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This 123-credit (minimum) degree program provides students with flexibility by offering Accelerated Hybrid classes at Penn State Berks in conjunction with traditional on-campus classes, as well as, online and distance learning. The 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. 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 – 64-66 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (34 credits) 

CAS 352: Organizational Communication (3 credits)

ECON 102: Introductory Microeconomic Analysis & Policy (3 credits)

ECON 104: Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis & Policy (3 credits) 

PHIL 10: Critical Thinking (3 credits)

PSYCH 100: Introductory Psychology (3 credits)

PSYCH 281: Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3 credits)

OLEAD 100: Introduction to Leadership (3 credits)

OLEAD 409: Leadership Development: A Life-Long Learning Perspective (3 credits)

OLEAD 464: Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups & Organizations (3 credits)

OLEAD 465: Collective Decision Making (3 credits)

STAT 200: Elementary Statistics (4 credits)


ADDITIONAL COURSES (12-13 credits) Choose one course from each area.

CONFLICT MANAGEMENT

CAS 404: Conflict Resolution & Negotiation (3 credits)

LER 437: Workplace Dispute Resolution (3 credits)

RESEARCH METHODS

LER 312: Research Methods in Labor Studies & Employment Relations (4 credits)

SOC 207: Research Methods in Sociology (3 credits)

MOTIVATION

MGMT 321: Leadership and Motivation (3 credits)

PSYCH 484: Work Attitudes and Motivation (3 credits)

ETHICS

LER 460: Human Resources Ethics (3 credits)

PHIL 119: Ethical Leadership (3 credits)


SUPPORTING COURSES (18-19 credits) Choose at least 15 credits at the 400-level.

CAS 404: Conflict Resolution & Negotiation (3 credits)

CAS 452: Organizational Communication Theory and Research (3 credits)

CAS 475: Studies in Public Address (3 credits)

CRIM 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)

CRIM 113: Introduction to Law (3 credits)

CRIM 482: Seminar, Criminal Justice Agency Administration (3 credits)

LER 100: Employment Relations (3 credits)

LER 136: Race, Gender, and Employment (3 credits)

LER 201: Employment Relationship: Law and Policy (3 credits)

LER 312: Research Methods in Labor Studies & Employment Relations (3 credits)

LER 400: Comparative Employment Relations Systems (3 credits)

LER 434: Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration (3 credits)

LER 435: Labor Relations in the Public Sector (3 credits)

LER 437: Workplace Dispute Resolution (3 credits)

LER 458Y: History of Work in America (3 credits)

LER 460: Human Resources Ethics (3 credits)

MGMT 321: Leadership and Motivation (3 credits)

PHIL 103: Introduction to Ethics (3 credits)

PHIL 119: Ethical Leadership (3 credits)

PL SC 001: Introduction to American National Government (3 credits)

PL SC 490: Policy Making and Evaluation (3 credits)

PSYCH 484: Work Attitudes and Motivation (3 credits)

PSYCH 485: Leadership in Work Settings (3 credits)

SOC 207: Research Methods in Sociology (3 credits)

SOC 404: Social Influence and Small Groups (3 credits)

SOC 455: Work and Occupations (3 credits)

SOC 456: Gender, Occupations, and Professions (3 credits)


ADDITIONAL COURSES: - 59 credits (delete)

In addition to the major requirements, students must complete 45 General Education credits and 18 elective credits, chosen from multiple course offerings available through Penn State Berks or Penn State World Campus.

GENERAL EDUCATION: (45 credits) 

(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: (18 credits)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR: 

(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION)

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE: 

(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM: 

(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)