Organizational Leadership, B.A.

Admission and Graduation Standards

Students may apply to the Organizational Leadership Program after completion of at least 30 semester hours of accredited, college-level work. A minimum grade point of 2.25 is required for admission (2.00 for USC system transfers). As part of the application process, a specific Program of Study is developed by the student and the student’s advisor and approved by the Program Committee. Any changes to the Program of Study must be approved by the advisor and Program Committee. All students must earn at least 30 USC hours after admission to this program. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 on all work attempted at USC and a minimum of 120 semester hours of accredited, college-level work must be presented to earn this degree.

Degree Requirements (120 hours)

The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership (BOL) is designed for students who want to study organizational leadership without a major in a single discipline.

Program of Study

Requirements Credit Hours
1. Carolina Core 32-44
2. College Requirements 9-12
3. Program Requirements 31-46
4. Major Requirements 33

Founding Documents Requirement

All undergraduate students must take a 3-credit course or its equivalent with a passing grade in the subject areas of History, Political Science, or African American Studies that covers the founding documents including the United State Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and one or more documents that are foundational to the African American Freedom struggle, and a minimum of five essays from the Federalist papers.  This course may count as a requirement in any part of the program of study including the Carolina Core, the major, minor or cognate, or as a general elective.  Courses that meet this requirement are listed here.

1. Carolina Core Requirements (32-44 hours)

CMW – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written (6 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher

ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (6 hours) 

SCI – Scientific Literacy (8 hours)

GFL – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language  (0-6 hours)

Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course is required. Students can demonstrate this proficiency by successfully completing Phase II of the Proficiency Test or by successfully completing the 122 course, including the exit exam administered as part of that course.

It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.

​GHS – ​Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours) 

GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours) 

AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)

INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)

VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)

any overlay or stand-alone CC-VSR course


Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.

2. College Requirements (9-12 hours)

Course Title Credits
PHIL 102Introduction to Philosophy3
Foreign Language course (only if needed to meet 122-level proficiency)0-3
Arts and Sciences Electives (Must include two disciplines) 16
Total Credit Hours9-12

Please select the Arts and Sciences Electives from the approved course list. 

3. Program Requirements (31-46 hours)

Supporting Courses (27-30 hours)

Course Title Credits
Select one of the following:3-6
Introduction to Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
and Principles of Macroeconomics
ENGL 463Business Writing3
ITEC 264Computer Applications in Business I3
MGMT 371Principles of Management3
PALM 493South Carolina Studies 13
PALM 494Internship 1,23
or PALM 495 Service-Learning
PCAM 205Foundations of Leadership 13
PSYC 350Industrial Psychology3
Select one of the following:3
Psychological Statistics 3
Elementary Statistics for Sociologists 3
Elementary Statistics 3
Total Credit Hours27-30

Must be passed with a grade of C or higher


Students wishing an area of focus in Entrepreneurship should take PALM 494


May not also be used to fulfill the Carolina Core ARP requirement

Electives (1-19 hours)

Sufficient elective hours as needed to meet the 120-credit-hour requirement.

4. Major Requirements (33 hours)

a minimum grade of C is required in all major courses

Major Courses (33 hours)

Select 33 credits from the following lists, with at least 9 credits from each of the three categories, and at least 12 credits at the 400 level.  No more than 15 hours combined from MGMT, ACCT, and ECON may be selected.

Course Title Credits
Employer and Employees
HTMT 344Personnel Organization and Supervision E3
MGMT 374Strategic Human Resource Management3
MGMT 376Employee Engagement3
MGMT 373Entrepreneurship and New Venture Opportunities E3
PHIL 211Contemporary Moral Issues3
PHIL 320Ethics3
PSYC 360Applied Psychology3
PSYC 420Survey of Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 430Survey of Social Psychology3
SOCY 304Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality3
SOCY 340Introduction to Social Problems3
PALM 401Palmetto Senior Capstone Experience3
Law, Policy, and Organizations
ACCT 324Survey of Commercial Law3
ACCT 403Tax I E3
ECON 363Business Finance3
ECON 379Government Policy Toward Business E3
HIST 405The Rise of Industrial America, 1877-19173
HIST 469Constitutional History of the United States3
HIST 470Constitutional History of the United States3
JOUR 201Principles of Public Relations3
MGMT 406International Human Resource Management3
MGMT 473Developing and Launching New Ventures E3
POLI 201American National Government3
POLI 370Introduction to Public Administration3
POLI 365State Government3
POLI 463The American Chief Executive3
POLI 570South Carolina Government and Politics3
SOCY 300Social Structures3
Workplace Dynamics
ECON 406Labor Economics3
ECON 415Economics of American Industry3
MGMT 401Negotiation and Conflict in the Workplace3
PHIL 324Business Ethics3
POLI 368Interest Groups and Social Movements3
POLI 465Psychology and Politics3
PSYC 405Cognitive Psychology3
PSYC 501Human Factors Psychology3
RETL 330Asset Protection for Retailers E3
SOCY 311Ecology of Human Social Systems3
SOCY 312Bureaucracy and Modern Society3
SOCY 354Collective Behavior3
SPCH 331Organizational Communication3

Note: Students that wish to have an area of focus in entrepreneurship are recommended to complete at least 15 hours of the major from among a specific sub-set of courses identified as related to entrepreneurship. It is recommended that students should also take PALM 494 rather than PALM 495 to gain internship experience. PALM 494 does not count toward the 15 hours of Entrepreneurship courses. This area of focus in entrepreneurship designation does not appear on the student’s academic transcript, nor on the diploma.


Major courses that are acceptable for credit toward this area of focus are identified in the academic bulletin by appearing with the designation (E) after the name of the course.

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Organizational Leadership, B.A.