Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

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Why Choose the Organizational Leadership Program?

A rapidly growing global environment creates a need for professionals who are adept in leadership.  As a result, there is a demand for individuals who exhibit strengths in taking initiative, problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking, sound judgment and decision-making, listening, and conflict management.  The Organizational Leadership undergraduate degree is a multidisciplinary degree focused on the people side of organizations and managing others.  An education in organizational leadership can provide students with a broad perspective to prepare for today's complex social, cultural, and professional issues that are sure to be encountered.
The OL Program is one of the larger undergraduate programs at Wright State University with 200+ students who are either majoring in the program, intending to major in the program, or taking the minor option.  OL students now have the option to receive an Honors Scholar designation.  This is awarded through the University Honors Program.  This option provides students who have achieved excellence in their academic program, the opportunity to expand and enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of leadership.  Students will engage in a guided research project or paper under the guidance of a faculty advisor.  For more information download the Honors Handbook (PDF).
As a program, we offer:

  • A major
  • A minor
  • An honors distinction
  • A strengths-based curriculum based on the Clifton StrengthsFinder
  • An internship or community service opportunity to put newly learned knowledge and skills into action
  • A competency-based curriculum grounded in essential areas of effective leadership

 Graduates with a B.S. in Organizational Leadership will learn to:

  • Build effective teams
  • Enhance presentation skills
  • Improve problem solving skills
  • Engage employees and co-workers
  • Understand diverse cultures in a global work environment
  • Create and innovate
  • Take initiative
  • Effectively lead
  • Understand individual strengths and how to leverage them for success

Graduates from the program end up in various positions, including some of the following:

  • Marketing account manager
  • Business owner
  • Public relations manager
  • Corporate recruiter
  • Sales account executive
  • Human resource specialist
  • Event planner
  • Pharmacy technician
  • Bank executive
  • Customer service manager and many more

Contact Information

Brenda E. Kraner, Ph.D., Program Director
(937) 775-3951

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Academics and Curriculum


Admission Requirements


  • Completion of Associate’s Degree from an accredited college/university


  • Completion of:
    • 60+ semester credit hours
    • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0
    • Completion of OL 2010 and OL 3020

Admission Process

New Students


Apply to the University. You will be admitted to as a pre-major until you meet the criteria for acceptance into the major.

Current Wright State Students in Other Colleges


Submit Major/Minor Change Request form online in WINGS Express. (Select the "Registration and Records" menu and then the "Major/Minor Change Request" option.)

Careers and Success Stories

Wright State alumnus Nathaniel Stewart '13 spearheads effort to provide housing for the homeless in Columbus.

Experiential Learning 

Wright State students who are majoring in Organizational Leadership are challenged to integrate their learning through engagement with community organizations (both profit and non-profit) by registering for one of three skills integration courses: OL 4020: Community-Based Learning, OL 4025: Community-Based Internship, OR OL 4030: Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship. Students are strongly encouraged to make their choice prior to their next semester registration.

OL4020: Community-Based Learning

  • Students contact, partner, and serve within a local non-profit organization
  • Students work with partnering organization to clarify service role and / or specific project
  • Leadership and organizational issues are explored, identified and researched with student peers and course instructor
  • Course requires service hours, journal writing, and a final report and presentation

This course provides OL students opportunity to directly engage a non-profit community group and assist with addressing organizational or leadership issues. Working with partnering organizations, challenges will be identified and researched through course reading, reflective writing, and the development of a final project. A minimum number of 24 service hours is required of each student toward the fulfillment of this course.

Finding a Service Opportunity

The first few weeks of OL4020 are designed to help students understand the fundamentals of service learning as well as create a profile to match with specific partnering organizations. Once students have a profile, they are responsible for identifying and securing a service opportunity with a local non-profit. The Director of Community-Based Learning must approve service plans prior to students beginning service hours.

For more information regarding this course, email Dr. Dan Noel.

OL 4025: Community-Based Internships

The internship course offered by the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations and its Organizational Leadership Program at Wright State University is designed to give qualified students the opportunity to gain experiential learning through the professional undertakings and/or observations of leadership in organizations. Student interns will interact with employees and clients of the host organization in a manner that will permit them to witness and experience theory in practice. Internships offer a valuable learning experience for both personal and professional growth that will ultimately enhance the marketability of the student as he or she graduates from the program.

