Organizational Leadership Major

Virtually all advancement for nonspecialist management and supervisory personnel in business, government, cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations is based largely upon the following competencies or skill sets: the ability to communicate effectively; familiarity with essential organizational functions (such as strategic planning, budgeting, information processing, legal issues, and public relations) broad-based learning and critical thinking skills requisite for continual adaptability to changing responsibilities; and, increasingly, the ability to understand and participate with others in multiple task-groups.

The organizational leadership program, offered at Rose Hill, Lincoln Center, and Westchester, is intended to provide an interdisciplinary array of courses tailored to these educational needs of generalist managers and supervisors. It is intended to provide an alternative to the specialist-oriented major programs and the quantitative emphasis characteristic of colleges of business administration. Further, as contrasted with organizational development curricula at most other universities, Fordham’s program consists largely of standard, discipline-based courses from the liberal arts tradition, not of program-exclusive courses developed in an ad hoc fashion.

Program Activities

The organizational leadership program sponsors guest speakers on related topics periodically during the academic year.

The organizational leadership major consists of nine courses.

Students who are planning to major in organizational leadership must first complete:

CourseTitleCredits
ECON 1200BASIC MICROECONOMICS3
SOCI 1100INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY3
PSYC 1200FOUNDATIONS OF PSYCHOLOGY4

It is also strongly recommended that students in this major develop computer literacy by taking CISC 1250 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS or CISC 2350 INFORMATION AND WEB PROGRAMMING.

Major Requirements

CourseTitleCredits
Required Course
ORGL 2000THEORIES OF LEADERSHIP4
Communications Course
COMC 3114EFFECTIVE SPEAKING4
or CMBU 2665 BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
Social Research Course
Select one of the following:4
BASIC RESEARCH METHODS
SOCIAL SCIENCE STATISTICS
METHODS SOCIAL RESEARCH I
Or any other statistics course offered, for example:
STATISTICS
STATISTICS I
Business Courses
Select two of the following:6
PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT
LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF BUSINESS
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING
PRINCIPLES OF MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
Additional Courses
Select one course from each group:12
Group I
INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR, CHANGE, AND LEADERSHIP
Group II
PUBLIC RELATIONS
ISSUES IN HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
MEDIATION, NEGOTIATION, ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
CAREER MANAGEMENT/INTERNSHIP
Group III
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
MEDIATION, NEGOTIATION, ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
PERSUASION AND PUBLIC OPINION
Senior-Level Capstone Course
ORGL 4000LEADERSHIP CONCEPTS AND CASES4

Availability 

The major in organizational leadership is available through Fordham School of Professional and Continuing Studies at all three campuses: Lincoln Center, Rose Hill, and Westchester. For students who work, these courses are now offered in different formats: traditional classroom (three hours per week), intensive weekend courses, or online.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum.