Organizational Studies

The Organizational Studies concentration is an interdisciplinary study of organizations. It is based in the social sciences, drawing most heavily from the discipline of Sociology.

Career Opportunities

This interdisciplinary major provides a wide range of perspectives, strategies, and problem-solving skills for contemporary administrators, non-profit managers, human resources personnel, and public safety leaders.

Degree Requirements

The major consists of seven core courses, five electives related to an Organizational Studies focus area, a Senior Seminar and a Senior capstone Project. The core courses focus on a theoretical understanding of organizations in several dimensions. The electives allow the student to pursue more specialized study in areas of Non-Profit management, Public Leadership, and Corporate Management. Some of the courses in the Organizational Studies Major may need to be taken by directed/independent study. The Senior Project is tailored to the student's area of emphasis to give students the opportunity to review and synthesize their knowledge of the major and to apply it to their area of interest.

Lower Level Courses

  • SO 101S Introduction to Sociology or PS 101S Introduction to Psychology
  • BE 160M Statistical Methods
  • MN 251S Work and Occupations
  • MN 252 Evaluation Research Methods

Upper Level Courses

  • MN 371 Organizational Behavior
  • MN 345 Complex Organizations
  • MN 351E Technology, Society, & the Environment
  • MN 401 Senior Seminar: Corporate Social Responsibility
  • OS 499 Senior Project

Focus Area

Students may elect to focus in the following areas:

Entrepreneurship: NEW

This focus area is designed for students interested in acquiring key entrepreneurial skills and knowledge that will improve their chances for success in business ventures. It also gives students the tools for incorporating strategies for social impact into their business and career. The focus area allows students to select from Social Entrepreneurship, Students in Free Enterprise, Venture Creation, Sustainable Management, and others.

Healthcare Management : NEW

This focus area is designed for students interested in pursuing entry-level management positions in the healthcare industry with an emphasis on principles and best practices in health care, healthcare budgeting, and foundations of health care management. The Organizational Studies major with a healthcare management focus provides a foundation in the interdisciplinary study of complex organizational systems.

Corporate Management (choose five courses)

  • MN 272S Management Information Systems
  • MN 369S Principles of Marketing
  • MN 271S Principles of Accounting I
  • MN 377 Introduction to Business Finance or IB 378 Investment Finance
  • MN 300S Organizational Consultation
  • MN 302S Managing Cultural Diversity
  • MN 472 Organizational Dynamics

Non-Profit Managment

  • MN 406S Non-profit Management
  • MN 302S Managing Cultural Diversity
  • MN 472 Organizational Dynamics
  • 2 courses related to non-profit organizations

Public Leadership

  • MN 302S Managing Cultural Diversity
  • MN 472 Organizational Dynamics
  • 3 courses related to Public Administration
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