Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
    May 20, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Organizational Leadership, B.S.

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The Bachelor of Science with a Major in Organizational Leadership (ORGL) degree prepares students to focus on the theories, practices, issues, and specific ramifications of leading an organization. The multidisciplinary curriculum provides an understanding of management, administration, human resources, ethics, and technology related to today’s complex organizations in the public, private or non profit sectors.

The Organization Leadership degree has options that allow adults to earn college credit through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for college-level knowledge gained from relevant work experiences, professional training, military service and professional certificate programs. These experiences may be documented through transcripts from the American Council on Education (ACE), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), departmental challenge exams, or academic credit earned through the successful evaluation of a portfolio that contains sufficient information and documentation to affirm college-level learnings.

The online Organizational Leadership program is ideal for traditional students who wish to take advantage of online course delivery, as well as for working professionals, military members, transfer students and others seeking flexible routes to degree completion. The program is delivered fully online through eMajor. eMajor is a University System of Georgia collaborative program that has delivered flexible, online degree programs through multiple USG institutions since 2012. The purpose of eMajor is to provide quality, innovative, high-demand programs through traditional institutions. Developed and maintained by committed faculty and dedicated instructional design professionals, each course is consistent in quality, design, and accessibility standards and taught by University System of Georgia faculty. A cornerstone of eMajor is the inclusion of prior learning assessments in several programs, shortening time to degree.

eMajor is a USG collaborative program which offers fully online, high-demand career degrees through traditional universities. Courses offered through eMajor are taken within the Georgia Online Virtual Instruction Enterprise Wide (GoVIEW) learning management system. The eMajor collaborative program operates by the USG collaborative calendar, which may differ slightly from institutional calendars. Additionally, eMajor courses are offered in various formats, which include 8-week condensed sessions. For the Organizational Leadership (ORGL) major offered through UWG, all courses will be offered solely in 8-week sessions, which allows students to progress swiftly through courses as needed. All eMajor courses are taught by highly qualified USG instructors.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of organizational leadership as it relates to and impacts individuals, communities, and wider society from democratic, multicultural, and national perspectives.
  • Students will express themselves effectively on topics and issues related to the field of organizational leadership.
  • Students will apply critical thinking and problem-solving abilities regarding issues related to key challenges that organizations face when interacting with their environments
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the ethical principles underlying both research and practice in organizational leadership.

The Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Pathway offers the opportunity to simultaneously satisfy partial degree requirements for a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in an accelerated program of study. Upon completion of the undergraduate B.S. in Organizational Leadership with a satisfactory undergraduate grade point average and a grade of “B” or better in all graduate courses completed, the student may move to full graduate status in the Master’s program in Public Administration (MPA) and the graduate-level courses taken as an undergraduate will be applied toward the graduate degree.



Core Areas A, B, C, D, and E: 42 Hours


Core Area F: 18 Hours

Any courses currently approved for core areas A-E may be used for Area F; however, no course may be used in more than one area. Core Area F courses must be chosen in consultation with the student’s Faculty Advisor or Program Director.

Major Courses: 42 Hours

Students must complete all Major Core Courses (30 hours) and one of the concentrations (12 hours).

Concentration: 12 Hours

Student must choose either the Public Service or the Social Justice concentration. Each requires completion of four, three credit, courses.

Public Service Concentration

To complete this concentration, students must take at least 12 hours (4 courses) from the following list of courses.

Social Justice Concentration

To complete this concentration, students must take at least 12 hours (4 courses) from the following list of courses.

General Electives: 18 Hours

The student must take an additional 18 hours of general electives at any level.

ABM students can substitute the following graduate courses for the undergraduate course:

POLS 6200 Public Budgeting and Financial Management FOR POLS 4204 Public Finance

POLS 6206 Public Human Resource Management FOR POLS 4219 Public Human Resource Management

POLS 6205 Administrative Law and Procedures FOR POLS 4220 Administrative Law and Government

POLS 6201 Theory of Public Administration and Ethics FOR POLS 4221 Government Organization and Administrative Theory

Total: 120 Hours

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