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About the CCPS Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership Studies provides a broad base of knowledge for those who will take on the administrative roles within organizations. The student can choose to specialize in four different areas of leadership.


The following 27 hours are required for all Leadership Studies majors:

COMM 229: Business and Professional Presentations
3 credit hours

Designed to familiarize students with communication skills in a variety of organizational, business and professional settings. Practice in planning and doing oral presentations effectively.

COMM 231: Integrated Brand Management
3 credit hours

This course will highlight the changes taking place in the world of integrated marketing communications – the process of communicating to promote products, services, and ideas. No longer is it just print or broadcast images connecting with audiences; skilled marketers must understand the importance of social media and the power of the audience. COMM 231 will introduce you to the communication tools, techniques, and media that practitioners use to design strategies to connect with audiences.

ECON 210: Principles of Microeconomics
3 credit hours

An introduction to the theory of markets. The course will examine the determination of product and resource prices; the theory of the firm, the role of competition, the impact of monopoly, externalities and government regulation; international economic relations.

LDST 101: Foundations of Organizational Leadership
3 credit hours

General introduction to, and analysis of, historical and current theories of leadership. Study of leadership process involving interaction of leaders and followers in organizational settings such as public/private, profit and nonprofit.

LDST 250: Financial Basics for Leaders
3 credit hours

Leaders at all organizational levels need an understanding of what makes their organizations go—money! Whether it is a for-profit business or a "non-profit," the financial aspects of operation affect the company's ability to achieve goals and the leader's ability to make decisions. This course includes the "basics" of using various financial statements, cash management plans, capital budgets, ratios and other tools to assist the leader in directing the organization. In addition, pricing strategies, economic decision-making models, financing options and internal accountability will be considered. Finally, measurements of financial performance and requirements for validity of financial information will be discussed from the perspective of what the leader needs to know to function effectively and meet his/her financial responsibilities.

LDST 260: Fundamentals of Leadership I
3 credit hours

A broad background is essential for leaders in today's organizations. This course and its companion, Fundamentals of Leadership II, are intended to give dual credit students, AS and Bachelor degree candidates experience for the full range of issues faced by leaders at all levels. Principles of conflict resolution, various leadership theories, processes, functions, skills, styles and philosophies, as well as contemporary motivational methods will be considered. Elements of leading technology professionals and other specialists will also be included. Through class discussions and course materials, students will receive key aspects of generalist leadership to enable them to grasp and resolve organizational operations issues.

LDST 270: Fundamentals of Leadership II
3 credit hours

This course builds on material covered in LDST 260, Fundamentals of Leadership I, and provides dual credit, AS and Bachelor degree candidates an additional opportunity to explore issues applicable to leaders at all levels. Using leadership theories and methods to deal with group dynamics and other behavioral issues with an emphasis on the things effective managers and leaders do to ensure success, along with current contemporary issues such as discrimination, harassment, disabilities, benefits, and appearance in the workplace. An introduction to corporate social responsibility and the need for diversity and consideration of cultural differences in organizations will also be included. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, key legal issues and ethical principles of leadership will be covered. Through course materials and discussions, students will receive essential components of generalist leadership to equip them to excel in today’s organizations. Self- reflective discussion and writing will be included in the learning process.

LDST 435: Strategic Leadership
3 credit hours

Leaders of today’s organizations are expected to have the vision for the future direction of the operation and to apply principles of strategic leadership to achieve it. To be successful, leaders must think strategically and make excellent use of available resources in accomplishing the organization’s goals. In this course, students will discuss an approach to strategic leadership that considers the organization’s environment, both external and internal. The basics of developing strategy to achieve goals at several operational levels will also be discussed, along with how such strategy may be effectively implemented and controlled. For those aspiring to one day be top leaders of progressive organizations, this course may be essential.

LDST 450: Ethics and Leadership
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: LDST 331, and senior standing. Women and men within organizations are compelled to make decisions that in turn affect the organization itself. This course examines ethical questions that directly affect how organizations function, internally and externally, through what they choose to relay and omit to their various audiences. Cases and academic studies will be analyzed that reflect how ethical and unethical communication affected the fortunes of organizations. We will also evaluate our personal ethics through a series of self-evaluation exercises and relate what we are learning to the "real world" through monitoring of current events during the course.

Track 1: Leadership Development (24 hrs.)

