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Organizational Leadership

Rosemary Osso, Assistant Dean  

Vision Statement

The B.S. in Organizational Leadership (BSOL) provides adult learners the opportunity to study theories and concepts related to human psychology, communication, ethics, and business management. The BSOL undergraduate degree fosters students’ skills and abilities in interpersonal development and effective leadership. Students in this degree complete their coursework in a blended format that is flexible and conducive for working professionals. It is our goal to graduate students with a strong sense of self-confidence and the ability to effectively manage their careers and further their academic pursuits.

Mission Statement

The B.S. in Organizational Leadership (BSOL) is for learners seeking to complete their undergraduate degree while attending to other full-time personal or professional activities, such as a career, military service, family care, or collegiate athletics.  Students in this program study the theories and concepts critical to contemporary leaders and administrators,  including psychology, professional communication, law and ethics, and workplace management. 

A bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for effective leadership in today’s work environments. The purpose of this program is to graduate students with a deep understanding of contemporary approaches for leadership in various administrative and business-related  settings and the confidence needed to achieve and succeed in a leadership role.

Undergraduate Curriculum 

Successful completion of this program requires that students earn a total of 120 credits. The curriculum for organizational leadership consists of a combination of general education and courses in the major. The remaining credits may be earned through transfer (including CLEP) and/or elective courses.

Course Structure

Organizational Leadership courses are offered in an accelerated format in the evenings and weekends. Courses are completed in seven-week terms and all courses require 20 hours of coursework per week. Students may choose to from one of two different program tracks: online or blended.

For the online track, classes do not meet on campus and can be offered as either synchronous (classroom lectures and other activities are delivered in real time during pre-scheduled sessions) or asynchronous (all course activity is done online with no pre-scheduled sessions) 

For the blended track, course activity is done asynchronously online, but there are required real-time (synchronous and classroom-based) instructional activities, such as lectures, discussions, or other face-to-face learning activities. The students enrolled in the BSOL blended track will have scheduled weekly sessions on campus and in-person.


Students will be assigned an academic advisor upon entry into the program. The academic advisor will meet with each assigned student three times annually: fall, spring, and summer. The advisor will assist students with their academic planning towards degree completion. SCPS academic advisors work with students to transfer up to 75 credits from institutionally accredited institutions and other designated accreditors found on the SCPS FAQ page. Depending upon the program, students may apply applicable transfer credits to elective and course requirements. Some credits from previous programs may not be applicable for transfer.

Transfer credits may be applied to the following areas:

  • General Education
  • Liberal Arts Electives
  • Open Electives
  • Major Core Courses

Students may only transfer up to 15 credits towards major core courses. Only courses with a grade of C or better are eligible for transfer. The academic advisor will complete a course evaluation to determine which credits may be applicable for transfer. The academic advisor will submit a completed course evaluation to the dean for final approval of the acceptable transfer credits.

Any SCPS student who applies to another school within Manhattan College must have their previously SCPS approved transfer credits re-evaluated and subjected to the requirements of the new school.

Program Learning Goals

By the completion of the program, students will:

  • Demonstrate appropriate competency in oral and written communication and presentation skills.

  • Develop strategies to work in small and large group settings effectively.

  • Conduct research, draw on and document various sources deemed appropriate for academic work, and synthesize findings in a coherent and organized manner.

  • Apply theories and concepts of effective leadership.

  • Evaluate the impact of multicultural, ethical, and environmental perspectives in decision-making.

  • Analyze the social, legal, and economic aspects of an authentic case problem to devise appropriate strategies for problem-solving.

Organizational Leadership Courses (B.S.)

