Organizational Leadership Curriculum
  • The Organizational Leadership concentration in the Interdisciplinary Studies major is designed to be part of a bachelor’s degree completion program. The goal is to prepare public safety professionals for roles as organizational leaders through a curriculum that combines experiential learning, certificates and coursework in business, social science, applied research and general education. All Bachelor of Arts degrees from Capital have at least 124 credits with courses in three areas: the major, general education and electives.

     The Interdisciplinary Major

    At the center of this Organizational Leadership major are three courses (12 credits) that prepare students for interdisciplinary studies. Around the center are courses drawn from two or three disciplines (at least 18 credits each). The disciplinary courses come from EMS training, Fire Science training, and Organizational Leadership. In the Interdisciplinary Core courses you put your major together and research and write a report that brings the disciplines together.
    Interdisciplinary Studies Core
    (12 credits)


    IDS 310 Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar – (4) Required for all Professional Studies majors. Students will plan an academic course of action to match their professional and personal goals. Through class dialogue and discussion, out of classroom assignments, and on-line resources, students will learn to integrate prior learning as part of their interdisciplinary designed study. This course intends to foster the development of critical reflection and thinking, a sense of fair-mindedness that is grounded in academic integrity, and a value for intellectual humility. Prerequisites: Transfer credit with permission of instructor.

    SOSCI 220 SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS – (4). Students learn research logic, strategies, issues in the social sciences, including qualitative and quantitative techniques, program evaluation, and survey, correlational, experimental, quasi-experimental, single subject, and field research designs. Students develop and test research hypotheses and identify and operationally define research variables, design research studies, draw valid conclusions, and write research reports following a professional style. Prerequisites: PSYCH 110 or SOC 110, SOSCI 210. Usually offered fall and spring semesters.


    IDS 499 Undergraduate Thesis – (4) Interdisciplinary Studies Majors are required to take either this class or IDS 498. Students design and complete capstone research that uses research to answer a research question that can only be answered using integration of the learning in the student’s major and will provide learning useful to the student’s career. Prerequisite: IDS 399.

    Organizational Leadership Concentration

    (21 credits from the following in addition to 18 credits in an area of technical or applied knowledge)


    SOSCI 210 SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTICS – (4). Gen. Ed. 3. A study of descriptive and inferential statistics, including correlation, regression and hypothesis testing using the t, F and chi square tests. Prerequisite: PSYCH 110 or SOC 110, and a college algebra course or its equivalent (MATH 110, 120, 130, 220, 230 or 231). Not open to students who have credit for MATH 215. Usually offered fall and spring semesters.

    BUS 213 INTRODUCTION TO MANAGERIAL ACOUNTING – (3). Covered are the four essential tasks of: cost determination, cost control, performance evaluation and supplying financial information for managerial planning and decision making. Prerequisite: BUS 211


    BUS 242 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR – (3). A study of the human side of organizations, including individual and group behavior. Topics include both the theoretical bases and practical applications of such concepts as motivation and job satisfaction, leadership, communication, and group interaction. Students will learn how the theories studied can be applied to effective human resource management. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

    BUS 243 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT – (3). Survey of the philosophies, theories, and principles of administering human resources; problems and practices of line and staff executives in managing the recruitment, selection, development, maintenance and utilization of a well-working force. Prerequisite: BUS 101


    BUS 370 MANAGING THE ORGANIZATION – (3). A more advanced study of theories and concepts covered in Organizational Behavior (BUS 242), with a focus on application. Students will critically evaluate the latest research in areas such as leadership, motivation and group dynamics, while seeking to understand how this research applies to their current and future work environments. Prerequisite: BUS 242

    BUS 440 LEADERSHIP SEMINAR – (3). This course examines the theory and practice of leadership, including definitions and theories, leadership development, and the ethical and moral issues around leadership. Explores the personal issues of satisfaction and frustration inherent with leadership. Prerequisite: BUS 242, 243


    ENGL 310 WRITING IN THE PROFESSIONS – (3). General coverage of the writing activities and tasks commonly encountered in the diverse world of professional communication. Focused attention will be given to document design standards and practices, production of business, technical and other career-specific documentation, visual rhetoric and ethics. (Same course offered as COMM 350.

