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Degree Requirements

Degree in Organizational Leadership and Change


For the bachelor of arts (BA) degree in Organizational Leadership and Change, 120 credits are required. There are 36 credits in the major, 44 credits of general education requirements, eight (8) credits of BA requirements, and 32 additional elective credits. A minimum of 30 credits must be upper division credits—300 level or higher. Students are required to complete at least 30 College Unbound credits to earn this degree. This requires at least 1.5 years—two full semesters and one eight-week term at College Unbound. Up to 90 credits may be transferred from other accredited universities upon College Unbound approval, but will not be officially recorded until the student has successfully completed some coursework at College Unbound. College Unbound faculty review potential transfer credit according to policy addressing things such as currency, rigor, appropriateness to degree program, and overlapping content.


Thirty-six (36) credits are required for the Organizational Leadership and Change major: 20 prescribed core credits, six (6) student-selected credits from core areas, and 10 supporting and related course credits, for which the student has greater flexibility. Students must receive a grade of C or better in each of the courses within their 36-credit major. The 20 prescribed core courses prepare the ground for action research in Organizational Leadership and Change. Many different course options exist to fulfill the remainder of the program, allowing students to customize the degree to their specific goals.


College Unbound uses a three-credit course model with a semester of 16 weeks. The model, approved by the Board of Trustees upon the recommendation of the Academic Affairs Committee, took effect in the Spring Semester of 2018.


What You’ll Learn

The program is carefully designed to enable the student to acquire the necessary lifelong learning competencies that employers and life demand—skills essential to personal development, career development, and participatory citizenship. Students build understanding of the functions of leadership in organizations and communities in the context of rapid technological and societal change. They design, implement, and evaluate extensive workplace and/or community action research projects to enact change.


Career Options

The program prepares students for careers as community leaders, chief executive officers, general/operational/administrative managers, human resource specialists, and social and community services managers. These management positions are listed within the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training’s Top 50 Occupations With Largest Growth 2012 – 2022.