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Leadership (Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S.)

The Leadership major is a flexible academic degree that focuses on characteristics and skills necessary to lead in organizational and social contexts, and emphasizes ethical leadership, legal issues, written and oral communication skills. A goal of this program is to facilitate adult students to complete their degree and as such, there is inherent flexibility in transferring existing credit. A second goal is to provide a valuable program for traditional students who plan to hold leadership positions in a variety of fields.

Leadership (Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S.)


Description


What is Leadership at ODU like?

The Leadership major is a flexible academic degree that focuses on characteristics and skills necessary to lead in organizational and social contexts, and emphasizes ethical leadership, legal issues, written and oral communication skills. A goal of this program is to facilitate adult students to complete their degree and as such, there is inherent flexibility in transferring existing credit. A second goal is to provide a valuable program for traditional students who plan to hold leadership positions in a variety of fields.

Program Highlights


What makes Leadership at ODU unique?

  • Because it is interdisciplinary, this program appeals to wide range of adult, traditional and non-traditional students, including military-affiliated students, who might have vastly different interests and who enter the program with some college credit but may not have completed a degree

  • The academic and critical thinking skills taught through the Leadership curriculum are valuable on the job as well as navigating modern changes and challenges. 

  • The required, 9 credit-hour core of coursework in Interdisciplinary Studies will provide an opportunity for highly motivated students to identify and research a problem of potentially high, local and national significance, and for which to provide new knowledge and wisdom to decision-makers.

  • 75% of courses in this major are offered both online and in traditional classroom formats

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Human Resources Managers

$123,510

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate human resources activities and staff of an organization.

General and Operations Managers

$123,460

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Leadership at ODU?

COMM 351:
Interpersonal Communication in Organizations


Focuses on communication theory, research, and applications of a variety of forms of communication in organizational relationships. Topics include superior-subordinate communication, interviewing, and presentations with an emphasis on a diversity of perspectives and types of organizations. Prerequisites: Junior standing and COMM 200S or permission of the instructor.

CPS 410:
Leadership Ethics


This course examines how ethical principles can be used to guide effective leadership practices. Students will gain an understanding of how ethical principles in the workplace have developed over time. They will also explore the connections between individual ethics and workplace behaviors, in addition to leadership strategies that promote ethical behavior by workers. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

PSYC 345:
Organizational Psychology


This course is part of the IncludED All Access program; you should not purchase any course materials denoted by the IncludED logo as they are part of your course registration. In the event you drop this course from your schedule on or prior to the last day of DROP/ADD period, your account will be fully refunded automatically if you received a digital textbook. If you received a physical textbook you will need to return the textbook to the store and your account will be refunded at that time.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Leadership at ODU?

Students entering the Bachelor of Science program in Leadership should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • Online Application

  • $50 fee (non-refundable)

  • Official High School Transcript or GED Transcript (Freshmen only)

  • Official SAT/ACT scores or Apply Test Optional (Freshmen only)

  • College transcripts from any other higher education institution (Transfer students only)

     

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 374

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,039

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Program Advisor


Name:

Michele Mitchell


Location:

3028 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-6190


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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