Benefits to the Internship Experience

  1. Gain Valuable Work Experience
    An internship provides you with opportunity to gain hands on work experience that is not reproducible in a classroom setting.
  2. Have an Edge in the Job Market
    Many employers prefer applicants who have relevant work experience or at a minimum, have done an internship.  In competitive job markets an internship can be the essential element that sets you apart from your competition.
  3. Transition into a Job
    Some employers see interns as prospective employees.  Internships are like a long job interview where you can demonstrate your capability, dependability, work ethic, and how you get job done. 
  4. Decide if this is the Right Career for You
    Internships provide the opportunity to explore career interests on a trial basis.  You can test future career interests without a long term commitment.
  5. Networking Opportunities
    Internships provide an excellent opportunity to meet others who work in your field of interest.  The people you meet may have connections internally or with others outside of your internship site who may be able to offer support as you pursue job opportunities.  The connections you make during your internship can serve as recent and relevant references for applications to graduate school or full time employment.
  6. Apply Classroom Knowledge
    Internships provide you the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained through your coursework, to the real word.  The online classroom component of our internship course encourages you to reflect on how you have applied what you have learned during your internship experience and how it will benefit you in the future.
  7. Gain Confidence
    Getting experience builds your confidence.  It provides you with examples to share with interviewers and allows you to share how what you learned in the classroom has contributed to the workplace.

For more information email Brenda Kraner.

OL Internship Testimonials

Recent interns were asked, “What skills, abilities or special knowledge do you believe you developed over the course of your internship?” A sample of responses include the following:

“I stepped out of my comfort zone and learned sales techniques.  I am also able to say that I have done something that contributed to my learning on how to be an effective leader of a team in the future.”  – Brittany Redd (Sales organization)

“I feel as though I have become a more professional person and enhanced my communication and overall people skills from this internship.” – Chester Raleigh

“Even as a senior in college, this internship has shown me how to better manage my time and priorities. I've gain a lot of knowledge about Wright State University and how to be an educator in higher education.  Because of my internship as a Peer Mentor, I feel like I can adapt quicker and think faster on my feet when things in the classroom change.  At the beginning of my internship I had so much passion for working in higher education and now that it's almost over, that passion has tripled itself.  Working with students as an academic adviser or working in student affairs at a university is where I'm meant to be.” — Shannon Miller

“I had expected that interning at my current employer would have challenges but I was able to learn from being able to observe a different department and my site supervisor.”  — Amy Dempe (interning with a current employer, yet in a different role)

“I have developed a strong working knowledge of the MRX record-keeping software, as well as a familiarity with the Montessori materials we used in class on a daily basis.  I have also gained experience working with QuickBooks, and have a greater understanding of the licensing process for a small private school.  This was thoroughly enjoyable and engaging, and I met all of my learning objectives!” — Edward Ricart

“The ability to stay calm under pressure.  I figured out what aspect of leadership I want to pursue.  I hope to work one-on-one with children in a behavioral development role.  The organization where I interned is a positive, fun, passionate, and innovative organization!  Everyone was willing to teach me and work with me.  I felt very supported and I learned so much.” — Jordan Beall

“My internship far exceeded my expectations.  I would even be willing to go out on a limb and say that mine was like none other.  I was just one of the team with my own goals, conducting my own meetings with high level managers and directors.  My site supervisor has always allowed me to speak up in meetings and share my thoughts.  I was treated as an equal and given the freedom to express my thoughts and views.  I have now developed a story I can tell through my internship from start to finish as to what I did and what I can offer another company.”  — Justin Mals (Healthcare organization)

OL 4030: Undergraduate Teaching Assistantship 

The Organizational Leadership Teaching Assistant Program provides an experiential learning opportunity for students interested in teaching and/or training. Completion of this course fulfills the experiential requirement for the Organizational Leadership Program in lieu of Community-Based Learning or the Internship. Teaching Assistants in the Organizational Leadership Program are unpaid, yet may earn 3 credit hours for enrollment in OL 4030: Undergraduate Teaching Assistant. TAs will be matched with courses only at the Dayton campus.


