Leadership Studies

BS in Leadership and Organizational Studies

Career Options

Leadership Studies graduates have many career options.  For example, they work as Organizational Development Consultants, Financial Administrators, Academic Advisors, Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives, Product Information Specialists, and Project Directors in organizations as varied as the Financial Authority of Maine, Provident Life Insurance, Hannaford Bros., the U.S. Postal Service, L.L. Bean, Bath Iron Works, the Department of Human Services, and TD BankNorth, to name just a few.

The baccalaureate degree in leadership and organizational studies (LOS) combines a liberal arts program with the study of how organizations operate and how leadership functions. It emphasizes the critical need to understand and work with people, the dynamics of change, the interdisciplinary nature of organizational operations, and the practical application of theories and leadership concepts. Drawing on faculty from diverse backgrounds, leadership and organizational studies is designed to prepare students for work in the nonprofit, public, or private sectors.

This program may be completed face-to-face, fully online, or in a combinaton of the two.  For more information about the fully online option, contact Ashley Collins at acollins@usm.maine.edu. For more information about our other options, contact Janet Etzel at jetzel@usm.maine.edu.

The core courses of the LOS major will introduce students to the theory and practice of organizational behavior and leadership with emphasis on communication skills, problem solving, critical thinking, key quantitative skills, and team functioning. Required courses for the major are:

LOS 300 Organizational Theory
LOS 301 Group Dynamics
LOS 304 Organizational Budgeting
LOS 329 Research Methods
LOS 350 Leadership
LOS 440 Organizational Change and Development

LCC 150 Statistics for Informed Decision Making
LCC 370 Toward a Global Ethics
LCC 450 Internship
LCC 480 Senior Seminar

Students also tailor the degree to their interests by choosing from a variety of elective courses in the major with concentrations in areas such as human resources or organizational development.

In addition to completing these course requirements for the major, baccalaureate degree students must meet the proficiency and residency requirements of the University of Southern Maine, and complete the Core curriculum and elective courses to accrue a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework.

Prerequisites for major courses may be met through specific courses, through any one of several programs of prior learning assessment sponsored by USM, or through waiver by the instructor of the course. Before taking 300-level courses in this major, students must have completed a 100-level college writing course with at least a grade of C+, or an equivalent.

No more than two courses from outside the major may be used toward completion of the requirements for the major without permission of the faculty—students may work with their advisor for this permission.

We recommend that students start their Leadership Studies coursework with LOS 300: Organizational Theory and LOS 350: Leadership.  Students should work with their advisors to organize the scheduling of the rest of their coursework.