Degree Requirements

Information presented from the 2021 - 2022 Academic Catalog.

Program Guidelines 

The Organizational Studies program is multidisciplinary in intent and grounded in the liberal arts. Developing a theoretical base for organizational participation and leadership requires moving beyond a single area of specialization. Through a multidisciplinary approach, students will begin to develop:

  1. an understanding of the human condition as it is experienced in organizational life;
  2. an understanding of the complex nature of systems and institutions, and;
  3. the capacity for analysis that moves beyond simplistic solutions to explore the interplay of values, responsibility, and the achievement of social goals.

The goals of this theoretical base are to be supplemented by, and integrally related to, both a significant internship experience in an appropriate organization and the mastering of specific skills not available in the regular curriculum.

Organizational Studies Certificate

General Requirements for the Certificate

In order to fulfill the requirements for certification in Organizational Studies, a student must accomplish the following:

  • complete three core courses: one from the two major content areas and a third from either content area (some courses are listed below)
  • complete PSYC 230 - Organizational Psychology, which is offered each spring semester
  • participate successfully in a month-long summer session
  • complete an appropriate internship following the summer session
  • write an integrative paper upon completion of the internship

In order to further integration and thoughtful choices, the program director shall advise and have final authority over each student's particular program selections. Course selections are to be made from the approved list. Exceptions are by petition only. Petitions must include a complete course syllabus and a detailed rationale for the exception.

Core Courses

The three courses — one from Area A, one from Area B, and an additional one from either area — must be taken from at least two different departments. A Directed Study or Senior Research Project may replace one of the courses.

  1. The Individual Within the Organization. Courses that meet this requirement are designed to focus on the role and development of the individual in organizational settings. Students will examine some combination of the following issues:
    1. how individuals acquire, develop, and use knowledge in organizational settings;
    2. how individuals communicate in the process of social interaction;
    3. how individuals gain an overview of the nature and foundations of sociocultural behavior. Examples of courses that satisfy this requirement:
      ANSO 210Sex and Gender in Society
      or WGST 210 Sex and Gender in Society
      ANSO 212Race and Ethnicity
      or BLST 212 Race and Ethnicity
      COMM 101Public Address
      COMM 221Theories of Group Communication
      COMM 224Theories of Interpersonal Communication
      COMM 244Theories of Intercultural Communication
      PSYC 220Social Psychology
      PSYC 240Theories of Personality
      PSYC 330Cognitive Psychology
      THTR 230Elements of Scenic and Lighting Design
  2. Organizational Processes and Social Organizing. Courses that meet this requirement are designed to focus on interdependent relationships within organizations. Students will develop an understanding of organizational life that reflects either the broad nature of social organizing or a specific aspect of organizational life. Examples of courses that satisfy this requirement:
    ANSO 339Culture, Identity and Politics in Caribbean Society
    or BLST 339 Culture, Identity and Politics in Caribbean Society
    ANSO 340Social Movements
    or BLST 340 Social Movements
    BLST 265Black Women and Organizational Leadership
    or WGST 265 Black Women and Organizational Leadership
    COMM 306Organizational Culture
    COMM 415Conflict and Communication
    ECON 422Industrial Organization and Antitrust Economics
    ECON 423International Trade
    ECON 425Race and Ethnicity and the U.S. Economy
    ECON 464Labor Economics
    EDUC 213The U.S. Education System
    ENVS 240Environmental Politics and Decision Making
    ENVS 284Environmental Planning and Design
    ENVS 301Environmental Practicum
    HESS 401Organization and Administration of Athletics and Physical Education
    PPA 101Selected Topics in American Politics
    PPA 307The Politics of Congress
    PPA 319Topics in the Study of American Politics
    REL 217Sects and Cults
  3. Electives or Alternative Options. Courses and projects that meet this requirement are designed to focus on an aspect of organizational studies that is particularly appropriate to the student's vocational aspirations, the integrity of the program, and/or the major. Students have the following options:
    1. An integrative directed study (or)
    2. A senior research/honors project in the major that integrates the program into a new research project (or)
    3. An elective course approved by the director.

Additional Points of Interest

Summer Session

The premise guiding this four-week session is that organizations need persons capable of examining problems with a critical and imaginative eye and of responding in an ever-changing environment with policies, actions, and decisions derived from a broad knowledge base. A major strength of Denison's liberal arts program is that it fosters the development of this broad knowledge base, as well as critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. The summer seminar focuses on the application of those skills in organizations. Working primarily with Denison alumni/ae, students are introduced to the language and fundamental principles of organizational management, decision-making, marketing, finance, and accounting. Equipped with this information, students serve as consultants for local nonprofit and commercial enterprises, taking on the tasks of researching and analyzing problems, formulating solutions, and presenting findings to clients. In addition, students travel to cities such as New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington to learn first-hand the nature of operations in advertising agencies, investment banks, manufacturing plants, and other organizations.

Internship and Integrative Paper

The internship should take place during the months following the summer session. The internship will become the venue where coursework and the summer seminar are brought into play. The completion of the internship shall result in a major, integrative paper.


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