Course Descriptions

There are three core courses that all organizational studies major students must complete:

           ORGS 101 People & Organizations (4 units). Study of complex organizations in which people live their lives. Topics include organizational forms and functions; internal social and cultural dynamics; growth and change in material, social and symbolic environments; and ethical issues of organizational life. Prerequisites: Completion of core GE and upper division standing.

          ORGS 102 Organizations, Inquiry & Analysis (4 units). Development of skills to analyze and design organizations. Topics include analysis of environments and resources; use of technology; communication and decision-making; workflow and division of labor; and symbols. Research skills for understanding organizational values, patterns, processes and environments. Prerequisites: Completion of core GE and upper division standing.

          ORGS 103 Organizational Studies Capstone (4 units). Capstone course required of all ORGS majors. Team projects working with community or institutional partners to address issues through organizational design or change. Prerequisites: ORGS 101 and ORGS 102

 

The Depth Requirements (18-22) are organized as follows. All are existing courses in the SJSU Catalog, although we anticipate that departments will develop new courses.

 

1. Organizations and Identity (6-7 units)

These courses address issues of how human behavior is organized and how humans behave within organizations. Courses may address the relationships between individuals and larger organizational structures (e.g. families, companies) and the effects of organizational structure and process on individual and collective identities.

ANTH 130 Kith, Kin, and Community (3 units). Prerequisites: upper division standing

COMM 144F Organizational Communication (4 units). Prerequisites: upper division standing or instructor consent

ECON 101 Microeconomic Analysis (3 units). Prerequisites: ECON 1B

ECON 158 The Political Economy of Privatization (3 units). Prerequisites: ECON 1A and 1B or instructor consent

PSYC 170 Industrial and Organizational Psychology (3 units). Prerequisites: PSYC 1

SOCI 173 Socialization and Identity (3 units). Prerequisites: SOCI 1

          

2. Organizations and Society (6-7 units)

These courses focus on the diversity of ways humans organize themselves and how those organizations develop and adapt. The relationships between historical processes and organizational structures are addressed, as is the design of organizations.

ANTH 133 Organizational Cultures (3 units). Prerequisites: ANTH 11 or instructor consent

COMM 164F Communication and Global Organizations (4 units). Prerequisite or corequisite: upper division standing

ECON 102 Macroeconomic Analysis (3 units). Prerequisites: ECON 1A

HIST 182 Business, Industry, and Technology in America (3 units). Prerequisites: upper division standing or instructor consent

 PSYC 154 Social Psychology (3 units). Prerequisites: PSYC 1

SOCI 146 Work, Power, and Leisure (3 units). Prerequisite: SOCI 1 or equivalent

SOCI 163 Social Change (3 units). Prerequisite: SOCI 1 or equivalent

 

3. Organizational Processes (6-8 units)

These courses address the processes by which people create, maintain and transform organizations, as environments and goals change. These processes can range from team building and organizational problem solving to the use of technology. 

ANTH 105 Applied Anthropology (3 units). Prerequisites: ANTH 11 or instructor consent

COMM 114P Business and Professional Speaking (4 units). rerequisites: completion of A1 core GE or instructor consent

COMM 124P Training and Development (4 units). Prerequisites: Completion of A1 core GE or instructor  consent

ECON 121 Industrial Organization (3 units). Prerequisites: ECON 1B

POLSCI/URBP 103 Local Government and Politics (3 units). Prerequisites: upper division standing or instructor consent

PSYC 175 Management Psychology (3 units). Prerequisites: PSYC 1

SOCI 169 Political Sociology (3 units). Prerequisite: SOCI 1 or equivalent