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    May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

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The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership in the Online Degree Completion program provides working adults with the knowledge and skills they need to serve as leaders in a variety of community settings, including non-profit organizations, businesses, local government, and public agencies. The major develops leaders who can address the complex and adaptive needs of global systems and intercultural communities. Organizational Leadership is an interdisciplinary field of study that focuses on the human side of organizations and the application of leadership theory to practice. The program helps Hamline fulfill its mission of preparing students for “successful lives of leadership, scholarship, and service.”

To complete the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Organizational Leadership, students must meet both the core curriculum and the major requirements.

Core Curriculum - The Hamline Plan

The “Hamline Plan” refers to the core areas in which students must demonstrate learning. These areas include effective writing, speaking and presentation, collaboration, global citizenship, facility with diversity, reasoning, critical inquiry, practice of the liberal arts (LEAP), and study in four disciplinary areas: fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Students complete the Hamline Plan using a combination of transferred coursework and Hamline coursework.

All students must take the following course at Hamline:

Remaining Core Requirements

The Hamline Plan core areas are completed through a combination of transfer and Hamline coursework. The following list shows the total number of courses a student must complete in each core area, and indicates which requirements can be met by courses in the major. One course may meet requirements in more than one core area.​

  • Collaboration - one course (included in the major)
  • Critical Inquiry - one course (included in the major)
  • Diversity - two courses (one elective option in the major)
  • Fine Arts - two courses
  • Global Citizenship - one course (included in the major)
  • Humanities - two courses (one included in the major)
  • Liberal Education as Practice (LEAP) - one course
  • Natural Science - two courses, one must have a lab
  • Reasoning - one course (included in the major)
  • Social Science - two courses (elective options in the major)
  • Speaking - two courses (included in the major)
  • Writing - three courses total (included in the major)

Organizational Leadership Major Requirements

Courses in the major may also fill Hamline Plan Core requirements. Core areas are designated below.

One communication course:

One professional writing course:

One statistics course:

One ethics course:

  • PHIL 3980 - Applied Ethics (humanities)

Two elective courses chosen from the following:

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