Leadership and Organization Behavior

Curriculum

Leadership and Organization Behavior major courses are offered in a cohort – over two-and-a-half years, students complete a prescribed schedule of courses that meet Saturday mornings and afternoons and that are combined with instructor-facilitated online sessions and collaborative work with their classmates.

The program curriculum for each year of the program is outlined below.

Year One

In the first year the program provides the foundation for the study of organization behavior through prerequisite courses and discussion of basic concepts, including business writing, leadership, theories of organization behavior and communication, conflict resolution, statistics, and social psychology.

FALL QUARTER (10 weeks)

ENGLISH 205 Writing Seminar: Business Communication
ORG BEH 307 Leadership Principles and Practice

WINTER QUARTER (10 weeks)

ORG BEH 301 Organization Behavior
ORG BEH 311 Conflict Resolution

SPRING QUARTER (10 weeks)

COMM ST 360 Theories of Organizational Communication
STAT 202 Introduction to Statistics

SUMMER SESSION (5 weeks, 2 concurrent courses)

COMM ST 250 Team Leadership and Decision Making 
PSYCH 204 Social Psychology 

LATE SUMMER (5 weeks; students who have taken this course previously can petition for a substitution)

COMM ST 205 Theories of Persuasion

Year Two

Year two builds on the foundational courses to provide advanced study in areas such as human resource management, employment law, the sociology of organizations, as well as introductory courses in accounting, finance, and research methods.

FALL QUARTER (10 weeks)

ORG BEH 309 Human Resource Management
ORG BEH 321 Employment Law

WINTER QUARTER (10 weeks)

ACCOUNT 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
ORG BEH 310 Organizational Change

SPRING QUARTER (10 weeks)

FINANCE 202 Introduction to Finance
ORG BEH 391 Topics in Management: Global Leadership

SUMMER SESSION (5 weeks, 2 concurrent courses)

SOCIOL 226 Sociological Analysis 
SOCIOL 302 Sociology of Organizations 

LATE SUMMER (5 weeks; students who have taken this course previously can petition for a substitution)

CIS 350 Strategic Information Systems

Year Three (fall quarter only)

Year three extends learning about leadership to the humanities, as students have a chance to weigh ethical issues and study leadership through great literature.

FALL QUARTER (10 weeks)

ENGLISH 385 Topics in Combined Studies: Literature and Leadership
PHIL 390 Special Topics in Philosophy: Business Ethics