Organizational Leadership

Program Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership program is an online program offering learners an experiential learning environment that fosters critical thinking, through the application of technical and professional expertise needed to make strategic real world business decisions. 

The curriculum provides 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.

Organizational Leadership Program Competencies

Knowledge

  • Identify effective leadership skills needed in effort to meet organizational goals.
  • Understand how a global perspective, team and group dynamics, organizational structure, change management, culture, and innovation connect with effective organizational leadership.
  • Explain the effective leadership tools and techniques for survival, growth, increased productivity, and relationship building in today’s fast paced business environment.

Skills

  • Develop approaches to recognize, plan, and implement change in complex organizational systems.
  • Demonstrate effective communication (written, oral, and technological.)
  • Set priorities for outcomes and results that impact the organization, e.g., critical thinking, decision making and problem solving.
  • Facilitate meetings and presentations using technologies and communication strategies for different audiences within an organization.
  • Evaluate employee performances, re-training strategies, and assessing organizational needs.
  • Analyze financial reports and organizational impacts.
  • Assess market research and business restructuring approaches.

Attitudes

  • Appreciate a variety of approaches for building professional relationships with clients and employees.
  • Value the role of leadership in organizational success.

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership enhances an individuals' potential for both formal and informal leadership positions. Graduates are equipped with the interpersonal skills needed to develop key business relationships necessary to influence decision makers within their organizations. They gain the skills to unlock their potential to become effective, constructive leaders who will implement change within complex organizations.

Online Format*

The Organizational Leadership courses listed below are offered in a seven-week online format (Fall, Spring or Summer). 

Fall Semester

  • ORL 201 Intro to Organizational Leadership (1st 7 weeks – Term I)
  • ORL 301 Human Resources Leadership (2nd 7 weeks – Term II)
  • ORL 304 Leadership Skills (2nd 7 weeks – Term II )
  • ORL 314 Team Analysis and Leadership (1st 7 weeks – Term I)

Spring Semester

  • ORL 330 Social Media Marketing and Leadership (2nd 7 weeks – Term II)
  • ORL 340 Analytics, Metrics and Operational Leadership (1st 7 weeks- Term I)
  • ORL 350 Corporate Conversation and Leadership (2nd st 7 weeks –Term II)
  • ORL 401 Senior Capstone (Only Offered Once a Year, students must be at Senior Status to enroll -1st 7 weeks –Term I)

Summer Semester

  • ORL 303 Writing at Work (1st 7 weeks –Term I)
  • ORL 310 Organizational Leadership and Change (2nd 7 weeks – Term II)
  • ORL 320 Organizational Assessment and Evaluation (1st 7 weeks – Term I)

*This schedule is subject to change and is based upon sufficient enrollment.

Students in the Organizational Leadership program must successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree. At least half of the courses required in the major must be completed at La Salle University. The students last 30 credits must be completed at La Salle.  Students must complete the program with at least a minimum 2.00 GPA. 

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 an online and face-to-face format. Some Arts and Science courses are not offered online, so students have the flexibility of taking courses in person during the evening or day. Course instructors are experienced industry professionals with advanced degrees. There is an emphasis on carefully blending organizational theory with practice. Students in the program are expected to participate in online discussions, submit written papers, and complete projects as assigned. Undergraduate students must enroll in at least 6 credits (two courses) to be eligible to apply for financial aid.

Why take this major?

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership enhances an individuals' potential for both formal and informal leadership positions. Graduates are equipped with the interpersonal skills to develop key business relationships necessary to influence decision makers within their organizations. They gain the skills to unlock their potential to become effective, constructive leaders who will implement change within complex organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes

In the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership program, students learn how to:

  • Identify effective leadership skills needed in effort to meet organizational goals.
  • Understand how a global perspective, team and group dynamics, organizational structure, change management, culture, and innovation connect with effective organizational leadership.
  • Explain the effective leadership tools and techniques used for survival, growth, increased productivity, and relationship building in today’s fast paced business environment.
  • Develop approaches to recognize, plan, and implement change in complex organizational systems.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills.(written, oral, and technological.)
  • Set priorities for outcomes and results that impact the organization, e.g., critical thinking, decision making and problem solving.
  • Facilitate meetings and presentations using technologies and communication strategies for different audiences within an organization.
  • Evaluate employee performances, re-training strategies, and assessing organizational needs.
  • Analyze financial reports and organizational impacts.
  • Assess market research and business restructuring approaches.
  • Appreciate a variety of approaches for building professional relationships with clients and employees.
  • Value the role of leadership in organizational success.

