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Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Build an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree to match your personal goals and interests.

The Palmetto College Online Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership is issued by USC Columbia.


The online UofSC Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership includes diverse disciplines such as communications, history, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology. The goal of the program is to teach students the practical skills they'll need to lead organizations and collaborate effectively. 

 Students will learn how to: 

  • Write professionally
  • Empower employees
  • Delegate tasks
  • Negotiate conflict in the workplace
  • Overcome obstacles to create a better workflow 

 Within the degree, students will focus on areas: 

  • Employer and Employees 
  • Law, Policy and Organizations 
  • Workplace Dynamics 

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Why should I complete a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership?

The online UofSC Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership degree provides a strong, broad foundation for students who want to work in leadership roles in a variety of community settings.

The  Organizational Leadership degree, with its combination of common professional foundations courses and individually selected major courses, can be structured to give the student the appropriate preparation for leadership in their chosen area. You have the option to customize your degree with one or more areas of concentration, including business, social work, computer science, management, political science, criminal justice, English, history, psychology, and sociology.




  • Entry-level/Management-trainee
  • Supervision of employees and operations
  • Project management
  • Team management
  • Information management
  • Operations management
  • Middle management
  • Top management

Nearly every type of organization across industries offer management positions:

  • Financial institutions
  • Retail stores
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Service providers
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Manufacturers
  • Technology companies
  • Educational institutions
  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Self-employed
  • Be prepared to start in entry-level management trainee positions or corporate rotational training programs.
  • Gain related experience through summer jobs, internships, and part-time jobs.
  • Work at a retail store or restaurant, and advance into a team lead or assistant manager position.
  • Get involved in student organizations and pursue leadership roles.
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic, integrity, and a sense of independence.
  • Take courses in a secondary specialty such as marketing or information systems to increase job opportunities.
  • Learn to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people and to work well on a team.
  • Develop strong problem-solving skills.


  • Industrial sales
  • Consumer product sales
  • Financial services sales
  • Services sales
  • Advertising sales
  • Corporate sales
  • Manufacturer representation
  • Direct consumer sales
  • E-commerce
  • Customer service
  • Sales management:
    • District, regional, and higher
  • For-profit and nonprofit organizations
  • Product and service organizations
  • Manufacturers
  • Financial companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Print and electronic media outlets
  • Technology companies
  • Obtain experience through summer jobs, internships, and part-time jobs.
  • Seek leadership positions in campus organizations.
  • Work on campus in a sales position, such as selling advertisements for campus newspaper, directory, or radio station.
  • Learn organization skills, how to work well under pressure, and how to work in a competitive environment.
  • Be prepared to work independently and to be self- motivated. Plan to work irregular and long hours.
  • Cultivate strong persuasion skills and learn to effectively communicate with a wide range of people through courses like interpersonal communication and public speaking.
  • Develop a strong knowledge base of the product or service you will be/are selling.
  • To deliver effective customer service, develop problem solving skills, self-confidence, assertiveness, and empathy. Become committed to customer satisfaction.
  • Some positions in sales, such as pharmaceuticals or technical, require at least one to two years of a proven record in outside sales or specialized training. Be prepared to start in a different industry before getting into these areas.


  • Sales
  • Claims
  • Underwriting
  • Risk management
  • Asset management
  • Loss control
  • Customer service
  • Insurance firms
  • Insurance brokers
  • Talk to professionals in the industry to learn more about claims, underwriting, and risk management. Many entry-level positions exist in these areas.
  • Initiative and sales ability are necessary to be a successful agent or broker.
  • Develop strong communication skills as many positions require interaction with others and the ability to explain information clearly and concisely.
  • There are many certifications in the insurance industry.  Research those relevant to your area.


