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The OLEAD program draws on many of the disciplines of the liberal arts to illuminate the work and employment issues that all leaders face in the twenty-first century. Students select courses in English, economics, political science, sociology, labor and industrial relations, communication arts and sciences, psychology, and crime, law and justice. The goal is to provide a broad education that introduces methods of analysis used in the disciplines of the liberal arts and prepares students to understand the complex social, cultural, and organizational issues that will confront them in leadership positions in the modern world.

All students are expected to develop proficiency in research methodology, critical analysis, communication, and the application of theory. Students can expect to learn and practice skills that focus on understanding how organizations function, both formally and informally, and how individuals function within organizations.


DEGREE REQUIREMENTS - minimum 123 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR - 64 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (25 credits)

CAS 283 - Communication and Information Technology I (3 cr)
ECON 002 - Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy (3 cr)
ECON 004 - Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy (3 cr)
ENGL 215 - Introduction to Article Writing (3 cr)
PSY 231 - Industrial Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 451 - Leadership in Work Settings (3 cr)
SOC 207 - Research Methods in Sociology (3 cr)
STAT 200 - Elementary Statistics (4 cr)

SUPPORTING & RELATED COURSES (39 credits) – Choose at least 12 credits in each of the 3 following areas and at least 15 credits at the 400 level.

I. Employer and Employees

L I R 136/ WMNST 136 - Race, Gender, and Employment (3 cr)
L I R 458W - History of Work in America (3 cr)
PHIL 010 - Critical Thinking (3 cr)
PHIL 103W - Introduction to Ethics (3 cr)
PSYCH 100 - Psychology (3 cr)
PSY 441 - Industrial Motivation and Work Satisfaction (3 cr)
SOC 035 - Sociology of Aging (3 credits)
SOC 456/WMNST 456 - Gender, Occupations, and Professions (3 cr)

II. Law, Policy, and Organizations

ADM J 111 - Intro to the American Criminal Justice System (3 cr)
ADM J 482 - Seminar: Criminal Justice Agency Administration (3 cr)
L I R 100 - Industrial Relations (3 cr)
L I R 201 - Employment Relationship: Law and Policy (3 cr)
L I R 424 - Employment Compensation (3 cr)
L I R 435 - Labor Relations in the Public Sector (3 cr)
PL SC 001 - Intro to American National Government (3 cr)
PL SC 420 - Policy Making and Evaluation (3 cr)

III. Workplace Dynamics

CAS 352 - Speech Communication in Organizations (3 cr)
CAS 404 - Conflict Negotiation (3 cr)
CAS 452 - Organizational Communication (3 cr)
CAS 475 - Studies in Public Persuasion (3 cr)
ECON 315 - Labor Economics (3 cr)
ECON 342 - Industrial Organization (3 cr)
SOC 404 - Social Influence and Small Groups (3 cr)
SOC 455 - Work and Occupations (3 cr)

ADDITIONAL COURSES - 59 credits
In addition to the major requirements, students must complete 41 General Education credits and 18 elective credits, chosen from multiple course offerings available through Penn State Wilkes-Barre or Penn State World Campus. Transfer credits may apply.