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Online Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Leadership: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


The organizational leadership program’s curriculum at Spring Hill typically can be completed between two and four years and provides graduates with a diverse skill set that prepares them for careers in a variety of fields.

The core curriculum includes classes such as Introduction to Public Speaking and Principles of Communication that cover topics that can be applied across many different industries. Students can also take classes such as Business Law and Principles of Macroeconomics that more closely align with their interests and career goals.

Lower Division Courses

An introduction to the Windows-based applications used for solving business and non-business problems. Emphasis is placed on spreadsheets using Excel, word processing using Word, presentation design using PowerPoint and database design using Access. Substantial Windows lab work will be required. Ethical issues in computer applications are addressed.

This course will provide students with a broad introduction to the field of psychology and help them develop a more comprehensive and accurate understanding of human behavior. Among the topics covered are the history of psychology, biological causes of behavior, learning, memory, development, personality and psychological disorders. Required of Psychology, Health Sciences and Nursing majors

Introduction to the fundamentals of oral communication including how to research, organize, prepare and deliver oral presentations in a one-to-many communication setting. Lab Fees: Curriculum and Equipment.

An introduction to the nature and scope of economics. Emphasis is placed upon macroeconomic aspects of the study of economics. Topics include: supply and demand analysis, inflation, unemployment, aggregate output, economic growth and money and banking. Monetary and fiscal policy options are emphasized.

Psychological and group influences on perception; attitude formation and change; the development of social relations, i.e., affiliation, attraction and affective bonds; group processes, especially leadership, group problem-solving, status and role differentiation; group influences on aggression, mob and panic behavior; escalation and resolution of interpersonal, intergroup and international conflict. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

Principles, history, theory and practice of public relations and advertising, including elements of integrated marketing communication and persuasion. Lab Fee: Curriculum.

An introduction to the role of business in society highlighting the importance of Ignatian business and leadership principles and global business citizenship. Students will also study the traditional business disciplines of accounting, finance, economics, information technology, marketing, management and business ethics and strategy. Moreover, this course will have a service-learning component.

Upper Division Courses

Develops an understanding of the communication process in the context of cultural plurality. Students explore how meaning is formed within cultural frameworks and examine contemporary social phenomena, such as diversity, multiculturalism, transnational media and worldwide popular culture.

An examination of major ethical theories and their application to the professional problems and conduct of persons engaged in business and management.

 A study of the nature and principles of management. An integrated approach to the study of principles is taken through consideration of the functional, behavioral and management science schools of thought.
This course involves the study of individual and group behavior within organizations including motivation, leadership and communication theory.
This highly interdisciplinary course deals with the problems, purpose and function of work in our daily lives, especially as they affect our character development and define us as human beings. Given the profound effects of work on our total development and happiness, it is crucial to examine critically what we choose to do and, therefore, become.
This course examines management and leadership issues arising from both demographic and legal trends in increasing workplace diversity. Students examine the implications of workplaces characterized by differences in gender, ethnicity, cultural heritage and lifestyle.
A study of various methods of conflict resolution at different organizational levels. The course deals with causes of conflict and the process of conflict management and resolution. Different negotiating techniques and approaches to bargaining will be explored through a series of case studies.

Any 3 of the 1-credit LDR classes

Choose one of the following:

Explores the relationship between gender and communication, particularly in the context of our media-saturated culture. Students examine how gender is created through communication by analyzing verbal and nonverbal gendered patterns and media constructions of gender. The course aims to empower students to transcend potential limitations of gender identity and gender barriers in communication.

An introduction to the literature in translation of Asian writers. Readings are usually in 20th-century fiction and might include the work of Yukio Mishima (Japan), Pramoedya Ananta Toer (Indonesia), Duong Thu Huong (Vietnam), and Mo Yan (China).

A multi-genre exploration of the rich literary contributions of African American writers, primarily focusing on the 20th century from the Harlem Renaissance through the Black Arts Movement and contemporary fiction. May include some 19th-century texts, such as slave narratives and early poetic works. Readings might include works from such writers as Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Toni Morrison, August Wilson and Gwendolyn Brooks.

An introduction to literature written by Hispanic Americans living in the US and writing in English. Texts can be essays by Gloria Anzaldúa, novels and short stories by authors such as Junot Díaz, Rudolfo Anaya, Piri Thomas, Cristina García, Julia Alvarez and poetry by assorted authors. The course may offer an opportunity to meet Hispanic American immigrants and hear their stories.

An exploration of myths and legends, fiction, poetry, autobiography and other nonfiction by American Indians spanning from pre-colonial times through the late 20th-century Renaissance in native writing. Readings may include such writers as Zitkala-Sa, Leslie Marmon Silko, Sherman Alexie, Peter Blue Cloud and John (Fire) Lame Deer.

