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B.A. in Organizational Studies

Learn Management and Leadership Skills with an Organizational Studies Degree from SLU!

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Success in for-profit and not-for-profit settings requires an understanding of corporate operations, but it also requires the ability to lead, motivate, and inspire. The Organizational Studies degree provides students with this all-important integration of leadership and corporate operations.

Organizational Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines work behavior at the individual, interpersonal/group, and organizational levels.

The Organizational Studies degree program develops competencies through project-based learning in the following areas.

  • Individual level
    • oral and written communication
    • critical thinking and problem-solving
    • ethical decision-making
  • Interpersonal/Group level
    • interpersonal relations
    • group dynamics
    • leading a diverse workforce
  • Organizational level
    • the legal environment of organizations
    • integrated marketing
    • economics and accounting
    • leadership and human resource management
    • organizational structure, culture and strategy

The Bachelor's degree in Organizational Studies online or on the Saint Louis University campus is particularly well suited for students interested in gaining expertise in organizational management or career advancement into administrative, supervisory, and leadership positions. This degree program is a great option for those considering a career change. Saint Louis University offers flexible options for students seeking an organizational leadership program in St. Louis or online.

All of the organizational studies degree courses in the OS program provide practical application to the workplace. Courses are instructed by discipline-prepared faculty who are also working professionals. In the program, students complete course projects with for-profit and non-profit organizations as well as complete a capstone project prior to graduation.

Students in the OS program also select any of the SPS minors, or design a customized emphasis of at least 21 hours of advanced elective credits. While the OS major prepares students for a variety of positions in diverse organizational settings, the minor/emphasis allows students to specialize in an area of professional interest.

Popular minors within the OS program include: 

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SLU offers the Bachelor's degree in Organizational Studies online, as well as in an on-ground format. All courses offered through Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies are in an accelerated format designed for busy adults, with online and evening classes.

Careers in Organizational Studies
At Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies, we help you achieve your career goals. After you complete your Bachelor's degree in Organizational Studies in St. Louis or online, you can expect to advance in your current field or make that career change.

*Due to Saint Louis University School of Business AACSB accreditation standards, School for Professional Studies students may not apply more than 30 credit hours of "business related" courses toward their degree.

Chair / Assistant Professor of Organizational Studies, Dr. Patrick Hughes

Courses for B.A. in Organizational Studies

General Studies Core
credit hours:
Foundation Courses
OSTD 3305
credit hours:
Minor (or at least 21 hours of approved elective credits)
credit hours:
18 - 24
General Electives (Number of Credit Hours Depends on Minor)
credit hours:
19 - 26
total credit hours:

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