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Organizational Leadership, BPS

Offered in: CHICAGO | ONLINE

The Bachelor of Professional Studies major in Organizational Leadership (OLED) provides a multi-disciplinary approach to leadership issues, combining management science, humanities, social sciences, research science, communication arts, technology, and ethics.

Students who successfully complete the program will possess an understanding of themselves, others, and their organizations and will be able to identify a personal organizational leadership style which fits within those contexts. They will also be able to identify necessary organizational leadership skills in given situations and prepare a plan of action for improving organizational capabilities. Students will develop the ability to think critically about decisions in a manner that is socially responsible and responsive to the needs of the organization.

An Organizational Leadership degree leads to careers in consulting, employee development, recruitment, health care administration, association management, information management, human resources, labor relations, law enforcement, project management, strategic planning, and training, among others.

This major is available fully online through RU Online.


Grade of C or higher required in all OLED courses for OLED majors.

  OLED 320 Introduction to Organizational Communication I* .....3
  OLED 325 Organizational Communication II* .....3
  OLED 330 Foundations of Organizational Leadership* .....3
  OLED 335 Organizational Change* .....3
  OLED 350 Group Dynamics and Facilitation .....3
  OLED 365 Social Justice and Diversity in the Workplace* .....3
  OLED 370 Leadership Development .....3
  OLED 380 Strategy, Vision and Planning* .....3
Two courses chosen from the courses listed below:
  OLED 310 Media Outlets: Theory and Practice .....3
  OLED 340 Persuasion and Presentation Skills .....3
  OLED 360 Evidence-based Decision-making .....3
  OLED 368 Organization Behavior .....3
  OLED 372 Organization Development .....3
  OLED 375 Conflict and Negotiation .....3
  OLED 378 Power and Influence .....3
  OLED 382 Special Topics Course .....3
  OLED 385 Social Media Strategies .....3

Functional Area or Minor

  Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor .....18

Core Curriculum

BPS degrees replace traditional general education courses and electives with an innovative Core Curriculum, consisting of interdisciplinary seminars and a Senior Thesis research project. These seminars, designed for adult students, reduce the time required to complete degree requirements. Courses in the BPS core are designated with the PLS prefix (Professional and Liberal Studies). The BPS Core Curriculum includes:

Introductory Seminars

  MATH 095 Developmental Mathematics .....
  MATH 110 Quantitative Reasoning or PLS 290 (see below) .....3
  PLS 201 Pro-Seminar in Critical Skills (for students with <60h of transfer credit) - OR PLS 302 (see below) .....6
  PLS 290 Seminar in Technological and Quantitative Literacy -OR- Math 110 Quantitative Reasoning .....3
  PLS 302 Methods of Critical Reasoning (for students with >60h transfer credit or AA/AS degree) .....3

Senior Seminars

  PLS 390 Seminar in the Social Sciences .....6
  PLS 391 Seminar in the Natural Sciences .....6
  PLS 392 Seminar in the Humanities .....6
  PLS 399 Senior Thesis .....3

University Writing Requirement

  Roosevelt University Assessment placement test to determine if additional courses are required .....
  ENG 101 Introduction to Composition .....3
  ENG 102 Argument, Analysis, Research .....3

Senior Seminars

* Students may waive one PLS Senior Seminar with nine semester hours of appropriate transferable credit with at least a 2.0 average in a single seminar area; students with 60 semester hours of transfer credit or an Associates’ Degree in Arts or Science may waive two Senior Seminars.

Other Requirements

  • Students must be 24 years of age when they start the program.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at Roosevelt and maintain a 2.0 grade point average to graduate.
  • Students must successfully complete a minimum of nine semester hours at the 300 level in the major at Roosevelt.
  • Students must consult with an advisor every semester prior to registering to ensure that selected courses are appropriate for their specific BPS major.