Answered by Jenna, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Thursday, December 7, 2017
In our department, we have both majors and then some others as well. It's just a different path to the same field!
The difference between the two majors typically tends to be the focus of the studies. While a Business Management or HR Management degree exposes a student to all of the various fields of business, along with the different processes (Staffing, Talent Development/Training, Business Law, Performance Management, Compensation and Benefits), an Organizational Leadership degree focuses on the people element more specifically throughout. It's simply a difference in focus of the degree.
Either degree can lend itself to the HR field, and it ultimately depends on how you pair your degree with experience. An Organizational Leadership degree doesn't immediately say you're interested in HR. It needs to be paired with involvement in a university's SHRM chapter, an internship or co-op in the field, or a listing of electives such as those listed above, which would set you apart from other OL majors.
In order to hold a management position in an organization, experience (in life and in the field) will be a main determiner, rather than the degree.
Thank you for asking!