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B.A. Organizational Behavior

Fast Facts: Organizational Behavior Major and Minor

  • Interdisciplinary program explores how individual, group and systems factors influence workplace behavior
  • Helps individuals develop their leadership capabilities through the study of psychology, sociology, group dynamics, ethics and planned change
  • Teaches the principles of effective communication, problem-solving and decision-making, as well as team-related skills
  • Serves as a helpful second major for students whose first major may be in business, psychology, communication or the health sciences

Program Requirements

Major: 52 credits
Minor: 20 credits

Research or Internship possibilities

Internship opportunities are found in a variety of areas including human resource offices, organization development units, consulting organizations and within the field of public administration.

Opportunities to work with faculty on research projects may also be available.

Careers

This degree is well-suited to current supervisors and managers who are hoping to advance their careers. It also can prepare students for graduate study in human resource management or disciplines related to organizational management. Jobs can be found in a wide range or organizational settings.

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse ENG 3364 - MGT Communications: Written

Emphasis on the writing process as appropriate to the management situation. Students complete a series of writing assignments including letters, memos, proposals, problem-solving reports, informational reports and group writing projects. The emphasis is on audience adaptation, clarity of purpose, adequacy of support and correct format. Students will be introduced to writing for the electronic media. Students must be juniors and have some professional experience before enrolling. Prerequisite ENG 1110 or competency.

Expand and Collapse MGT 3550 - Organizational Behavior

Explores the behavior of people within organizations in terms of the factors that most influence it. These include factors related to individuals, groups and the larger organization system. The course relies heavily on experiential learning as a means of teaching students how to apply lessons in organizational settings. Prerequisites: junior status or permission of instructor.

Expand and Collapse MGT 3560 - Organization Development

Introduces students to the theories and practice of organization development and how organizations plan and facilitate the change process. Emphasis will be on understanding the drivers of change, stages of transition management, dealing with resistance to change, organizational culture, and change agent skills. Cases and work experience will be used to highlight challenges.

Expand and Collapse MGT 4261 - Team Development

Examines the role of teams in organizations. It covers the decision to use teams, characteristics of effective teams, team building, styles of interaction, project planning, conflict, and evaluation. Students form teams to work on tasks and use them as a laboratory for understanding and changing team processes.

Expand and Collapse MGT 4262 - Training and Development

Provides an introduction to the function of training and development in organizations. It provides a theoretical and practical foundation for students conducting training activities including needs assessment, learning styles, curriculum and program design, use of instructional media and techniques, and evaluation.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3216 - Personality

Origins, explanations, assessment and modification of personality as described by major theories of personality, with attention to ethical practices. This course includes a focus on applications to coping and adjustment of the healthy personality, as well as applications for helping individuals recover normal functioning. Emphasis is on the interaction of the individual's personality traits with specific situations as the individual attempts to adapt to the environment. Active learning components include theory-based problem-solving and responding to a variety of personality instruments. Prerequisite: one course in general or developmental psychology.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3327 - Social Psychology

Explores the history, content, methods, and applications of social psychology as a scientific discipline. Topics include social psychological research methods, the importance of the person and the environment in predicting social behavior, errors in social judgments and decision making, attribution theories, obedience to authority, conformity, group processes, prejudice and discrimination, aggression, altruism, interpersonal attraction and sexuality, and conflict and peacemaking. The most current applications of social psychology to law, the health professions, the clinic, business, and politics are discussed, with special emphasis on connections to students' own lives. Prerequisite: one course in general or developmental psychology.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3328 - Behavior Management

Examines the use of scientifically established principles of learning to promote behavior change. The use of operant and classical conditioning methods and their applications for a variety of human conditions are covered. Special emphasis is on the application of behavioral methods for health improvement and for stress management. Topics include positive and negative reinforcement, punishment, escape and avoidance, reinforcement schedules, modeling, desensitization, progressive relaxation. Prerequisite: one course in general or developmental psychology.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3330 - Research Methods

Overview of research process designed for upper-division students interested in reading and/or conducting research. Topics include logic of scientific research, types of research, phases of a research study, designing experimental and correlational studies, sampling, quantitative and qualitative methods for collecting data, evaluation and writing of research reports, and ethical issues.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3550 - Organizational Behavior

Explores the behavior of people within organizations in terms of the factors that most influence it. Those include factors related to individuals, groups and the larger organizational system. The course relies heavily on experiential learning as a means of teaching students how to apply lessons in organizational settings. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor; also, for psychology majors, one course in general or developmental psychology.

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  • "Organizational Behavior was the perfect program for me. The classes were stimulating, applicable to multiple career fields and were taught by wonderful and engaging faculty. It made me an adept communicator who can utilize conflict resolution and team development principles, which has helped me in my career."

    — Sara Flagstad, 2012