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Organizational Dynamics, Bachelor of Science

Purpose

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.

Program Competencies

Graduates of the Organizational Dynamics degree program are expected to meet the following competencies through the attainment of the specific course objectives:

  1. Exercise effective critical thinking and decision making skills in an organizational environment.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of self in relationship to others, including effective interpersonal communication skills, ability to work in teams, and respect for diversity and multiculturalism in a pluralistic society.
  3. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in the organizational setting.
  4. Recognize the principles and behaviors associated with effective leadership, motivation, and performance skills in organizational systems.
  5. Apply the theoretical view of organizational systems to workplace settings and practice.
  6. Demonstrate skills in the use and application of technology and computer-based research in organizational workplace settings.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of organizational behavior, change, and development.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to actively engage in research and critically evaluate, synthesize, and analyze information that is necessary in the organizational decision making process.
  9. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical principles, codes, and standards within the organizational workplace environment.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to self-directedness, self-discipline, and lifelong learning through examination of workplace career paths.

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/


Curriculum

Prerequisite(s)

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.

General Education Requirements (39 credits)

CTA 206 Computer Applications

OR

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

Humanities Elective

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.

Core Courses (39 credits)

 

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

OR

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 (9 credits)

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 (33 credits)

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.

Total credits (120 credits)


Suggested Program Sequence

Freshman

1st Semester

CTA 206 Computer Applications

ENG 121 English Composition I

FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar

MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology

2nd Semester

ENG 122 English Composition II

PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

Free Elective

Social Science Elective

Sophomore

1st Semester

ORG 301 Survey of Organizational Dynamics

ENG 131 Public Speaking

Humanities Elective

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

Natural Science Elective

2nd Semester

ENG 310 Research Writing

Free Elective

Free Elective

PSY 302 Organizational and Industrial Psychology

SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences

Junior

1st Semester

HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues

ORG 302 Psychology of Leadership

PSY 301 Social Psychology

OR

SOC 318 Social Change

Core Elective

Free Elective

2nd Semester

ORG 311 Organizational Behavior, Change, and Development

Core Elective

Free Elective

Free Elective

PSY 340 Research Methods in Psychology

Senior

1st Semester

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

Free Elective

2nd Semester

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

Free Elective

Free Elective

Free Elective

Free Elective


Organizational Dynamics Completion Degree

What is a Completion Degree?

A Completion Degree is a personalized version of a Bachelor’s degree created exclusively for students who have completed an Associate’s degree at an accredited institution. A student who expects to transfer a completed Associate’s degree should communicate with a Wilmington University Academic Advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.

Curriculum

As a transfer student who holds an associate's degree from a partner institution, the following Organizational Dynamics courses are required.

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 302 Organizational and Industrial Psychology

PSY 315 Group Dynamics

SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences

PSY 340 Research Methods in Psychology

PSY 301 Social Psychology

OR

SOC 318 Social Change

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics

Upper Level Behavioral Science Elective

Upper Level Behavioral Science Elective

Upper Level Behavioral Science Elective