School of Leadership, Education & Communication

Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership is a 120 credit, accelerated, online degree. The Program is specifically designed to facilitate the demands of working professionals seeking to further their education in order to move forward in their chosen career. The curriculum emphasizes personal growth, individual values and advancement in areas of organizational development and human resources, key ingredients for successful leadership in this dynamic global environment.

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership can be completed in 15 months, if applicants meet the minimum 45 credit requirement. The Organizational Leadership program is a nontraditional program serving adults who have already completed at least 45 transferable college credits with a cumulative 2.0 GPA or better, and who now wish to complete their Bachelor's Degree. Applicants without the minimum 45 credit requirement can enroll in the Pre-Professional Program.

As working adults with years of experience, applicants have the opportunity to use their work and life experience to challenge up to 27 credits to complete the BA in OL. With the option to challenge courses at St. Thomas University, you have the opportunity to use your knowledge and experience to earn credits without taking the class.

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  • Management Positions in the field of Business, Industry, Government, Education & Healthcare
  • Upward mobility for career paths in the Fire, Police and Corrections Department
  • Administrative opportunities
  • Foundation degree to pursue a Masters Degree

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Program Requirements (120 credits)
General Education Requirements (42 credits)

Program Requirements (9 credits)

  • ORG 204 Fiscal Accountability for Organizational Leadership
  • ORG 205 Selected Statistical Procedures
  • POR 300 Adult Development and Life Assessment

Major Requirements (39 credits)

  • ORG 305 Socio-economic Resources for Organizational Leadership
  • ORG 311 Organizational Fiscal Resource Administration
  • ORG 320 Organizational Law
  • ORG 323 Staffing and Employee Development
  • ORG 327 Organizational Behavior
  • ORG 332 Organizational Promotion
  • ORG 490 Strategic Policy and Planning
  • PSY 450 Psychology of Work
  • ORG 499A Action Research Project A
  • ORG 499B Action Research Project B
  • PHI 369C Business Ethics
  • SOC 460D Conflict and Conflict Resolution

General Electives (30-45 credits)

Organizational Leadership Course Descriptions
(All courses are 3 credits)

ORG 204 Fiscal Accountability for Organizational Leadership
An introductory course in organizational stewardship. The emphasis is on uses of stewardship information by managers in directing an organization. Topics include: expenditure behavior; direct and indirect expenditures; budgeting expenditures and planning; control of decentralized operations of an organization; determining charges for organization output; analysis of cash charges and expenditures; and analysis of stewardship results and position. The course is a prerequisite for ORG 311.

ORG 205 Selected Statistical Procedures
This course is designed for students in the Organizational Leadership degree program. Topics include: central tendency and variation, normal distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, chi-square and F distributions.

POR 300 Adult Development and Life Assessment
Adult learners examine motivational theory and its application to individuals and groups functioning in work and home situations. Leadership styles related to particular circumstances are analyzed. Negotiation is covered through readings and class practice with an analysis of the effect on productivity.

ORG 305 Socio-Economic Resources for Organizational Leadership
Study of the socio-economic resources for organizations, including competition, charging for output, effects of scarce resources, and global exchange; as well as consideration of the government's role in respect to socio-economic resources.

ORG 311 Organizational Fiscal Resource Administration
Goals and functions of organizational fiscal accountability analysis of stewardship statements for operations and cash flow; pro-forma statements; leverage; working capital management; short-term financing; time value of money; leasing; and applications in the form of case-problem solving.

ORG 320 Organizational Law
An introduction to law and legal procedures from the perspective of organizations, including advertising; antitrust; bankruptcy; consumer rights; contracts; corporations; credit; employment; environment; health and safety; labor; products liability; property; securities; technology; trade; transportation; and other forms of government regulation of organizations.

ORG 323 Staffing and Employee Development
Adult learners explore the values and perceptions of selected groups affecting social and economic life through an analysis of policies and practices of recruitment, selection, training, development and compensation of employees. Special attention is given to Equal Opportunity and Office of Safety and Health Administration legislation through a series of case studies and simulations.

ORG 327 Organizational Behavior
A survey course covering theory, research and practical application in analyzing and understanding human beings in organizational situations including learning, perception, personality, attitudes and motivation; groups and inter-group dynamics; leadership, communication, goal setting and rewards; job design, organizational climate, change and development; and international aspects of organizations.

ORG 332 Organizational Promotion
Principles of promotion that need to be understood by organizational leaders to develop and utilize effective promotional practices are examined. Concepts of our global economy, including major social, psychological and political influences, will be explored and their promotional implications considered from an organizational leadership perspective.

ORG 490 Strategic Policy and Planning
This course introduces adult learners to various organizational planning models and techniques and applies these to hypothetical cases. It stresses the concepts of strategic planning and strategic administration.

ORG 499 Action Research Project A (1 to 3 credits)
The research project is a major research effort designed to enhance knowledge in an area related to one's work or community, improve writing skills, improve presentation skills and provide research skills to assist effective decision-making. The student will define the topic, locate the sources, begin the research and writing, and make his/her first oral presentation.

ORG 499 B Action Research Project B (1 to 3 credits)
The research project culminates with a final reporting by the student to include learning in: 1) new knowledge gained from the research and synthesis on the chosen topic; 2) higher-level skills in presentation on findings and conclusions; 3) writing skills as evidenced by the written report due at this time; and 4) improved research skills by which the student can gather data and synthesize that data toward usable conclusions.

PHI 369C Business Ethics
The case study method is used to analyze problems in distributive justice, personal rights, labor and capital, employment and wages and government intervention in economic life. This course meets the requirements of the State of Florida "Gordon Rule."
Prerequisite: English 102

SOC 460D Conflict and Conflict Resolution

An examination of the conduct, causes, and consequences of conflicts between individuals, groups, organizations, communities, and total societies. This exploration of the organization and function of conflicts includes as analysis of resolution, techniques which utilize violence, mediation, and arbitration.
Prerequisite: SOC 201D or Permission of Instructor