  • Must have completed OL 2010, 3020, 3030, and 3040 by the semester or term the TA position begins
  • Must have completed and earned an A or B in the OL class you are applying to TA for (for students currently enrolled in the class of interest, acceptance will be contingent upon the final course grade)
  • Must have taken the OL course you are applying to TA for at the Dayton campus
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and OL GPA of 3.5 at the time of application

Selection Process

  • Applications are due March 1 to TA for a Fall course, October 1 for Spring, and March 1 for Summer. Applications will be accepted after the due dates on a rolling basis until all slots are filled.
    • Complete and email the Teaching Assistant Application to Dr. Corey Seemiller at
    • Have faculty recommender complete and email the Faculty Recommendation form directly to Dr. Corey Seemiller at The recommendation must be from the faculty member from whom you took the class (or are taking the class) you would like to TA. 
  • Applicants meeting minimum eligibility who have been selected to move to the second round of selection will be contacted for an interview.

Find out more and apply by clicking on the TA Application.

OL Honors Scholar Designation 

The Organizational Leadership Departmental Honors Scholar designation is awarded through the University Honors Program. This option provides students who have achieved excellence in their academic program, the opportunity to expand and enhance their knowledge and/or skills in the field of leadership. Students will engage in a guided research project or paper under the guidance of a Faculty Honors Advisor. 


  • Must be admitted to the Organizational Leadership major
  • Must have completed OL 2010, 3020, 3030, 3040 courses prior to beginning the project
  • Must have a university cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • Must have an OL cumulative GPA of 3.85

*Students take two semesters to complete the Honors Project and must apply the semester prior to starting the project. For example, to complete an Honors Project in the Fall and Spring semesters of one’s senior year, the student would need to apply by March 1, 6 months prior to the start of the project, during his or her junior year.

The prospective honors student must contact the Honors Coordinator the semester prior to the anticipated project, typically prior to the last semester of the junior year. The honors project must be completed in the course of two consecutive semesters any time prior to graduation.

Selection Criteria

  • By By March 1 for a Summer or Fall start and October 1 for a Spring start: 
  • Fill out the application and submit by email to Dr. Corey Seemiller, the Honors Coordinator, at
  • If you meet the eligibility for participation, you will be contacted to set up a 30-minute timed in-person writing evaluation.

Find out more and apply by clicking on the Honors Handbook.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are the requirements to get into the Organizational Leadership undergraduate program?


    • Completion of Associate’s Degree from an accredited college/university


    • Completion of:
      • 60+ semester credit hours
      • Cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0
      • Completion of OL 2010 and OL 3020
  • How long will it take me to complete the Organizational Leadership program?

    This certainly depends on how many credits you have when you enter the program and how many credits per semester you can take. Students should seek the advice of a CEHS Student Services advisor to learn more about their own timeline.

  • What courses count as open electives?

    Anything that does not fit into General Education, the Integrated Leadership Focus or Organizational Leadership Focus will go into Open Electives.  If a student needs a lot of Open Electives, the overriding advice is to seek out courses that:

    • fit a student’s schedule
    • are nice complements to the O.L. major
    • they want to take
    • add a minor 
    • see an academic advisor for further assistance
  • After I’m officially admitted into the O.L. program, how do I know what to take and when?

    Students receive notice that informs the student how to access their program of study via the Internet. This is what the O.L. student should use when determining what to schedule. When to schedule is up to the student. The O.L. student can talk with the CEHS Student Services advisor to determine sequencing or to find out when to take certain courses.

  • What is the best way to contact my Student Services Advisor?

    Student Services Advisors are available by appointment Monday through Friday. 

    Student Services Advisors maintain their own appointment calendars. To schedule an appointment, please email your assigned advisor and provide the following information:

    • Calendar availability
    • Current phone number
    • Email Address (Wright State email address required for Wright State students)

    During peak advising times (i.e. registration for classes, graduation, etc.) appointments times will fill quickly. Please plan ahead and schedule your appointment well in advance.

  • Where do I get permission for an Organizational Leadership permission course?

    Contact the Leadership Studies department at (937) 775-2516 to request register permission. 


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