A study of the experiences of American women from the colonial era to the present, focusing on the major historical issues and historiographical debates surrounding American women’s history. Topics will include: the legal status of women; class, ethnic, racial and regional differences amongst American women; women’s education; the suffrage movement; the female economy and feminism.
A study of the cultural, social, legal and political situation of women. Attention is given to the effects of tradition, class, race, education, vocational and professional opportunities and government policies regarding women. Specific topics include women in American history, women in European history and women in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
A study of the major issues in African-American history, with a focus on the study of primary documents. Topics include the slave trade, slavery, slave resistance, emancipation, the Jim Crow.
A historical study of the principal cultures of the world from prehistory to the modern period.

This course examines the roots, nature and social construction of gender. It will focus on psychological issues related to the roles assumed by males and females in contemporary society.

A scientific study of the relationships and problems of the major cultural, ethnic, racial and religious minorities in American society. This course examines ethnic, racial and other minority groups from both a historical and a contemporary perspective. Includes a review of theories concerning prejudice and discrimination, patterns of minority relations and future race relationship patterns in the United States. Requires 20 hours of service to the community.

An examination of the nature and consequences of social differentiation and stratification on the basis of sex and gender. An inquiry into the institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality, cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism and gender-role change. Analysis of social position of women and men in society, focusing on their positions in institutional areas such as the family, politics, work and education. Evaluation of theories of biological, psychological and sociological bases for the behavior and characteristics of women and men. Emphasis on contemporary American society.

Choose three of the following:

A course designed to introduce the student to website development incorporating data technology. Technologies used to create dynamic data-driven web pages will include Dreamweaver, PHP, MySQL, XHTML and CSS. In addition, the student will learn to interact with and manage a website on a remote server. Substantial lab work will be expected.

This course will give an introduction into many areas of the law, including contracts, torts, criminal law, civil procedure, corporate law, property, the court system and all areas of employment law. Practical application of such law will be heavily emphasized.

An overview of business in an international environment, incorporating economic, management, marketing and financial implications of international transactions. Topics include exchange rates, trade policy, international institutions, global theory and cultural aspects of business.

 Introduction to professions within business. Course includes internship preparation, resume development, networking fundamentals and featured presentations from business professionals. Permission of instructor recommended to complete this course prior to enrollment in BUS 496
An introduction to mission-based communication and fund development for students interested in pursuing professional or volunteer service in the non-profit sector
This course examines major theories of human communication pertaining to media messages, media production and media consumption. Students use various conceptual frameworks to understand the communication process and engage in critical analysis of media applying the theories. Prerequisites: completion of Communication Arts lower-division departmental requirements or permission of instructor.
This course provides a comprehensive examination of the entire financial planning process. Specific areas covered include the budget process, managing money, managing credit, tax planning, insurance, risk management, personal investing, investment planning, retirement planning and estate planning.
An overview of the business of health, emphasis on evaluating the challenges facing healthcare organizations using competitive analysis, identify their past responses, and explore the current strategies they are using to manage these challenges (and emerging ones) more effectively

An examination of the nature of law and morality, liberty, justice, equality and punishment. Contemporary social issues such as the right to privacy, obscenity and pornography, capital punishment, equality between the sexes are also discussed. Prerequisites: PHL 101/190 and a lower-division course.

This course offers an introduction to the application of psychological principles and theories to the workplace. Topics include worker attitudes, stress in the workplace, job analysis, training, selection and performance, as well as organizational development, structure and culture. There will be a strong application/experiential learning component to this class.

A writing-intensive seminar that probes major themes and issues in the study of public health with attention to international cooperation and human rights. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

An analysis of international relations in combination with political economy. The course explores the development of a world economic system and the complex synergy among political and economic forces in the world.

A course in the opportunities and challenges associated with starting, owning and managing “new” and “small” businesses. Emphasis will be placed on entrepreneurial activities; legal constraints and advantages for small businesses; and the particular marketing, management, administrative and financial issues related to small businesses. The intent is to provide students the information they need to turn inspiration and dedication into successful businesses.

A basic study of principles and policy for marketing decisions concerning the distribution of goods and services in both the profit and not-for-profit sectors. Special attention is given to formulation of policies and strategies as they relate to products, price, promotion, and distribution channels within the internal and external environment of the business.
Study of the selection and evaluation of media to meet the goals, objectives, strategies and tactics of a promotional plan. A survey of media planning principles, scheduling and buying as well as measurement principles and evaluation, including web analytics.
This course examines the fundamental theories, standards, and recommendations for developing, planning, constructing, and managing various venues in sport. 

Principles of contemporary approaches to logistics and supply chain management.  Topics discussed include inventory control, forecasting, vendor management, procurement, transportation, warehousing, global logistics, lean logistics, reverse logistics, and supply chain integration techniques.

Any 3 of the 1-credit LDR classes

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