Organizational Leadership

(Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Applied Studies)

Organizational leadership crosses disciplinary, organizational, community, and cultural boundaries and teaches students how to contribute as citizens in a complex, multi-cultural world. Graduates are well-positioned to embark on new careers or advance in their current work or graduate studies in multiple fields.The Organizational Leadership upper-level core courses (18 credits) will introduce students to the major theories and models of leadership with a focus on how we can use these theories and models to transform our leadership in practice and encourage students to develop fundamental leadership skills such as communication, human resources management, financial management, organizational applied research, and other specialized skills of your choosing. 

A unique feature of the Organizational Leadership major is the choice of an emphasis which typically includes 4-5 courses in a student's desired area of focus. Areas of emphasis include Applied Communication, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Emergency Management, Environmental Policy and Planning, Healthcare Management, Public & Nonprofit Management, or a self-directed four-course emphasis (which must be approved by the Coordinator). In this way, students can develop important cross-cutting foundational leadership competencies while specializing in a career path through the choice of the emphasis. 

The Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) is suitable for:

  • Students who already have an Associate of Arts & Sciences degree
  • Students who have taken a few college courses and wish to transfer in some credits
  • Students who begin college and select the Organizational Leadership major as she or he starts a college career

​The Bachelor of Applied Studies degree (B.A.S.) requires an Applied Associate Degree. Such students are promised 60 credits toward their U.W. Green Bay degree. Students accepted into this program will be able to transfer coursework from any Wisconsin Technical College System campus or other regionally-accredited two-year institution into UW-Green Bay as a block of 60 degree credits and enter the University as a junior. Students complete a minimum of 60 additional credits to satisfy UW-Green Bay general education requirements, requirements for the Organizational Leadership major and all other degree requirements.

Major Areas of Emphasis

Students must complete requirements in one of the following areas of emphasis:

  • Applied Communication
  • Business Administration
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental Policy & Planning
  • Management in Health Systems
  • Public and Nonprofit Management
  • Self-Directed


Supporting Courses:6
Introduction to Leadership
Choose one of the following:
Introduction to Communication
Fundamentals of Public Address
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication
Small Group Communication
Upper Level Courses:15
Leadership in Organizations
Human Resource and Risk Management
Organizational Research and Statistics
Budgeting and Financial Management
Organizational Behavior Across Sectors
Organizational Behavior
Total Credits21


Lora H Warner; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, chair