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Degree Requirements

General Education - 40-45 credit hours minimum
Major/Minor - 42 credit hours 
    Common Core Courses (27-30 credit hours) 
    Institution Specific Courses (12-15 credit hours)*
Professional Elective and Free Electives - 37-42 credit hours**
Grand Total - 124 credit hours
* These courses will be defined by each individual institution
** Could include prior academic credit on transcript, up to 30 hours of extrainstitutional credit through CLEP, DANTES, Military, or prior learning assessment (maximum of 15 hours in this category).

General Education:

The following general education courses will be required of all students admitted to the B.S. in Organizational Leadership at Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

Communication - 9 hours 
    English 1113 and English 1213 or 3513 
    Speech 1113
Humanities - 5 to 6 hours 
    Selected from the following courses: 
    General Humanities 2113, 2223
    Great Books 2213 
    Intro to Literature 2413 
    Introduction to Film 2423 
    Art in Life 2432
    Great Films 2523 
    Music in Life 2533 
    Philosophy in Life 2633
    Ethics in Life 2643 
    World Religions 2413 
    Literature 2543, 2653, 2773, 2883, 3403, 3413 
    Theatre Appreciation HUM 2403 or TCOM 2413
Social and Behavioral Science - 12 hours 
    American History Survey 1483 or 1493 
    Political Science 1113 
    Psychology 1113 or Sociology 1113 or Economics 2113 or 2123 
    Directed Electives (3 hours) Selected from the following: 
        Early World Civilization 1213 
        Modern World Civilization 1223
        Non-Western Civilizations 1233 
        History (Upper Level) 3000/4000
Math and Natural Science - 14 hours 
    Choose ONE course from EACH of the following areas: 
    Mathematics, but not Math 1313 or Math 2233 
    *Biological Science – any class in biology 
    * Physical Science - any class in chemistry, physics or physical science 
    Personal Finance - FIN 1113
TOTAL HOURS - 40 - 41 hours 
    * At least one of the biological or physical science classes must include a lab

The Major/Minor:

The major will consist of a common core of ten courses plus institutional specific courses identified for each participating institution. The common core of courses will be delivered by various methodologies selected by participating institutions with the goal of moving toward electronic media delivery via videoconference; online; or a hybrid of videoconference, online and face-to-face media. The first course, Foundations of Organizational Leadership and Personal Development and the Capstone Course will be taught in a hybrid format including face-to-face interaction with students. Ten new courses have been developed by faculty content experts across the state representing the ten participating institutions. The core courses for the program will have common content, objectives, learning outcomes, textbooks and assessment measures. A faculty committee will meet periodically to monitor the consistent implementation of the courses across the state and make recommendations for revisions. The following common core courses have been developed.

ORGL 3113. Foundations of Organizational Leadership and Personal Development

This course is an introduction to the Organizational Leadership Bachelor of Science Program. Essential components will include: overview of program expectations; principles of adult learning; resources for success including library, campus, online resources and mentoring relationships; personal wellness/stress and time management techniques; study and test-taking skills; and basic computer skills for working in an online environment.

ORGL 3223. Professional Communication

A study of communication in the workplace within a framework of organizational ethics. Essential components and course content include: listening verbal and nonverbal communication, written expression, and professional presentation methods.

ORGL 3333. Data Analysis and Interpretation

The course will enable a student to develop an understanding of the application and interpretation of basic data analysis. Essential components and course content will include basic data analysis from a user perspective. Hands-on exercises will enable students to utilize software such as Excel to solve problems and to interpret results.

ORGL 3443. Survey of Fiscal Management

A managerial overview of fiscal management within organizations. Essential components and coursework content will include: understanding the components and articulation of financial statements, knowledge and application of financial ratios leading to an understanding of organizational performance across time and in comparison to industry standards, utilization of financial information in the acquisition of capital and budgeting decisions, and a rudimentary understanding of cash flows.

ORGL 4113. Ethics and Organizations

This course is designed to examine the dynamics of workplace and personal ethics through the study of basic philosophical theories. Essential components and course content will include: leadership in the context of self-governance, responsibility, adherence to principles, integrity and constancy of purpose. Current case studies will be used to apply ethical theories.

ORGL 4223. The Individual, the Organization, and Society

An examination of contemporary issues that affect organizations. Essential topics include environmental stewardship, social responsibility of the organization, effects and implications of globalization, the status of individual freedom within the organization, diversity, and the ramifications of technological change. This seminar course will be organized around student discussion and topical papers.

ORGL 4333. Leading and Managing

A study of theories that influence leadership with application to a variety of work situations. Essential components and course content will include: basic leadership and behavior styles, negotiation, critical thinking, change, conflict resolution, ethics and social responsibility, and diversity in the workplace. Assessment of personal leadership abilities and personality traits will be included.

ORGL 4443. Markets and Stakeholders

This course introduces the student to the concept of markets and stakeholders. Essential components and course content will include: an overview of competitive markets, buyer behavior, development of new markets and products, marketing communication, distribution channels, pricing and marketing mix strategies. It will include a discussion of external environmental factors and stakeholder analysis. Students will be able to evaluate market needs, select target markets and develop an appropriate market mix.

ORGL 4553. Capstone

This course provides the student the opportunity to integrate concepts and theories covered in the core with their area of focus. Students will design and implement a capstone project related to their area of focus culminating in a written and oral presentation. This course must be taken in the student’s final enrollment period.

ORGL 4993. Internship in Organizational Leadership (3 hr optional credit)

Practical experiences in the workplace incorporating the skills learned in the program.

In addition to the above ten core courses, each participating institution will develop an area or areas of specialization called institution specific courses to complete the major/minor in organizational leadership. Students will complete 12-15 hours in the area of specialization. For students completing an Internship, 12 additional hours will be required. For student not completing an Internship, 15 additional hours will be required. The total hours in the major/minor will be 42 hours.

Area of Focus:

At Northwestern Oklahoma State University we will offer a focus area called Organizational Leadership. Students must complete 12-15 hours from the following list of courses:

ACCT 2003 Survey of Accounting (online)
GBUS 3513 International Business (online)
GBUS 3953 Business, Society and Government (online)
GBUS 4953 Employment Law (online)
MGMT 3063 Principles of Management (online)
MGMT 3433 Organizational Behavior (pre-req MGMT 3063) (online)
MGMT 4213 Small Business Management (pre-req MGMT 3063) (online)
MGMT 4333 Human Resource Management (pre-req MGMT 3063) (online)
MGMT 4343 Cross-Cultural Management (pre-req MGMT 3063) (online)
MRKT 3043 Principles of Marketing (online)
MRKT 4013 E-Marketing (pre-req MRKT 3043) (online)
MRKT 4043 Salesmanship (pre-req MRKT 3043) (online)
MRKT 4103 Marketing Management (pre-req MRKT 3043) (online)
MRKT 4113 International Marketing (pre-req MRKT 3043) (online)
MIS 3413 Management Information Systems (pre-req MGMT 3063) (online)
MIS 4423 Information Systems Management (pre-req MIS 3413) (online)


Students must complete sufficient elective credit hours to meet the 124 hours required for graduation. Electives could include prior academic credit on the transcript, up to 30 hours of extra institutional credit through CLEP, Military, or prior learning assessment (maximum of 15 hours in this category) or additional courses taken along with the major/minor. It is anticipated that most students will come in with 32-40 credit hours of electives that will apply toward the degree.