Organizational Leadership

Gain the agility and skills necessary to be an effective leader while responding to challenges and driving organizational growth.

What you’ll study

A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Organizational Leadership provides students with the educational background necessary to succeed in a broad spectrum of professions and is an excellent foundation for the pursuit of several advanced degree programs. This is an interdisciplinary degree that exposes students to the business, social science and humanities concepts that will provide a solid foundation in critical thinking, analytical reasoning, writing and communication. Organizations are looking for leaders that understand work behavior, interpersonal and group dynamics as well as how to solve problems for growth and success.

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Organizational Leadership Program Overview

This multidisciplinary business and behavioral science program focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of the various components related to the administration and management of sports/fitness/wellness personnel, facilities, programs and businesses.

Here are some highlighted courses included in this Major:

ADM 205 Introduction to Sports Administration

This course is designed to introduce students to the world of sports administration. The course will look at career options and managerial contention. Additionally, the course will review aspects of media relations in the sports industry.

ADM 305 Organizational Leadership

Various leadership styles and theories in administrative roles and organizations are examined in this course. Students will apply styles and theories in case studies and provide in-depth analyses of leadership.

ADM 308 Transformational Leadership

Transformation Leadership examines the history, dynamics and expectations of transformational leadership. Students will build a solid foundation on transformational leadership and how to apply this model/theory to their organization.

ADM 310 Leading Across Cultures

This course will analyze and explore the five key dimensions of cross-cultural leadership: Context, Risk, Linear vs. Parallel, Hierarchy, and Individualism vs. Collectivism. You will understand your own bias, explore the impact on business, learn to effectively communicate, and adapt to differences in cultures. This course will equip you with the tools needed to continuously improve and increase your cross-cultural leadership skills.

ADM 320 Leadership and Athletic Administration

The major emphasis is on the preparation of athletic administrators and sport managers within collegiate university, high school, community and youth sport organizations. Information presented in this course will examine leadership theoretical concepts to help prepare students pursuing a career in athletics management/administration. Through critical thinking component and practical application exercises, the student will apply leadership theories, principles and concepts. Ultimately, the student will develop essential leadership competencies and skills for today’s athletic administrators.

ADM 345 Sport Facility and Event Management

This course is designed to assist the student in acquiring the necessary knowledge to organize, plan and manage all aspects of a large event. Coursework will focus on items such as: contracts, insurance, hiring, concessions, merchandising and adhering to state and federal rules and guidelines.

What are the courses like in Organizational Leadership at NCWU?

Check out our latest university catalog for learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plans of study for NC Wesleyan University’s Organizational Leadership Programs.

How does this degree prepare students for a Leadership career?

The skills you attain in our Leadership program can prepare you for positions of elevated responsibility. With applied assignments from industry professionals, you can unlock your gifts of servant leadership, transformational leadership, strategic leadership, and/or executive coaching to solve complex organizational problems.

By the Numbers:

  • 10% Career Growth*
  • $65-70K Median Salary*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor (2021)

Wondering what you can do with a degree from NCWU’s Organizational Leadership major? Check out these resources from NCWU Career Development & Leadership and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET).

Organizational Leadership Career Options:

  • Administrative Service Manager
  • Sales
  • Human Resources 
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Retail 
  • General Management
  • Management and Leadership Rotational Career Programs
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO) 
  • Strategic Planner 
  • Operations Manager 
  • Executive Director 
  • Project Manager 

Wesleyan is dedicated to assisting students in their professional development offering resources and guidance for hands-on learning experiences through internships, assignments within the courses and job search resources. Let us help you focus on your education and career at the same time!

The Executive Leadership Certificate

We also offer an Executive Leadership Certificate. The skills you attain in our Executive Leadership certificate program can assist you with your current role or prepare you for positions of elevated responsibility.

24/7 Tutoring Services. Free & Easy.

North Carolina Wesleyan University is partnered with Brainfuse, a complimentary online tutoring service, provided to all Wesleyan students. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and features live tutoring in the subjects of writing, reading, math, computer and technology, science and business.

Student Organizations

Be engaged at NCWU!

Choose from 30+ student-led clubs and organizations to connect with other students who share your academic interests or… create your own.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, NC Wesleyan University has a number of partnerships with other community colleges, universities and institutions that allow students to enroll at NCWU with simple pathways. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to NCWU. Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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