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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Organizational Leadership (B.S.)

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Program: B.S.
Department of Organizational Leadership  
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Neff Hall 288 ~ 260-481-6420

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:  

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues and theories in the areas of leadership, human resources systems and team design and facilitation.
  • Students will show an awareness of the cultural context of organizations and demonstrate their ability to work with diverse others.
  • Students will be able to design, lead and participate in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical implications and responsibilities of leadership.
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively in written, verbal and technological environments.
  • Students will be able to engage in self-reflection for professional and personal development.

The bachelor’s program focuses on leadership roles, the human relations concerns of supervisors and managers, and human resource issues. Courses emphasize current and future workplace topics such as teamwork and work groups, facilitation skills, employee training and development, individual creativity and innovation, workforce diversity, employee health and safety, and overseeing change.  

To earn the B.S. with a major in organizational leadership, you must satisfy the requirements of Purdue University Fort Wayne (Regulations ) and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science, Department of Organizational  Leadership (Colleges ); earn a grade of C- or better in ENGL 13100, ENGL 23301 (or approved substitute), required General Education courses, and each OL course; and complete the following requirements:

General Education Requirements: Credits 33

General Education Requirements   

Category A: Foundational Intellectual Skills

General Education Requirements  

1. Written Communication: Credits 3

2. Speaking and Listening: Credits 3

3. Quantitative Reasoning: Credits 3

Category B: Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing

Choose two courses from Category A or B in General Education Requirements . Total: 6 credits

4. Scientific Ways of Knowing: Credits 3

General Education Requirements  

5. Social and Behavioral Ways of knowing: Credits 6

6. Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing: Credits 3

General Education Requirements  

7. Interdisciplinary or Creative Ways of Knowing: Credits 3

General Education Requirements  

Category C: Capstone

8. Capstone Experience: Credits 3

Concentration Credits: See list below for credits required

In consultation with Purdue Fort Wayne academic departments, OL has compiled interdisciplinary career concentrations such as:

Training & Development (18)
Human Resource Management (18)
Environmental Health and Safety (18)
Health Services (19)
Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management (18)
Service Industry (18)
Legal Studies (18)
Physical Therapy (19)
Pre-Med (31)

A minor may be substituted for the concentration. See the OL academic advisor for additional information.

All concentration or minor courses must be completed with a C- or higher.

Physical Therapy: Credits 19 plus approved courses used elsewhere in program

Pre-Med: Credits 24 plus approved courses used elsewhere in program

Unrestricted Electives: Credits 9

Special Academic Regulations for Organizational Leadership Degree Programs

Transfer students and students planning to change their major to organizational leadership must have a GPA of 2.00 or higher to be admitted into the program.  To graduate with an OL B.S. degree students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above and a major GPA of 2.5 or above.  The major GPA consists of all required and elective courses prefixed with OLS.

OLS, business, and technical courses taken more than 10 years ago will not count towards your degree requirements.

Students receiving credit for cooperative education experience can use these credits as unrestricted electives only. If you complete three (3) credits in OL cooperative education, you may use these to fulfill one of your OL electives.

If you have not registered for degree-applicable courses as a Purdue Fort Wayne OL major for two consecutive semesters (excluding summer), you must satisfy the degree requirements specified in the Purdue Fort Wayne catalog that includes your year of re-entry.


Lists of specific courses required for each career concentration are available online and at the OL office (Neff 288). Other options for filling this requirement include using a Purdue Fort Wayne-recognized minor as a basis for your concentration area or designing a concentration that reflects your own career goals. If the minor you select includes courses that overlap with OL required courses (for example, Psychology, Communication, or Business), additional courses in the minor content area will be required to fulfill the 18 credit hours in the declared minor. Your proposal for an alternative concentration and a formal plan of study must be accepted by an OL faculty advisor and approved by the OL Curriculum Committee. If your plan is approved, it will become a formal part of your degree requirements.

Total: Credits 120

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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