORL 401 Senior Capstone Project
• PSY 225 Social Psychology
• PSY 230 Industrial and Organizational Psychology
• SOC 233 Work and Occupations
• COM 317 Organizational Communication
• BUS 101 Introduction to Financial Accounting
• BUS 204 Principles of Marketing with Applications
• BUS 303 Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
All ORL cohort courses must be taken at La Salle University. Students in the Organizational Leadership program must successfully complete 120 credits to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree. Students must complete the program with a minimum 2.00 GPA.
The online Organizational Leadership program is part of the College of Professional and Continuing Studies, which is dedicated to meeting the needs of adult learners. This program is especially designed for individuals with at least 30 transferrable credits. The maximum number of transfer credits is 70 credits. This program has been designed to help students achieve their educational goals quickly without sacrificing quality.
The University core liberal arts curriculum is offered in a 15-week online format. Our course instructors are skilled in online teaching and have advanced degrees. There is an emphasis on carefully blending organizational theory and practice. Students in the program are expected to participate in online discussions, submit written papers, and complete research projects as assigned.
Spring and fall semesters will offer two consecutive seven-week courses and one concurrent 15-week course. Students can elect to take one, two, or three courses each semester. Many students take three courses (9 credits) per semester to accelerate graduation. Undergraduates students must enroll in at least 6 credits (two courses) to be eligible to apply for financial aid.