Organizational Studies Major

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.

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 Areas

Students may elect to focus in the following areas:

Entrepreneurship

This focus area deals with questions of the human condition and how to creatively solve an unmet need. The entrepreneurship focus area looks at the entrepreneurial process (search, growth, integrating) and exposes students to challenges, problems, and issues faced by entrepreneurs who start new ventures. The courses in this focus area include topics such as: human-centered design thinking, the power to choose, recognizing opportunities, turning ideas into action, the pursuit of knowledge, building the brand, creating community, the power of persistence, venture creation, and innovation. Students will learn how to identify and evaluate opportunities, develop a new concept, assess and obtain the required resources, and manage the growth of new ventures.

Social Entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship draws upon business techniques and private sector approaches to create a new product or process which serves an existing market or an existing structure with the implicit or explicit goal of addressing social challenges. Social entrepreneurs cross social, governmental, and business boundaries looking for innovative solutions to social problems. In addition to innovative not-for-profit ventures, social entrepreneurship can include social purpose business ventures. The courses in this focus area include topics such as: human-centered design thinking, the power to choose, recognizing opportunities, turning ideas into action, the pursuit of knowledge, building the brand, creating community, the power of persistence, finding funding, and innovation.

 

Corporate Management

A focus for those who hold interdisciplinary nature of managerial and leadership structures and practices within the for-profit arena. Subjects include skills in conflict resolution, managing cultural diversity, and developing effective teams, as well as corporate social responsibility, and the integration of social issues strategy with business strategy. Students interested in Corporate Management will choose five courses from those listed below.

  • 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 Management

A focus on the current scope of philanthropy and volunteerism in the United States as well as globally. Specific topics include the impact of government policies on non-profit organizations, funding issues, managing and leading volunteers, ethical issues, needs assessment, and outcomes measurement. Students in Non-Profit Management will take the following courses:

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

Public Leadership

Geared towards to those who hold, or desire to hold, public office or a position of civil servant. Focus is on the analysis of public affairs and policies, and successful management and leadership styles and strategies. Related topics include crisis management, interpersonal and intergroup negation and conflict resolution. Students in public leadership will take the following courses:

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

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.