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Program Courses

Program Courses

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership is a major/minor program that consists of nine required common core courses (27 semester hours), one optional core course (3 semester hours), and either four or five courses (12-15 semester hours) in the focus area of the institution.  For students completing the optional core course Professional Internship, 12 semester hours in the institutional focus area will be required.  For students not completing the Professional Internship, 15 semester hours in the focus area will be required.  There is a total of 42 semester hours in the major/minor.


FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT (ORGL 3113) – This course is an introduction to the Organizational Leadership Bachelor of Science Program. Essential components will include: overview of program expectations; principles of adult learning; resources for success including library, campus, online resources and mentoring relationships; personal wellness/stress and time management techniques; study and test-taking skills; and basic computer skills for working in an online environment.  

PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION (ORGL 3223) – A study of communication in the workplace within a framework of organizational ethics. Essential components and course content include: listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, written expression, and professional presentation methods.

DATA ANALYSIS AND INTERPRETATION (ORGL 3333) – This course will enable the student to develop an understanding of the application and interpretation of basic data analysis. Essential components and course content will include basic data analysis from a user perspective. Hands-on exercises will enable students to utilize Excel to solve problems and interpret results.

SURVEY OF FISCAL MANAGEMENT (ORGL 3443)A managerial overview of fiscal management within organizations. Essential components and coursework content will include: understanding the components and articulation of financial statements, knowledge and application of financial ratios leading to an understanding of organizational performance across time and in comparison to industry standards, utilization of financial information in the acquisition of capital and budgeting decisions, and rudimentary understanding of cash flows.

ETHICS AND ORGANIZATIONS (ORGL 4113)This course is designed to examine the dynamics of workplace and personal ethics through the study of basic philosophical theories. Essential components and course content will include: leadership in the context of self-governance, responsibility, adherence to principles, integrity and constancy of purpose. Current case studies will be used to apply ethical theories.

THE INDIVIDUAL, THE ORGANIZATION, AND SOCIETY (ORGL 4223) – An examination of contemporary issues that affect organizations. Essential topics include environmental stewardship, social responsibility of the organization, effects and implications of globalization, the status of individual freedom within the organization, diversity, and the ramifications of technological change. This seminar course will be organized around student discussion and topical papers.

LEADING AND MANAGING (ORGL 4333) – This course is a study of theories that influence leadership and management with application to a variety of work situations. Essential components and coursework content will include: basic leadership and behavior styles, negotiation, critical thinking, change, conflict resolution, ethics and social responsibility and diversity in the workplace. Assessment of personal leadership abilities and personality traits will be included.

MARKETS AND STAKEHOLDERS (ORGL 4443) – This course introduces the student to the concept of markets and stakeholders. Essential components and course content will include: an overview of competitive markets, buyer behavior, development of new markets and products, marketing communication, distribution channels, pricing and marketing mix strategies. It will include a discussion of external environmental factors and stakeholder analysis. Students will be able to evaluate market needs, select target markets and develop an appropriate market mix.

CAPSTONE (ORGL 4553) – This course provides the student the opportunity to integrate concepts and theories covered in the core with their area of focus. Students will design and implement a capstone project related to their area of focus culminating in a written and oral presentation. This course must be taken in the student’s final enrollment period.

PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP (ORGL 4993) – Optional Course – Supervised professional-level assignment with an organization, firm government agency, or not-for-profit entity within the selected area of focus. Prerequisites: All core courses except for ORGL 4553 Capstone.


All courses listed below are available via the internet in 16-week (*) or 8-week (**) format.  Additional courses that will count for the institutional area of focus are offered face-to-face on Southeastern’s main campus in Durant, OK; please contact your advisor. 

COMMUNICATION THEORY (COMM 3113)* – This course surveys basic theories of communication and introduces beginning research methods. (Prerequisites: COMM 1013; or permission of instructor)

NONVERBAL COMMUNICATION (COMM 3123)* – This course identifies the major areas of nonverbal communication and the current terminology used in the field. Relevant connections of nonverbal to other areas of communication will be presented.

HEALTH COMMUNICATIONS (COMM 3273)* – This course focuses on the role of communication in shaping professional health care messages and public acceptance of these messages. The course provides instruction of the development and use of health-related and care-related messages and media; the goals and strategies of health care promotion; relationships, roles, situations, and social structures within the context of health maintenance and promotion; and applications to disease prevention, health advocacy and communications concerning treatments.

GREAT SPEECHES OF THE 20th CENTURY (COMM 3313)** – A study of 20th Century public discourse on the ideas and issues of politics, gender, culture and history of the United States. This study includes presidential, civil rights, and women’s movement rhetoric. This course emphasizes the rhetoric of liberalism and conservatism. Includes a comprehensive study of great American speeches. (Prerequisite: COMM 2213 or permission of instructor)

GROUP DISCUSSION (COMM 3323)** – Includes how groups are formed, why they are formed, how leadership develops and what leads to the dissolution of groups.

THEORIES OF PERSUASION (COMM 3463)* – This course introduces the theory and practice of persuasive communication. Students will enhance message-construction skills as well as critical thinking skills. This study emphasizes interpersonal influence, group leadership and power, negotiation strategies, political communication and propaganda. (Prerequisite: COMM 2213 or permission of instructor)

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (COMM 3883)* – The role of the person in the organization will be emphasized. Understanding the role of communication in the world of work is a high priority in industry today.

INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION (COMM 4433)* – This course focuses on the key concepts of communication and culture covering such topics as barriers in intercultural communication; dimensions of culture; multiculturalism, women, family and children; and culture’s influence on perception. It will help students build communication skills with particular emphasis on crossing cultural barriers through student activities.

COMMUNICATION CRITICISM (COMM 4443)* – This course introduces the methodologies available to examine communication artifacts. This study emphasizes the critical abilities necessary to describe, explain, analyze, and evaluate speeches, advertising, songs, art, film, and television.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH (COMM 4463)* – Analysis of contemporary debate concerning the First Amendment guarantee of freedom of speech and the proper limits to expression. Major topics include, but are not limited to, artistic expression, hate speech, subversive speech, nonverbal expression, and technology.

MEDIA LAW AND ETHICS (COMM 4853)* – Legal and ethical limitations and privileges affecting the mass media. Issues such as First Amendment rights, libel and slander, invasion of privacy, access, copyright, obscenity and indecency, and cyberspace.

RESEARCH IN COMMUNICATION (COMM 4950)* – This course will provide an introduction to research methods and design. It will emphasize research methods that are significant to all types of communication studies (e.g. rhetorical, mass, interpersonal organization). Students will be exposed to the four major kinds of methods: survey, experimental, introduction, and field analysis. The course will be required for all communication majors.

RESEARCH (COMM 4990)* – Subject named in title listing. (Prerequisite: permission of the instructor)