Social Sciences Majors

Organizational Studies

The major in Organizational Studies is intended to serve the degree completion needs of those students, particularly adult learners, who already have earned a significant block of transfer credit, often with a major emphasis in business organization/management and technical skill. This major enables those students to integrate the studies they have already completed into a baccalaureate degree major and to enrich these studies through exposure to course work in the arts, social sciences, humanities and the sciences. Students can choose from concentrations in business, criminology, public management, and organizational leadership.

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Courses and Requirements

Requirements for the Major:
45 semester credits from three concentrations

Business Concentration

  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Principles of Economics (Macro) OR Principles of Economics (Micro)
  • Service Management Capstone Seminar

Plus 6 to 9 credits in Accounting, Business and Political Science:

  • Managerial Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Information Systems
  • International Politics
  • Business Law I
  • Human Resource Management

Plus 12-18 credits in History, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Political Science and 12-16 credits in Technical Skills.

Criminal Justice Concentration

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Senior Seminar

Plus 12-18 credits in the following:

  • Principles of Management
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • American Constitutional Law & Development I & II
  • Social Problems
  • Criminology Theory
  • Research Methods for Social Sciences

Plus 12-18 credits in the following:

  • Addictive Behaviors
  • Social Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Forensic Socio-psychology
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness
  • Race & Ethnic Relations
  • Corrections and Penology
  • Crime and Media
  • Women and Crime
  • Violence in the Workplace
  • Juvenile Justice and Gangs
  • Police and the Courts
  • Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation

Plus 12-16 credits in Technical Skills.

Organizational Leadership Concentration

  • Entrepreneurship & Business Fundamentals
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Senior Seminar - Political Science

Plus 6-12 credits in Accounting and Business:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing
  • Business Law I
  • Human Resource Management
  • Foundations of Leadership

Plus 12-18 credits in History, Sociology, Psychology, Economics and Political Science and 12-16 credits in Technical Skills.

Public Management Concentration

  • Organizational Behavior
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Senior Seminar - Political Science

Plus 9 -12 credits in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology:

  • Principles of Macro Economics
  • Social Psychology
  • State and Local Government
  • Public Policy
  • Public Finance
  • Internship

Plus 12-15 credits from History, Sociology, and Psychology and 12-16 credits in Technical Skills.

For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Career Options

What alumni say:
"Grand View's Individualized Major degree program allowed me to combine military training and experience with traditional business and liberal arts courses to meet the requirements of a baccalaureate degree. With my Grand View degree, I qualified for a new position within the Iowa National Guard's Education Services Office, and that degree will enhance my chances for promotion within this organization."

Bradley D. Westpheling '96
Education Guidance Counselor
Iowa Army National Guard


Reference Documents

2015-16 Requirements

Organizational Studies Major

2014-15 Requirements

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2013-14 Requirements

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2012-13 Requirements

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2010-12 Requirements

Organizational Studies Major