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B.A. in Organizational Leadership

The goal of the organizational leadership program is to develop authentic leaders and followers for a changing world through a Christian worldview. The major is an interdisciplinary program designed to develop leaders to move beyond efficiency to effectiveness. It is acknowledging the reality that leadership is about more than a title. Today’s leader must:

  • Provide direction with clarity and confidence.
  • Establish alignment and relationships within teams and stakeholders, rather than function as a solo leader.
  • Continually develop personal leadership competencies and capacities.
  • Anticipate and incorporate personal change and value relationships with others.

Through academic study and personal reflection, students will analyze and integrate personal, organizational, and global realities into a holistic view of leadership and learn to lead collaboratively to accomplish desired outcomes and goals.

Upon completion of the organizational leadership program, students will:

  • Analyze the complexities of leading, managing and following to allow for opportunities that achieve shared outcomes.
  • Engage the spheres of influence (personal, professional, organizational, global) in which one leads and follows.
  • Respond to leadership dilemmas in a manner consistent with one's personal faith and values.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of leadership settings.
  • Integrate leadership theory, scholarship and practice with developmental self-awareness.
  • Assess the well-being of organizations and individuals using a variety of strategies.

Students who complete the major in Organizational Leadership have the option to include a concentration in Christian Ministries or Human Services. Students who complete the B.A. degree in Organizational Leadership and enroll in the M.A. degree in Transformational Leadership at Bethel Seminary will be exempted from two courses required for the graduate degree. 

Major in Organizational Leadership

Minor in Organizational Leadership

BIBL360 • Biblical Interpretation for Ministry. 3 Credits.

Introduction to biblical hermeneutics and exegesis including interpretive issues of presuppositions, authorial intent, metanarrative, historical context, genre and literary context. Biblical inspiration, canonicity, authority, and the nature of the Bible as communication will be explored. Study is designed to develop skills necessary for good Bible reading and contextualization to today's world.
Prerequisites: CHMN350R, CORE310. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6.

BUSN301 • Foundations of Business Management. 3 Credits.

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.

BUSN302 • Foundations of Human Resource Management. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the functional area of business called human resources management. Study the functions of attracting, retaining, motivating and managing the people who work in organizations. Study how human resources is involved in the recruitment, selection, employment, compensation, training, development, safety and termination of employees.
Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

BUSN310E • Global Management and Leadership in Business. 3 Credits.

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.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5. Special Notes: Prior completion of BUSN323 recommended.

BUSN320 • Professional Project Management. 3 Credits.

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.

CHMN300 • Foundations for Christian Ministry. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the theology and practice of Christian ministry. Students explore diverse concepts of ministry and how their unique strengths connect to what God is doing in the world. Students reflect on call and vocation and develop a philosophy of ministry.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

CHMN320 • Personal Spiritual Formation. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the process of spiritual and personal formation. Exploration of models and themes for formation and faith development, with attention to cultural and gender dimensions of formation models and traditions. Examination of both individual and communal spiritual journeys, practices, and connections to God.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

HRMA305 • Compensation. 3 Credits.

Focus on the use of compensation to attract, retain, and motivate employees. Basic concepts and applications of compensation. Assignments and course project center around a case study for which students develop a basic compensation program.
Prerequisites: BUSN302 and HRMA401. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

HRMA307 • Benefits. 3 Credits.

Benefit programs are typically the single greatest cost directly managed by the HR function. Benefit programs also have significant impact on the recruitment, retention, and motivation of employees. A wide range of benefit program designs, including an analysis of relative costs, value, and relationship to business strategy are contained within this course.
Prerequisites: BUSN302 and HRMA401. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

HRMA401 • Employment Law. 3 Credits.

Exploration of the laws that govern workplace behaviors and decisions. Topics will include illegal discrimination, harassment, recruiting and hiring decisions, etc. Learners will use case studies and apply their learning to real-life experiences.
Prerequisites: BUSN302. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

HUSE300W • Family Perspectives. 3 Credits.

An analysis of sociological and theological perspectives on family relationships, with special attention given to understanding families as systems. Learners will be encouraged to identify and challenge their assumptions about families and to examine their own family-of-origin experiences in light of course concepts.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

HUSE311 • Personality Theories. 3 Credits.

