2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin

Leadership and Organization Studies

Office: University College Student Support Center
Mail Code: 2211 S. Josephine St. Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-2291, 800-347-2042
Email: ucolsupport@du.edu  
Web Site: http://www.universitycollege.du.edu

With more than 20 percent of all undergraduate degrees in the United States being business-related, individuals must differentiate themselves to compete in the global job market. A bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Organization Studies draws on several diverse subjects such as management, economics, sociology, and psychology to help students learn how to function creatively and effectively in all types of organizations including business, government, and non-profit.

The critical learning outcomes of a leadership degree are similar to a traditional undergraduate business major; however, it offers much more, including civic engagement opportunities, training and development techniques, organizational behavior knowledge, and key communication skills. A leadership degree prepares graduates to analyze and change organizational structures, as well as gain perspective on the roles of effective leaders and followers within business. Degree-seekers can take their education to the next level by combining essential business skills with leadership, project management, and communication techniques—a diverse portfolio of knowledge that will help students succeed as leaders in the business world.

Students in the Bachelor of Arts Completion Program have the opportunity to learn through applied classes that are career-relevant and focus on the experience students bring to the classroom. Students can take classes in this bachelor’s degree completion program as hybrid and/or online and learn how to function on high-performance teams, leverage diversity, and resolve conflict.  Bachelor’s completion students complete a leadership integrative project that expands their perspectives of leadership.

This degree prepares students to:

  • Demonstrate effective and persuasive oral, written, and non-verbal communication techniques using tone and principles appropriate to the audience.
  • Apply leadership and organization studies theory and principles to formulate well-organized arguments in writing and speaking that contain a clear purpose, relevant content, and a conclusion that directly reflects the purpose and strength of the content.

  • Explain and compare roles, ethics, and theoretical perspectives of effective leaders and followers.

  • Recognize and apply key functions of leadership through support, consideration, and management of cultural diversity.

  • Investigate, explain, and apply the skills of financial oversight to an organization using readily available information.

Leadership and Organization Studies

Bachelor of Arts Major Requirements

Major Courses (40 credits)
LOS 3050Financial Management4
LOS 3100Entrepreneurship4
LOS 3150Leading Groups and Teams4
LOS 3200Cross-Cultural Leadership4
LOS 3250Learning in Organizations4
LOS 3300Project Management4
BACP 3350Directed Research4
BACP 3400Civic Engagement4
BACP 3450Integrative Project Design4
BACP 3500Integrative Project4
Total Credits40


Undergraduate-level credits required with the dual degree: 172

Undergraduate credit reduction with dual degree: 8 credits from the original 180 required for the undergraduate degree

Graduate-level credits required with dual degree: 48

Graduate credit reduction: 0

Minimum number of credits required with dual degree: 220

All students pursuing the dual BA in Leadership and Organization Studies (Bachelor of Arts Completion Program)/MS in Nonprofit Leadership are required to complete all degree requirements for both the BA and MS degrees.

Master of Arts in Nonprofit Leadership

Admission Requirements

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Organization Studies (Bachelor of Arts Completion Program)

Degree Requirements

LOS 2050 Organizational Behavior (4 Credits)

Organizations serve as the fundamental building blocks of society. Most people spend a considerable number of hours each week working in or relating to organizations. This course provides opportunities to learn about organizational structures and development, the dynamics of individual behavior within organizations, and how organizations foster and manage change.

LOS 2100 Leadership (4 Credits)

What is leadership and how do leaders lead? Can leadership be learned? What skills do 21st-century leaders need? This course provides an opportunity to examine leadership theories, to develop a personal understanding of leadership, and to explore the relations of leaders and followers. The essential skills of effective leaders are explored, such as elaborating a vision, facilitating communication, working with diversity in organizations, shaping an ethical climate, and facilitating change. Students will be encouraged to examine systematically their own leadership potential as they reflect on historical and contemporary examples of effective business and political leaders as well as leaders of causes and social movements.

LOS 3050 Financial Management (4 Credits)

All organizations, businesses, governments, and not-for-profits must deal with financial matters. This course provides opportunities to learn how to read and use financial data in order to develop systems for budget creation and control, profit forecasting, and long-range development. Basic principles of accounting, cost analysis and control, revenue and expense forecasting, return on investment, and capital reinvestment are studied and applied to examples. The leader's roles in financial management are examined, including technical, conceptual, and value considerations.

LOS 3100 Entrepreneurship (4 Credits)

Many individuals dream about starting their own company or being their own boss. This course explores the challenges of entrepreneurship both in starting a new business and in fostering entrepreneurial behavior within larger organizations of all types. Students examine the basic process needed for entrepreneurship, such as idea generation, vision building, cost projection, and outcome delineation. Examples of successful and unsuccessful entrepreneurs will be examined to determine common patterns. Students study and discuss entrepreneurship as a set of skills, values, and attitudes and are invited to consider entrepreneurship as a life skill.

LOS 3150 Working in Groups and Teams (4 Credits)

Teams carry out the majority of organizational activities across all sectors of society. Principles of team behavior and effectiveness are explored in this course along with the roles of effective leaders of teams and team participants. Various types of teams will be discussed, such as cross-functional, tactical, problem-solving, and virtual teams. Factors leading to high performance and dysfunction will be explored and applied to real-life examples of teams in organizational settings.

LOS 3200 Cross-Cultural Leadership (4 Credits)

This course examines the leadership dynamics of culture, including but not limited to gender, socioeconomic status, race, religion, and social values at a global level. The purpose is to allow for the students to understand cultural competencies and give them the ability to manage in a diverse workforce in our twenty-first-century global society. Because most successful companies recognize the value of workplace diversity and its impact on organizational effectiveness, many invest considerable time and resources into the development of cross-cultural leadership.  This course explores the dynamic subject of cross-cultural leadership from multiple perspectives, using both domestic and international lenses for inquiry.  It examines the related concepts of organizational communication, culture and cultural awareness, conflict resolution, and inclusive business systems. Students will learn about leadership prospects and examine how cooperation among different cultural backgrounds lead to the achievement of common goals. Students will explore best practice models that address cultural differences in the professional and personal space. Additionally, they will learn how to adapt, communicate, and think critically in professional and personal settings.

LOS 3250 Learning in Organizations (4 Credits)

Accelerating change in society and in organizations challenges individuals and the organization as a whole to engage in a process of continuous learning.  In this course, basic concepts of individual and organizational learning are explored both in terms of their intrinsic value to individuals and as the source of competitive advantage to the organization.  How is learning conceived of and structured throughout organizations?  How is the return on investment in learning evaluated?  This course provides an overview of what organizations do for the training and development of employees, how they structure knowledge sharing, and how they institutionalize within the organization the knowledge of its members through effective knowledge management practices.

LOS 3300 Project Management (4 Credits)

Work in organizations, or in the collaboration among organizations is often structured as projects. Almost any individual in an organization can be called upon to participate in or lead a project. Projects have deliverables that must be met within an agreed-upon time frame and budget. In this course, students learn the basic concepts and processes of project management including how to establish standards of performance, allot time, calculate costs, develop work-break-down structures, and delineate critical pathways. Students also learn about software tools available to plan and track successful projects to completion. Work in organizations, or in the collaboration among organizations, is often structured as projects. Almost any individual in an organization can be called upon to participate in or lead a project. Projects have “deliverables” that must be met within an agreed-upon time frame and budget. In this course, students learn the basic concepts and processes of project management: how to establish standards of performance, allot time, calculate costs, develop work breakdown structures, delineate critical pathways, enlist people and resources, and motivate accomplishment.

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