I. General Education (45 credits)

PSEG 110Foundations for Professional Writing3
PSRL 217Religions in the Workplace3
PSLS 368Leadership & Literature3
Humanities Elective3
2 Religious Studies Electives6
PSMT 221Statistical Research Methods3
Math Elective3
PSEV 490Environmental Issues3
Science Elective3
PSEC 231Economics3
PSPY 249Industrial Psychology3
PSLW 365Legal Aspects & Analysis of the Organization3
PSEG 226Organizational Communication3
Social Science Elective3
Total Credits45

II. Liberal Arts & Sciences Electives (15 Credits)

PSPY 280General Psychology (Social Science Elective)3
PSPY 381Applied Psychology for Managers (Social Science Elective)3
PSPY 316Ten Theories of Human Nature (Social Science Elective)3
PSEE 233Resiliency Development in the Workplace3
PSEE 141The Psychology of Motivation and Leadership (Social Science Electives)3
PSEE 207Public Speaking (Social Science Elective)3
PSEE 101Adult Development (Social Science Elective)3
PSEE 291Career Development (Social Science Elecive)3
PSSP 101Spanish I (Humanities Elective)3
PSRL 274Religion & Social Justice (Religion Elecive)3
PSRL 379Religion and Popular Culture (Religion Elective)3
PSEE 360The History of Art (Humanities Elective)3
PSEE 370The History and Culture of Modern China (Humanities Elective)3
PSSC 344Fundamentals in Human Nutrition (Science Elective)3
PSSC 394Everyday Biology (Science Elective)3
PSMT 195Modern Mathematics for the Organizational Leader (Mathematics Elective)3

Liberal arts and sciences comprise the disciplines of the humanities, natural science, mathematics, and social science.

III. Courses in Organizational Leadership (33 Credits)

PSLS 102Theories and Reflection of the Adult Learner3
PSLS 111Organizational Change3
PSLS 151Conflict Management in Complex Adaptive Systems3
PSCM 371Visual Communications3
PSLS 275Teams & Group Dynamics3
PSCM 326Inter-Cultural Communication3
PSLS 287Capstone Preparation Seminar1
PSLS 351Organizational Leadership3
PSLS 375Organizational Ethics3
PSLS 386Capstone Project Proposal1
PSLS 401Social Psychology of the Workplace3
PSLS 450Strategic Planning3
PSLS 487Capstone Presentation1
Total Credits33

IV. Open Electives (27 Credits)

Students may fulfill elective requirement by taking courses offered by the School or as transferred course credits.

Total Credits required to graduate: 120   

BSOL Academic Plan at a Glance

First YearCredits
PSLS 1023
PSEG 1103
PSLS 1513
PSLS 2753
PSCM 3713
PSEG 2263
Second YearCredits
PSLS 2871
PSLS 1113
PSLS 3513
PSLS 3753
PSEC 2313
PSLS 4013
PSLW 3653
Third YearCredits
PSLS 3861
PSRL 2173
PSMT 2213
PSCM 3263
PSPY 2493
PSEV 4903
PSLS 3683
PSLS 4503
PSLS 4871
Total Credits: 60



PSLS 102. Theories and Reflection of the Adult Learner. 3 Credits.

This foundational course is designed to build and/or enhance the requisite skills needed for academic success. Students will identify their individual learning styles and devise strategies for maximizing their effectiveness. The course also introduces students to theories on adult and career development.

PSLS 111. Organizational Change. 3 Credits.

Adult learners examine the formal and informal functions of organizational and analyze an agency or organization based on a systems model. Students will also analyze and solve organizational problems using a step-by-step method. This analysis will be applied to adult learners' work related Research projects.

PSLS 151. Conflict Management in Complex Adaptive Systems. 3 Credits.

This course will explore what conflict is and how it is identified. Understanding the reactions to and the behaviors of conflict will allow the student to explore strategic options to better manage their own conflict as well as those who work with or for them. This course will help the adult learner understand what a conflict competent organization with a working action plan. The course will utilize research, inquiries, videos and case studies to help the student apply the principles of a conflict competent leader.

PSLS 195. Math Concepts for the Organizational Leader. 3 Credits.

