The Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Dynamics is to prepare students to enter the job market or advance in their current employment with the theoretical, practical, and professional knowledge needed for leading and operating in the modern workplace. Building upon each student's unique experiences and knowledge, the Organizational Dynamics Undergraduate Program provides students with the knowledge-base needed to understand and address complex organizational issues. Students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of the behavioral nature of organizations is enhanced by understanding both the “hard’ analytical sciences and the “soft” emotional processes necessary for understanding not-for-profit, governmental, and corporate environments. Programmatic focus is on current organizational challenges with regard to such issues as globalization, changing demographics, social responsibility, and ethics.
Program of Study
The Organizational Dynamics program offers a curriculum designed to provide students with the most current knowledge of leadership, motivation, interpersonal relations, team facilitation, conflict resolution, and related skills that impact the dynamics of the organizational structure as it relates to performance and productivity. This is not a “one size fits all” program, but one that provides variety in the course selection, encouraging each student to build a personal program for the future with the assistance of an Academic Advisor.
The core of the program consists of 36 credits of courses that include a balance of theory, practice, and research in the field. Other courses in the major can be taken as electives. Courses are taught in online, hybrid, and face-to-face formats.
Students will be given the opportunity to interact with professionals in the field and with each other to understand the critical relationship between people and organizations, to apply vital social and psychological behavioral skills, to work toward solving organizational problems, and to develop the leadership skills necessary to accomplish their goals within prevailing professional and ethical standards.
Graduates of the Organizational Dynamics degree program are expected to meet the following competencies through the attainment of the specific course objectives:
CAP (Community and Academic Partnerships)/Co-op Program
CAP/Co-op Program Options (6 credits)
The Co-op option allows students to complete core Organizational Dynamics courses in a supervised educational work setting related to the student’s major field of study. Each Co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two Co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the Organizational Dynamics Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a Co-op assignment. For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website: www.wilmu.edu/coop/
In addition to the University admission requirements, the applicant’s transcript will be evaluated to ensure the background and experiences are present for successful completion of the program.
All students must complete 30 credit hours to include SOC 101, PSY 101, ENG 121 and ENG 122 prior to taking Organizational Dynamics courses. Students entering this program will have demonstrated a level of academic maturity and experience in organizational settings that should prepare them to take the upper level courses in this program.
Minimum Grade Policy
The Organizational Dynamics program has set a minimum passing grade of “C-” for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any required course must retake that course.
CTA 206 Computer Applications
CTA 210 Computer Science
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 131 Public Speaking
ENG 310 Research Writing
HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
Social Science Elective
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
SCI Natural Science Elective- SCI 308 excluded
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
The applicant’s transcript must reflect successful completion of these credits prior to entering the accelerated core of the program.
MAT 308 Inferential Statistics
ORG 301 Survey of Organizational Dynamics
ORG 302 Psychology of Leadership
ORG 311 Organizational Behavior, Change, and Development
ORG 402 Applied Organizational Research
ORG 408 Culture of the Workplace
ORG 433 Theoretical View of Organizational Systems
ORG 444 Organizational Justice, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
PSY 301 Social Psychology
SOC 318 Social Change
PSY 302 Organizational and Industrial Psychology
PSY 340 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 315 Group Dynamics
SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences
Core electives can be taken from any course with the prefix of ORG, PSY, SOC, or CRJ. Organizational Dynamics students are encouraged to take an internship (ORG 490-494) as part of their core electives.
Free electives can be taken from any of the courses offered in the University catalog. Students with less than 16 transfer credits are required to take FYE 101 as one of their electives.
FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar
Natural Science Elective
Upper Level Behavioral Science Elective