Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Organizational Leadership, Bachelor of Science (545)


Program Coordinator

Gary W. Houchens, gary.houchens@wku.edu, (270) 745-4999

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership provides an academic foundation for the professional and career-focused study of leadership principles and skills. It is specifically designed to advance the professional objectives of students who desire to complete a baccalaureate degree for career advancement and expanded job opportunities. The combination of leadership, management, and global and social-cultural perspectives provides graduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide effective leadership at various levels and in a variety of occupational settings.

This degree program requires a minimum of 48 semester hours: 24 hours in the leadership core plus 24 hours in identified electives. Students must meet all University requirements for admission, continuance in the program, and graduation. Students admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership must have previously earned an associate’s degree from a regionally-accredited program or have attained junior status.

Program Requirements (48 hours)

A baccalaureate degree requires a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester hours. More information can be found at www.wku.edu/registrar/degree_certification.php.

Students who began WKU in the Fall 2014 and thereafter should review the Colonnade requirements located at: https://www.wku.edu/colonnade/colonnaderequirements.php.

Required Courses
LEAD 200Introduction to Leadership Studies3
or LEAD 300 Leadership Theory and Application
LEAD 325Leading Change3
LEAD 330Leadership Ethics and Decision-Making3
LEAD 395Contemporary Leadership Issues3
LEAD 400Practicum in Leadership3
LEAD 440Leading Teams3
LEAD 450Leadership in Global Contexts3
LEAD 465Leadership Coaching3
Electives
Select 24 hours from the following:24
Introductory Accounting—Financial
Introductory Accounting-Managerial
Project Management
Technology Management / Supervision / Team Building
Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
Process and Effects of Mass Communication
Business Communication
Organization and Management
Principles of Marketing
Management of Human Resources
Effective Listening
Leadership Communication
Advanced Intercultural Communication
Statistics
Business Writing
Innovation Management
Entrepreneurship
International Entrepreneurship
Small Business Management
Principles of Finance
Health Care Organization and Management
Human Resources Management for Healthcare Managers
Health Systems Management
Ambulatory Care Administration
Principles and Methods of Health Planning
Investigative Methods in Interdisciplinary Studies
Legal Environment of Business
Organization and Management
Business Law
International Business
Ethics and Critical Thinking
Human Resource Management
Decision Modeling
Operations Management
International Management
Managing Projects in Organizations
Management of Nonprofit Organizations
Business Communication Fundamentals
Human Resource Information Systems
Employment Law
Effective Staffing Practices
International Human Resource Management
Organizational Behavior
Management of Organizational Conflict
Basic Marketing Concepts
Consumer Behavior
Integrated Marketing Communications
Services Marketing
International Marketing
Personal Selling
Social Media Marketing
Senior Seminar-Marketing
Marketing Research
Marketing Management
Supply Chain Management
Sales Force Management
Advanced Personal Selling Strategies
Marketing Study Abroad
Legal Ethics
Public Policy
Government and Ethics
International Organization and Law
Issues in Human Resource Management
Social Psychology
Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology
The Psychology of Sales Behavior
Social Psychology
Industrial / Organizational Psychology
Recreation Leadership
Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
The Community in Rural and Urban Settings
Diversity in American Society
Systems Thinking and Problem-Solving in Complex Organizations
Total Hours48

The following restrictions apply to this major: no more than 24 semester hours from the School of Journalism and Broadcasting; no more than 30 hours in courses administered by the Gordon Ford College of Business; no more than 12 upper-level semester hours from the Gordon Ford College of Business.

Students who transfer to WKU with an applied associate degree (e.g., Associate of Applied Science) receive a 12-hour waiver from the overall upper-level course requirement.

Finish in Four Plan

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
ENG 1003LEAD 3303
MATH 109 (or higher)3Major Elective3
LEAD 200 or LEAD 3003COMM 1453
Colonnade: Arts & Humanities3HIST 101 or HIST 1023
General University Elective3Colonnade: Literary Studies3
 15 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
LEAD 3253LEAD 3953
Major Elective3Major Elective3
Colonnade: Social and Behavioral Sciences3Major Elective3
Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences3Colonnade: Natural & Physical Sciences with lab3
General University Elective3General University Elective3
 15 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
LEAD 4403LEAD 450 (fulfills major and Connections: Local to Global)3
Major Elective3Major Elective3
Colonnade: Writing in the Disciplines3Colonnade: Social and Cultural3
General University Elective3General University Elective3
General University Elective3General University Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
LEAD 4653LEAD 4001-6
Major Elective3Major Elective3
Colonnade: Systems3General University Elective3
General University Elective3General University Elective3
General University Elective3General University Elective3
 15 15
Total Hours 120