Leadership Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Program Overview

The leadership studies major is designed to emphasize inquiry, understanding, skill development, practice, and reflection. Students in this major pursue a rigorous program of study in leadership theory, organizational communication, public and private sector leadership, church leadership, conflict resolution, ethics, and administrative theory.

Drawing from various academic departments and schools in the university, the leadership studies major is for students wanting a broad base of knowledge. Housed in the History, Humanities and Government Department, this degree is designed to meet the educational goals of three types of students, those for whom the bachelor's degree is the terminal degree and who therefore want their education to prepare them for all life's duties-public and private, those for whom the bachelor's degree is preparatory to certain graduate or professional programs and those for whom the University does not offer a major appropriate for their career goals.

Degree Requirements

General Education: 56 hours

Major Courses: 36 hours

Needs Assessment
Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis
Organizational Communication
Training and Development
Protocol and Diplomacy
Discussion and Conference Leadership
Business/Professional Speech
Grant Writing
Christian Leadership
Leadership Studies Practicum
Senior Paper
24 additional hours of classes of student's choice with approval of Department Chair.

Electives: 10 hours
Minor/ Electives18 hours
Degree Total: 120 hours (minimum)

LEAD Degree Plan

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Career Options

Students with a leadership studies degree find careers in professions such as law, government, business, journalism, teaching, and any field that requires knowledge of national and world events.

Internship Opportunities
  • Tulsa Global Alliance
  • Compassion International
  • Dominion Farms (Kenya, Nigeria, Texas)
  • International Christian Concerns
  • Sustainable  Tulsa
  • Congressional Offices in Tulsa and Washington D.C.
  • State Legislative Offices in Oklahoma City
  • Department of State
  • Political Campaigns

Leadership Studies - Degree Completion Program
For students interested in ORU's Degree Completion program in Leadership Studies.


Department of History, Humanities and Government
Phone: 918.495.6063  E-mail: hhg@oru.edu