Program Contact Information

Degree Earned

B.A.

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

Major: 12

Total: 40

Number of Credits Required for Graduation

Major: 36

Total: 120

GPA Required for Graduation

Major: 2.0

Cumulative: 2.0

Progress Chart

Level One - Core Courses

12 courses and 2 modules required

Universal Required Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete the following 4 courses.

ILO 8.1: Written Communication

ENG 110 - College Writing I: Persuasion

ILO 5.1: Information Literacy

ENG 210 - College Writing II: Research

ILO 1.1: Understanding Diverse Perspectives

FYS 130 - First-Year Academic Seminar **

NOTE. The following students use Level 2 Capstone Experience in Major instead of FYS 130: Honors, BUSCA, Core-to-Core, Transfer, and Non-Traditional/Evening.

ILO 2.1: Reflective Thinking and Valuing

REL 100 - Religion Matters

Elective Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs.

ILO 3.1a: Scientific Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 3.1b: Quantitative Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 6.1: Technological Competency

Choose course within ILO

ILO 8.1a/12.1: Oral Communication/ Collaborative Engagement

Choose course within ILO

Distinct Discipline Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs. Each course must be from a different discipline. (A "discipline" is represented by the 3- or 4-letter prefix attached to each course.)

ILO 4.1: Critical Analysis and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 9.1: Creative and Artistic Expression

Choose course within ILO

ILO 10.1: Ethical Understanding and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 11.1: Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

Choose course within ILO

Universal Required Modules (2 Courses)

Students must complete the following 2 non-credit modules.
The Modules are not required for Transfer Students, Core-to-Core Students, or BUSCA Students. BUSCA students are required to take modules if/when they pursue a bachelor’s degree.

ILO 7.1a

Health Literacy Module

ILO 7.1b

Financial Literacy Module

Major Requirements

Major requirements include 4 Level Two ILO requirements, fulfilled through the major.

Students in this major must complete 40 courses in total in order to graduate. 12 courses will be from this major program.

Level Two (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course/learning experience in each of the 4 commitments.

ILO 2.2: Broader Identity (Capstone Course/Experience)

Fulfilled within major

Choose one ILO from 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2a, or 7.2b: Expanded Literacies

Fulfilled within major

ILO 8.2b: Effective Expression (Writing-Intensive Course)

Fulfilled within major

Choose on ILO from 10.2, 11.2, or 12.2: Active Responsibility

Fulfilled within major

All Other Required Courses

  • ORL 201 - Intro to Organizational Leadership
  • ORL 301 - Human Resources Leadership
  • ORL 304 - Leadership Skills
  • ORL 310 - Org. Leadership & Change
  • ORL 314 - Team Analysis & Leadership
  • ORL 320 - Org. Assessment and Evaluation
  • ORL 401 - Senior Capstone
  • ORL 303 - Writing at Work
  • ORL 330 - Social Media Marketing and Leadership
  • ORL 340 - Anal. Metrics & Operational Leadership
  • ORL 350 - Corp. Conversation and Leadership
  • PSY 225 - Social Psychology

Free Electives

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must take enough courses to the fulfill graduation credit requirements for their School and major.

The below schedule is subject to change and is based upon sufficient student enrollment.  In any semester, courses can be cancelled due to low enrollment.

Fall Semester

  • ORL 201 Intro to Organizational Leadership (1st 7 weeks – Term I)
  • ORL 314 Team Analysis and Leadership (1st 7 weeks - Term I)
  • ORL 301 Human Resources Leadership (2nd 7 weeks – Term II)
  • ORL 304 Leadership Skills (2nd 7 weeks – Term II )

Spring Semester

  • ORL 340 Analytics, Metrics and Operational Leadership (1st 7 weeks - Term I)
  • ORL 401 Senior Capstone (Only offered once a year, students must be at senior status to enroll - 1st 7 weeks Term I)
  • ORL 330 Social Media Marketing and Leadership (2nd 7 weeks – Term II)
  • ORL 350 Corporate Conversation and Leadership (2nd st 7 weeks –Term II)

Summer Semester

  • ORL 303 Writing at Work (1st 7 weeks –Term I)
  • ORL 320 Organizational Assessment and Evaluation (1st 7 weeks - Term I)
  • ORL 310 Organizational Leadership and Change (2nd 7 weeks – Term II)

Please note:  These are all online courses. For international students, Online students cannot obtain visas to the US if they are enrolled in an online program.

