USCL to offer new degree program starting this fall

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By Jesef Williams

There’s a new degree option available at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

Starting this fall, USCL students will be able to work toward a bachelor’s of arts degree in organizational leadership, or BOL degree. Applications are now being accepted.

The BOL is for students who want a degree with a focus on workplace leadership. The degree prepares students for leadership roles in various settings, such as government, nonprofit groups and businesses.

Like the bachelor’s of arts in liberal studies (BLS), the BOL is offered through Palmetto Programs, which allows students at regional USC campuses to earn degrees that are primarily awarded at the main campus in Columbia.

Students are able to take many of the required courses through distance-learning technologies.

Dr. Ron Cox, USCL’s associate dean for academic and student affairs, said this is a fantastic opportunity for local students not attending USC in Columbia who still want to earn a bachelor’s degree from the university.

“The BLS has been extremely popular with students desiring a degree with a strong liberal arts basis,” Cox said. “The BOL is geared more toward the student who needs strong leadership, organizational and management skills for a future career in the corporate or nonprofit sector.”

Courses in the BOL curriculum include basic economics, introduction to leadership and management theory, statistics and computer applications. The major consists of 33 courses.

For details or to apply, stop by the USCL Office of Admissions or visit campus’ Web site, http://usclancaster.sc.edu.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152