What you’ll study
A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership provides students with the educational background necessary to succeed in a broad spectrum of professions and is an excellent foundation for the pursuit of several advanced degree programs. This is an interdisciplinary degree that exposes students to the business, social science and humanities concepts that will provide a solid foundation in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, writing and communication. Organizations are looking for leaders that understand work behavior, interpersonal and group dynamics as well as how to solve problems for growth and success.
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This multidisciplinary business and behavioral science program focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of the various components related to the administration and management of sports/fitness/wellness personnel, facilities, programs and businesses.
Here are some highlighted courses included in this Major:
ADM 205 Introduction to Sports Administration
This course is designed to introduce students to the world of sports administration. The course will look at career options and managerial contention. Additionally, the course will review aspects of media relations in the sports industry.
ADM 305 Organizational Leadership
Various leadership styles and theories in administrative roles and organizations are examined in this course. Students will apply styles and theories in case studies and provide in-depth analyses of leadership.
ADM 308 Transformational Leadership
Transformation Leadership examines the history, dynamics and expectations of transformational leadership. Students will build a solid foundation on transformational leadership and how to apply this model/theory to their organization.
ADM 310 Leading Across Cultures
This course will analyze and explore the five key dimensions of cross-cultural leadership: Context, Risk, Linear vs. Parallel, Hierarchy, and Individualism vs. Collectivism. You will understand your own bias, explore the impact on business, learn to effectively communicate, and adapt to differences in cultures. This course will equip you with the tools needed to continuously improve and increase your cross-cultural leadership skills.
ADM 320 Leadership and Athletic Administration
The major emphasis is on the preparation of athletic administrators and sport managers within collegiate university, high school, community and youth sport organizations. Information presented in this course will examine leadership theoretical concepts to help prepare students pursuing a career in athletics management/administration. Through critical thinking component and practical application exercises, the student will apply leadership theories, principles and concepts. Ultimately, the student will develop essential leadership competencies and skills for today’s athletic administrators.
ADM 345 Sport Facility and Event Management
This course is designed to assist the student in acquiring the necessary knowledge to organize, plan and manage all aspects of a large event. Coursework will focus on items such as: contracts, insurance, hiring, concessions, merchandising and adhering to state and federal rules and guidelines.
ADM 405 Strategic Leadership
Strategic Leadership examines how to think about organizations strategically by exerting influence through strategy organizational design and culture as well as leading change efforts. This course will build an understanding of the core concepts of strategy-making and help participants achieve a strategic mindset.
ADM 481 Senior Seminar in Organizational Leadership
This course will guide students through case studies and apply theory to real-world situations providing more in-depth analysis of the learning outcomes in the other courses within the major to include: Social Psychology, Sociology of the Workplace, I/O Psychology organizational Behavior and Management. The student will develop best practices in a broad range of administrative jobs as well as research careers as they apply to Organizational Leadership. A culminating exercise will be a part of this course that blends many of the learning outcomes that were achieved throughout the major. (writing intensive)
What are the courses like in Organizational Leadership at NCWU?
Check out our latest university catalog for learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plans of study for NC Wesleyan University’s Organizational Leadership Programs.
How does this degree prepare students for a Leadership career?
The skills you attain in our Leadership program can prepare you for positions of elevated responsibility. With applied assignments from industry professionals, you can unlock your gifts of servant leadership, transformational leadership, strategic leadership, and/or executive coaching to solve complex organizational problems.
By the Numbers:
- 10% Career Growth*
- $65-70K Median Salary*
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor (2021)
Organizational Leadership Career Options:
- Administrative Service Manager
- Human Resources
- General Management
- Management and Leadership Rotational Career Programs
- Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
- Strategic Planner
- Operations Manager
- Executive Director
- Project Manager
Wesleyan is dedicated to assisting students in their professional development offering resources and guidance for hands-on learning experiences through internships, assignments within the courses and job search resources. Let us help you focus on your education and career at the same time!
The Executive Leadership Certificate
We also offer an Executive Leadership Certificate. The skills you attain in our Executive Leadership certificate program can assist you with your current role or prepare you for positions of elevated responsibility.
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Transfer Articulation Agreements
To simplify the transfer process, NC Wesleyan University has a number of partnerships with other community colleges, universities and institutions that allow students to enroll at NCWU with simple pathways. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to NCWU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.