18 hours must be at the 300 level or above

COMM 387: Organizational Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 215. Analysis of how organizations are produced and affected by communication. This course provides an in-depth examination and application of theories, contemporary perspectives and research in fields of organizational communication. Topics include organizational structures, culture, socialization, decision making, diversity, stress, burnout, technology processes and leadership.

LDST 310: Contemporary Workforce Issues
3 credit hours

This course explores current workplace issues faced by leaders in public and private sector organizations. Course content includes a discussion of present-day topics including discrimination, sexual harassment, disability law, the "glass ceiling" as it relates to women in leadership, unions and their continued applicability in American industry, international cultures and their impact on organizations, as well as technology and its applications and challenges. General management of all types of organizations and personnel will also be considered.

LDST 325: Leading & Integrating Technology in Organizations
3 credit hours

Technology pervades all organizations today and is likely to increase in prominence in the future. Leaders (who may be themselves non-technical) need to know how to relate to technology experts and other technical professionals on whom they depend for success. In addition, the ever-increasing use of technology dictates that organizations develop and enforce policies relating to email, social media accounts, use of organization computers, security of data, and many other facets of operation not previously thought of as important. In this course, students will consider the unique aspects of leading and motivating technical professionals and develop an understanding of the policies contemporary organizations must have to succeed in a technology-driven world. Students will also discuss methods on which to rely in considering requests for technology-related capital equipment, software, and other enhancements, as well as ways to evaluate the job performance of technical specialists.

LDST 331: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
3 credit hours

This course examines conflict causes and effects as well as ethical issues. Students will use case studies and simulations to practice skills for conflict resolution. An investigation of theoretical and practical aspects of conflict assessment, negotiation, problem solving and mediation are integral to this process.

LDST 400: Grant Writing
3 credit hours

This course provides information, resources and hands-on exercises that cover aspects of identifying program/community needs, locating funding sources and programs, outlining a prospectus, writing a successful proposal and discussing the reasons proposals fail. The course also explores reading Requests for Proposals (RFP) and understanding the proposal review process. Emphasis is on understanding the grant process and preparing proposals for federal agencies and corporate and private foundations.

LDST 420: Managing Multi-Cultural Organizations
3 credit hours

The United States has always been referred to as a ‘melting pot’ with people from all cultures residing throughout. In addition to being a capable communicator with different cultures within the U.S., leaders must also be able to interact with individuals living in other countries. As the U.S. becomes more and more ethnically diversified the world is becoming smaller through technology, e-commerce, and political interdependence. Even small businesses need skills in multi-cultural communication to understand the complexities of business and culturally specific practices.

LDST 425: Leading Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability
3 credit hours

Twenty-first century leaders must be prepared to do more in their organizations than maximize profitability. They must also satisfy expectations that their organizations demonstrate a strong commitment to society in its values on social, environmental and economic goals; protect society from negative company actions or accidents; share the benefits of operation with constituents and become more profitable by "doing well by doing good." In addition, leaders must show conscious efforts to protect natural resources and implement strategies to ensure their sustainability for future generations. In this course, students will gain an understanding of the complex relationship between concern for the environment and the goals of organizations, as well as the philosophy that the most successful organizations are those that "give back" to society. Discussions will center on leadership actions to promote corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability, including consideration of wasted resources, pollution and other environmental impacts of organizations. CSR and sustainability are now global expectations and will likely become even more significant in the future. Leaders who realize this and are prepared to help their organizations meet these challenges are primed for future success.

MGMT 321: Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Breech School of Business. This course is an overview of laws and regulations as they pertain to the business atmosphere. Topical areas include procedural laws and the court system; alternative means of dispute resolution; constitutional law, torts/products liability, business crimes, contracts, sales, forms of business organizations; and employment regulation. Case analysis and ethical implications are discussed in each area.

Track 2: Human Resources (21 hrs.) 

18 hours must be at the 300 level or above

MGMT 103: Business Foundations
3 credit hours

An introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of business enterprise and economics. Introduction to the functions of a business organization. Basic research methods, written and oral reports, discussion of current business, and economic developments. Global business awareness.

LDST 310: Contemporary Workforce Issues
3 credit hours

This course explores current workplace issues faced by leaders in public and private sector organizations. Course content includes a discussion of present-day topics including discrimination, sexual harassment, disability law, the "glass ceiling" as it relates to women in leadership, unions and their continued applicability in American industry, international cultures and their impact on organizations, as well as technology and its applications and challenges. General management of all types of organizations and personnel will also be considered.

