Leadership and Organizational Development Concentration

Offers relevant preparation for current and future leadership roles on campus, in the community, and in a wide variety of career fields such as business, events management, health services, leadership, and nonprofit organizations.

Catalog Year: 2020-2021

The Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.  Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

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Integrative studies students complete INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies and choose a concentration from the options below. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Required Course

INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies 3

Concentration in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Students choose from an established multidisciplinary concentration below or create with faculty an individualized program of study to fit their interests and needs. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Concentration in Leadership and Organizational Development (LODV)

Required Courses

Understanding the interdisciplinary nature of leadership and its application to personal, organizational and societal development

INTS 204 Leadership Theory and Practice 4
INTS 435 Leadership in a Changing Environment 4
Total Credits 8
Additional Course

Developing a heightened sense of self, including: inner knowledge, core values, intersecting identities, well-being, and impact on others

Select one course from the following: 3-4
Women and Leadership  
Mindfullness, Meaning Well-Being  
Science of Well Being  
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Course

Understanding ethical approaches to leadership and change, and applying ethics in personal and organizational processes

Select one course from the following: 3-4
Ethics and Leadership  
Business Ethics  
Ethics and Economics  
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Course

Understanding team and organizational learning

Select one course from the following: 3-4
Work Effectiveness Skills  
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)  
MBUS 301
Managing People and Organizations in a Global Economy  
Social Psychology (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Course

Demonstrating competence in personal and professional communication

Select one course from the following: 3-4
Public Speaking and Critical Thinking Skills (Mason Core)  
Small Group Communication  
Issues in Intercultural Communication  
Nonverbal Communication  
MBUS 302
Managing Information in a Global Economy  
MIS 303
Introduction to Business Information Systems  
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Courses
Select four courses from the following that have not already been taken to fulfill a core concentration requirement. 12-18
ACCT 203
Survey of Accounting  
ACCT 303
Accounting for Decision Making  
BULE 303
Legal Environment of Business  
BUS 210
Business Analytics I  
BUS 303
Develop Professional Skills II: Advanced Elements  
BUS 310
Business Analytics II  
FNAN 303
Financial Management  
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)  
Conflict Resolution and Transformation  
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)  
Foundations of Resilience and Well-Being  
Leadership and Organizational Problem-Solving  
Global Leadership (Mason Core)  
Work Effectiveness Skills  
Principles of Fund Raising  
MIS 303
Introduction to Business Information Systems  
MKTG 303
Principles of Marketing  
OM 303
Operations Management  
Social Psychology (Mason Core)  
The Future of Work  
Other relevant courses with approval of advisor
Total Credits 12-18

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.