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B.A. Organizational Leadership

Fast Facts: Organizational Leadership Major and Minor

  • Helps individuals develop their leadership capabilities through the study of psychology, group behavior, ethics and planned change
  • Interdisciplinary program explores how individual, group and systems factors influence workplace behavior
  • Teaches the principles of effective communication, problem-solving and decision making, as well as team-related skills by using experiential learning opportunities
  • The number of required credits lends itself to students pursuing a second major in business, psychology, english, communication or the health sciences

Program Requirements

Major: 52 credits
Minor: 20 credits

Research or Internship possibilities

Internship opportunities are strongly encouraged and can be found in a variety of areas including human resource offices, organization development units, consulting organizations and within the field of public administration. Opportunities to work with faculty on research projects may also be available. The most recent project focused on an authentic leadership study conducted with undergraduate students.


This degree is well-suited to current supervisors and managers who are hoping to advance their careers. It also can prepare students for graduate study in human resource management or disciplines related to organizational management. Jobs can be found in a wide range of organizational settings.

Is this program for me?

  • Those interested in human resources, business mentoring and training/development project management
  • Those interested in working for nonprofit organizations or human services agencies as well as for profit businesses
  • Recent graduates are working at companies such as Securian, Target, maurices, Robert Half International and Creative Arcade

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse MGT 3240 - Human Resource Management

Provides an in-depth exposure to the major areas of human resource management including recruiting, selection, training, motivation, appraisal, planning, labor relations and compensation.

Expand and Collapse MGT 3550 - Organizational Behavior

Explores the behavior of people within organizations in terms of the factors that most influence it. These include factors related to individuals, groups and the larger organization system. The course relies heavily on experiential learning as a means of teaching students how to apply lessons in organizational settings. Prerequisites: junior status or permission of instructor.

Expand and Collapse MGT 3555 - Leadership

Designed as an introduction and overview to leadership. It emphasizes self-assessment and development of personal skills and style, understanding and critical evaluation of prominent leadership theories, and exploration of current leadership issues. Through brief lecture, demonstrations, case analyses, and small group discussion and exercises, students explore the application of leadership concepts and practices that have utility across organizations and disciplines.

Expand and Collapse MGT 3560 - Organization Development

Introduces students to the theories and practice of organization development and how organizations plan and facilitate the change process. Emphasis will be on understanding the drivers of change, stages of transition management, dealing with resistance to change, organizational culture, and change agent skills. Cases and work experience will be used to highlight challenges.

Expand and Collapse MGT 4261 - Team Development

Examines the role of teams in organizations. It covers the decision to use teams, characteristics of effective teams, team building, styles of interaction, project planning, conflict, and evaluation. Students form teams to work on tasks and use them as a laboratory for understanding and changing team processes.

Expand and Collapse MGT 4262 - Training and Development

Provides an introduction to the function of training and development in organizations. It provides a theoretical and practical foundation for students conducting training activities including needs assessment, learning styles, curriculum and program design, use of instructional media and techniques, and evaluation.

Expand and Collapse MKT 2320 - Principles of Marketing

Surveys terms and concepts concerned with the planning process and selection of appropriate actions resulting in successful and unique marketing plans. Product design, pricing strategy, distribution and availability of goods or services and marketing communications are topics covered.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3327 - Social Psychology

Explores the history, content, methods, and applications of social psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include social psychological research methods, the importance of the person and the environment in predicting social behavior, errors in social judgments and decision making, attribution theories, obedience to authority, conformity, group processes, prejudice and discrimination, aggression, altruism, interpersonal attraction and sexuality, and conflict and peacemaking. The most current applications of social psychology to law, the health professions, the clinic, business, and politics are discussed, with special emphasis on connections to students' own lives. Prerequisite: one course in general or developmental psychology.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3330 - Research Methods

Overview of research process designed for upper-division students interested in reading and/or conducting research. Topics include logic of scientific research, types of research, phases of a research study, designing experimental and correlational studies, sampling, quantitative and qualitative methods for collecting data, evaluation and writing of research reports, and ethical issues.

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– Monica Boyer, '18