Bachelor of Arts

Workplace Leadership

Put your experience to work. Businesses in today’s global marketplace are in need of leaders at every level – especially those with varied educational backgrounds, on-the-job experience and the skills to collaboratively solve problems in diverse environments. TU’s Bachelor of Arts in Workplace Leadership, is a transfer-friendly degree-completion program, designed to build 21st-century skills and help you become a leader at work.

The 21st-century workplace can be dynamic, fast-paced, and ever-changing. A TU degree in Workplace Leadership will help you develop crucial leadership skills in the areas of critical thinking, problem-solving and multimodal communication, all through the lens of multiple cultural perspectives. The program, which is centered around TU’s innovative Dragon Core
Curriculum and commitment to Celebrating Cultural Uniqueness, is extremely transfer friendly. Up to 90 hours from another institution may be credited towards the program. A minimum of 48 hours transfer credit is required to enroll in this program.

TU’s degree in workplace leadership helps prepare students to be successful leaders and executives. This field of work is dynamic; it involves interactions with individuals and departments and focuses on corporate policies and how they can be enhanced to boost effectiveness and productivity within an organization.

The program includes classes that teach the key skills that workplace leaders need to develop for a successful career: interpersonal communication, strategic business planning, delegation, cultural intelligence, team building, leadership development and change management. The program also features multidisciplinary coursework designed to build skills and competencies around communication, problem solving, and leadership, particularly in diverse environments.

For increased relevance to the workplace and in order to more fully understand problems and recognize underlying issues and influences, students will explore competencies proficiency in research techniques, critical thinking, problem-solving, multimodal communication methods and professional networking, all through the lens of multiple cultural perspectives. Students will hone their competence and proficiency in research techniques,critical thinking, problem-solving, multimodal communication methods, and professional networking. 

Workplace Leadership Core

  • DEC250 Dragon Education Core - Explore
  • DEC300 Dragon Education Core - Connect
  • DEC400 Dragon Education Core - Impact
  • DEC400L Dragon Education Core - Impact ePortfolio
  • MGT201 Management of Organizations
  • COM310 Human, Interpersonal, and Small Group Communication
  • COM324 Communicating Across Cultures
  • ENG301 Professional Communication
  • MGT301 Organizational Behavior
  • SCS415 Leading with Cultural Intelligence
  • SCS440 Theory and Application of Leadership
  • Major Electives – 3 (300-level or higher)
  • Open Electives (4 at 300-level or higher)

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

There are no concentrations for this program.

Crisis and Risk Communication (COM414) - This course explores crisis and risk communication in the context of recent national and global events and through case studies of corporate, organizational and individual crises. Students will learn how to communicate with the public prior to a potential event and how to react to crisis situations. From natural disasters to intentional tragedies, public health emergencies, accidents, product recalls and financial crises, different situations and audiences require different approaches for communicating with stakeholders and the public. This course will help students become aware of ways to respond credibly, effectively and ethically.

Theory and Application of Leadership (SCS440) - This interactive course examines theories and approaches to leadership. This course provides historical analysis of leaders and the evolution of leadership theory as well as gender and cultural approach to the topic. Students will gain an understanding of the leadership process and its elements, leaders, followers and contexts. The course will review the scholarship and research of leadership and provide a synthesis of the contemporary leadership models.

Leading with Cultural Intelligence (SCS471) – Cultural Intelligence (CQ) is a critical capability for effective leadership in our multicultural, global world. In this course, students will undertake a journey of self-awareness to explore new ways of thinking about and embracing cultural difference. Using the CQ framework as a guide, students will discover strategies to improve their adaptability, judgement, decision-making, negotiation, trust and innovation, enabling them to lead more effectively and more authentically in culturally diverse situations.

Human, Interpersonal and Small Group Communication (COM310) – This course explores three related disciplines of communication as they pertain to the basic process of human interaction, both interpersonally and in small groups. Students will survey some of the main theories of human communication, including those that explain the processes involved in dyadic relationships, self-disclosure and listening. These principles will be integrated into larger communication contexts in order to understand how decision-making and problem solving occur in small groups.

●        Business Consultant
●        Community Service Manager
●        Human Resources Manager
●        Insurance Underwriter
●        Management Analyst
●        Nonprofit Executive Director
●        Project Coordinator
●        Sales Manager
●        Training and Development Manager
●        Industrial Production Manager

This is a new program! Successful placements to come in the next few years …

If you want to learn more about our online or on-campus programs for working adults, click here.


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    Ivan Santiago - Class of 2015

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