This course is a general overview of mathematical concepts used in quantitative reasoning. This course places quantitative skills and reasoning in the context of experiences that students will be likely to encounter. It emphasizes processing information in context from a variety of representations, understanding of both the information and the processing, and understanding which conclusions can be reasonably determined. Topics include the mathematics of elections, network theory, population growth models, financial mathematics, statistics and probability. This class meet once a week for four hours. Much of the course work, including discussions and assignments, are to be completed online and can be found on Moodle,

PSLS 275. Teams & Group Dynamics. 3 Credits.

This module is a study of group behavior and how group functioning affects organizational effectiveness. Emphasis is placed on decision-making and conflict resolution. Adult learners develop strategies for efficient and productive group management and determine which tasks are handled by groups or by individuals.

PSLS 280. Capstone Refresher. 1 Credit.

Capstone Refresher will allow students who have re-matriculated to Manhattan College review and restrategize any work completed in PSLS 287 or PSLS 285. This course is only for students who have completed PSLS 287 or PSLS 285 over 2 or more years.

PSLS 287. Capstone Preparation Seminar. 1 Credit.

The thesis is a major research effort designed to enhance knowledge in an area related to one's professional work. This in-depth seminar prepares students for research and execution of the final thesis. Among the topics covered are best practices in research, effective use of the library and databases, crafting, a useful thesis outline and draft guidelines.

PSLS 351. Organizational Leadership. 3 Credits.

Adult learners examine major leadership theories and research and explore their application to individual and group functioning in work and home settings. Leadership styles are covered through readings and class practice.

PSLS 368. Leadership & Literature. 3 Credits.

Through intense discussion each work of literature will be examined; particular attention will be given to issues which resonate with the modern-day business world and the leadership it demands. Students are expected to complete a weekly two-page typewritten reaction paper along with the formulation of questions for class discussion. A final paper will be assigned.

PSLS 375. Organizational Ethics. 3 Credits.

This module begins by assisting students in discovering and articulating who they are and what they believe by reviewing several religious traditions, philosophical thinkers and scientific theorists. In addition, the module adds the theory of business ethics, social responsibility, and an ethical decision-making framework. Within the context of domestic and international case studies, students analyze complex issues, apply principles, and view alternative approaches and perspectives.

PSLS 386. Capstone Project Proposal. 1 Credit.

This seminar is designed to provide a hands-on experience in research outlining and draft writing that will conclude with students submitting a Capstone Project proposal. The seminar will also provide students with a refresher on research and data collection essentials. 1 cr.

PSLS 387. Research Project III. 0 Credits.

Students will complete their and make an oral presentation.

PSLS 399. Independent Research. 1-3 Credit.

Individual study and/or research under faculty supervision. Repeatable.

PSLS 401. Social Psychology of the Workplace. 3 Credits.

This module presents an analysis of major contemporary social problems. Particular attention is given to the problems of poverty, racism, sexism, drug and alcohol abuse, and illiteracy and their impact on the contemporary workplace. Consideration is given to diverse sociological perspectives regarding the causes, consequences, and solutions to these problems.

PSLS 407. Introduction to Management and Sustainable Development for Organizational Leaders. 3 Credits.

This course is offered and delivered in an international setting, providing an introduction of development and management concepts, and the appropriate leadership skills needed in a worldwide context. The course covers strategies for dealing with cultural difference at the organizational, team, and interpersonal levels and introduces students to to various management planning models and techniques.

PSLS 450. Strategic Planning. 3 Credits.

This module introduces students to various management planning models and techniques and applies these to business cases. It stresses the concepts of business planning and strategic management.

PSLS 485. Research Project IIIA. 0 Credits.

Students will complete their thesis and make an oral presentation.

PSLS 487. Capstone Presentation. 1 Credit.

The Capstone Project is a major research effort designed to enhance knowledge in an area related to one's professional work. This course is the culmination of a final oral presentation in class and the submission of the final written thesis. Pre-requisite: All core courses must be completed.