Organizational Leadership, BS

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and Supervision was designed with the active assistance of business and industrial leaders. It provides a practical, people-oriented approach to the practice of leadership and was established to meet the educational needs of:

  • Individuals currently employed who desire to develop leadership skills
  • Students who are majoring in fields which have limited job opportunities who desire to increase their employability by developing leadership as well as technical skills 
  • Graduates from associate degree programs who desire to continue their studies

The OLS curriculum provides a comprehensive approach that fosters the development of leadership skills applicable in a wide variety of settings. In addition to the leadership core, students also pursue coursework in a variety of business-related topics as well as general education components. The plan of study is also flexible enough to accommodate the pursuit of a minor or other area of interest.  

Graduates of the OLS program are prepared for successful careers in business, education, retail, service, government, health care and industry/manufacturing. Depending upon how their coursework was structured, graduates may be working in positions such as management, human resources, training, accounting, customer service, field engineering, plant engineering, production or process control, purchasing, quality control, sales or technical writing. The OLS degree is also well positioned to serve students who have already completed an AS degree in a technical field who wish to go on to complete their BS degree with the intent of advancing to leadership positions within their chosen profession. 

PNC General Education Core (30 credits)

Composition and Communication (9 credits)

ENGL 10100English Composition I

3 credits

ENGL 10200English Composition II

3 credits

COM 11400Fundamentals Of Speech Communication

3 credits

Quantitative Reasoning (6 credits)

MA 21300Finite Mathematics I

3 credits

STAT 30100Elementary Statistical Methods

0 - 3 credits

MA 15300 or higher and STAT 30100 or higher become requirements for the BS in Business if students have met the Quantitative Reasoning component of the General Education Core with other courses. MA 11100 does not count towards the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Supervision.

Natural Sciences and Technology (6 credits)

Choose two courses from Natural Science.

Humanities and Social Sciences (6 credits)

Choose two course from Humanities and/or Social Sciences

General Education Elective (3 credits)

Elective

3 credits

or GS 19100 if already taken

Additional Supportive Courses

Information Technology (3 credits)

Must take any CNIT course or OLS 47100 or GBG 35400.

(CNIT 10700 is NOT a valid elective)

Literature and the Arts

Choose one class from Literature and the Arts.

Individual & Society, Global Cultures, Racial & Ethnic Diversity, or Gender Issues

Choose one from Individual & Society, Global Cultures, Racial & Ethnic Diversity, or Gender Issues.

Communication and Composition

ENGL 42000Business Writing

3 credits

Foreign Language I

3 credits

Foreign Language II

3 credits

Technical Support

Technical Support (24 credits)

GBG 12700Development Of Business In The United States

3 credits

MGMT 20000Introductory Accounting

3 credits

MGMT 32300Introduction To Market Analysis

3 credits

GBG 12700 serves as Freshman Year Experience (FYE) course for this degree.

Choose One:

OLS 48400Leadership Strategies For Quality And Productivity

3 credits

IET 36400Total Quality Control

3 credits

Choose One:

GBG 35100Organization And Management

3 credits

GBG 39000Undergraduate Special Problems

0 - 3 credits

IET 35200Operations Management

3 credits

Choose One:

ECON 25100Microeconomics

3 credits

ECON 25200Macroeconomics

3 credits

Choose One:

OLS 36800Personnel Law

3 credits

GBG 25900Law And Society

3 credits

GBG 26000Business Law

3 credits

Choose One:

OLS 44100Leading Ethically

3 credits

GBG 34400Business Ethics

3 credits

Required Courses (30 credits)

Leadership Core (30 credits)

OLS 25200Human Relations In Organizations

3 credits

OLS 27400Applied Leadership

3 credits

OLS 38600Leadership For Organizational Change And Innovation

3 credits

OLS 38800Leadership Through Teams

3 credits

OLS 45400Gender And Diversity In Management

3 credits

OLS 47700Conflict Management

3 credits

OLS 48700Leadership Philosophy

3 credits

OLS 49400Organizational Policy

3 credits

OLSOLS Elective

3 credits

OLS Elective

3 credits

Free Elective

Choose One course from any discipline for 3 credits. Course cannot be a pre-requisite for a required course.

Consider an internship to enhance your education as well as your resume.

Minor Specialization Area

Select any five courses supporting an area of interest or minor.

A key factor in your continued academic and future career success is developing positive relationships not only with your advisor or faculty mentor but with select members of the faculty as well.  They can help keep you on track to graduate in a timely manner and provide insight into various career paths, even working to support an internship or other experiential learning opportunity.  The following policies apply to students pursuing a degree in the College of Business:

  • When you select a major or change your degree objective (CODO) to a program offered by the College of Business, you will be placed on the plan of study in effect at the time you make the change.  If you are following one plan of study and another becomes available, you may upgrade to the newest plan but then must follow that plan in its entirety.  You may not drop back to a former plan once you have made the change.
  • You must earn at least a "C" in all Leadership core courses and any relevant prerequisites.  You will need a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 to graduate.
  • Complete a minimum of 32 credit hours at Purdue to receive a degree from Purdue.  In addition, if you are transferring from another institution, you must take at least 32 credit hours at the junior level or higher if you intend to earn a bachelor's degree.