Curriculum

The Adult Degree Completion Program in Organizational Leadership is a sixteen-course program comprised of four core courses, eight common body of knowledge courses, and four research focus courses emphasizing a humanistic approach to leadership, organizational studies, and change. The program uses a cohort format and all classes will be hybrid in nature. Upon completion of this program, students will be able to do the following:

  • communicate clearly, with confidence, to a range of audiences
  • apply multiple perspectives to address complex problems
  • utilize self-reflection to integrate personal experience, theory, and practice of organizational leadership
  • demonstrate cultural competencies necessary for organizational leadership
  • demonstrate the ability to adapt and succeed in a changing environment
  • use analytical tools and techniques for informed decision-making
  • demonstrate an understanding of relevant theories and practices of organizational leadership within the chosen focus
  • evaluate effectiveness of organizational leadership within the chosen focus.
Each course is worth one credit unit, which is the equivalent of four credit hours.

Core Courses

The Organizational Leadership Program’s four core courses are designed to support students in making powerful connections between their academic learning and their life experience; enhancing students’ skills and knowledge relevant to their life and work as well as earning college credit for students’ experiential learning. These courses introduce students to and develop their communication literacies. Every student who is admitted into the Program will be required to take these courses.

ORGL 398 - Foundations for Understanding

In this course, students are introduced to and apply critical thinking and analytical skills and reflective writing. A portion of the course is devoted to identifying and evaluating source materials for academic writing and then incorporating and documenting them in papers. This course includes development of degree completion document to be completed in ORGL 399.

Corequisites: ORGL 300

ORGL 300 - Reflections on Complex Problem Solving

In this course, students will schematize texts/arguments through diagramming. Students will learn to identify and distinguish theoretical and practical reasoning, and will develop abductive reasoning skills, which will enable them to address complex problems methodically.

Corequisites: ORGL 398

ORGL 301 - Reflections on Community: Membership and Leadership

Students will apply their schematizing skills to lengthy theoretical texts. Using diverse readings in political theory as a springboard, students will consider the relationship between the private and the public, including the role of reputation in public life; collective responsibility, including the concepts of dependence and independence; and authority, including the ideas of charisma, the political, and progress.

Prerequisites: ORGL 300, 398

Corequisites: ORGL 399

ORGL 399 - Research and Writing about Experience

In their second semester, students will produce a prior learning portfolio—a set of essays analyzing those experiences which have changed the way they understand and solve problems—in the final core course: Research and Writing about Experience. The content of the prior learning portfolio is generally based on those prior learning areas identified in the student’s degree plan that they developed in ORGL 398. Through this assignment, students will demonstrate their mastery of the writing and analytical skills that they were introduced to in ORGL 300 and 398 and are continuing to develop in ORGL 301.

Prerequisites: ORGL 398, 300

Corequisites: ORGL 301

Before a student can begin their common body of knowledge courses, they must successfully complete ORGL 300, 301, 398 and 399.

Common Body of Knowledge

Business Courses

These courses provide students with the core business competencies expected of successful 21st-century organizational leaders: understanding many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and accessing and using information ethically and legally.

BADM 209E - The Legal, Social, and Ethical Environment of Business

This course introduces the student to the contemporary legal, social, regulatory and ethical issues confronting businesses today. Specifically, students will discuss the role of business and government in a capitalist environment, the American legal system, the U.S. regulatory structure and process, Affirmative Action programs, employees’ rights, consumer protection, product liability, and environmental protection.
Prerequisites: ORGL 399

MGMT 305 - Human Relations, Leadership and Teamwork

This course will introduce students to the significance of human relations and interpersonal dynamics in organizational management, leadership and teamwork contexts. Additionally, significant focus will address the characteristics and practices that define effective leadership in multiple and varied organizational contexts. Lastly, students will learn the centrality of teamwork to organizational effectiveness and through team activities learn how to be productive team leaders and members.
Prerequisites: ORGL 399

FINA 313 - Fundamentals of Finance

Introduction to the fundamentals of financial statements, essential elements of finance, financial analysis, valuation, budgeting, and basic financial management. This course is only open to students in the Stetson Organizational Leadership Program.
Prerequisites: ORGL 399, MATH 125Q

Students must take BADM 209E prior to or concurrently with ENSS 316R, ORGL 3xxW, ORGL 360J, ORGL 361D
 
Students must successfully complete MATH 125Q before taking FINA 313

Values Courses

Students will develop and show mastery of the personal and social responsibility knowledge areas they were introduced to in BADM 209E in their values-oriented courses. In these courses, students evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system. The values-oriented courses may be taken in any sequence.

ENSS 316R - Leadership for a Sustainable Future*

Students will develop an understanding and skill set for envisioning, implementing and maintaining environmental sustainability goals in the organizations in which they are employed. Students will build from a foundation in environmental science and ethics to create tangible solutions to local and global environmental issues. Such initiatives can lead to operational savings through aggressive energy efficiency and water conservation initiatives and through redesign of the organization’s processes to minimize material waste and pollution. Students will learn the language of economics and explore financing strategies for sustainability projects; practice communication skills to facilitate internal communication and public relations about sustainability initiatives; and develop strategic planning skills to develop a road map to environmental sustainability within the organization.

