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

BUSN 301 • 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.

BUSN 310E • 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 BUSN 323 recommended.

BUSN 320 • 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.

CHMN 300 • 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.

CHMN 320 • 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.

HUSE 300W • 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.

HUSE 311 • 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.

HUSE 350 • 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.

HUSE 410 • 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.

ORGL 101 • 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.

ORGL 201 • 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.

ORGL 310 • Leadership and Adult Development 3 Credits.

Assessment of personal strengths and how those strengths apply in personal, professional and learning communities. Analysis of various theories of adult development including psychological, moral and spiritual development. Reflection on personal strengths, development and purpose.
Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

ORGL 330 • Theories of Organizations and Leadership 3 Credits.

Evaluation of leadership theories. Exploration of organizational behavior and leadership models and their distinguishing attitudes, values and cultural dimensions. Analysis of individual/organizational factors that stimulate behavior. Analysis of common characteristics contributing to building and sustaining organizational culture. Identification of how faith and worldviews affect leadership theory and practice.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Areas 2, 5. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

ORGL 340R • Scholarly Research and Writing for Organizational Leadership 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.

ORGL 350 • Leadership Communication 3 Credits.

Good communication as a foundation for effective leadership. A leader’s communication 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.

ORGL 370 • Leading in the Digital Age 3 Credits.

Introduction to major technology developments and their impact on people and organizations. Evaluation of technology, benefits and consequences of technology, and technology change in the organizational context. Analysis of personal and organizational issues related to technology in light of ethical and/or moral reasoning and relevant organizational and/or personal characteristics.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 2. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

ORGL 400 • 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.

ORGL 430 • Self-Leadership and Organizational Health 3 Credits.

Analysis of components that contribute to healthy organizations, effective leaders and engaged followers. Apply self-leadership in real-world contexts. Recognition of appreciation in organizational environments. Assessment of personal understanding of cultural awareness and focused strategies. Exploration of how faith, worldviews and self-leadership inform organizational health.

ORGL 450 • Global Leadership Summit 3 Credits.

Introduction to global perspectives on leading and following through lens of the Global Leadership Summit sponsored by Willow Creek Association. Designed as a self-directed study within parameters of a semester. Analysis of leadership concepts and application to personal, professional, organizational and faith contexts. Intentional design for continued personal and/or professional leadership growth and development.

ORGL 462 • 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: ORGL 310.

ORGL 465H • 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: ORGL 400, ORGL 462. Fulfills: CAPS Goal Area 6, General Education category H.

ORGL 490 • 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: ORGL 310, ORGL 400, ORGL 462.

THEO 341E • Gospel in Cross-Cultural Perspective 3 Credits.

How the gospel is influenced, expressed, and experienced through social and cultural systems. Emphasis on Western and non-Western social structures in light of cultural components of the biblical witness. Skills for hearing and speaking the gospel with cultural sensitivity. Special issues: global theology, missiological concerns, contextual theology.
Fulfills: CAPS Goal Areas 5, 6. Special Notes: Enrollment is open to students with sophomore class standing and above.

THEO 441 • 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: CAPS Goal Area 6.