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Online organizational leadership degree courses

Curriculum Details

120 total credits required

Earn your online BA in Organizational Leadership from Brenau University. This program consists of 120 total credit hours, including the general education core plus 17 courses in the major. You’ll build skills in economics, marketing, strategic thinking, leadership and more to graduate in just four years ready to lead successful organizations.

Experience the Brenau difference — small classes, expert faculty and flexible courses that place a quality online bachelor’s degree within your reach. Transfer up to 90 credit hours from previous college courses to earn your degree even faster. Graduate prepared with the expertise you need to pursue your ideal career. From here, you can.

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Foundation Courses (Choose from one of the following)


A course to review and to reinforce all areas of mathematics that are applicable to non-STEM students. Topics include basic logic, the number system, basic algebra, basic geometry, counting, basic probability and descriptive statistics.

An introductory course covering basic algebra operations, equations and inequalities, and graphs in the Cartesian plane, including linear, quadratic, polynomial, and rational functions. The course covers algebraic operations of functions, including composition. Emphasis is on problem solving and applying mathematics to real-world situations. Some students will take MS 101L in addition to 101 based on placement score.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of MS 100 with a minimum grade of “C” or an appropriate Brenau Math Placement test score.

An introductory course that covers the algebra and graphing functions, including exponential and logarithmic functions. The course also includes systems of equations and inequalities. Trigonometric topics include trigonometric functions and inverse trigonometric functions and their graphs, and trigonometric applications. An introduction to sequences, series, and mathematical induction is also covered.

Prerequisite(s): MS 101 (minimum grade of “C”) or placement

A course dealing with fundamental concepts of calculus and analytic geometry. These concepts include functions, sequences, differentiation, integration, and applications of the derivative and integral.

Prerequisite(s): MS 111 (minimum grade of “C”) or MS 210 placement.

Major Courses (57 hours)


This course provides students with a contemporary account of the changing environment of management practices. It includes management principles, current theories and frameworks of management, as well as tools to critically analyze organizations and their effectiveness in society.

This course considers the integration and coordination of product development, promotional strategy, physical distribution, and pricing in planning and controlling marketing operations. The managerial aspects of marketing and analysis of distribution problems are emphasized.

In this course, students are introduced to the sources and structures of legal systems and to many of the areas of law that impact businesses, such as contracts and the UCC, crime, torts, international law, business association and securities regulation, agency and employment law, antitrust, cyberlaw, intellectual property, consumer law, and environmental law.

The course explores the determinants and consequences of behavior in a variety of organizations. Topics include, but are not limited to, personality, power, conflict, leadership, team dynamics, communications, and culture. All concepts will be examined from individual, group, and organizational perspectives.

Prerequisite(s): MG 301

This course examines ways organizations manage diverse groups of people that are found in today’s multi-cultural business community. The course focuses on understanding cultural differences and how those differences impact the processes of doing business and managing people.

Students will learn ways to develop strategies for creating alternatives and new innovations and designs in business through the use of targeted critical and creative thinking processes. Explore creative solutions to “status quo” and roadblock organizational problems by courageously leading and managing teams to integrate solutions into the organization.
Learners investigate the individual and group behaviors and processes related to the effectiveness of interpersonal activities such as communication, influence and leadership.

This course provides an introduction to philosophical ethics and its application to specific moral concerns arising in business and other organizations. Special attention is given to the stakeholder model of strategic management. Lessons are designed to aid students in building a workable moral theory that can be utilized throughout their careers.

