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Organizational Development


Prerequisite/Corequisite Key

P = Course must be taken previously C = Course must be taken concurrently E = Course can be taken previously or concurrently
(RQ) = Required (RM) = Recommended  

ORGS 301

Research and Analytical Thinking

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ENGL-120, COMM-101

This course introduces social science research and its process as an essential knowledge and skill both in academic work and in business. It covers the development of the research question, the importance of the literature, key methods and models used in research, data, and findings. It will provide students with tools for interpreting and analyzing research for understanding academic writing and for use in workplace problem-solving and learning, and decision-making

ORGS 302

Introduction to Organizational Development

3 credit hours

This course introduces the field of Organizational Development and the central role of organizations in the society. It covers organization structure and complexity and introduces theoretical perspectives. Topics include power, leadership, decision-making, and communication. It will also cover the influence of global connections and the impact of technology on organizational development.

ORGS 303

Organizational Cultures

3 credit hours

This course focuses on organizational culture as an important factor influencing organizational performance. It covers cultural typologies and how these can both shape the organization and how culture can be shaped by the organization. It looks at leadership and culture as associated dynamics that inform or establish organizational mission, assumptions, systems, structure and goals. This course also will address key debates about organizational culture by providing examples from contemporary organizations.

ORGS 320

Leading Change Leading Change

3 credit hours

This course covers leading and sustaining change in an organization. It looks at models that help to guide or explain change within the organization and with attention to its external environment. It will cover organizational culture change, managing and leading change, and participation in the change process and plan by key players as well as members throughout the organization. The course addresses the basic competencies, principles and skills needed to bring about change and to develop the organization at the individual, organizational, environmental and global levels.

ORGS 350

Senior Seminar/Capstone

3 credit hours

The purpose of this seminar is to allow students to integrate the various skills they have learned throughout their college studies. Students will be required to develop an independent research project focusing on critical thinking skills. A selected topic of inquiry will be the emphasis of the seminar. Students should plan to enroll in this course after senior status has been achieved.

ORGS 360

Interdisciplinary Seminar

3 credit hours

Pre-requisite: P (RQ) ENGL-120, COMM-101

Topics in this course vary from semester to semester.