Undergraduate Program

B.A. in Organizational Leadership

Organizational Leadership is a multidisciplinary field of study that focuses on the human side of organizations and prepares individuals for management and leadership or human resources positions inOL1corporate, government, not-for-profit, and community organizations. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, opportunities for those trained in management and leadership are expected to increase faster than the average through the middle of the next decade.

The Organizational Leadership program at Maryville University begins with a liberal arts core and then incorporates coursework in organizational leadership, psychology, sociology, business, philosophy, and communication to promote skills in problem analysis, decision-making and strategic planning.  Students also identify a specific focus that allows them maximum flexibility in custom designing their major to fit their interests and career goals. 

Learn more about the program: Organizational Leadership, B.A.

What can you do with a degree in Organizational Leadership and Development?

Based on information published by the U.S. Department of Labor Information (http://online.onetcenter.org/, accessed November 1, 2012), occupations in management, leadership, and human resources  have above average projected job growth rates (2010-2020) and above average median annual salaries (2011) with career opportunities as follows:

Career Opportunities

  • General Management & Leadership
  • Community Service Management & Leadership
  • Human Resource Management
  • Health Care Management
  • Environmental Leadership
  • International Relations

A Custom-Designed Degree Program

When you enter the undergraduate Organizational Leadership program at Maryville, you can create a major with emphasis in the area that most interests you, such as human resources, environmental science, international studies, health care management, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, communication, women’s studies, business, or the fine arts, just to name a few.

Choose Your Focus – Elective courses can be tailored for specific career objectives. Consider the following examples:

Human Resources

  • Human Resource ManagementOL3
  • Industrial and Organizational Psychology
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Psychological Testing
  • Labor Relations and the Law

Environmental Studies

  • Environmental Science
  • Topics in Environmental History
  • Strategies in Sustainability
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Environmental Internship

 International Studies

  • Introduction to World Politics
  • Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • World History from 1500 to Present
  • World Literature
  • Comparative Religion and Culture
  • World Art and Ideas II



  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Computer Applications
  • Macroeconomics
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Finance

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