Organizational Supervision, BS

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Supervision (242010BS)

More on the Organizational Supervision major

Program Contact

Dr. Andrea Meluch
Assistant Professor

Program Information

The baccalaureate program in organizational supervision is designed specifically for students with an earned associate degree from an accredited institution or junior standing (60+ credits) at The University of Akron. The program prepares students to gain communication and leadership skills necessary for professional and career advancement. 

Requirements for Admission

The baccalaureate program in organizational supervision is an articulated degree (or degree completer) that is designed specifically for students with an earned Associates Degree from an accredited institution or junior standing (60+ credits). 

Career Information

The program prepares students for positions at the supervisory level of large organizations, as small business owners/managers, or as team leaders for organizations. Graduates of the BOS degree might be able to get jobs as management analysts, human resources managers, sales managers, community service managers, and consultants in various areas of the business world, including human resources, training and sales, or to find work in the nonprofit sector or in government.

For additional information, please visit the Career Center at the Student Union, room 211 or visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at

The following information has official approval of The School of Communication and The Buchtel College of Arts & Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor.

Three year accelerated option: for first time students who have earned credits for at least the first year of courses. Credits can be earned through qualifying scores on appropriate Advanced Placement (AP) exams or through College Credit Plus Program (CCP) courses. Credits for qualifying AP scores or CCP courses are determined by the appropriate academic department. Departments may assign varied course credit, depending on the student’s score on an AP exam or grade in a CCP course. Students may also receive credit by examination or via placement tests, where appropriate.



General Education Requirements36
Bachelor of Organizational Supervision Core18
Bachelor of Organizational Supervision Electives15
Additional Required Courses6-7
Additional Credits for Graduation *45-44
Total Hours120

Baccalaureate degree require a total of 120 credits. The remainder of credits must come from a previously earned Associate degree or additional electives. Please meet with an academic advisor for more information. 

Recommended General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Students are not required to enroll in the specific courses listed below. However, to facilitate successful degree completion, the academic department strongly encourages completion of the following recommendations.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Statistics for Everyday Life
Basic Statistics
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Introduction to Economics
Domestic Diversity
Intercultural Communication
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

College of Arts & Sciences Requirements

Students must also complete a minimum of 34 credits (excluding workshops) consisting of either:
Upper-level (300/400) courses both in and outside of the student’s major;
or other courses outside the major department approved by the student’s major department chair (permission should be obtained prior to enrollment); these may not include workshops

Bachelor of Organizational Supervision Core

COMM:330Principles of Organizational Supervision3
COMM:331Information Design3
COMM:334Leadership Principles & Practices3
or COMM:459 Leadership and Communication
COMM:325Intercultural Communication3
COMM:324Interpersonal Communication3
COMM:435Organizational Communication3
Total Hours18

Bachelor of Organizational Supervision Electives1 

15 credits from the list below (or any upper-level COMM course that is not in the BOS Core Courses):15
COMM:333Ethics and Law in Business
COMM:335Corporate Social Responsibility and Leadership
COMM:430Leading Project Teams
COMM:431Operational Assessments and Improvements
COMM:432Human Resources Development
or HRM:341 Human Resource Management
COMM:344Small Group Communication
COMM:345Advanced Presentational Communication
COMM:355Freedom of Speech
COMM:360Theories of Rhetoric
COMM:436Analyzing Organizational Communication
COMM:437Training Methods in Communication
COMM:444Communication & Conflict
COMM:480Communication Internship
COMM:499Capstone in Communication
PSYC:380Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Total Hours15

Students will select five courses from the electives list to fulfill the 15-credit hour elective requirement.

Additional Required Courses2

STAT:250Statistics for Everyday Life3-4
or STAT:260 Basic Statistics
ECON:100Introduction to Economics (or any other ECON course)3
Total Hours6-7

The statistics and economics courses fulfill Math and Social Sciences General Education requirements in addition to being required for the Bachelor of Organizational Supervision major. 

Recommended Sequence 

Plan of Study Grid
3rd Year
Fall SemesterHours
Statistics for Everyday Life
or Basic Statistics
COMM:330 Principles of Organizational Supervision 3
COMM:331 Information Design 3
COMM:334 Leadership Principles & Practices 3
PSYC:100 Introduction to Psychology 1,2 3
Spring Semester
ECON:100 Introduction to Economics 1,2 3
COMM:324 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM:435 Organizational Communication 3
BOS Elective 3
BOS Elective 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
Intercultural Communication 1
or Small Group Communication
BOS Elective 3
BOS Elective 3
BOS Elective 3
Gen Ed requirement (if necessary) 1 3
Spring Semester
Complex Issues Requirement 1 3
General Education Requirement (if necessary) 1 3
General Education Requirement (if necessary) 1 3
General Education Requirement (if necessary) 1 3
General Education Requirement (if necessary) 1 3
 Total Hours60-61
All students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Akron must complete the General Education requirements. Students transferring to the Bachelors of Organizational Supervision who have not completed these requirements prior to acceptance into the program should meet with an academic advisor to review remaining courses.

All students will be required to take ECON:100 Introduction to Economics, or any other ECON course that satisfies the General Education - Social Science requirement, and PSYC:100 Introduction to Psychology for their General Education - Social Science requirements. 

Program Notes:

  • All students will be required to complete a minimum of 34 credit hours of 300/400 level courses.
  • Students will be required to complete all necessary prerequisites and to meet the general education requirements for all baccalaureate students at The University of Akron. There are no exceptions to prerequisites for the BOS courses.
  • If a student has not completed Statistics as part of an Associate degree or General Education requirements, student must take this course even if they have met the math requirement for the General Education requirements.
  • Students in Junior standing (at least 60 credits) who have not earned an Associates degree will be required to complete an undergraduate certificate or minor towards completion in their BOS degree.
  • A 2.0 GPA is required to graduate from the program.