Course Descriptions

ORL 201 - Introduction to Organizational Leadership

This course will introduce students to the interdisciplinary field of organizational leadership, providing the framework within which other courses in the major will fit. Issues of diversity, leadership, and community will be covered, as well as the micro and macro aspects of organizations.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Online

ORL 301 - Human Resources Leadership

This course focuses on how human resources add value to the organization. It focuses on HR strategy aligned to business strategy to deliver value and improve organizational performance. Students will analyze their organization’s mission/vision and values. They will discuss external realities and people strategies designed to enable their organization to achieve its mission goals. Students will examine the design, delivery, and evaluation of human resources policies and programs.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Online

ORL 303 - Writing at Work

There is a very strong need for a writing intensive course that will stress the day-to-day writing requirements of a leader at work. This course will focus on writing in a global marketplace, ethical issues in business writing, collaborative writing, basic business correspondence, report writing and written presentations. The course will also address how to edit the writings of others at work.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Online

ORL 304 - Leadership Skills: Understanding, Assessment, And Development

Students in this course will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of the critical skills that are necessary to develop in order to support successful leadership in organizations. This course begins with the premise that the most fundamental skill is the skill of self-assessment. By partaking in a myriad of assessment activities, students will gain an understanding of their own personal assets and liabilities. Throughout the course, students will gain an understanding of the most important skills associated with leadership based on sound research. Students will have the opportunity to apply this theoretical knowledge by developing leadership development plans.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Online

ORL 310 - Organizational Leadership and Change in Complex Adaptive Systems

This course examines how change takes place within complex adaptive systems. It also examines the role of leadership and focuses on specific skills that are required to be an effective leader and agent of change in a complex adaptive system.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Online

ORL 314 - Team Analysis and Leadership Skill Development

Students in this course will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of current theories and thinking regarding teams and team development. This course will afford students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a team environment. Analysis and experience will be the foundation of the skill development.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Online

ORL 320 - Organizational Assessment, Diagnosis, Intervention, And Evaluation

This course is an overview of the theories and strategies to diagnose and intervene within an organization to increase the effectiveness of the organization, including its employee performance. The course will provide opportunities for learners to practice the role of an organizational development consultant, including learning the interpersonal skills to develop the key business relationships necessary to influence decision makers within the organization. Since the field of organizational eadership (ORL) is dynamic, the course will leverage the latest books, articles, and ORL strategies. The course will require students to make presentations sharing their ORL analysis of an organization (either professional or personal affiliation) using the strategies and tools learned in the course.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Summer

How Offered: Online

ORL 330 - Social Media Marketing

The learning expectation for this course is to become familiar with various social media and marketing techniques and how they are used for communications and engagement in a enterprise environment. The learner will develop strategies for using social media and recognize best practices and successful initiatives used by companies that are successful in social media campaigns.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Online

ORL 340 - Analytics, Metrics and Operational Leadership

This course focuses on enterprise intelligence, enterprise analytics and metrics. It will examine the fundamentals of enterprise metrics including user models and case studies.  It will look at lifecycle, how to implement enterprise analytics, and the confluence of people, data, process and technology.   The course will discuss why good data sources and the ensuring analytics are vital to the health of an organization and how to apply it to your own experience and profession. 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Online

ORL 350 - Corporate Conversation and Leadership

This course is designed to introduce students to leadership perspectives and the role that communication plays in developing effective leadership and management skills.  The course explores communication variables involved when leaders attempt to influence members to attain goals.  Course topics include: high-potential leadership challenges, conversations that build relationships, conversations to develop others, conversations for decision making and taking action.  This course will also focus on your own personal development and building your authentic leadership voice. 

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

ORL 401 - Senior Capstone Project

The Capstone Project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate and incorporate what they have learned throughout their course of study in organizational leadership at La Salle. It requires students to apply the knowledge and skills they have learned to address a specific real or invented organizational concept of their own choosing. Students will be required to research and describe in detail the situation, analyze the environment, identify the stakeholders, and then develop a comprehensive and realistic approach to ensure that their intervention addresses the situation effectively. The Capstone also requires strong peer review of the the Capstone Project.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Online