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2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Organizational Leadership and Supervision (B.S.)

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Program: B.S.
Division of Organizational Leadership and Supervision
College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science

Neff Hall 288 ~ 260-481-6420 ~ www.ipfw.edu/ols

The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:  

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of contemporary issues and theories in the areas of leadership, human resources systems and team design and facilitation.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of organizational behavior at the individual, group and organizational levels of analysis using theories derived from several behavioral sciences.
  • Students will show an awareness of the cultural context of organizations and demonstrate their ability to work with diverse others.
  • Students will be able to design, lead and participate in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Students will be able to apply theories to real organizational and leadership problems.
  • Students will be able to adapt to and to manage organizational transformations and to be informed and engaged participants in such processes.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the professional and ethical implications and responsibilities of leadership.
  • Students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Students will be able to analyze and solve problems occurring within organizations.
  • Students will be critical readers and better consumers of behavioral science research.
  • Students will be able to examine their own behaviors and beliefs about organizations and contrast them with the theories and observations of others.
  • Students will be able to manage their environment by planning for and using current technology, tools, and processes.

The bachelor’s program focuses on leadership roles, the human relations concerns of supervisors and human resource issues. Courses emphasize current and future workplace topics, such as teamwork and work groups, facilitation skills, employee training and development, individual creativity and innovation, workforce diversity, employee health and safety, and overseeing change.  

To earn the B.S. with a major in organizational leadership and supervision, you must satisfy the requirements of IPFW (see Part 8 ) and the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science, Division of Organizational  Leadership and Supervision (see Part 4 ); earn a grade of C or better in ENG W131, ENG W233 (or approved substitute), and each OLS course; and complete the following requirements:

OLS Electives Credits: 9

See the OLS advisor for a list of approved OLS electives.

Concentration Credits: 21

In consultation with IPFW academic departments, OLS has compiled interdisciplinary career concentrations such as:

Human Resource Development
Human Resource Management
Environmental Health and Safety
Health Services
Hotel, Restaurant, Tourism Management
Service Industry

A minor may be substituted for the concentration. See the OLS academic advisor for additional information.

Unrestricted Electives Credits: 6

Total Credits: 120


Lists of specific courses required for each career concentration are available at the OLS office (Neff 288). Other options for filling this requirement include using an IPFW-recognized minor as a basis for your concentration area or designing a concentration that reflects your own career goals. Your proposal for an alternative concentration and a formal plan of study must be accepted by an OLS faculty advisor and approved by the OLS chair. If your plan is approved, it will become a formal part of your degree requirements.

Special Academic Regulations for Organizational Leadership and Supervision Degree Programs

Transfer students and students planning to change their major to organizational leadership and supervision must have a GPA of 2.00 or higher to be admitted into the program. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above is also required to remain in the division.  To graduate with an OLS B.S. degree students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above and a major GPA of 2.5 or above.  The major GPA consists of all required and elective courses prefixed with OLS.

OLS, business, and technical courses taken more than 10 years ago will not count towards your degree requirements.

Students receiving credit for cooperative education experience can use these credits as unrestricted electives only.

If you have not registered for degree-applicable courses as an IPFW OLS major for four consecutive semesters (excluding summer), you must satisfy the degree requirements specified in the IPFW Bulletin that includes your year of re-entry.

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