LDST 331: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
3 credit hours

This course examines conflict causes and effects as well as ethical issues. Students will use case studies and simulations to practice skills for conflict resolution. An investigation of theoretical and practical aspects of conflict assessment, negotiation, problem solving and mediation are integral to this process.

LDST 420: Managing Multi-Cultural Organizations
3 credit hours

The United States has always been referred to as a ‘melting pot’ with people from all cultures residing throughout. In addition to being a capable communicator with different cultures within the U.S., leaders must also be able to interact with individuals living in other countries. As the U.S. becomes more and more ethnically diversified the world is becoming smaller through technology, e-commerce, and political interdependence. Even small businesses need skills in multi-cultural communication to understand the complexities of business and culturally specific practices.

MGMT 321: Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Breech School of Business. This course is an overview of laws and regulations as they pertain to the business atmosphere. Topical areas include procedural laws and the court system; alternative means of dispute resolution; constitutional law, torts/products liability, business crimes, contracts, sales, forms of business organizations; and employment regulation. Case analysis and ethical implications are discussed in each area.

MGMT 373: Human Resource Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MGMT 301 and admission to Breech School of Business. A survey of the major human resource management functions including planning, staffing, training and development, performance management, compensation, health, safety and security, and employee and labor relations.

MGMT 374: Employment Laws and Regulations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: MGMT 301 and admission to the Breech School of Business. This course should give students the opportunity to learn legislation and common law that applies to employers and employees. The course will examine all existing federal employment laws including but not limited to the Family and Medical Leave Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disability Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Fair Labor Standard Act as well as some state laws such as state worker’s compensation laws and some state discrimination regulation. The course will include learning the applicable regulations for enforcement of such laws.

Track 3: Resolution & Peacebuilding (24 hrs.) 

18 hours must be at the 300 level or above

COMM 285: Communication and Ethics
3 credit hours

Introduction to ethics in communication studies. Students examine conceptual perspectives for understanding and evaluating communication ethics in interpersonal relationships, small groups, organizations and intercultural contexts. This course is designed to stimulate the moral imagination, reveal ethical issues inherent in communication and provide resources for making and defending choices on ethical grounds.

COMM 332: Intercultural Communication
3 credit hours

A survey of critical and qualitative inquiry into intercultural communication. This course provides an introduction to the tenets of intercultural research as well as in-depth analysis of intercultural communication competency and cultural criticism. Topics include introductory readings in ethnography, social anthropology and communication studies, and numerous case studies across various cultures. Theories include nonverbal communication analysis and facework across cultures. Diversity issues and identity politics are explored.

COMM 351: Principles of Persuasion and Influence
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: COMM 211COMM 215. A study of the persuasive process in contemporary culture. Students study basic theories of persuasion and public speaking in an effort to become responsible consumers and creators of public persuasion. Practical applications are made by presenting persuasive speeches and critical projects.

COMM 422: Argumentation and Advocacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 211. The First Amendment coupled with our marketplace of ideas mentality requires that competent communicators get and practice critical-thinking skills. Argumentation and Advocacy explores these skills in tandem with the public discourse vehicle. Students are required to examine and deploy various approaches in making and evaluating arguments in a public setting. Theories explored include transmission models of communication, Stephen Toulmin’s model of argumentation and critical theory as it is applied to communication studies and the professions.

LDST 331: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
3 credit hours

This course examines conflict causes and effects as well as ethical issues. Students will use case studies and simulations to practice skills for conflict resolution. An investigation of theoretical and practical aspects of conflict assessment, negotiation, problem solving and mediation are integral to this process.

PSYC 110: Stress Management I
3 credit hours

The philosophy and comprehensive approach to stress reduction through the re-establishment and enhancement of the state of well-being.

PSYC 313: Cross-Cultural Psychology
3 credit hours

Explores the multiple and reciprocal nature of interaction between culture, intra-individual processes (such as perception, cognition, personality) and inter-individual processes (such as communication and group identity). Factors affecting these interactions, like ethnocentrism and prejudice, are also examined.

PSYC 355: Industrial Organizational Psychology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CCPS - BSCI 274. Day - BSCI 275 and BSCI 275-LA systematic study of human behavior in the world of work. Examines selection, evaluation, appraisal and training as aspects of personnel psychology. Focuses on the psychology of work in terms of worker motivation, job satisfaction and adjustment.