Penn State launches online bachelor of arts degree in organizational leadership

September 26, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The ability to solve problems, think critically and make reasoned decisions are qualities valued by employers when they hire managers. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, management occupations in areas such as medical and health management and administrative services are projected to grow by double digits in the coming years as the economy continues to rebound. Working adults who want to advance into management roles can acquire the knowledge and skills they need online with Penn State’s new bachelor of arts degree in organizational leadership starting this spring.

“The study of leadership has become increasingly important in contemporary society, because of the complexity of the social, economic and political issues people face in our global environment,” said Dennis S. Gouran, professor-in-charge of Penn State’s organizational leadership program, and professor of labor and employment relations, and communication arts and sciences. “This degree offers adults upward mobility into positions of greater authority and responsibility either within their organization or in another organization.”

Penn State’s College of the Liberal Arts currently offers a bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership. The bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees are delivered online by the World Campus and the core curriculum for both degrees is the same.

The bachelor of science degree, which has an enrollment of 520 students for 2012–13, explores leadership from a more operational perspective, explained Gouran.

“The bachelor of arts degree has more arts, humanities and other cultures course choices, as well as a language requirement,” said Julia Glover, World Campus lead academic adviser for this program. “Many courses in the bachelor of arts degree emphasize writing and expression of students’ thoughts.”

Students who complete the bachelor of arts degree in organizational leadership will be prepared to work in manufacturing, service industries, government, communications, nonprofit organizations, multinational corporations and other employment sectors.

Applications are now being accepted for Penn State’s online bachelor of arts in organizational leadership.

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Last Updated September 27, 2013