Accelerated Degree Completion

Organizational Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Studies Accelerated Degree Program at Neumann University is designed to provide adult learners, who may have earned previous college credits, with the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science degree. With this program, students develop, enrich, and improve critical competencies sought by today’s organizations while moving through an accelerated format. The Program is offered in 7 ½ week seminars, with opportunities to take classes online or in the evening with online enhancement. Students learn how to apply their learning experience to the work environment, while improving their writing, critical thinking, and communication skills. The uniqueness of this degree completion program is the accelerated format that utilizes experientially-based learning projects that blend theory and practice. Projects can be professional initiatives that enable students to further research and develop projects from places of employment, as a return on investment (ROI) for employers.

Program Outcomes
In addition to meeting the Goals and Learning Outcomes of Neumann University’s Core Curriculum, as described in the Core Curriculum - Goals and Learning Outcomes section of this catalog, and upon completion of all degree requirements, graduates of the Organizational Studies Degree Program will be able to:

 

  • Demonstrate ability to think critically and creatively in organizational problem-solving;

  • Demonstrate effective presentational and communication skills;

  • Identify and describe key functions and competencies to be effective in today’s workforce;

  • Utilize effective writing and oral communication skills; and

  • Describe organizational dynamics through multiple perspectives. 

 

Uniquely Personal
Because every student is different, and brings varying amounts of prior learning credits and experience, your Program Plan will be unique to your own interests and needs – no two Program Plans are alike!  Therefore, scheduling an appointment with an Advisor in the Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies program is critical to both creating a plan toward degree completion and getting started. 

You can begin at the start of any semester, and you may apply up to 90 transfer credits into this 120 credit program, consistent with current policy, via college or university credit, documented prior learning, military credit or other methods.  You may have accumulated credit through your respective places of employment-credits that may be applied to your degree requirements.  Examples include certificates of program completion, military training documents, and professional licensures.  There is no guarantee of such credit until appropriate documents are evaluated in detail by the Division Dean and the Registrar.  For many students, the various ways to obtain credit enables further acceleration.  Advisors help to identify “next steps” to determine how many courses are needed and a timely plan for graduation, based on individual needs.

Course Requirements
In preparation for the writing requirements of all Organizational Studies three-credit seminars, a minimum of 30 transfer credits with English Composition I and English Composition II, or their equivalents, must be completed prior to registering for any Organizational Studies course.


Students who have earned a minimum of 30 credits prior to enrollment must complete the Organizational Studies major course sequence (30 credits), and a series of electives, enrichment courses, or course equivalencies, such as assessed prior learning (for a total of 60 credits) as part of their Self-Designed program of study, as determined in consultation with their advisor.

 

Students who have earned a minimum of 60 credits prior to enrollment must complete the major course sequence (30 credits) and a series of electives, enrichment courses, or course equivalencies, such as assessed prior learning (for a total of 30 credits) as part of their Self-Designed program of study, as determined in consultation with their advisor.

 

Students who have earned a minimum of 90 credits prior to enrollment must complete the major core sequence (30 credits) and, in some cases, additional coursework as determined in consultation with their advisor.

 

Organizational Studies Major Core Sequence: 30 Credits

Course Name:                                                                            Credits:           
LSENG 190 Research Techniques*                                                  6                            
OSBUS 200 Social and Ethical Responsibility in Organizations          3                          
OSTHE 200 Interreligious Dialogue and Organizational Dynamics       3                          
OSBUS 220 Decision Making and Problem Solving                           3                           
OSBUS 300 Creativity and Innovation                                               3                            
OSBUS 320 Managing Change                                                        3                            
OSBUS 340 High Performance Work Teams                                     3                             
OSBUS 400 Operations Management                                              3                             
OSINT 400 Professional Case Study                                                3                                     
* LSENG 190 Research Techniques is a 6-credit seminar that builds the foundation for the experientially-based learning projects required in each of the 3-credit Organizational Studies courses.

 

After the first 30 course requirements are satisfied, students may begin the next 30 credit course sequence in the major. Credit needs and requirements beyond the first thirty (30) credits should be reviewed and approved by the student’s Academic Advisor in the Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies prior to registration. The number of transfer credits allowed and the professional experiences assessed for credit will vary from one adult learner to another.  It is therefore required that individual learners undergo a thorough assessment of prior learning with final approval of individual program plans by an Academic Advisor in the Division.

 

Elective/Enrichment Courses:

Course Name:                                                                           Credits: 
OSBUS 110      Professional Business Etiquette                               3                                       
OSBUS 210      Cross-Cultural Communication                                 3                                        
OSBUS 310      Systems Thinking                                                   3                                         
OSBUS 330      Technology in Organizations                                    3                                         
OSBUS 410      Risk Management                                                   3                                         
OSBUS 430      Sustainability in Business                                        3                                        
OSBUS 350      Entrepreneurism                                                     3                                        
OSCA 110         Research and Writing for Professions                      3                                       
OSCA 210         Effective Communication                                        3                                        
OSCA 230         Presentational Speaking                                         3                                        
OSCA 310         Organizational Communications                               3                                         
OSCOA 310      Coaching                                                                3                                         
OSHST 310       American Business History                                      3                                         
OSMAT 210      Business Math                                                        3                                         
OSPHL 310       Philosophy of Business                                           3                                         
OSPSY 310      Psychology of Organizations                                    3                                                       
Total Transfer credits required………………………………………….. 30 minimum
Total Credits from Neumann University…………………………………30 minimum

Total self-designed/elective credits………………………………...........Will Vary      

 

Total Bachelor of Science credits upon graduation………………………120

Transfer credit in related disciplines and documented prior learning may be evaluated to satisfy either specific course and/or self-designed requirements.

 

Degree Requirements
In addition to the University’s general requirements for graduation, the following must be completed:

 

For the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Studies: A minimum of 120 credits in Organizational Studies with a 2.00 minimum cumulative GPA.

 

Admission Criteria
Any student 19 years of age or older who has either completed high school, or earned a GED, and completed a minimum 30 credits of college coursework, including English Composition I and II, may apply to the Organizational Studies Accelerated Degree Program. Application procedures are detailed in the Admissions Information section of this website.

 

Advisors can provide more details including which options may apply to your own personal experiences. To discover how close you might be to your degree, please feel free to consult one of our professional advisors in Continuing Adult and Professional Studies at (610) 558-5629 or caps@neumann.edu

 

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