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Organizational Leadership

Organizational leadership is an interdisciplinary program that combines a liberal arts education and selective business subjects with classes, guest lectures and seminars in leadership. The core curriculum of the ORGL program focuses on understanding theoretical and practical approaches to leadership. “Leadership,” by definition, is not limited to for-profit enterprises, but extends to all forms of organizational life (e.g., non-profit, government, education) as well as our interpersonal and group relationships. Accordingly, this program provides a coherent pathway for students wishing to become leaders across all sectors by targeting skill areas essential for leadership, organizational success and a lifetime of personal and professional achievement.

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Quick Info

Program Code

15BA-ORGL

Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus

Freshman Class Profile for this Major

GPA
3.044 - 3.660 (4 pt. scale)
ACT
21.0 - 26.0
SAT
980 - 1180

Department

Psychology
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Contact

Edwards One, Suite 4130
PO Box 210094
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0094
Stacie Furst-Holloway
Email: furstse@ucmail.uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-0176

Student Success Factors

Organizational leadership majors enjoy working in team-based environments and desire to make an impact in their organizations and communities. They understand how organizations function, have strong critical thinking and problem solving skills and are self-, socially-, and globally-aware. These characteristics enable our students to succeed in a variety of careers, including human resources, sales, banking and public service.

Career Possibilities

Like students who graduate with other liberal arts majors, graduates with a BA in organizational leadership are prepared for further academic or professional study and for many different career options in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Graduates are employed as:

  • Human resource recruiter
  • Marketing manager
  • Bank financial loan officer
  • Retail manager
  • Loan processor, financial institution
  • Sales representative
  • Local government agencies
  • Hospital administration supervisor
  • Restaurant owner/manager
  • Airline customer service manager
  • Education administrator
  • Employee relations representative
  • Training and development manager
  • Health care administrator

     

Organizational leadership students may also choose to go on to law school, master's programs in business administration, human resource management or graduate programs in communication, psychology and other liberal arts disciplines.

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The primary objective of the organizational leadership program (ORGL) in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to perform as effective leaders within their organizations and society. It is a degree for students who want an interdisciplinary program with a social sciences orientation that will make them competitive in the job market. The goal of the degree is to educate students to use critical thinking and communication skills to enhance the performance of their organizations, communities and professions.

 

The program produces graduates who can initiate and respond to change through leadership and teamwork, and whose critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills enable them to view situations from new perspectives and to find new solutions. Full-time students can complete the program within four years and part-time students can complete the program in five to six years.

 

A&S provides flexible degree requirements which encourage multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • Communication
  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Spanish

ORGL-Human Resources Track

For students with a specific interest in human resources (HR), the organizational leadership program provides an option for pursuing a specialized track in HR.  This track enables students to take an equivalent set of core cores in leadership and business fundamentals as those in the “traditional” ORGL program. However, elective coursework for students in the HR track focuses specifically on the fundamentals of HR (e.g., training and development, staffing, compensation).

Minor Details

The minor requires 18 credit hours of course work as outlined below:

 

Course Requirements for Minor:

  • OLHR 2050 (3 hrs)     Foundations of Leadership
  • OLHR 2051 (3 hrs)     Organizational Behavior for Effective Leaders
  • OLHR 2095 (3 hrs)     Diversity in the Workplace
  • OLHR3050 (3 hrs)      The Practice of Leadership

Elective Coursework:1

Critical Thinking and Decision Making Elective (choose one):

v  Leadership for Organizational Effectiveness (OLHR4000)

v  Research Methods (OLHR3051)

Additional Leadership Elective (choose one):

v  Women and the Workplace (OLHR3012)

v  Lessons in Leadership (OLHR4050)

v  Groups (OLHR6050)

v  Ethics (OLHR5025)

v  Special Problems in OLHR (OLHR4095)

 

1Students are limited to one course substitution in the elective courses. For instance, if a student takes a diversity course outside the minor, he or she can use that for credit toward the minor, but must choose other electives from the lists provided to complete the requirements for the minor.

 

Certificate in Human Resources

A certificate in human resources is also available. Students completing any program at the university may pursue the certificate, which is also available to non-degree seeking students.

 

Minor in Business

Students majoring in organizational leadership might pursue the business minor. Interested students should make an appointment with the business minor advisor by contacting the Undergraduate Programs Office in the College of Business.

