Applied Leadership is designed for working adults and non-traditional students to advance professionally, take on a leadership role in a business or organization, or change professions. The program is designed to prepare students to excel in leadership, innovation, and remote team project work. The core areas of skill development focus on communications in organizations, organizational leadership, and critical thinking and decision-making. This challenging self-designed online program draws upon faculty from business, communications, nonprofit leadership, psychology, public administration, and sociology.
|Program||Locations||Major / Total Credits|
|Applied Leadership BS||BS - Bachelor of Science||
||48 / 120|
Policies & Faculty
Completion of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and AOS 301.
113 Armstrong Hall
Department of Sociology
- Kristi Rendahl, DPA
- Christine Mollenkopf-Pigsley, Ph.D.
Credits: 3This course is recommended as a first semester course for students who are new to the University and to the Applied Leadership Program. The purpose of the course is to assist students with the transition to the University in an online program environment. The course provides students with an overview of the University, its online program resources, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. This course will introduce students to leadership and organizations, build student success skills and develop the professional skills needed for future job placement.
Credits: 3Topics include world economics and their implications for the labor force, critical and creative thinking, leadership, and portfolio assessment. Required for admission to the Applied Organizational Studies program.
Credits: 3The focus in this course is on communication within organizations (including virtual environments), workplace engagement in virtual teamwork and the application of critical and creative thinking resulting in organizational innovation. The course also engages students in an exploration of the role of social organizing and the impact of networking on organizational growth and sustainability.
Credits: 3The focus in this course is on critical thinking, decision-making, and leadership in contemporary organizational environments. The course also explores the concept of followership and power distribution, and organizational adaptation due to technological and global economic change. Students will also participate in an applied research project in an approved organization of choice.
Credits: 3The course focuses on contemporary organizational issues and the concept of change in organizational design and development. Subject matter includes the use of causal thinking and econometric measurement, effectuation and entrepreneurial thinking, and the role of mission and vision. Students will complete a project-based exploration of the financial and resource aspects of return on investment comparing the effectual and causal perspectives on an organizational change.
Credits: 3This course is an exploration of the rapidly growing social entrepreneurship in the United States, the developing world, other developed countries, and in transnational contexts. Social entrepreneurs use business methods to help solve social and environmental challenges otherwise ignored or missed by traditional commerce. This course also includes social intrapreneurship where employees in existing companies similarly are developing new income opportunities for their firms by addressing social and environmental challenges in a profitable, scalable manner.
Credits: 3The course focuses on the development of social enterprise strategies, public and non-profit organizational innovation and the critical thinking required to solve complex social problems on a local and global scale through a sustainability and equity lens. This course serves as an elective for Applied Leadership majors.
Credits: 2Capstone project in which the student creates a portfolio that demonstrates the student's achievement in the core competencies of the program. Portfolio to be presented to a committee.
Prerequisites: AOS 301
Credits: 3Topics vary as announced in class schedule. May be retaken for credit if topic varies.
Credits: 7-12A specialized topic of the students' choice. Coordination with a faculty member is necessary.