Prerequisites: ORGL 399, BADM 209E (prior to or concurrently)

ORGL 362W - Health and Wellness*

Being a leader is demanding and time-consuming. With long days and a full schedule, busy people often do not give proper attention to their health and well-being, but this can lead to burnout and sickness that thwarts productivity and undermines potential. A leader must also think about the health and well-being of the organization. An unhealthy organization can undermine the organization’s mission and cause widespread problems amongst the people in the organization. This class will examine the wellness issues in our society for both individuals and organizations and explore ways to improve and maintain mental and physical health.

Prerequisites: ORGL 399, BADM 209E

ORGL 360J - Social Justice in the Workplace*

Recognizing that the 21st-century workforce is increasingly becoming more global and interdependent, affirming diversity and advancing social justice are essential to the health and sustainability of organizations. This course explores theoretical and experiential frameworks for understanding social oppression and liberation, beginning with the development of critical personal awareness through reflective inquiry. As organizational leaders grappling with social justice issues, students will explore diverse identities, perspectives, and positionalities through dynamic readings, discussions, field experiences, and a variety of assignments including case studies and collaborative applied learning projects.

Prerequisites: ORGL 399, BADM 209E (prior to or concurrently)

ORGL 361D - Leading Diversity in the Workplace*

Recognizing that the 21st-century workforce is increasingly becoming more global and interdependent, affirming diversity and advancing social justice are essential to the health and sustainability of organizations. This course explores theoretical and experiential frameworks for understanding social oppression and liberation, beginning with the development of critical personal awareness through reflective inquiry. This course provides students with opportunities to build and deepen knowledge, skills, and the ability to lead for equity and social justice. As organizational leaders grappling with social justice issues, students will explore diverse identities, perspectives, and positionalities through dynamic readings, discussions, field experiences, and a variety of assignments including case studies and collaborative applied learning projects. Systems of advantage and disadvantage in the United States, specifically power dynamics and issues of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender, language, religion, ability, age, and immigration status will be examined. While considering complex diversity issues and the impact of intersectionality across a variety of organizational contexts, students will inquire into building pathways for resisting oppressive mechanisms and developing strategies to create sustainable social change.

Prerequisites: ORGL 399, BADM 209E (prior to or concurrently)

Creative Leadership

Using various types of tools and techniques, students will be introduced to and develop their creative literacy (strategic creativity) in this course. It is designed to help leaders generate creative complex problem-solving ideas, for individuals or groups, through the exploration of arts-based activities.

xxxA - Creativity and Leadership*

One of the best ways to learn the complex problem-solving skills needed in the 21st century is through the arts—not to become an artist, but as a way of thinking and perceiving. This course will explore how art-based activities (music, design, theatre improvisation, etc.) can be strategically used to lead an organization on a journey of creative expression that allows them to safely explore unknown territory, overcome fear and take conceptual risks. Using their imagination (right-brain) and logic and analysis (left-brain), students will “explore the arts as an interdisciplinary catalyst for transformation in culture, creativity, identity, and their own personal development as a leader.”

Prerequisites: ORGL 399

Research Focus

Quantitative Reasoning

This course introduces and develops quantitative reasoning: the application of basic mathematical skills to the analysis and application of real-world quantitative information in the context of interdisciplinary problems, related to organizational leadership, to draw conclusions that will inform decisions relevant to students in their daily professional and personal lives. Students must successfully complete MATH 125Q before they can take ORGL 497, 498 or 499.

MATH 125Q - Introduction to Mathematical and Statistical Modeling

An introduction to some mathematical techniques used to explore, model and analyze phenomena in the sciences. Topics include probability, descriptive and inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, regression, and linear systems.

Prerequisites: ORGL 399

Students must successfully complete ORGL 300, 301, 398, 399, BADM 209E, MGMT 305, FINA 313, ENSS 316R, ORGL 360J, ORGL 361D, & MATH 125Q before taking ORGL 497, 498, 499

Organizational Leadership Specialization

These courses strengthen and develop leadership skills while preparing students to work in a wide range of settings. Students are equipped with the ability and knowledge to confidently drive growth, innovation, and change to transform organizations for optimal success.

ORGL 497 - Change Leadership in Today’s Organization*

Knowledge, understanding and skills to actively contribute, whether as a manager, leader or change agent, are essential to renewal and transformation processes within organizations. Change leadership is a core competency in successful 21st-century organizations. The course examines how change occurs in organizations, the role of leadership in the change process, the use of vision to stimulate change, and the use of change techniques to help employees maintain momentum during the process. Further, the course examines both an organizational and employee perspective on planned change. Topics include how to design, implement and institutionalize planned change within organizations, the impact of organizational culture on implementing change, and roles in the change process. The course will benefit managers who recognize the need for change in their organization and who want to develop change leadership skills.

ORGL 498 - Current & Future Trends in Organizational Leadership*

Leadership theory is not static. Ranging from the exclusive “Great Man” (no women need apply) to the inclusive Transformational Leader, the theories of what makes a good leader have changed over time. Some researchers have even come to doubt the usefulness of studying leaders and leadership and instead focus on “Followership.” This course will explore some of the more prominent leadership theories, both past and present, analyze what makes a good leader, and discuss where the future of leadership studies might be headed. This class will not only provide a theoretical foundation of leadership but develop students’ practical leadership skills as well.

ORGL 499 - Capstone in Organizational Leadership*

Students will apply knowledge and skills developed in previous courses to an experiential exercise of leadership in a project-based setting. With the help of the instructor, students will identify projects that are appropriate for the course and will work in interdisciplinary teams, to design a ‘context-specific’ solution to a challenge an organization is facing.

* University catalog approval in process.