Organizational Development and Leadership

B. S. Organizational Development and Leadership (program requirements)

The Organizational Development and Leadership program is designed to meet a growing need within the metropolitan work environment to enhance the understanding of people and the way they interact in the marketplace. The coursework expands upon the work experience of the student through the application of classical and innovative approaches to the coordination of human resources. With a synthesis of psychology, sociology, and communications the curriculum is based within a strong liberal arts tradition. Students will gain marketable skills for future employment spanning many industries. Specific objectives include the application of social science and leadership theory to the solution of organizational problems to:

  • Understand the critical relationship between individuals and organizations as they work toward a common goal.
  • Analyze the motives, personalities, and behavior of others in organizations.
  • Think critically and to communicate effectively both in speech and writing.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to do organizational research and apply these research skills toward enhancing effective management and employer relations.
  • Develop an awareness of ethical issues and problems within organizations, and to use ethical means to solve them.

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