Study of various theoretical approaches to personality. Emphasis is given to the assumptions and research associated with each approach. Major contributors to each view are discussed.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

HUSE350 • Individual and Family Psychopathology. 3 Credits.

Focus on understanding individual, relational, and contextual factors that contribute to diagnostic categories and psychopathology. Addresses objective and helpful ways to describe and assess abnormal behavior and will identify treatment options psychologists may use to help a person move into a more "normal" position in life.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

HUSE410 • Dynamics of Interpersonal Relationships. 3 Credits.

An analysis of interpersonal dynamics, including love and intimacy; communication; shame; power and control; stress and coping; grief; compassion; and spirituality. Attention will be given to a broad variety of relational states, including friendship, singleness, romantic partnerships, parent/child relationships, social networks, and faith communities.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.

ORGL101 • Leadership in the 21st Century. 3 Credits.

Overview of the scope of leadership necessary for effective outcomes. Course design is real-world specific to generate immediate understanding, awareness, and application for both marketplace and personal application. Students will identify, interpret, and analyze their individual leadership attitudes, abilities, styles, and strengths.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.

ORGL201 • The Framework of Leadership. 3 Credits.

Focus is on the individual leadership process as it is embedded in the organizational context. Developmental experiences, changing perspectives, and important leadership links are incorporated into class simulations, exercises, and other real-life learning opportunities regarding the subject.

ORGL310 • Leadership and Adult Development. 3 Credits.

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.
Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

ORGL330 • Theories of Organizations and Leadership. 3 Credits.

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.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Areas 2 5. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

ORGL340R • Principles of Scholarly Writing and Research. 3 Credits.

Instruction and practice in scholarly writing as preparation for the program’s writing assignments. A practical approach to expository essay structure, and reading and writing research studies. Bibliographic instruction, writing portions of a literature review, and an introduction to principles of survey research are included.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 1, General Education Category R. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

ORGL350 • Leadership Communication. 3 Credits.

Good communication as a foundation for effective leadership. A leader’s 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.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 1. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

ORGL370 • Leadership and Technology. 3 Credits.

Major technology developments and their impact on people and organizations. Examination of the role technology plays in empowering or disabling an organization. Analysis of personal and organizational issues related to technology in light of ethical and/or moral reasoning. Analysis of the connection between an organization's technologies and organizational culture.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 2. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

ORGL400 • Principles of Leading and Managing. 3 Credits.

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.

ORGL440 • Organizational Research. 3 Credits.

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.
Prerequisites: General Education Category R course.

ORGL462 • Integrated Principles of Leadership. 3 Credits.

Focus on an integrated paradigm that brings together the broad field of leadership. Examination of framing real versus perceived issues, in real time. Discussion and practice of resolving identified issues. A study of the implications of management’s “best practices” and how they impact morale, employee contribution, and organizational effectiveness.
Prerequisites: ORGL400. Special Notes: Prior completion of ORGL310 recommended.

ORGL465H • Applied Leadership Ethics. 3 Credits.

Study of the ethical and emotional intelligence dimensions of leadership. In particular, consideration of the impact of ethics on the resolution of internal issues through the application of authentic leadership, how ethical growth occurs from a biblical perspective, and the relationship of ethics with emotional intelligence.
Prerequisites: ORGL400, ORGL462. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6, General Education category H.

ORGL490 • Leadership and Change. 3 Credits.

Study of the various components of change and transformation related to leading, managing, and following. Examination of the leader’s role in promoting an environment that allows for the well-being of both the individual and the organization. Designed as a senior seminar integrating and synthesizing personal learning experiences in the program.
Prerequisites: ORGL310, ORGL462, ORGL465H.

SOCS170W • Conflict Management and the Social Scientific Perspective. 3 Credits.

Applies samples of social scientific reasoning and research in psychology, sociology and social work to the challenges of conflict management, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Students reflect on the relevance of social scientific models to their own lives and consider applications in their workplaces, families, and social spheres.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 5.

THEO441 • Christian Theology. 3 Credits.

Examination of Christian doctrine from a systematic perspective. Subjects include, but are not limited to, the triune God, the person and work of Jesus Christ (incarnation and atonement), and salvation. The unity and diversity of Christian belief will constitute the backdrop for subjects covered.
Prerequisites: CAPS General Education Category R course. Fulfills: Goal Area 6.