Prerequisite(s): MG 301, MK 315

Some might argue that today’s professional environments present us with greater challenges related to diversity than in any other time in U.S. history. Others might say that the challenges facing our rising professionals today are essentially the same tensions that they have unsuccessfully struggled with for the last several hundred years: power, access, and equity. This course provides students an opportunity to explore those tensions through the range of dimensions in which diversity is manifested among organizational leaders, staff, and stakeholders in today’s professional environments. Students will examine organizational and professional access and equity in the contexts of culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, ability, and gender-viewing these contexts through connections among divensions of labor, class structures, power relationships, group marginalization, cultural images, residential patterns, health, family life, employment, education, and values. In addition to the challenges related to diversity, participants will also explore aspects of diversity as potential assets in creating rich and productive professional environments. Students will then apply the knowledge they gain from these explorations to the framing, analysis, and generation of solutions to contemporary educational problems.
We will look at the business organization through the lens of Organizational Psychology as applied in business. Organizational Psychology is one of the most important fields of study that bridges the business/psychology topics as it pertains to the workplace. In this course, we will examine and apply theories, strategies, foundations, and effects of psychology in organizations. Topics will include, but not be limited to, organizational climate and culture, group problem solving, conflict resolution, and motivation, with an appreciation of multi-generational cohorts in the workplace.
In this course, students will identify influences of power in the organization. This course examines the issues of power, influence, and politics within organizations, which includes effective leader and follower strategies and power and influence tactics, and their effects on employee motivation. Students examine the role of leadership and human behaviors related to power issues encountered in organizations and consider the positive and negative outcomes of the influence of power from the perspectives of leader, manager, and team member. We also examine individual approaches; identify, analyze, and critique their own political and negotiating styles; and review gender communication variances. The student will also develop strategies for improving organizational relationships, responding to political settings, and increasing their organizational influence. Finally, the student will examine emerging issues in leadership within a fast-paced, global business environment.
This course is designed to inspire and enable leaders to champion effective change towards community and sustainability. Students will investigate individual change leadership skills as applied to a variety of organizational contexts (education, business, government, non-profit, church, community, etc.). The course explores what change leadership for sustainability is and guides students to advance their related capabilities, competencies, and strategies. The personal, interpersonal, organizational, and infrastructural dimensions of change leadership for sustainability are each addressed. Students will leave with a deeper experiential knowledge of sustainable, community leadership because they are required to complete a project involving a real-life actual change leadership project of their choice.
Improvisation is unique in its ability to heighten our awareness of ourselves and others, to own our authority, and to share it well. In this course, you will use improvisation theories and practices to help you think on your feet, connect with others, and build trusting relationships. You will learn how to listen openly, let judgements fall away, and embody change. You’ll identify habits of thought, feeling and action that hold you back and begin to develop new ways of expressing yourself so compellingly that you will be better able to bring new ideas to life. So, get up and take your first step down a new path towards becoming more empathetic, agile, and present in a word filled with ambiguity and adversity that needs your help.
This course serves as an introduction to evaluation methodology and evaluation tools commonly used to assess publicly funded programs and internal program evaluation. Program evaluation is a critical component in designing and operating effective, sustainable programs. Evaluations supply information to managers, leaders, and policymakers that can assist them in making decisions about which programs to fund, modify, expand, or eliminate. Evaluation can be an accountability tool for a leadership team, used in strategic planning, and in the determination of funding.
This course examines the role of HR in interventions that can be used to help manage continuous, uncertain, unpredictable, and sudden change that is a familiar part of life in the contemporary organization. It provides a practical integrated overview of many different approaches and methods that draw on a wide range of sources that cover change on three overlapping levels—the organization, the team and the individual.
This is an internship/practicum/research course designed to explore, critique, assess, and examine the concept of the student’s desired career in a real-world hands-on manner or through comprehensive research. The primary goal of this course is to allow students to experience industry through the lens of those in their profession who may serve as a mentor, role model, or one in their professional network. The course includes reading and writing assignments, experiential learning, and first-hand exposure. It is through planned interviews, readings, discussions, and a final presentation that each student will achieve a broad scope of experience. Prerequisite(s): MG 318

This course examines contemporary leadership concepts in relation to the individual, the work place, the community and the world. The course links theory to practical applications of leading divisions and whole organizations. Case studies and simulation will be used for analysis and articulation of leadership concepts.

Prerequisite(s): BA 223, MG 301, OL 403, OL 418

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Designed for the non-business major, this course provides an appreciation of accounting as the language of business and a basic understanding of the accounting process and financial reporting. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation and use of financial information for management decision making.

Note(s): Can not receive credit for AC 200 and AC 201.

The fundamentals, practices and procedures of accounting are covered in this introductory course. Topics include generally accepted accounting principles, accounting systems, and preparation and analysis of financial statements.

Prerequisite(s): MS 100
Note(s): Cannot receive credit for AC 200 and AC 201.

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This course is designed to introduce basic principles and current issues in economics to non-business majors. Both micro and macroeconomic topics are discussed: opportunity cost, supply and demand, government price controls, GDP, inflation, unemployment, healthcare, immigration, and international trade. Note: business (B.B.A.) students do not receive credit for this course toward their major requirements.

The basic economic principles of microeconomics; the allocation of resources and price determination, consumer demand, the theory of the firm including production costs, supply, and the theory of distribution. Issues in healthcare and immigration will be addressed using cost-benefit analysis.

The basic economic principles of macroeconomics, including the goals of our economic system, fundamental concepts, the economic role of the government, comparative economic systems, measures of aggregate economic performance, monetary and fiscal policies, contemporary economic issues, and the macroeconomic history of the United States.

Prerequisite(s): BA 206

Additional Courses


  • Historical Perspective – 3 hours
  • Civic Engagement – 3 hours
  • Global Awareness – 3 hours
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Science – 7-8 hours (1 course must be a 4 hour lab science)
  • Reasoning – 3-4 hours
  • Fine Arts – 3 hours
  • Literature – 3 hours
  • Lifetime Fitness – 3 hours
  • Writing – 6 hours
  • Speaking – 3 hours
  • Modern Language – 0-3 hours
  • Communication – 3 hours

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