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Courses in LSA Organizational Studies
Organizational Studies (ORGSTUDY)
ORGSTUDY 201. Leadership and Collaboration
(4). (SS). May not be repeated for credit. May not be counted toward a concentration in Organizational Studies.

This project-based class uses organizational sociology, psychology, economics, and political science to ask what good leadership is and how people can be effective leaders when they lack formal authority. Practical exercises, academic readings, and leader profiles ground this exploration of collaborative leadership, a process with deep roots in Michigan organizational research.

ORGSTUDY 202. Practicum in Leadership and Collaboration
Consent of department required. ORGSTUDY 201. (3). (EXPERIENTIAL). May not be repeated for credit. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

In this experiential learning class, student teams implement and evaluate projects developed in ORGSTUDY 201. Reading and discussion, combined with practical exercises and team-level coaching, help students identify, understand, and develop key leadership skills.

ORGSTUDY 203 / ENVIRON 203. Activism
(3). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is about the practice of democracy. It examines the notion that when ordinary citizens work together for a common purpose, they have the potential to bring about intentional changes in their social, political, and environmental reality. The goal is to help empower students as citizens so that they might effect change in the world over the course of their lives.

ORGSTUDY 204. Nonprofits
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is an introduction to the nonprofit sector. It focuses primarily on the history and structure of the nonprofit sector in the United States; contemporary debates concerning the function and impact of the nonprofit sector; and key differences between the U.S. nonprofit sector and those in other countries.

ORGSTUDY 208 / ENVIRON 208. Business and the Natural Environment
(3). (SS). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is an introduction to business and the natural environment. We will start with an overview of the triple bottom line framework, in which corporations take into account social and environmental performance in addition to financial performance. Then we will focus on contemporary business activities that address the natural environment. We will discuss the role of the natural environment on business management and strategy, operations, supply chain, product innovation, and marketing.

ORGSTUDY 215 / SOC 215. Organization and Society
One introductory course in Sociology. (4). May not be repeated for credit. May not be counted toward a concentration in Organizational Studies.

This class uses organizational sociology to examine how people?s actions create and are shaped by distinctive organizing principles, emergent social organization, and formal organizational structures. Organizing, organization, and organizations are examined in multiple social realms including business, sports, fashion, technology, and food.

ORGSTUDY 299. Undergraduate Internship
Consent of department required. Declared Organizational Studies concentrators. (1). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a maximum of 2 credits. May not be used to satisfy requirements for the organizational studies concentration. Internship credit may not be used to satisfy electives for the concentration. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

This course allows students to earn one credit for at least 8 weeks of a full-time internship, intended to enrich students' academic experience and help them explore careers related to their academic studies. After an internship, students must submit a letter from the employer verifying the required number of hours. Internship credit may not be used to satisfy electives for the concentration.

ORGSTUDY 305. Inside Organizations
Introductory Psychology (PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115), introductory sociology (SOC 100, 101, 102, or 195), and ECON 101. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Survey of theory and research on biological, psychological, and social bases of human coordination. Coordinated activity ranges from relatively informal yet systematized behavior of kin networks to the formalized organization of social institutions. This course emphasizes perspectives from psychology, sociology, and economics that attempt to explain basic patterns of coordinated action.

ORGSTUDY 310. Formal Organizations and Environments
Introductory Psychology (PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115), introductory sociology (SOC 100, 101, 102, or 195), and ECON 101. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Survey of theory and research on formal organizations from sociological and economic perspectives. Emphasizes multiple levels of analysis in organizational theory from internal structure and practice to organization-environment relationships. Students will apply theories to existing case studies and develop original case research over the course of the semester.

ORGSTUDY 405. Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Consent of department required. OS Concentrator. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course provides students with the practical skills to become effective negotiators. Students participate in in-class negotiation exercises, mini-lectures, and discussions on a weekly basis. Students learn the fundamentals of distributive and integrative bargaining as well as an array of social influence strategies in order to succeed as a negotiator.

ORGSTUDY 410. Advanced Research Methods in Organizational Studies
One of the following: STATS 250 (350) or STATS 400 or ECON 404 or ECON 405 (may be elected concurrently). Restricted to Organizational Studies senior concentrators. (4). May not be repeated for credit.

Research methods in organizations, including interviewing, network analytic methodology, organizational survey methods, data collection and analysis, and use of survey feedback techniques. Team based learning combines lecture, laboratory and field research methods in organizations.

ORGSTUDY 415. Networking
Consent of department required. Organizational Studies or Political Science Concentrator. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course explores relationships between formal and informal social networks and the dynamics of organizational processes. We discuss network theories and apply them to topics such as Facebook friendships, social movement activism, choice of partners, and professional advancement. We focus on how networks are used to attain organizational objectives.

ORGSTUDY 420. Nonprofit Organizations
Consent of department required. Organizational studies concentrator. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

Nonprofits have played a key role in American society, providing a wide range of services and goods that include medical care, education, the arts, and religion. In this course, students gain a thorough understanding of the nonprofit sector and practical knowledge required to work successfully in a nonprofit organization.

ORGSTUDY 425. Interest Group Politics
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course uses an organizational perspective to examine the ways that citizens, firms, and institutions struggle to gain representation through organized interest groups in the United States.

ORGSTUDY 435. The Transformation of Higher Education
Sociology 100, minimum junior standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

American higher education is in crisis. Lawmakers have withdrawn public funding, increasing costs to families and making college less accessible to the disadvantaged. Yet digital technologies introduce potential for change. This course considers these challenges through an organizational lens. Students will develop possible solutions to a problem facing higher education.

ORGSTUDY 490. Advanced Research Team
Consent of instructor required. Enrollment in either ORGSTUDY 305 or 310; and a course in STATS. (3 - 4). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Students work in small collaborative teams with faculty and graduate students to assist with faculty research projects.

ORGSTUDY 495. Special Topics in Organizational Studies
Restricted to Organizational Studies Majors. (3). May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

This course investigates topics relating to structure and function of organizations. Topics vary by section and term.

ORGSTUDY 497. Senior Honors Research I
Consent of department required. Must be accepted into the OS Honors program by review of proposal. (3 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. F.

Honors level independent research in the field of Organizational Studies with a designated faculty member.

ORGSTUDY 498. Senior Honors Research II
Consent of department required. Must be accepted into the OS Honors program by review of proposal. (3 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit. W.

Honors level independent research in the field of Organizational Studies with a designated faculty member.

ORGSTUDY 499. Independent Study
Consent of instructor required. Restricted to Organizational Studies concentrators who have completed the core course requirements. (1 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits. No more than six credits of independent study credit may count toward an Organizational Studies concentration. F, W.

Independent research in the field of Organizational Studies with a designated faculty member, which may be completed in conjunction with an internship experience.

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