Major in Organizational Sciences

Majoring in Organizational Sciences prepares students for academic and professional lives in organizations by providing a deep understanding of the systemic dynamics and interactive effects of organizational, individual, and environmental behaviors, using an interdisciplinary approach. 

The major in Organizational Sciences aims to create in students an understanding of and capacity to apply theories, concepts, and tools to address questions and problems in Organizational Sciences, including a comprehensive understanding of organizational effectiveness. Students learn about the interdisciplinary nature of the field and are exposed to foundational concepts including statistics, research methods, ethics, and related social and behavioral science topics. The program prepares students to be able to analyze and solve problems by synthesizing information and demonstrating a systemic understanding of the relationship between the individual, organization, and environment. 
 

Students wishing to declare as an Organizational Sciences major must have completed ORSC 1109 prior to submitting a declaration form to the department

Requirements for the Major if declared AFTER MAY 31, 2015:​

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Required foundational courses in related areas:

(a) STAT 1053 or equivalent. Students are encouraged to take a second statistics or logic course to meet the general curriculum requirement in quantitative and/or logical reasoning.

(b) ECON 1011 or 1012 or equivalent

(c) 6 credit hours of upper level courses from one of the following departments (not including hours taken for foundation above): American Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. A list of approved courses fulfilling this requirement is available here.

3. Required courses in the major, core - ORSC 1109, ORSC 2046, ORSC 2544, COMM 3170

4. Required courses in the major, content - 15 hours of upper-level courses from ORSC 2116, ORSC 2123, ORSC 3141ORSC 2143, ORSC 3159, ORSC 3165, ORSC 3190, ORSC 4195, ORSC 2560. If a grade lower than C– is received for ORSC 1109, 2046, or 4161, the course must be repeated; credit for the repetition will not count toward degree requirements.

5. Required courses in the major, senior research - ORSC 4161 and ORSC 4197W. Students must take STAT 1053 and ORSC 4161 in advance of ORSC 4197W

ORSC 1109 is a pre-requisite for all ORSC courses as of Fall 2015.  Only students who have declared as ORSC majors prior to May 31, 2015 are exempt from this pre-requisite requirement. 

 

Requirements for the Major if declared PRIOR TO MAY 31, 2015:​

1. The general requirements stated under Coumbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Required foundational courses in related areas:

(a) STAT 1053 or equivalent. Students are encouraged to take a second statistics or logic course to meet the general curriculum requirement in quantitative and/or logical reasoning.

(b) ECON 1011 or 1012 or equivalent

(c) 6 credit hours of upper level courses from one of the following departments (not including hours taken for foundation above): American Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology. A list of approved courses fulfilling this requirement is available here.

3. Required courses in the major, core - ORSC 1109ORSC 2046PSYC 2544

4. Required courses in the major, content - 18 hours of upper-level courses from ORSC 2116ORSC 2123ORSC 3141ORSC 2143ORSC 3159ORSC 3165ORSC 3190ORSC 4195, COMM 3170PSYC 2560. If a grade lower than C– is received for ORSC 11092046, or 4161, the course must be repeated; credit for the repetition will not count toward degree requirements.

5. Required courses in the major, senior research - ORSC 4161 and ORSC 4197W. Students must take STAT 1053 and ORSC 4161 in advance of ORSC 4197W

ORSC 1109 is a pre-requisite for all ORSC courses as of Fall 2105.  Only students who have declared as ORSC majors prior to May 31, 2015 are exempt from this pre-requisite requirement.


Special Honors - To qualify for graduation with Special Honors the student must fulfill the general requirements stated under University Regulations, submit an application to the Organizational Sciences and Communication Department before the beginning of the student's senior year, petition and take a graduate-level seminar, and complete an independent study project (ORSC 4195) with a grade of A- or better. The grade-point average in organizational sciences major courses required for graduation with Special Honors is 3.5.