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.
The qualities most sought by employers but seldom found are those of leadership. Survey after survey indicates that effective communication skills, group and team dynamics, and strategic thinking lead to success in any field. The OLED program is dedicated to training leaders skilled in managing innovation and change. The faculty bring to courses both expertise in theory and practical workplace experience.
Students who successfully complete the program will possess an understanding of themselves, others, and their organizations in order 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.
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:
* 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.
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