Organization Development and Leadership B.L.S

Learning Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1: Students will be able to identify and articulate the history, principles and theories of organization development

Objective 1.1: The student will describe models and theories of learning, group dynamics, consulting and coaching and organizational change.

Objective 1.2: The student will demonstrate their knowledge of the effects of utilizing recommended models, theories, and techniques of feedback in practical scenarios addressing consulting, learning, and leadership.

Objective 1.3: The student will identify patterns of and reactions to organizational change.

Goal 2: Students will foster the development of interpersonal and leadership competencies for lifelong learning in themselves and others.

Objective 2.1: The student will document growth in self-awareness through learning activities and knowledge grounded in current research and models of leadership development.

Objective 2.2: The student will articulate the relationships between learning, leadership, and change.

Objective 2.3: The student will document their experiences of experimenting with various leadership behaviors and evaluate their effectiveness.

Objective 2.4: The student will demonstrate their awareness of the influence of family background; roles, gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation play in individual development.

Goal 3: Students will demonstrate academic research and writing.

Objective 3.1: The student will distinguish the differences between research based theories and philosophies and beliefs.

Objective 3.2: The student will demonstrate skill in using APA style in research writing activities.

Objective 3.3: The student will create a final capstone project that demonstrates ability to apply models and theories to work situations

The General Education Program (GEP) at Saint Joseph’s University involves a distinctive liberal arts education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.  General education is essential to the University’s mission, providing all students with the broad knowledge, essential skills, appreciation of diversity, and ethically informed perspective needed by those who would aspire to be “men and women for others.” The GEP ensures mastery of skills required for further study, exposes students to the principal achievements and problems of the major fields of human learning, and introduces them to new disciplines that they may or may not wish to pursue. The Major Concentration component gives depth in a particular field and is thus a preparation for an effective career or for graduate study in that field.

Free or general electives allow students to pursue interests, explore new fields, or to continue concentration in their major. 

The Adult Learner General Education Program (GEP) applies to students who are completing a bachelor's degree through Professional and Liberal Studies Program (PLS) or through the Haub Degree Completion Program (HDC)

The Adult Learner GEP is comprised of Signature Core, Variable Core,  Integrative Learning courses and Overlays.

Signature Core

PHL 154Moral Foundations3
THE 154Faith, Justice & the Cath Trad3
or THE 221 Intro to the New Testament
ENG 102Texts & Contexts3
HIS 154Forging the Modern World3
Any course certified as Faith & Reason3
Adult Learning Seminar (any course numbered 140)3

Variable Core

  • One approved course in Art, Literature, or Music, Theater, Film.

  • One course in the Natural Sciences (lab-based or lecture based) in biology, chemistry, environmental science, or physics.

  • Two courses in Mathematics (PLS majors require MAT 101 or higher; HDC programs require MAT 103 and MAT 123 or an alternate calculus course).

  • Two courses in a Non-Native Language (e.g., SPA 111-SPA 112) or two approved alternative courses in Literature in Translation or Classics. With permission, international students or students whose native language is not English may take ESL 201 and ESL 202, Composition and Critical Thinking for Non-Native Speakers of English, in their first two semesters to fulfill their language requirement. Bilingual students may also be considered for a language exemption by the Department of Modern & Classical Languages.

  • One course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences including Political Science, Economics, Sociology, and Psychology.  Please note that some majors require a specific course.

  • One course that is certified as a Philosophical Anthropology course.

  • One course from Religious Studies or Theology that is certified as a Religious Difference course.

  • ENG 101 Craft of Language.

Integrative Learning Course

(2 courses required)

  • Courses approved for ILC requirements will vary by major. Some majors have specific courses that must be taken.


Students admitted Summer 2016 through Spring 2019 to an Adult Learner Program in PLS or HDC are required to complete at least one of the three GEP overlays.  Students admitted Summer 2019 and later are required to complete two of the three GEP overlays:

  1. Ethics Intensive
  2. Writing Intensive, or
  3. Diversity, Globalization, Non-Western Area Studies.

Please note that PLS and HDC students admitted prior to the Fall 2014 semester may have slightly different GEP curriculum requirements as communicated by the PLS and HDC Advising Offices at the time of admission. Students are encouraged to contact their Advising Office with any curriculum questions.  PLS students who are completing degree requirements for a major offered through the Day School are required to complete the GEP for Day Students. 

Free Electives

Except for Early Childhood/Elementary Pre K-4 Education majors, all students must complete a minimum of 18 free elective credits.  Elective credits may be used to pursue a minor or secondary major.

Integrated Learning Courses  

SOC 101Intro to Sociology3
or SOC 102 Social Problems
ENG 263Writing for Organizations3
Total Hours6

Major Concentration

PSY 200Personality Psychology3
PSY 190Intro Research Method Soc Sci3
PSY 191Applied Stats for Social Sci3
Psychology Elective3
ODL 200Career & Personal Development3
ODL 300Organizational Development3
ODL 310Group & Team Dynamics3
ODL 320Leadership & Development3
ODL 330Issues in Organiztnl Develop3
ODL 340Coaching & Consulting3
ODL 400Cap Proj - Org Development3
Total Hours33