Organizational Leadership Minor
Provide students with a trans-disciplinary foundation of knowledge and skills drawn from the fields of business, communication, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, and writing. Students will develop and enhance critical skill sets in areas deemed essential in hiring and advancement within organizations including: critical thinking and analytical reasoning; complex problem solving; communication; teamwork; leadership; ethics; and innovation and creativity.
The trans-disciplinary Organizational Leadership Minor complements any major; providing students with the opportunity to enhance the "soft skills" most sought after by employers. Soft skills include things like effective communicating, critical thinking, complex problem solving, ethical judgment, leadership, teamwork, and intercultural skills. Such skills are needed in every type of industry and organization.
A recent survey of 318 organizations showed that nearly all of the employers believed that certain soft skills were more critical to career success than a student's major area of study. Additionally, Forbes magazine identified critical thinking, complex problem solving, active listening, and judgment and decision-making as the most in-demand skill-sets for the top jobs of 2013.
The Organizational Leadership Minor will help you stand out from other job applicants by providing real-world experiences to enhance your skills. For example, one team from the Psychology of Leadership class recently developed and implemented a video captioning system for the Office of Disability Services here at WOU. The captioning system increased the accessibility of classroom material for students who are deaf or hard of hearing at virtually no cost for the organization. Potential employers will love to hear about how you developed innovative solutions to significant problems in a team setting.
Becoming a Minor
The organizational leadership minor should be planned with an advisor. For more information, contact one of the Organizational Leadership Advisors: Dr. David Foster email@example.com (503-838-8805), Dr. Debi Brannan firstname.lastname@example.org (503-751-4200), or Dr. Nick Backus email@example.com (503-838-8851) .
The organizational leadership minor is 27 credit hours. Students must complete courses in each of the listed categories and at least three of the following disciplines: business; communication; philosophy; political science; psychological science; sociology; or writing. Additionally, a minimum of 15 hours must be upper division credit.
1. My major is business (or psychology; or communication studies); can I still minor in organizational leadership?
Yes, any major can be combined with a minor in organizational leadership. However if a class is used for the minor (e.g., PSY 360) it can't also be used for the major. In other words, students cannot "double-dip" or use the same course for your major and minor.
2. I am majoring in something other than business or communication studies or psychology); would a minor in organizational leadership help me?
Yes, this minor is would be beneficial for anyone who might work within an organization at some point in their lives. Critical thinking, complex problem solving, communication, creativity, and leadership are skills any employer wants and can be an advantage for any major.
3. Do any of these classes have prerequisites?
Yes, a few of the courses do have prerequisites. However, at least one course in each of the categories does not have a prerequisite attached. There are prerequisites for all of the psychology courses which can be satisfied by (1) taking PSY 201 and PSY 202, one of which can count for the "additional social science course" needed for Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC) OR (2) gaining the consent of the instructor by identifying yourself as an organizational leadership minor.
4. Is a practicum required for this minor?
No, a practicum is not required but it is encouraged as it is a great way to get real-world job experience and make connections in any field.
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