Ph.D. Minor


To earn the Human Resource Management Certificate through Organizational Leadership, students must successfully complete 18 credit hours of HR coursework with a grade of "C" or higher in all classes and submit an Application for Graduation prior to enrollment in their final semester in the program. There are no prerequesites required for students earning this Certificate; however, prior completion of ENG-W131 (English Composition) and COMM-R110 (Speech or Rhetoric) is highly suggested. 

The OL minor is 12 credit hours with 3 required courses and one elective.

Students will complete these three courses:

Development and improvement of interpersonal dynamic skills for effective leadership in organizations. Emphasis on action learning and real-world application of skills.

This course explores issues in leadership and organizational change. Included are change theories, utilizing resistance to change, contemporary approaches to change, the future workplace, and researching best practices in organizational change.

This course explores issues and practices in technologically-driven organizations pertaining to the roles and functions that coaching and mentoring play in employees development. The focus of the course is on identifying coaching opportunities, enhancing communication skills, developing and implementing coaching and mentoring strategies, and evaluating the outcomes of these strategies.
Pick 1 Elective

An examination of ethical, legal and policy issues facing business and technology leaders. Topics include ethical decision making, corporate social responsibility, codes of ethics, public policies and government regulations, international business practices, technology innovation, risk management in a global environment, and specific areas of law-employment, health and safety, environmental, contract, warranties and liabilities, intellectual property, technology law, and international laws and regulations.

Note: This course uses the case study method and involves active discussion and debate.

A survey course emphasizing the human resource function (and its development) in the context of the work organization. Human resource development topics include exploration of various training and development techniques, the relation of training to organizational strategies, training needs analysis, evaluation of training, and career development. The strategic approach to human resource management also is covered, including what human resource professionals can and should do to help the organization succeed.

This course examines and critically assesses sustainable practices in businesses, industries, and/or municipalities in Germany or France. Students will spend one week in Marseille, France or Mannheim, Germany visiting, touring, and analyzing businesses, industries or municipalities on their sustainable
practices. In addition, to learning about the organization’s sustainable practices, students will also learn about their specific country’s culture and some language skills.

This course enables the student to learn project management in technology through the application of project approaches in a team based setting. Through the application of project tools and templates, the student learns the project life-cycle approach as demonstrated through actual and simulated project situations. The course presents the terms and approaches used in industry today and allows the student to apply these methods through both individual and team based settings.

Review of current managerial education and development theories and practices; discussion of fundamental social, economic, and political changes affecting business and the work of managing; implications of these changes for individual manager development and continued growth.