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Bethel’s B.A. in Organizational Leadership degree provides a transformative education that will enable you to make a difference in the world and inspire others. You’ll learn how to lead with character, build successful teams, and influence your organization.

You need to have 60 credits to start this program. Your enrollment counselor can help you explore your options for obtaining credits, including taking courses in our associate degree programs.

Face to Face


You'll meet during the day at one of our convenient locations.

Location: Anderson Center

Start Dates: Spring 2017


Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Start Dates: Spring 2017

Total Credits


Approximate Program Length

21 months


  • Foundations of Business Management (BUSN301)

    An exploration of the foundations of modern management theory and practice including how external and internal environmental factors impact the practice of business management. Topics such as global forces, political and legal forces, socio-cultural forces and demographic forces will be used to develop an understanding of the complexities in business management today.

    3 credits

  • Global Management and Leadership in Business (BUSN310E)

    Equip managers and leaders with a framework for formulating strategies to thrive in a global marketplace. Develop global managerial and leadership perspectives on business opportunities and challenges in global trade, competition, modes of market entry, investment systems, power distance, communications, member cultures, and other leader/manager challenges.

    3 credits

  • Professional Project Management (BUSN320)

    Introduction to the principles of project management including the role of the project manager, types of projects, stages of a project, project variables, and project processes. Examines the organization, planning, and controlling of projects and provides practical knowledge on managing project scope, schedule and resources.

    3 credits

  • Leadership and Adult Development (ORGL310)

    A developmental context for the study of leadership is introduced through Adult Development Theories generating a greater understanding of self in the areas of adult psychological, spiritual/faith, and cognitive development. Included in the emphasis of self understanding is an introduction to individual strengths with the correlation to life and vocation.

    3 credits

  • Theories of Organizations and Leadership (ORGL330)

    Introduction to organizational and leadership frameworks: (1) Providing an overview of organizational culture and structures, (2) Describing effective leadership within an organizational context, (3) Identifying core leadership issues. Analyzing an organization from the insights gained in course texts, presentations, and discussion.

    3 credits

  • Principles of Scholarly Writing and Research (ORGL340R)

    Instruction and practice in scholarly writing. A practical approach to expository essay structure and reading and writing about research studies. Includes bibliographic instruction, writing a portion of a literature review, and an introduction to principles of survey research.

    3 credits

  • Leadership Communication (ORGL350)

    Good communication as a foundation for effective leadership. A leaders communicates as a reflection of the ability to successfully influence and impact others with integrity. Practices, skills, and tools necessary to focus on the leader as the communication champion.

    3 credits

  • Leadership and Technology (ORGL370)

    Explores ways that technologies both solve and create problems. Discusses foundations for decision-making about technology. Examines the connections between technology and both personal and organizational priorities. Equips leaders to examine their own technological worldview, and then use that worldview strategically and creatively for problem-solving.

    3 credits

  • Principles of Leading and Managing (ORGL400)

    Examination of principles of authority, power, politics, decision making, and influence. Consideration of questions such as "What is leadership?" and "What makes a good leader?" Exploration of differences between leadership and management and the role of follower. Examination of the impact of leader/manager behavior on the organization.

    3 credits

  • Moving Toward Global Leadership (ORGL420)

    Synthesizes theories about global competence, cultural diversity and cross-cultural competence, individualism and collectivism, and the contingency theory of leadership with social justice issues and the biblical concepts of shalom and community in order to address global leadership. Incorporates strategies for cross-cultural self-awareness and an application of ideas to students' organizations.

    3 credits

  • Organizational Research (ORGL440)

    Provides the foundations required for conducting a formal social research project within the context of an organizational setting. Encourages critical thinking through various quality research types. Data collection and sampling techniques, issues of effective measurement, and ethical questions are introduced. Application in understanding various facets of the basic social science research model.

    3 credits

  • Integrated Principles of Leadership (ORGL462)

    Focuses on an integrated paradigm that brings together the broad field of leadership. Examination of how to frame real versus perceived issues, in real time. Practice application of how to resolve identified issues. A study of the implications of leadership's "best practices" and the impact on morale, employee contribution, and organizational effectiveness.

    3 credits

  • Applied Leadership Ethics (ORGL465H)

    Considers the ethical dimensions of leadership. In particular, the course considers the impact of our ethics in day to day leadership decisions and how those ethics are impacted by who we are not only as leaders, but as people.

    3 credits

  • Leadership and Change (ORGL490)

    Considers the various components of change and transformation in relation to leading and following. Examines the role of the leader and follower in promoting an environment that allows for the well-being of both the individual and organization. Students analyze, synthesize, and integrate their learning experiences with real life application.

    3 credits

  • CORE Courses

    A distinctive feature of Bethel's programs is our commitment to the development of the whole person. In addition to courses within a program, students explore personal values and faith formation in a hospitable environment that respects learning from one another's perspectives. Rather than teaching students what to think about Christianity, we teach students how to think about the Bible, Christian history, and personal faith.

    • Community, Self and Formation: Ancient and Contemporary Narratives (CORE300)

      An exploration of self in the world, based on personal experience and classical spiritual practices. Students are challenged to think systemically about contexts of family, faith community, workplace, and broader culture as they plan for lifelong formation and contribution to the well-being of others.

      3 credits

    • Scripture and Society (CORE310)

      An introduction to the Christian scriptures as a resource for responding to contemporary challenges facing humanity. The course will provide a broad understanding of complexities in interpreting sacred texts, major narratives of the Christian scriptures, and ways those narratives speak into ethical and social issues.

      3 credits

    • History, Faith and Society (CORE320)

      An exploration of historical expressions of the Christian faith from the 4th-20th centuries with a focus on its influence on the present. A look at selected historical events and the lessons they provide for understanding theological concepts and selected social issues, and their impact on the role of religious communities today.

      3 credits

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