Online Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership Curriculum

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Organizational leadership is a field that involves setting goals for individuals and groups of employees to achieve the objectives of an organization. To be successful in this field, leaders must be able to see both the small and big picture while capitalizing on strengths and managing weaknesses.

In addition to enabling students to develop their own potential leadership styles, online organizational leadership courses can educate them in organizational behavior and effective human resource management. Programs typically also include courses in conflict resolution and the influence of microeconomics on the achievement of an organization’s goals.

Maryville University Online Organizational Leadership Curriculum

Students interested in exploring an organizational leadership career will find the online Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership program at Maryville University can provide them with the necessary skills needed to pursue professional success.

Coursework is designed to teach students how to apply the science of psychology and business, using evidence-based practices, to innovate, drive results, and manage change.

The 128-credit curriculum includes general education courses (45 credits), organizational leadership foundations (21 credits), a social science research sequence (15 credits), human resource management elective (3 credits), business acumen elective (3 credits), and general electives (41 credits).

Learn more about Maryville’s online organizational leadership courses here:

Organizational Leadership Foundations

Learn to develop strategies for leading and inspiring others as you explore topics in change leadership, conflict management, team dynamics and development and evidence-based decision making. 

ORGL 105Introduction to Leadership3 Credits
SOSC 240Criticial Thinking in Social Science3 Credits
PSYC 365Multicultural Psychology3 Credits
ORGL 374Social Conflict and Negotiation3 Credits
ORGL 472Organizational Behavior3 Credits
ORGL 473Group Dynamics3 Credits
ORGL 493Organization Development and Change3 Credits

Social Science Research Sequence

The social science research sequence includes a series of courses designed to help students emerge with an inter-connected understanding of how to craft research, analyze results and present findings.

SOSC 245Research Design 6 credits
SOSC 341Understanding Statistical Inference3 Credits
SOSC 485 Senior Project6 credits

Human Resource Management Elective

Choose 1 course in human resource management from the below options.

HRMG 330Human Resource Management3 Credits
ORGL 351Industrial and Organizational Psychology3 Credits
ORGL 455Personnel Psychology3 credits

Business Acumen Elective

Choose 1 course focused in business acumen from the below options.

ECON 203Principles of Economics3 Credits
ACCT 210Financial Accounting3 Credits
BUS 280Business Law3 Credits

To ensure the best possible educational experience for our students, we may update our curriculum to reflect emerging and changing employer and industry trends. Undergraduate programs and certificates are designed to be taken at a part-time pace. Please speak to your advisor for more details.

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Skills, Concepts, or Opportunities Gained With a Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership

Organizational leadership courses typically include education in the following areas:

  • Contemporary leadership theories. Contemporary thinking has changed the mainstream approach to leadership by including theories on transformational leadership, leader-member exchange, servant leadership, and authentic leadership. Transformational leadership attempts to align employee goals with those of the business. Its classic counterpart, transactional leadership, ensures leaders provide resources to enable employees to demonstrate required behaviors. Contemporary theory believes in allowing people to develop their own leadership styles to achieve the goals of an organization.
  • Organizational behavior. Students may study the way people interact individually and in groups to discover how more efficient business organizations can be created. Organizational behavior studies are often used by human resources to maximize the performance of individual employees. Study areas may include job performance and job satisfaction to promote innovation and encourage effective leadership.
  • Microeconomics. This area examines the factors that affect the economic choices made by individuals and the implications for the utilization and distribution of scarce resources. Students may learn how individuals can make more productive and efficient decisions to further the collective goals of an organization. It also covers the laws of supply and demand.
  • Effective human resource management. Organizational goals may be achieved by improving performance, developing organizational cultures, and fostering innovation and flexibility. All human resource activities should align employee recruitment, selection, training, and management with a company’s goals.
  • Social conflict and negotiation. Negative conflict can be destructive and compromise decision-making; however, conflict can also have a positive influence by creating a catalyst for change or identifying a source of creativity. Whether the conflict is positive or negative, students can learn how to employ effective negotiation techniques for conflict resolution.

Common Courses for a BA in Organizational Leadership

Here is a sample of some of the most common organizational leadership courses:

Introduction to Leadership. Students may gain an understanding of what constitutes good leadership. It also enables them to study both classic and contemporary leadership theories, and develop their own leadership potential.

Social Conflict and Negotiation. This course typically explores social science theory and practice and how social science relates to conflict and negotiation. Students may learn the practical application of theory to minimize the negative effects of conflict on an organization.

Understanding Organizational Behavior. Organizational behavior is the study of how people think, feel, and behave in an organization. Students can learn to apply the foundational theories of organizational behavior to improve individual well-being and the overall effectiveness of an organization.

Human Resource Management. This course educates students on the role of human resource professionals in an organization. Topics covered include recruitment, selection, training, job design, retention, termination, and compensation. It also provides students with an overview of typical company policies and procedures.

Microeconomics. Students can learn the intricacies of price theory and how it relates to the laws of supply and demand. This course also covers the economics of consumer and company behavior, market structures, and business regulation by government.