Organizational Leadership (ASPIRE)

ASPIRE's Organizational Leadership degree will give you the tools you need to succeed as a leader in profit and non-profit organizations. Designed for students with work experience and/or strong interests in interdisciplinary studies and administrative or supervisory careers, the Organizational Leadership degree will enhance your individual effectiveness in leadership positions and develop you into a leader who can not only engage in bold acts, but can also inspire effective leadership in others. This degree is offered in a classroom format and an online format.

ASPIRE's unique class structure (each class consists of 2 ½ Saturdays) is designed to accommodate busy adults. You'll take one class at a time -- every other Saturday, with each class designed to build on the knowledge gained in the previous class. In this way, you'll move through your degree program in a step-by-step, structured class schedule that allows you to focus your full attention on the material you need to know in your chosen field. It's a process that optimizes learning, leading to greater assimilation and stronger retention of the knowledge and tools you need to compete in the marketplace.

The online Organizational Leadership program allows you to pursue your education without changing your schedule. As a completely online program, you can complete your degree on time – your time.

After taking a short online Orientation course, you will be prepared to participate in the online courses. The Organizational Leadership program consists of 12 online courses and a capstone portfolio. Each course is five weeks long, running from Monday through Sunday and students take one course at a time. Find out more about this option under our Online Delivery page.

Group Communication

An examination of the communication processes in interpersonal and group settings. This course emphasizes skills necessary for creative and constructive interaction in self-disclosure, conflict, problem-solving and task-oriented settings.

Learning and Motivation

Analysis of research on basic conditioning and learning processes. Also considered are memory, concept learning, language learning, and theories of motivation which underlie human behavior.

Ethics in Human Relationships

An overview of the basic systems of ethics with a brief summary of each. Application and the consequences of each system are explored.  Potential problems encountered by leaders, clients and others are examined. Students are encouraged to develop a consistent system of ethics to prepare them for coping with future circumstances in human relations.

Introduction to the Bible

An emphasis on a survey study of the Bible from an evangelical perspective. The course will affirm biblical authority and relevancy to everyday living.  Biblical content will be studied and analyzed from the Bible's own philosophy of history.

Communicating Cross-Culturally

A study of the principles and processes of communicating from one culture or subculture to another. Attention is given to the study of language as well as non-verbal forms of communication.

Social Psychology

An examination of how people think about, influence, and relate to others. Social perception, attitude formation, conformity, persuasion, aggression, altruism, and interpersonal attraction are among the major concepts that will be discussed.

Environmental Studies

The knowledge and philosophical base necessary to be a good steward of God's creation. This will be done by (1) discussing the biblical perspective on stewardship of the earth, (2) introducing the student to the workings of the environment, (3) studying the ways in which humans impact the environment, and (4) discussing ways society and the individual can lessen their adverse impact on the environment.

Christianity and World Religions

An introduction to the history and central beliefs of Christianity and other world religions with emphasis on the ethical implications of each religion for modern society and understanding divergent worldviews.

Human Resource Management

A study of theoretical, methodological, controversial, and practical behavior. Emphasis is on the application of research findings to diagnosing and solving organizational problems.

Management of Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on internal organizational communications systems, both formal and informal leader roles, leadership theory, leadership style, and both the organization and the communication process as systems will be examined.

Leadership in Organizations

Explores the nature of community life, the development of, and the practical techniques for, community organization and leadership. Also addresses the role of conflict management, mediation and negotiation skills.

Transformative Leadership

Reviews learning style research and effective ways to equip and challenge others for leadership. Exploring ways to empower and enhance the skills of staff, volunteers and others is emphasized.

An Organizational Leadership degree will prepare you for careers in a variety of fields, including:

HR Administration Hotel Management
Operations Manager Employee Training / Recruitment
Writing Personnel Management / Analysis
Advertising Art Direction
   
Department Store Management Business Management
Market Representation Public Relations Management
Brand Management Logistics Consultation
Staff Consultation Community Relations
Customer Service Management Division / Regional Management
Research Analysis Press Relations
Marketing Media Planning
Contract Negotiation / Mediation Insurance Benefits Coordination

Some of these occupations may require additional coursework in another area.