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Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership


Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

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.

Learn more about what you can do with this major!

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • Application and Fee
  • Official copy of Transcript(s) if applicable
  • ACT or SAT scores if applicable

When completing the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application, under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:

  • Category of Study >>> Bachelor's Degree
  • Planned Course of Study >>> Organizational Leadership-Prep - Seeking Admission
  • Primary Location >>> Web (online only)

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The major in organizational leadership requires a minimum of 48 semester hours within the major, which includes 24 credit hours of core requirements and 24 credit hours of approved electives.

Below is a list of program requirements and the semester in which the courses may be available via web through WKU Online, which refers to semester-based online courses or self-paced through WKU On Demand.

Required Leadership Core (24 hours)

LEAD 200 or LEAD 300

Intro to Leadership Studies (Offered fall, spring, and summer)

Leadership Theory & Application (Offered fall, spring, and summer)

LEAD 325*

Leading Change (Fall, spring, and summer)

LEAD 330*

Leadership Ethics & Decision Making (Fall, spring, and summer)

LEAD 395*

Contemporary Leadership Issues (Fall, spring, and summer)

LEAD 400*

Practicum in Leadership (Fall, spring, and summer)

LEAD 440*

Leading Teams (Fall, spring, and summer)

LEAD 450*

Leadership in Global Contexts (Fall, spring, and summer)

LEAD 465*

Leadership Coaching (Fall and spring)

Required Electives (24 hours)

AMS 390

Project Management (Fall, winter, and summer)

AMS 430

Technology Management (Winter, spring, and summer)

BE 350

Business Communication (Fall)

COMM 240

Critical Listening (Fall, spring, and summer)

COMM 263

Communication and Culture (Fall and spring)

ENG 306

Business Writing (Fall, winter, spring, and summer)

ENT 312

Entrepreneurship (Fall and spring)

HCA 340

Healthcare Organization & Management (Fall, winter, spring, and summer)

HCA 346

Ambulatory Care Administration (Fall, spring, and summer)

MGT 200

Legal Environment of Business (Fall, winter, spring, and summer)

MGT 305

Critical Thinking in Management (Fall, winter, and summer)

MGT 311

Human Resource Management (Fall, winter, spring, and summer)

MGT 333

Management of Non-Profit Organizations (Fall and spring)

MGT 361

Business Communication Fundamentals (Fall, winter, spring, and summer)

MGT 400

Employment Law (Fall and summer)

MGT 417

Organizational Behaviors (Spring and summer)

MKT 220

Basic Marketing Concepts (Fall, winter, spring, and summer)

MKT 325

Personal Selling (Fall, winter, spring, and summer)

PSY 350/PSYS 350

Social Psychology (Fall, winter, and spring)

PSY 355

Issues in Cross Cultural Psychology (Summer)

PSYS 370

Industrial and Organizational Psychology (Fall and spring)

REC 460

Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations (Spring)

SOCL 360

Community in Rural and Urban Settings (Fall and spring)

SOCL 362

Social Institutions: Race, Class, and Gender (Fall and spring)

SOCL 375

Diversity in American Society (Fall and spring)

SPS 300

Systems Thinking and Problem-solving in Complex Organizations (Fall, spring, and summer)

Colonnade (39 Hours) or General Education Certification

In addition to the program specific courses previously listed, students without an A.A. or A.S from a regionally accredited school must complete 39 additional hours as part of the Colonnade Program (formerly General Education). However, students who transfer to WKU with an earned associate degree from a regionally accredited school are considered General Education Certified and are not required to complete Colonnade requirements.


Please note the following as you plan your program of study:

  • A bachelor’s degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours. Remaining hours may be earned through completing a Minor Program of Study, an Undergraduate Certificate, additional electives or through a combination of these options.
  • Students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership may earn no more than:
    • 24 semester hours from the School of Journalism and Broadcasting
    • 30 hours in courses administered by the Gordon Ford College of Business
    • 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.

Joint Undergraduate Masters Program (JUMP)

The Organizational Leadership JUMP Program provide students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years. Qualified students have the opportunity to take up to 12 credits of graduate classes as an undergraduate student (at the undergraduate tuition rate)! These 12 graduate credits fulfill both undergraduate and graduate requirements. Please contact the program advisor, Fallon Willoughby at fallon.willoughby@wku.edu to learn more. 

Academic Department

Program Advisor: Fallon Willoughby
Phone: (270) 745-5137
Email: fallon.willoughby@wku.edu
Website: wku.edu/leadership/undergraduate/bachelors.php


WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online 

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