B.A. in Organizational Studies
The Organizational Studies major is an interdisciplinary major designed to help students develop skills for careers in a variety of organizations including small businesses, multinational corporations, non-profit organizations, and local, state, and national government agencies. Organizational Studies courses are designed to give students skills for real-world problem solving. Students have the opportunity to take courses across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, communications studies, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Organizational studies is ideally suited for students who want careers in business, government, or the non-profit sector, where knowing how organizations work is a key to success. NOTE: The requirements below apply to students who declared the major in Fall 2019 or after. Other students should see an anthropology advisor for help.
Core Requirements (11 units)
All Organizational Studies majors must take ORGS 101 People & Organizations; ORGS 102 People, Inquiry & Analysis; 100W Writing Workshop (from any department); and ANTH 133 Organizational Cultures.
Methods (3-4 units)
Choose one of the following courses: ANTH 149 Ethnographic Methods; COMM 150I Inquiry in Organizational Communication; POLS 100M Political Inquiry
Organizations & Identity (6-8 units)
Choose two of the following courses: ANTH 130 Kith, Kin, and Communities; COMM 144F Organizational Communication; ECON 101 Microeconomic Analysis; ECON 158 Economics of Entrepreneurship; PSYC 170 Industrial and Organizational Psychology; SOCI 173 Socialization and Identity
Organizations & Society (6-8 units)
Choose two of the following courses: ANTH 133 Organizational Cultures; COMM 164F Communication and Global Organizations; ECON 102 Macroeconomic Analysis; HIST 182 Business, Industry & Technology in America; PSYC 154 Social Psychology; SOCI 146 Work, Power & Leisure; SOCI 163 Social Change
Organizational Processes (6-8 units)
Choose two of the following courses: ANTH 105 Applied Anthropology; COMM 114P Business and Professional Speaking; COMM 124P Communication Training and Development; ECON 121 Industrial Organization; POLS/URBP 103 Local Government & Politics; PSYC 175 Management Psychology; SOCI 169 Political Sociology
Capstone (4 units)
ORGS 103 Organizational Studies Capstone
Total Units: 33-39 units
Please note that a 3-unit maximum of individual studies may be used to meet the degree
requirements. In addition to the above major requirements, students graduating with
the B.A. in Organizational Studies must complete a minor degree of 12-18 units approved
by an advisor.
NOTE: No Area R, S, or V courses will count towards the Organizational Studies degree.