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In a world where technology is driving constant change, the Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development (OLHSD) degree and certificate programs offer the foundational skills employers are seeking—the skills you can use to build a successful career.

Whether you find yourself in a small startup, large multinational company, nonprofit, or government agency, developing capacities for critical thinking and emotional intelligence will strengthen your effectiveness and bolster the positive contributions you can make. These are foundational skills for professional lives.

The degree lets you build on what you've already accomplished—in your current workplace, the military, or other organizational settings—and create a personal portfolio of in-demand skills that are portable to a variety of organizational cultures in local, national, or global settings.

Plus, OLHSD certificates in Building and Sustaining Relationships for Organizational Success and Managing Through Change and Disruption are programs designed to equip you with the most essential leadership and relational skills needed for career success.

TOTAL UNITS — 123

39 GENERAL EDUCATION UNITS

REQUIRED COURSES — 18 UNITS
UGP 10
Gateway to Success (to be taken in first term of program)
CRTH 10
Critical Thinking
ENGL 1A
Expository Writing
ENGL 1B
Research Writing
ENGL 120
Business Writing
Plus one of the following:
COMM 35
Speech Communication
COMM 40
Understanding Communication
LIBERAL STUDIES CORE — 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 50
Principles of Storytelling (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

33 MAJOR UNITS

FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS — 6 UNITS
MATH 20
Intermediate Algebra
MATH 40
Statistics
OLHSD REQUIREMENTS — 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

Seventeen 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject.


Each course listed carries three semester units of credit, unless otherwise noted.

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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