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Organizational Leadership Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Fall (Year 1)
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • STAT1034, Elementary Statistics I, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (freshmen only), 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspectives (HP) Course, HP, 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • STAT1035, Elementary Statistics II, QR, 3
    • COMM1071, Introduction to Effective Speaking, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, HIST Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course, HU, 3
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • ECON1001, Introduction to Microeconomics, SS, 3
    • OLHR2070, Organizational Leadership and the Law, 3
    • OLHR2050, Foundations of Leadership, SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 5
    Spring (Year 2)
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • ECON1002, Introduction to Macroeconomics, SS, 3
    • OLHR2051, Organizational Behavior for Effective Leaders, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 5
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • ACCT2081, Financial Accounting, 3
    • OLHR3050, The Practice of Leadership, 3
    • IS2080C, Digital Technologies for Business, TI, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 3
    Spring (Year 3)
    • ACCT2082, Managerial Accounting, 3
    • OLHR3051, Research Methods for Leaders, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Choose one course from Global Awareness and Diversity Group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course (may double count), 0 - 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 3
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • ENGL4091, Writing for Business, 3
    • OLHR4000, Leadership and Effective Organizations, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Choose one course from Advanced Leadership Skills Group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 6
    Spring (Year 4)
    • OLHR5000, Organizational Leadership Capstone, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Choose one course from Advanced Leadership Skills Group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives (enough to meet 120 hr. min. req.), 6 - 9
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Groupings:
    Global Awareness and Diversity
    • OLHR2095, Leading the Diverse Workplace, 3
    • OLHR3002, International HRM, 3
    • PSYC2011, Psychology of Gender, SE, SS, 3
    Advanced Leadership Skills
    • OLHR4050, Lessons in Leadership, 3
    • OLHR4090, Undergraduate Teaching Practicum, 1 - 3
    • OLHR4095, Individual Work in OLHR, 1 - 3
    • OLHR6025, Ethical Issues in HRM, 3
    • OLHR6050, Teams, 3

15BA-ORGL-HR

    Fall (Year 1)
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • COMM1071, Introduction to Effective Speaking, HU, 3
    • STAT1034, Elementary Statistics I, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (freshmen only), 3
    Spring (Year 1)
    • STAT1035, Elementary Statistics II, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Science (NS) Course, NS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspectives (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives, 6
    Summer (Year 1)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 2)
    • ECON1001, Introduction to Microeconomics, SS, 3
    • OLHR2070, Organizational Leadership and the Law, 3
    • OLHR2050, Foundations of Leadership, SS, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 5
    Spring (Year 2)
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • ECON1002, Introduction to Macroeconomics, SS, 3
    • OLHR2051, Organizational Behavior for Effective Leaders, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, DC, 5
    Summer (Year 2)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 3)
    • ACCT2081, Financial Accounting, 3
    • OLHR3000, Introduction to Human Resources, 3
    • IS2080C, Digital Technologies for Business, TI, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, HIST Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) Course, HU, 3
    Spring (Year 3)
    • ACCT2082, Managerial Accounting, 3
    • OLHR3051, Research Methods for Leaders, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from HR Knowledge Group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course (may double count), 0 - 3
    Summer (Year 3)
    • N/A
    Fall (Year 4)
    • OLHR4000, Leadership and Effective Organizations, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from Leadership and Teamwork Group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from HR Knowledge Group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Elective, 3
    Spring (Year 4)
    • ENGL4091, Writing for Business, 3
    • OLHR5000, Organizational Leadership Capstone, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from HR Knowledge Group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Free Electives (enough to meet 120 hr. min. req.), 6 - 9
    Summer (Year 4)
    • N/A
    Groupings:
    HR Knowledge
    • OLHR3001, Compensation, 3
    • OLHR3002, International HRM, 3
    • OLHR3003, Training and Development, 3
    • OLHR3005, Staffing Organizations, 3
    • OLHR6012, Employee Relations and Labor Unions in a Global Economy, 3
    • OLHR6025, Ethical Issues in HRM, 3
    • OLHR6080, Health and Safety in the Workplace, 3
    Leadership and Teamwork
    • OLHR2095, Leading the Diverse Workplace, 3
    • OLHR3050, The Practice of Leadership, 3
    • OLHR4050, Lessons in Leadership, 3
    • OLHR4095, Individual Work in OLHR, 1 - 3
    • OLHR6050, Teams, 3
    • PSYC2042, Psychology of Interpersonal Relations, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC Math Placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

 

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.