Organizational Sciences Major

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. The capstone of the program is a two-course sequence where students design and implement an independent research project, culminating in an original research thesis based on that research.


 All of the following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Pre-requisite for all ORSC classes and declaration of major:

 

ORSC 1109

Introduction to Organizational Sciences *

 

*If a grade below C- is earned in ORSC 1109 Introduction to Organizational Sciences, the course must be repeated; credit for the repetition will not count toward the degree.

 

Required courses in the major:

 

ORSC 2046

Membership in Global Organizations

 

ORSC 2544

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

COMM 3170

Organizational Communication

 

ORSC 4161

Research Methods in Organizational Sciences

 

ORSC 4197W

Senior Research Seminar

 

Required courses in related areas:

 

STAT 1053

Introduction to Statistics in Social Science

 

ECON 1011 or ECON 1012

Principles of Economics I or
Principles of Economics II

 

Five courses (15 credits) from the following:

 

ORSC 2116

Leading Change

 

ORSC 2123

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

 

ORSC 2143

Leadership and Performance

 

ORSC 2560

Group Dynamics

 

ORSC 3141

Strategy in Organizations

 

ORSC 3159

Extreme Decisions

 

ORSC 3165

Organizational Network Analysis

 

ORSC 3190

Special Topics

 

ORSC 4195

Independent Study

 

Two courses (6 credits) both within the same department, from the following:

 

AMST 2010

Early American Cultural History

 

or HIST 2010

Early American Cultural History

AMST 2011

Modern American Cultural History

 

or HIST 2011

Modern American Cultural History

AMST 2020

Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics

 

or AMST 2020W

Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics

or HIST 2020

Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics

or HIST 2020W

Washington, DC: History, Culture, and Politics

AMST 2320

U.S. Media and Cultural History

 

or HIST 2320

U.S. Media and Cultural History

AMST 2490

Themes in U.S. Cultural History

 

or AMST 2490W

Themes in U.S. Cultural History

or HIST 2490

Themes in U.S. Cultural History

or HIST 2490W

Themes in U.S. Cultural History

AMST 2520

American Architecture I

 

or AH 2154

American Architecture I

AMST 2521

American Architecture II

 

or AH 2155

American Architecture II

AMST 2533

Material Culture in America

 

or ANTH 2533

Material Culture in America

AMST 3900

Critiquing Culture

 

AMST 3901

Examining America

 

ANTH 2008

Foundations of Anthropological Thought

 

or ANTH 2008W

Foundations of Anthropology

ANTH 3501

Anthropology of Development

 

ANTH 3502

Cultural Ecology

 

ANTH 3503

Psychological Anthropology

 

ANTH 3506

Politics, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

 

ANTH 3513

Anthropology of Human Rights

 

or ANTH 3513W

Anthropology of Human Rights

ANTH 3531

Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology

 

ANTH 3601

Language, Culture, and Cognition

 

or LING 3601

Language, Culture, and Cognition

ANTH 3802

Human Cultural Beginnings

 

or ANTH 3802W

Human Cultural Beginnings

COMM 2120

Small Group Communication

 

COMM 2140

Nonverbal Behavior

 

COMM 3171

Professional Communication

 

COMM 3173

Communication in a Mediated World

 

COMM 3174

Intercultural Communication

 

COMM 3176

Issues and Image Management

 

COMM 4150

Persuasion

 

ECON 2136

Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

 

ECON 2157

Urban and Regional Economics

 

ECON 2158

Industrial Organization

 

ECON 2159

Government Regulation of the Economy

 

ECON 2169

Introduction to the Economy of China

 

ECON 2170

Introduction to the Economy of Japan

 

ECON 2180

Survey of International Economics

 

ECON 3142

Labor Economics

 

ECON 3165

Economics of Human Resources

 

ECON 3191

Game Theory

 

GEOG 2127

Population Geography

 

GEOG 2133

People, Land, and Food

 

GEOG 2134

Energy Resources

 

or GEOG 2134W

Energy Resources

GEOG 2140

Cities and Societies

 

or GEOG 2140W

Urban Geography

GEOG 2141

Cities in the Developing World

 

GEOG 2148

Economic Geography

 

GEOG 3143

Urban Sustainability

 

or GEOG 3143W

Urban Sustainability

HIST 2321

U.S. History, 1890-1945

 

HIST 2340

U.S. Diplomatic History

 

or HIST 2340W

U.S. Diplomatic History

HIST 2440

The American City

 

or AMST 2440

The American City

HIST 3033

War and the Military in American Society from the Revolution to the Gulf War

 

or AMST 3324

U.S. Urban History

HIST 3324

U.S. Urban History

 

or AMST 3324

U.S. Urban History

HIST 3351

U.S. Social History

 

or AMST 3351

U.S. Social History

HIST 3366

Immigration, Ethnicity, and the American Experience

 

or HIST 3366W

Immigration, Ethnicity, and the American Experience

HIST 3611

History of Modern China

 

HIST 3621

History of Modern Japan

 

PSC 2216

The American Presidency

 

PSC 2217

Executive Branch Politics

 

or PPPA 2117

Executive Branch Politics

PSC 2218

Legislative Politics

 

or PSC 2218W

Legislative Politics

PSC 2219

Political Parties and Interest Groups

 

PSC 2224

Issues in Domestic Public Policy

 

PSC 2228

Media, Politics, and Government

 

PSC 2229

Media and Politics

 

PSC 2334

Global Perspectives on Democracy

 

PSC 2337

Development Politics

 

PSC 2439

International Political Economy

 

PSC 2442

International Organizations

 

PSC 2449

International Security Politics

 

PSYC 2012

Social Psychology

 

PSYC 2014

Cognitive Psychology

 

PSYC 3125

Cross-Cultural Psychology

 

PSYC 3153

Social Psychology of Learning and Motivation

 

SOC 2104

Contemporary Sociological Theory

 

or SOC 2104W

Contemporary Sociological Theory

SOC 2105

Social Problems in American Society

 

or SOC 2105W

SocialProblems in Amer Society

SOC 2161

Sociology of Complex Organizations

 

SOC 2163

Sociology of Education

 

SOC 2168

Economic Sociology

 

SOC 2173

Social Movements

 

SOC 2175

Sociology of Sex and Gender

 

or SOC 2175W

Sociology of Sex and Gender

 


Dr. Nils Olsen
Organizational Sciences Program Director
The George Washington University
600 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
[email protected]

 

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