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The B.S. in Organizational Leadership is concentrated on the process of influencing others and adapting to change. It covers aspects such as ethical behavior, organizational culture and global perspectives, purposeful communication, and the use of information for making decisions, planning goals, and implementing strategies. Students learn and practice how leaders recognize opportunities and motivate others, and how followers choose leaders.

Graduates go on to careers in administration, management, and entrepreneurial ventures in corporate, government, military, and nonprofit organizations. Jobs include corporate trainer, employee relations representative, personnel manager, project leader, and supervisor.

Contact Information

Anthony J. Moretti, Ph.D.    
Interim Department Head
moretti@rmu.edu
412-397-6467
Wheatley Center 212

Degree Requirements and Courses

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RMU CORE COURSES - 39 CREDITS REQUIRED

  • CSEN; or CSCM1010; or 2050    Reading & Writing Strategies; OR Intercultural Communications (Honors section: CSHR2050)    3
  • CSEN1020    Argument & Research (Honors section: CSHR1025)    3
  • CSCM1030    Public Speaking & Persuasion (Honors section: CSHR1030)    3
  • CSCM2040    Professional Communication in Workplace (Honors section: CSHR2040)    3
  • ECON1010    Survey of Economics (Honors section: ECON1015)    3
  • HUMA1010    Humanities: Art and Music (Honors section: HUMA1015)    3
  • INFS1020    Fundamentals of Information Technology (Honors section: INFS1025)    3
  • STAT1130    Statistical Reasoning    3
  • PSYC1010    General Psychology    3
  • SOCI1010; or 1020    Principles of Sociology: OR Contemporary American Social Problems (Honors section: 1025)    3
  • HIST; or POLS; or  History elective; choose from 1100 (Honors section: 1105), 1200, 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800; OR Political Science elective POLS 1020    3
  • ELIT    Literature Elective: Choose from 1040, 1050, 1060, 2030, 2040, 2055 (Honors section: 2065), or 2080    3
  • Natural Science Elective: Choose from BIOL1040, BIOL1050, BIOL1060, BIOL1250, BIOL1320, CHEM1220, ENVS1140, ENVS1160, ENVS1170, GEOL1090 (HNRS: GEOL1095), GEOL1100, GEOL1130, PHYS1060, or SCIE1020

ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP MAJOR - 36 CREDITS REQUIRED

DEPARTMENT CORE - 12 Credits Required

Minimum grade of “C” must be earned for each course

  • ORGL1100    Introduction to Leadership and Followership    3
  • ORGL2200    Applied Personal and Interpersonal Leadership Skills    3
  • ORGL3700    Leadership and Communication    3
  • ORGL4000    Organizational Design and Effectiveness    3

REQUIRED COURSES - 18 CREDITS REQUIRED

Minimum grade of “C” must be earned for each course

  • ORGL1200    Diversity and Multicultural in Organizs    3
  • ORGL2300    Leadership and Ethics    3
  • ORGL3100   Collaboration and Terms    3
  • ORGL3200    Applied Group and Org Leadership Skills    3
  • ORGL3300    Identity, Influence, and Leadership    3
  • ORGL4850    Org. Leadership Capstone Project    3

ELECTIVE COURSES - 6 CREDITS REQUIRED

Minimum grade of “C” must be earned for each course

  • ORGL1000    Intro to Leadership Development    1
  • ORGL1300    Lead/Follow through Personality Type    1
  • ORGL2000    Leadership and Popular Culture    3
  • ORGL3000    Sex, Power, and Leadership    3
  • ORGL3500    Leading Virtual Teams & Organizations    3
  • ORGL3900    Leadership and Sustainability    3
  • ORGL4400    Contemporary Issues in Org Leadership    3
  • ORGL4903    Organizational Leadership Internship    3-6

NON-BUSINESS / OPEN ELECTIVE COURSES - 45 CREDITS REQUIRED

4-Year Course Plan

Freshman Year, Fall

  • ORGL 1100 Introduction to Leadership & Followership
  • ORGL Elective 1 (3)
  • PSYC 1010 General Psychology
  • SOCI 1010 Principles of Sociology 1020 Contemporary American Social Problems
  • CSEN 1010 Reading and Writing Strategies or 1020 Argument & Research 3
  • FYSP 1000 First Year Studies Seminar

Freshman Year, Spring

  • ORGL 1200 Diversity & Multiculturalism in Organizations
  • ORGL 2300 Leadership & Ethics
  • CSEN 1020 Argument & Research 3 or 1030 Public Speaking and Persuasion 3
  • RMU Core Course 5
  • RMU Core Course 6

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • ORGL 2200 Applied Personal & Interpersonal Leadership Skills
  • ORGL Elective 2
  • CSCM 1030 Public Speaking & Persuasion 3 or CSCM 2040 Professional Communication in the Workplace
  • RMU Core Course 8
  • Open Elective 1

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • CSCM 2040 Professional Communication in the Workplace OR CSCM 2050 Intercultural Communications
  • RMU Core Course 10
  • Open Elective 2
  • Open Elective 3
  • Open Elective 4

Junior Year, Fall

  • ORGL 3100 Collaboration & Teams
  • ORGL 3300 Power, Influence & Decision Making
  • ORGL 3700 Leadership & Communication
  • RMU Core Course 11
  • Open Elective 5

Junior Year, Spring

  • ORGL 3200 Applied Group & Organizational Leadership Skills
  • RMU Core Course 12
  • Open Elective 6
  • Open Elective 7
  • Open Elective 8

Senior Year, Fall

  • ORGL 4000 Organizational Design & Effectiveness
  • RMU Core Course 13
  • Open Elective 10
  • Open Elective 11
  • Open Elective 12

Senior Year, Spring

  • ORGL 4805 Organizational Leadership Capstone Project
  • ORGL 4903 Recommended Elective - Organizational Leadership Internship
  • Open Elective 13
  • Open Elective 14
  • Open Elective 15
Program Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership program, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Describe and demonstrate an understanding of challenges and approaches to leading and following in many kinds of organizations in a variety of contexts.
  • Make reasoned judgments, practice reflection, and exhibit self and other awareness when faced with ethical dilemmas and making decisions.
  • Apply appropriate communication skills in interpersonal, group, and organizational contexts.
  • Recognize group dynamics and develop collaborative skills necessary for teamwork and conflict resolution.
  • Interpret facets of organizational behavior and how organizational goals and effectiveness, viability, and sustainability are achieved.
Career Prep

A recent study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that eight competencies are especially valuable for students entering the professional workplace. That list includes communication skills written and verbal, problem-solving skills, ability to work in a team, initiative, quantitative skills, strong work ethic, and leadership. Students will develop and strengthen these skills through our courses.

In addition, the following core values are embedded into our courses: Critical and analytical thinking, professional integrity, relational authenticity, stewardship, and transparent communication.

Organizational leadership degree holders can be found in diverse fields such as business, education, human resources, sports and more.

Demand for Organizational Leadership Professionals

Entry-level positions for organizational leadership graduates begin at roughly $50,000 with the income level climbing as more professional experience is gathered.

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Steven Sims

Steven Sims, Class of 2006

VP of WOW Presents Plus, World of Wonder

"My time at Robert Morris was some of the best years of my life. I had great relationships with all of my professors and built friendships and networks that will last a lifetime. The opportunities that RMU provided helped me grow into the successful television executive and producer that I am today."

Contact Us

Dr. Anthony Moretti
Interim Department Head
412 397 6467
moretti@rmu.edu

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Leading Virtual Teams & Organizations
Collaboration & Teams
Power, Influence & Decision Making
Major Credits
36
Organizational Leadership
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
45

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