Minors & Certificates
What is 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.
Organizational leadership students 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.
Like students who graduate with other liberal arts majors, graduates 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.
Advanced Leadership Coursework
Students must complete one of these courses to complete requirements for this elective area.
|OLHR4050||Lessons in Leadership||3|
|OLHR6025||Ethical Issues in HRM||3|
|OLHR4095||Individual Work in OLHR||1 - 3|
Critical Thinking and Decision Making
Students must choose one of these courses to complete this elective requirement.
|OLHR3051||Research Methods for Leaders||3|
|OLHR4000||Leadership and Effective Organizations||3|
Organizational Leadership Minor Requirements
Students complete the following 18 hours for this minor.
|OLHR2050||Foundations of Leadership||3|
|OLHR2051||Organizational Behavior for Effective Leaders||3|
|OLHR2095||Leading the Diverse Workplace||3|
|OLHR3050||The Practice of Leadership||3|
One course from Critical Thinking & Decision Making group below
One course from Advanced Leadership group below
Contact the program director, whose name and information appear on this page.
UC Advantages and Special Opportunities
Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) 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.
Minor in Organizational Leadership with Military Science Substitutions
The minor will require 18 credit hours of course work as outlined below:
Military Science Substitutions
OLHR2050: Foundations of Leadership
MS2001: Leadership 1
MS2002: Leadership 2
OLHR2051: Organizational Behavior for Leaders
OLHR3050: Practice of Leadership
MS3001: Adaptive Team Leadership
OLHR3053: Organizational Assessment and Evaluation
Choose two OLHR electives:
OLHR2062: Women and Activism
May substitute for only one of the required OLHR electives:
MS3002: Applied Leadership
Students are limited to 1 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.
Freshman Admission Requirements
Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.
In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.
If you have declared the minor, it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Completion of Academic Minor Degree in Organizational Leadership
Full-Time Program Duration
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