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This degree completion program leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in a leadership-focused, multi-disciplinary, application-oriented major. Designed for students with a two-year degree or its equivalent who want a broad academic background to prepare them for supervisory and managerial careers. The major combines courses in communication and management with the study of leadership theory and practice. Students will also learn problem-solving techniques and complete a leadership skills project. This integrated major prepares today's and tomorrow's leaders for the challenges across all career fields.!-- InstanceEndEditable -->
Contact Information
Scott Graham, Ph.D.
463 Allyn Hall

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If you have questions about the program or what courses to take, Contact an Academic Advisor

Notice: to take OL 4025 you must first complete the OL 4025 Internship Application

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Organizational Leadership
Potential Career Possibilities

(gathered from Wright State OL Graduates)

1. Special Events Consultant
2. Human Resources
3. Career Planner
4. Operations Manager
5. Data Entry Specialist
6. Restaurant Management
7. Sales Consultant
8. Mortgage Sales
9. Production Buyer
10. Quality Systems Coordinator
11. Recreational Management
12. Insurance Agent
13. Software Development
14. Corporate Trainer
15. Nursing Coordinator
16. Military Officer
17. IT Trainer
18. Educational Administrative Coordinator
19. Graduate Student
20. Marketing Sales Assistant
21. Non-Profit Management
22. Medical Office Manager
23. Corporate Recruiter
24. Assistant Magazine Editor
25. Supervisor
26. Bank
27. Independent Trainer

Contact the Organizational Leadership Program


Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

Degree without teaching licensure.

The program is designed for students with a two-year degree or its equivalent who want a broad academic background to prepare them for supervisory and management careers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. It was developed as a degree completion program.

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

WRIGHT STATE CORE Unless specified below, visit www.wright.edu/semesters-advising/wright-state-core for a listing of CORE courses available in each CORE Element.
CORE Element 2: must include STT 1600
CORE Element 5: must include EC 2040
39 hours
OL 2010 Self as Leader 3
OL 3020 Leading Others 3
OL 3030 Interpersonal Skills for Leaders 3
OL 3040 Developing Others 3
OL 4010 Leading Change 3

OL 4020


OL 4025

Community-Based Service Learning

Community-Based Internship 3
OL 4940 Leadership and the Environment 3
OL 4950 Leadership Skills Application 3
Choose one:
COM 1010
COM 1040
COM 1520

Essentials of Public Address
Introduction to Human Communication
Mass Communication

Choose one:
ENG 3000
ENG 3610
ENG 3650

Business Writing
Technical Writing
Writing Nonfiction

Choose three course at the 2000 or higher level from the following subject areas: ATH, COM, CSE, CST, ED, HST, PSY, RES, RST, SOC, WS, UH, URS 9
ELECTIVES   42 hours
Total Hours: 120    

Program information last modified Friday, 19th October, 2012 @ 04:42pm

Why a major in Organizational Leadership?
Today we see a surging interest in leadership within organizations. With the rapid rate of change in our global economy, people in managerial and leadership roles must be more adaptive and innovative than ever. They must learn how to be more confident and cometent leaders of others. Research shows that leadership can be learned, fostered, developed and improved.

"Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it. You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leaderhship."
Dwight D. Eisenhower

"Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall."
Stephen R. Covey

"Leadership is not magnetic personality, that can just as well be a glib tongue. It is not "making friends and influencing people", that is flattery. Leadership is lifting a person's vision to higher sights, the raising of a person's perfomance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations."
Peter F. Drucker

"Do you want to spend the rest of your life selling sugared water or do you want a chance to change the world?"
Steve Jobs


Q.  What are the requirements to get into the Organizational Leadership undergraduate program?
A.  To be entered into the program, one must have EITHER:
     a. A completed Associates degree, OR
     b. 60 total semester hours
     c. 2.00 Cumulative GPA

One must also complete these two courses prior to official program entry:
     1. OL 2010
2. OL 3020
3. Starting in Fall 2013, Statistics 1600 will be required for admission into the major

Q. How long will it take me to complete the Organizational Leadership program?
A. This certainly depends on how many credits you have when you enter the program and how many credits per semester you can take. Students should seek the advice of a CEHS Student Services advisor to learn more about their own timeline .

Q. What courses count as Open Electives?
A. Anything that does not fit into General Education, the Integrated Leadership Focus or Organizational Leadership Focus will go into Open Electives.  If a student needs a lot of Open Electives, the overriding advice is to seek out courses that:
   a. fit a student’s schedule
   b. are nice complements to the O.L. major
   c. they want to take
   d. add a minor 
   e. see an academic advisor for further assistance

Q. What is the process of entering the Organizational Leadership program, and how long does it take to complete that process?
A. Students start in the University College and the UC advisors evaluate prerequisites and, when they are met, the student’s file is sent to the CEHS Student Services office for an official evaluation and the student is advised of their status.

Q. After I’m officially admitted into the O.L. program, how do I know what to take and when?
A. Students receive notice that informs the student how to access their program of study via the Internet .  This is what the O.L. student should use when determining what to schedule.  When to schedule is up to the student. The O.L. student can talk with the CEHS Student Services advisor to determine sequencing or to find out when to take certain courses.

Q. What is the best way to contact my Student Services Advisor?
A. Visit during open, walk-in advising -Monday, Tuesday & Thursday 9 am - 11:30 am or 1 pm - 3:30 pm and Monday, Tuesday & and Thurday evening 5 pm - 6:00 pm. (when WSU is in session)
Web Address Link : Student Services
Phone:  775-3088 (Main)

Q. Where do I get permission for an Organizational Leadership permission course?
A. Using your WSU email account, send an email to Julia Acosta at julia.acosta@wright.edu. In the email, provide your name, UID number (Banner Student ID) and the CRN number(s) of the O.L course(s) you wish to register for. You will be cleared in the Banner system if you are eligible to register and you will be notified by email to your WSU account within two business days. For more info, call 937-775-2506.