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OS Program and Requirements

Before joining the OS Program, students must complete prerequisites that prepare them for the program in several vital disciplines (Economics, Psychology, and Sociology - see "Prospective Students" section for details).

Following the prerequisites, the OS major requires a minimum of 34 credits distributed across several broad areas:

  • Core Requirements provide the foundational knowledge for the major.  Both core courses, OS 305 Inside Organizations and OS 310 Formal Organizations and Environments, must be taken in the student's first Fall term in the program.

  • Cluster Requirements (A, B, and C) are designed to provide disciplinary variety in the study of organizations, drawing on courses in a number of fields, and ranging across multiple levels of organizational analysis.

  • Quantitative Skills and Senior Research Capstone requirements give students the tools necessary to engage in various types of research in organizations, and provide the opportunity for real-world experience in organizational research.  The Senior Research Capstone requirement (OS 410) must be taken in the student's second Fall semester in the program.  An approved OS Honors Project may also be used to fulfill the Senior Research Capstone requirement (required OS 497 in fall term and OS 498 in winter term).

Study Abroad is possible and encouraged for OS majors in the winter, spring, or summer terms.  See the Current Student/FAQs section and the OS Student Portal Study Abroad section for more details.

Transfer credit is accepted to fulfill certain OS requirements (with limits).  Please make an appointment to speak with an OS advisor to discuss transfer credits issues if applicable.

Details and course lists for each requirement area are below, and an OS Curriculum Worksheet is also available for your reference.