  • Commercial banking
  • Retail/Consumer banking
  • Credit analysis
  • Lending
  • Trust services
  • Mortgage loans
  • Branch management
  • Operations
  • Banks
  • Credit unions
  • Savings and loan associations
  • Financial services institutions
  • Wholesale lenders
  • Housing lenders
  • Federal Reserve banks
  • Build a solid background in business including marketing and accounting.
  • Seek experience through part-time, summer, or internship positions in a bank.
  • Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to work well with a diverse clientele.

Real Estate 

  • Brokerage/Sales
  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Office and industrial
  • Farm and land
  • Property management
  • Appraising
  • Land development
  • Real estate brokers
  • Banks
  • Appraisal firms
  • Apartment and condominium complexes
  • Leasing offices
  • Developers
  • Large corporations: real estate departments
  • Research the process of becoming a real estate broker through the National Association of Realtors. Every state requires a combination of real estate courses, passing an exam, and other criterion to gain a license.
  • Obtain sales experience through part-time, summer, or internship positions.
  • Develop an entrepreneurial spirit as nearly 60% of brokers and agents are self-employed.
  • Be willing to work evenings and weekends to accommodate clients’ schedules.
  • Investigate apprenticeships in appraisal if that is an area of interest.

Human Resource Management

  • Recruiting/Staffing
  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Training
  • Safety
  • Employee relations
  • Industrial relations
  • Organizational development
  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Employment law
  • Consulting
  • Large organizations in a variety of industries:
    • Banks and financial institutions
    • Retail stores
    • Restaurants
    • Hotels and other facilities
    • Service providers
    • Healthcare organizations
    • Manufacturers
    • Software and technology companies
  • Educational institutions
  • Temporary or staffing agencies
  • Executive search firms
  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Labor unions
  • Major nonprofit organizations
  • Take courses in the social sciences such as psychology and sociology.
  • Gain relevant experience through internships.
  • Hone your verbal and written communication skills.
  • Learn to solve problems creatively, and build strong conflict resolution skills.
  • Develop good computer skills because many human resource systems are automated.
  • Join the Society of Human Resource Management and other related professional associations.
  • Be prepared for continuous learning once in the profession, and seek endorsements such as the Professional Human Resource Certification or Certified Employee Benefits Specialist.
  • Earn a master’s degree for career advancement or a law degree for employment law.
General Information
  • General business is a broad area that can lead to many career opportunities. Students should clearly define their goals and seek experiences and skills necessary to reach those goals.
  • Gaining relevant experience through part-time and summer jobs or internships is critical.
  • Learn about various fields of business through research on internet sites, informational interviews of professionals, and exposure to work environments through shadowing, volunteering, or interning.
  • Develop interpersonal and organizational skills through participation in and leadership of student organizations. Strong communication skills, including public speaking, are also important to achieving success in this field.
  • Learn to work effectively with a wide variety of people and to work well in a team environment.
  • Get involved in student professional associations in field of interest.
  • Develop and utilize a personal network of contacts. Once in a position, find an experienced mentor.
  • Consider earning an MBA or other related graduate degree after gaining work experience to reach the highest levels of business management.
  • See also What Can I Do With This Major? for Management, Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, Logistics and Accounting for additional information.
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Prerequisites and Requirements

To apply for this online degree program, students must have:

  • 45-60 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (system transfer or readmit); Minimum 2.25 cumulative GPA (transfer).
  • Recommended completion of the following courses:
    • Composition
    • Composition and Literature
    • Public Speaking
    • Natural Science with a Lab
    • Social or Behavioral Science
    • Humanities
    • History


Program Length

If you’re a full-time student, the program should take about 2 ½ years—the same as if you were attending class in-person. If you work, you may need to take a lighter course load. Talk to an advisor about how to balance Palmetto College classes with your schedule.


Ready to get started?

New terms begin six times per year. Follow the application instructions for this degree to start the enrollment process.

If you have questions or would like an unofficial pre-evaluation of your college work before applying please call, chat, or email us today! Our trained representatives can create a plan that takes into account your earned credits and your unique circumstances.

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