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Effective Date: 8/1/2015 - 8/1/2016

Completion of the following curriculum will satisfy the requirements for an Associate in Arts degree at KCTCS and related baccalaureate AA TO BA IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP degree at Northern Kentucky University. This pathway meets the general education, pre-major, and program requirements.

The suggested courses in this pathway leads to an Associate and Baccalaureate major. The course recommendations for the first two years are required for the Baccalaureate degree, but also apply to the associate degree. The completion of these courses will enable a student to move efficiently into the last two years of the baccalaureate program.

It is important to discuss revisions to the plan, graduation requirements, entrance requirements, and other important program requirements with your advisor. Students who complete the associate degree in this pathway are guaranteed acceptance into the pathway as stated, unless otherwise noted on the pathway.

Sample 1st & 2nd Year Progression

Semester 1Credit Hours
CIT 105 (3) 3
ENG 101 (3) 3
COM 181 (3) 3
MAT 150 (3) 3
WGS 200 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 2Credit Hours
Elective 3
ENG 102 (3) 3
Heritage Course 3
PSY 110 (3) 3
STA 220 (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15

Semester 3Credit Hours
Elective 3
Elective 3
SOC 101 (3) 3
SB Course 3
GE/FL Course 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 4Credit Hours
Humanities Course 3
NS Course 3
NS Lab Course 1
AH/SB/FL Course 3
GE/FL Course 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours16

Pre-Transfer Notes

If CIT is not needed, then select an additional course to satisfy graduation requirements

To satisfy degree requirements for a BA, student must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, 45 of which are at the 300 level or above. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, a minimum major GPA of 2.0 with a C or above in Organizational Leadership major courses and a minimum of 30 credit hours earned through NKU.

Student is responsible for ensuring that 45 hours of 300 level or above coursework is included in their higher education total hours and should appropriately include these in NKU elective and/or minor/area of focus selections below.

Additional KCTCS Graduation Requirements

1. Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours,
2. Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA,
3. Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at the institution awarding the degree,
4. Cultural studies course, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
5. Demonstration of computer/digital literacy, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
6. One science course must include a laboratory experience, and
7. Two disciplines must be represented in Social & Behavioral Science courses and must be different than those in the Heritage and Humanities categories.

Sample 3rd & 4th Year Progression

Semester 5Credit Hours
LDR 300 (3) 3
LDR 308 (3) 3
LDR 381 (3) 3
Course in Minor or Area of Focus (3) 3
Course in Minor or Area of Focus (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 6Credit Hours
LDR 310 (3) 3
PSY 340 (3) 3
PSY 344 (3) 3
Course in Minor or Area of Focus (3) 3
ELECTIVE 300+ from Minor (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15

Semester 7Credit Hours
LDR 382 (3) 3
LDR 385 (3) 3
Course in Minor or Area of Focus (3) 3
ELECTIVE 300+ from Minor (3) 3
ELECTIVE 300+ from Minor (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 8Credit Hours
LDR 394 (3) 3
LDR 460 (3) 3
LDR 480 (3) 3
Course in Minor or Area of Focus (3) 3
ELECTIVE 300+ from Minor (3) 3
Total Credit Hours15

Program Notes

Selective Admission Criteria:

To declare a major in Organizational Leadership at NKU, a student must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA in all prior college work. If a student supplies in-progress work or has a less than a 2.5 GPA but otherwise meets NKU admission requirements, the student can be admitted to the pre-major program for Organizational Leadership. Although such students will be unable to declare the major during their first semester at NKU, they can declare after successfully completing 12 semester hours with a 2.5 GPA.

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