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Benerd College
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3601 Pacific Ave. Stockton, CA 95211
3200 Fifth Ave. Sacramento, CA 95817


Students must complete a minimum of 120 units with a Pacific cumulative and major/program gradepoint average of 2.0 or higher in order to earn BS degree in Organizational Leadership. The courses required for the degree and Pacific Seminar 3 (required of all seniors) total 54 units of credit, the remaining 66 can come from transfer credit or other Pacific coursework. In addition to fulfilling all of Pacific's general education requirements, students must complete the following courses for the major:

Major Requirements

Students must complete all of the following:

Course Code Six professional skills classes for 18 units Units
UCAD 110 Budgeting and Financial Statement Analysis 3
UCAD 120 Argument and Persuasion 3
UCAD 123 Costs, Benefits and Decisions 3
UCAD 130 Professional Communication 3
UCAD 150 Applied Professional Writing 3
UCAD 165 Project Management: Theory and Practice 3

Course Code 11 major classes for 33 units Units
ORGL 100 Intro to Organizational Leadership 3
ORGL 103 Organization and Managerial Development 3
ORGL 105 Organizational Social Psychology 3
ORGL 135 Public Relations: Principles and Marketing 3
ORGL 139 Organizational Communication 3
ORGL 143 Mediation and Conflict Management 3
ORGL 145 Issues in Human Resource Management 3
ORGL 175 Research Methods: Quant & Qualitative 3
ORGL 176 Applied Research 3
ORGL 180 Leadership: Culture and Challenges 3
ORGL 199 Organizational Leadership Capstone 3

In addition to the core Organizational Leadership curriculum, the concentration offers four courses that focus specifically on leadership and management in criminal justice:

  • Criminal Justice Management and Administration
  • Leadership and Supervision in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice in a Multicultural Society
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice

Course Descriptions

UCAD 110 Budgeting and Financial Statement Analysis
This course focuses on the accounting elements that are presented in each of the financial statements and how the financial statements are analyzed using the liquidity, solvency, and profitability ratios. Emphasis is placed on using accounting as a tool to assist managers in the decision‐making process. This course also offers a brief introduction to the master budget process.
UCAD 120 Argumentation and Persuasion
This course is intended to help students become more competent at making persuasive arguments and identifying weaknesses in arguments in a professional context. Students will be introduced to critical issues and topics for persuasive argumentation including decision making, genres, logos, pathos, and ethos.
UCAD 123 Cost Benefits and Decisions
This course examines how decisions are made. The economic framework of rational choice theory-taking action as long as benefits outweigh costs-is used a starting point for analyzing decision‐making behavior of individuals, firms and governments. We consider how costs and benefits are measured and how to evaluate the validity of information and data used in assessing them. Basic game theoretic models are introduced to explain strategic decision‐making. The limits of rational choice theory are also addressed with insights from behavioral economics.
UCAD 130 Professional Communication
This course is designed to help students become more effective communicators in professional and business settings. It covers the skills necessary for communication in the work environment and modern society.
UCAD 150 Advanced Professional Writing
This course will help students write more clearly, concisely, and persuasively for specific audiences in professional contexts. Students will learn to identify the needs of their audience, determine what information to include and how, and to structure a document to answer questions, solve problems or otherwise effectively meet the needs of a given audience and context.
UCAD 165 Project Management: Theory and Practice
This course develops a foundation of concepts and solutions that supports the planning, scheduling, controlling, resource allocation, and performance measurement activities required for successful completion of a project. Additional consideration is given to the project lifecycle, Gantt charting, execution and implementation strategies, risk management, budgeting, influence and team leadership.
ORGL 100 Introduction to Organizational Leadership
An introduction to organizational leadership by focusing on what it means to be a good leader. Emphasis is placed on the practice of leadership. Students will also be trained in digital information literacy including identifying and evaluating sources for credibility and applying the sources into practice.
ORGL 103 Organizational Management and Leadership
This course presents a comprehensive, integrative, and practical focus on leadership and management. It is based upon a framework that analyzes leadership and management at different levels: individual leadership, team leadership, and organizational leadership. This course also focused on foundational skill development as a manager/leader.
ORGL 105  Organizational Social Psychology 
A sociological study of the way in which the structure of organizations impinge upon the lives of individuals. Special attention is given to the structural determinants of motivation, opportunity, power and participation within organizations. Organizational culture (roles and images), the processes of organizational change and the recent efforts to improve the quality of work life and productivity in organizations will be examined.
ORGL 135  Public Relations: Principles and Marketing
The objective of this course is to increase understanding of the Public Relations field emphasizing marketing theory and practice, functions in organizations and PR's role in society.
ORGL 139  Organizational Communication
This course provides an overview of some of the most important theories and research in the area of organizational communication. Students will learn about the essential role of communication in a number of organizational settings, and develop skills in applying organizational communication theories, concepts, and perspectives to diagnose, prevent, and address organizational issues.
ORGL 143 Mediation and Conflict Management
Conflict is inevitable, but it does not have to be debilitating for individuals and organizational/social systems. This course explores the theory and practice of dispute resolution using interest‐based mediation and negotiation techniques. Students gain a broad understanding of mediation and negotiation strategies, learn skills that lead to greater success in managing conflict, and develop confidence in the mediation process as an effective means for resolving interpersonal, organizational, and community disputes.
ORGL 145  Issues in Human Resource Management
This course explores the issues and challenges facing the human resource area in any organization emphasizing the challenge of attracting and retaining qualified, competent employees. Organizational change and its impact on employee motivation and performance will be addressed.
ORGL 175  Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative
The objective of this course is to introduce students to fundamentals of communication research, with special emphasis on understanding the "logic" of the research process. Students will develop skills in research design, data collection and analysis, and in applying quantitative and qualitative research methods to solving problems. This course will also emphasize student understanding of the role of ethics in communication research.
ORGL 176  Applied Research
The purpose of this course is to help the student synthesize and integrate the learning experiences acquired in organizational leadership studies and evaluate the research and current topics relative to major emphasis areas. Students are expected to do a literature review, analyze data, write empirical reports, conduct training and workshops, and present research results.
ORGL 180  Leadership: Culture and Challenges
This course focuses on how leadership skills students have developed throughout the program can be applied to have meaningful and positive impact on organizations, communities, or societies. The course looks at exemplary leaders and at contemporary leadership challenges, with special consideration of the moral aspects of effective leadership. Emphasis is on integrating practical leadership skills with qualities such as authenticity, integrity, and emotional intelligence to effectively address challenges in a variety of settings including and beyond the workplace. Prerequisite: ORGL 103
ORGL 199 Organizational Leadership Capstone
The course is designed to help students in integration of their academic study of organizational leadership and their leadership experience in various organizational settings in preparation for their leading efforts to become active members in today's competitive work force market. Students will analyze and synthesize the concept of organizational leadership using various perspectives and methodologies to investigate an organizational leadership issue or a problem.


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