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The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development is to address the need for the critical skills that are in continual demand in organizations and businesses of all sizes, from the small startup to large multinationals. Organizations are in constant need of workers across all levels of the organization who can influence, inspire others, and demonstrate best practices. These workers have a set of human skills or "soft skills" that revolve around the human dimension of organizations such as demonstrating emotional and social intelligence, building teams, managing conflict, communicating effectively, fostering creativity and innovation, adaptability, and understanding diversity. Employer needs are shifting in response to rapid changes in local and global industry and the marketplace and, as a result, college graduates, mid-career professionals, and seasoned executives must keep refreshing not only their leadership skills and expertise but especially these soft skills that connect, empower, and mobilize people.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development

The degree requires completion of 120 units as follows: 36 units of general education, 33 units for the major, and 51 units ofelective courses, including courses taken for minors. (See Declaring Minors below for more information.) Each course listedcarries three semester units of credit, unless otherwise noted. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 “C” or higher is re-quired in all courses taken at Golden Gate University.

All degree-seeking undergraduate students must complete their English, mathematics and critical thinking requirements within their first 27 units at Golden Gate University, unless they have already earned credit for the equivalent courses from another institution and have had those courses accepted in transfer by Golden Gate University. If either Math or English requirements for the degree have not been satisfied, newly enrolled students must take placement tests to ensure proper placement in the appropriate Math or English course. Students may also choose to waive the placement tests and enroll in the first course in either series, which are ENGL 10A and MATH 10. (See the course descriptions below to identify courses that have prerequisite course requirements.)

General Education - 36 units

Lifelong Learning and Self Development - 3 units
UGP 10
Gateway to Success (to be taken in first term of program)
Communication and Critical Thinking - 9 units
CRTH 10
Critical Thinking
ENGL 60
Research Writing
Plus one of the following:
COMM 35
Speech Communication
COMM 40
Understanding Communication
Quantitative Reasoning - 3 units

One of the following:

MATH 20
Intermediate Algebra

OR:

MATH 50
From Numbers to Decisions
Liberal Studies - 21 units
ARTS 50
Contemporary Arts & Culture (or any other ARTS course offered)
HIST 50
Contemporary American Economic History (or any other HIST course offered)
HUM 50
Examining the Humanities (or any other HUM course offered)
LIT 10
Foundations of Literary Study (or any other LIT course offered)
PHIL 50
Professional & Personal Ethics (or any other PHIL course offered)
SCI 50
Science, Technology & Social Change (or any other SCI course offered)
SOSC 50
American Government in the 21st Century (or any other SOSC course offered)
OR
 
PSYCH 10
Introduction to Psychology

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Foundation Courses - 6 units
ENGL 120
Business Writing
MATH 40
Statistics
Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development Courses — 27 units
OLHS 110
Emotional & Social Intelligence at Work
OLHS 111
Engagement, Thriving, & Well-Being in Organizations
OLHS 112
Building & Sustaining Team Cohesiveness
OLHS 113
Managing Conflict & Crucial Conversations
OLHS 114
Leading Effectively through People, Teams, and Organizations
OLHS 115
Diversity & Inclusion in Organizations
OLHS 116
Innovation & Creativity in Organizations
OLHS 117
Adaptability & Agility in a Disruptive World
OLHS 118
Leadership & Transformation Through Relationships & Communities

51 ELECTIVE UNITS

Select seventeen additional 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject for a total of 51 units. Note: courses used tocomplete minors also count toward this requirement.

Declaring Minors

To be eligible to declare minors, students must have already completed the required coursework, or be able to complete it intheir final terms without requiring waivers, substitutions, or directed study courses, unless they are approved in advance by thedepartment chair, program director, or dean.

Students may declare minors when they have completed the required coursework, or after the “Last Day to Drop Course with-out Tuition Charge” (per the Academic Calendar) for their final terms.

Students may declare up to two minors in a given degree program. Students seeking to declare more than two minors will be re-quired to appeal to the dean for approval. Students’ diplomas will list the minors that they had successfully completed at thetime their degrees were conferred. Students may not declare additional minors after their degrees have been conferred.

The following minors are available for this major:

  • Accounting Minor
  • Business Minor
  • Data Analytics Minor
  • Finance Minor
  • Human Resource Management Minor
  • Information Technology Minor
  • International Business Minor
  • Law Minor
  • Literature Minor
  • Management Minor
  • Marketing Minor
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management Minor
  • Psychology Minor
  • Public Administration Minor

Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development Minor

The minor in Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development provides an introduction to the “soft skills” that arecritical to the human dimension of organizations. In order to be effective, today’s leaders are increasingly expected to possess skillssuch as those addressed in this minor: demonstrating emotional and social intelligence, building teams, managing conflict,communicating effectively, fostering creativity and innovation, adaptability, and understanding diversity.

Required Courses - 15 units

Select five of the following:

OLHS 110
Emotional and Social Intelligence at Work
OLHS 111
Engagement, Thriving, and Well-Being in Organizations
OLHS 112
Building and Sustaining Team Cohesiveness
OLHS 113
Managing Conflict and Crucial Conversations
OLHS 114
Leading Effectively through People, Teams, and Organizations
OLHS 115
Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations
OLHS 116
Innovation and Creativity in Organizations
OLHS 117
Adaptability and Agility in a Disruptive World
OLHS 118
Leadership and Transformation Through Relationships and Communities

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who complete the BA in Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development will be able to:
  • Design and create written communications that clearly articulate and advance ideas, arguments, solutions, and strategies.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills in individual relationships and collaborative projects with teams and external clients using persuasive speech to provide clear directions and guidelines in and beyond organizational settings.
  • Locate, analyze and apply information-taking advantage of various research approaches and tools to address organizational problems or to weigh the merits of a solution of emerging possibility.
  • Demonstrate how the use and interpretation of quantitative data based on team and individual assessment data can be used to support professional and team development as well as strengthen the overall effectiveness of the organization.
  • Demonstrate specialized knowledge of leading and leadership that includes effective approaches and practices that influence people and processes and which can accelerate employee engagement, organizational performance, transformation, and change.
  • Develop innovative approaches and solutions to existing issues and new opportunities that strengthen diversity and inclusion relating to people, perspectives, and cultures within organizations and the communities in which those organizations exist.
  • Identify and apply practices that support innovation, creativity, and design thinking and which can generate solutions to systemic problems, as well as leverage emerging opportunities that impact people, communities, and organizations.
  • Identify approaches and employ practices that can constructively address and manage conflict and facilitate crucial conversations.
  • Build agile and adaptive responses to individual, team, and organizational change and disruption generated by local, national, and global forces and experienced within business and industry settings.

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