Organizational Leadership and Communication
The purpose of this concentration is to provide people working in organizations in various capacities the skills needed to succeed and advance in their organizations. Students will gain skills in oral and written communication, leadership and management, negotiation, teamwork, critical thinking, and research. Courses will include business, communication studies, and psychological perspectives on behavior in organizations and methods of addressing human resources related problems. This concentration should appeal to students who would like to develop a professional skill set that is broader both in content and application than the skill sets that an MBA program or post-baccalaureate Human Resources certificate develop. Employees in organizations battling institutional silos or struggling to appeal to diverse client groups would benefit from the interdisciplinary focus of the MLS program, especially as channeled into the proposed concentration.
To complete the 15 credit hours of electives associated with the MLS degree students should satisfy the following requirements:
- PSY-B378 - Introduction to Industrial Psychology
- ENG-W331 - Business and Administrative Writing
- SPCH-S440 - Organizational Communication
- BUS-W320 - Leadership and Ethics
- One elective
Elective: Students will choose from a variety of courses that allow them to give their degrees a particular vocational focus. For example, students who would like to know more about Human Resources Management can take either BUS-Z441 (Wage and Salary Administration) or Z445 (Human Resource Selection). Although BUS-Z440 (Personnel-Human Resource Management) is a prerequisite for these courses, faculty have agreed that PSY-B378 (required for the concentration) can serve as an equivalent course.
Note that all courses will be taken at the graduate level (LBST-D511, D512, D513)