    POLS 205 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY – (3). This course is designed to provide the student with basic knowledge of public policy. Students will survey the approaches and methods of policy studies, contemporary policy issues, and future considerations of public policies. Prerequisite: POLS 105 or permission of instructor


    POLS 215 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION – (3). A survey of the basic problems of public administration, its theories, methods and practices, the organization of the public personnel system, and the management and coordination of governmental activities. Prerequisite: POLS 105

    POLS 250 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS – (3). Major functions, services, organization, powers and procedures of state, county and city governments. Prerequisite: none.
    General Education Courses


    UC 110 READING AND WRITING IN COLLEGE – (3). Fosters critical reading of challenging material. Aims at teaching students to perform successfully the writing tasks that are an accepted part of college life.

    UC 120 ORAL COMMUNICATION – (3). Fosters the competencies necessary for effective public speaking and listening in both interpersonal and intrapersonal forms. The student develops insight and skill in sending and receiving factual, expressive, persuasive and problem-solving messages in small and large group settings


    UC 140 QUANTITATIVE REASONING – (3). Requirement met by SOSCI 210

    UC 150 GLOBAL AWARENESS – (3). Focuses on the context of the economic interdependence of modern society, the geographic structure of the contemporary world, the cultural similarities and differences among people in different sectors of the world, and the political difference resulting from philosophy, ideology and resources. Course sections will focus on different regions (e.g., the Middle East) and different issues (e.g., war or hunger) to address the course goals. Requirement met by FRNCH 371 or RELIG 252 or RELIG 254


    UC 200 CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN AMERICAN SOCIETY – (3). Analyzes the history, patterns, contemporary social costs of, and moral questions posed by, prejudice and discrimination in the United States against racial and ethnic minorities as well as women.

    UC 210 FINE ARTS – (3). Provides students with learning experiences focusing on a fine art as a form of organization and communication. The course includes historical aspects of art forms along with a major emphasis on practice in one of the basic disciplines (art, music, theatre) of the fine arts


    RELIG 190 INTRODUCTION TO RELIGION – (3). Gen. Ed. 7.This course introduces the student to the academic study of the religious dimension of human experience. It examines the ways in which various traditions, including Christianity, give expression to this dimension


    UC 230 SOCIAL SCIENCE – (3). Using specific issues (such as crime, poverty, etc.) this course will introduce the student to the domain of the social sciences, how new knowledge is established and tested, and how the social sciences can be used in choosing from among competing solutions to social issues. Requirement met by ECON 100 or POLS 104 or PSYCH 110 or SOC 110

    UC 240 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIETY – (3). Develops the student’s understanding of the nature of science and technology and its knowledge through the study of selected concepts, processes and skills in science and technology. The impact of scientific/technological knowledge in society and the relationship between the nature of this knowledge and other ways of knowing also is examined. Requirement met by BIO 150 or BIO 151 or BIO 190 or ENVS/GEOL 230 or GEOL 220.



    UC 310 HUMANITIES: CLASSICAL, MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE – (3). Requires students to examine in some depth selected works that illustrate the philosophic, artistic and historic concerns of Western culture. Traces shifts in cultural perspectives from the Classical world to the Renaissance. Prerequisites: UC 110, 210 and 220 (or equivalent) and 45 hours. Requirement met by RELIG 321 or FRNCH 330.

    UC 311 HUMANITIES: ENLIGHTENMENT TO THE PRESENT – (3). Requires students to examine in some depth selected works that illustrate the philosophic, artistic and historic concerns of Western culture. Traces shifts in cultural perspectives from the Enlightenment to the present. Prerequisites:

    UC 110, 210 and 220 (or equivalent) and 45 hours. Requirement met by RELIG 321 or FRNCH 330.

    UC 410 ETHICAL ISSUES AND CONTEMPORARY RELIGIOUS CONVICTION – (3). Students will achieve an understanding of basic moral issues, practice critical and constructive ethical reflection, and consider alternative patterns of moral grounding, including sources in the Judeo-Christian tradition. Prerequisites: UC 220 or RELIG 190 and 75 hours. Requirement met by RELIG 430.



    Course requirements and course descriptions are subject to change.
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