This multidisciplinary minor comprises six courses: an introductory course, two additional courses focused on core organizational content, and three electives that address important themes in analyzing organizations.
Students must take:
ORGS 201: Introduction to Organizational Studies. This entry-level course in the minor provides a background into the subject matter of organizational studies. Students will learn basic organizational types, read multidisciplinary scholarship on organizations, and use case studies to appraise concepts and theories in action. The overall goal is for students to learn core ideas about organizations to help prepare them for further study of different types of organizations.
The introductory course is one of three core courses that address organizational structures, participants, and processes as central content.
Students must take two courses from the core cluster below, which will be taught regularly.
These courses share a common feature of focusing on an organization in action. The relevant feature may be in how organizations communicate, organizational design, or different organizational types and services and/or on the impacts that organizations have with consumerism, social problems, and inequality.
Over time, we hope to include courses from additional departments into the minor.
Multidisciplinary emphasis: Organizational Studies is a multidisciplinary minor that examines organizations from the vantage points of different disciplines. To that end, no more than two courses from the same department can count toward fulfilling this minor requirement. If a student has declared a major in a department offering courses that also count towards this minor, no more than two of those courses can count for both this minor and toward completing that major program. This minor is designed to ensure that students take courses across different contributing departments.
Elective policy: Students may propose one elective not listed here as best fits their interests. This elective must be approved on a case-by-case basis and in advance by the program chair.