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Organizational Studies Major

The Organizational Studies degree at Grand View is a powerful combination of management, social science, and technical skills courses that create a unique interdisciplinary program. You will also have training in human relationships and diversity, two topics that are vital to the success of businesses and organizations in our modern world. You’ll finish the program with the management and leadership skills to work in a variety of careers.

Why Grand View?

  • Organizational studies students enrich the skills through exposure to course work in the arts, social sciences, humanities and the sciences.
  • A great option for adult learners who would like to complete their education.
  • Experienced faculty who are dedicated to your personal goals and success.
Choose Your Path

Whether it's custom classes, an emphasis, or an option, this degree offers you an even more enhanced and customizable experience in the following areas:

Business Concentration
Students will seek to understand the basic principles, approaches and vocabulary relevant to the study of entrepreneurship from the disciplines of economics, organizational sociology and engineering. Building on this multidisciplinary base, students develop specialized expertise with special emphasis on critical reasoning and quantitative research methods. Coursework includes marketing, organizational behavior, economics, accounting, business law, and human resource management.

Criminal Justice Concentration
The Criminal Justice concentration is designed to give you an understanding of both the criminal justice system in America and the school of criminology, in addition to sociological, psychological, biological, and ethical issues of concern to those who work in the field. It’s a concentration for those interested in the interrelationships between the criminal justice system and society.

Public Management Concentration
A successful organization—the kind that can contribute to solving big problems—requires strong leadership, particularly at the managerial and executive levels. With a concentration in Public Management you will be prepared for a leadership role in a variety of public, private, and nonprofit settings.

Organizational Leadership Concentration
Master the art of successful leadership by earning a B.A. in Organizational Studies degree with a concentration in organizational leadership. Well-developed leadership skills are critical for success in today’s fast-paced organizations, and Grand View's organizational leadership concentration will empower you with the tools you need to succeed.

Career Options

Depending on what concentration you select, graduates of Organizational Studies can continue their education in graduate school or begin their career in positions such as:

  • Marketing 
  • Management
  • Human Resources 
  • Corporate Recruiting
  • Police Officer
  • Forensic Science Technician
  • Private Detective
  • City Manager
  • City Development Manager

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements

Requirements (45 credits)

  • Accounting and Business (12 - 18 credits)
  • Human Relations and Diversity (12 - 18 credits)
  • Technical Skills (12 - 16 credits)

Capstone Courses (select at least 1)

BSAD 452 Service Management Capstone Seminar 3 credits
SOCS 450 Senior Seminar 3 credits
POLS 450 Senior Seminar - Political Science 3 credits

Business Concentration (45 credits)

BSAD 315 Marketing 3 credits
BSAD / SOCS 410 Organizational Behavior 3 credits
ECON 101 or
ECON 102
Principles of Economics (Macro) or
Principles of Economics (Micro)
3 credits
BSAD 452 Service Management Capstone Seminar 3 credits

Suggested Courses

Take 6 - 9 credits in accounting, business and political science.

ACCT 212 Managerial Accounting 3 credits
BSAD 145 Fundamentals of Information Systems 3 credits
BSAD 340 Business Law I 3 credits
BSAD 375 Human Resource Management 3 credits
POLS 370 International Politics 3 credits

Additional Courses

  • History, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, and Political Science (12 - 18 credits)
  • Technical Skills (12 - 16 credits)

Criminal Justice Concentration (45 credits)

BSAD / SOCS 410 Organizational Behavior 3 credits
SOCS 450 Senior Seminar 3 credits

Additional Courses (12 - 18 credits)

BSAD 310 Principles of Management 3 credits
POLS 315 Introduction to Public Administration 3 credits
POLS 340 American Constitutional Law and Development I 3 credits
POLS 341 American Constitutional Law and Development II 3 credits
SOCS 315 Social Problems 3 credits
SOCS 318 Criminological Theory 3 credits
POLS / SOCS 350 Social Sciences Research Methods 3 credits

Additional Courses (12 - 18 credits)

PSYC 277 Addictive Behaviors 3 credits
PSYC / SOCS 310 Social Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 320 Abnormal Psychology 3 credits
PSYC / SOCS 362 Forensic Socio-Psychology 3 credits
PSYC 378 Interpersonal Effectiveness 1 credit
SOCS 215 Race and Ethnic Relations 3 credits
SOCS 220 Corrections and Penology 3 credits
SOCS 332 Crime and the Media 1 credit
SOCS 333 Women and Crime 1 credit
SOCS 335 Violence in the Workplace 1 credit
SOCS 340 Juvenile Justice and Gangs 3 credits
SOCS 360 Police and the Courts 3 credits
SOCS 420 Forensic Science and Crime Scene Investigation 3 credits

Take 12 - 16 credits in Technical Skills

Organizational Leadership Concentration (45 credits)

BSAD 202 Entrepreneurship and Business Fundamentals 3 credits
BSAD / SOCS 410 Organizational Behavior 3 credits
POLS 450 Senior Seminar - Political Science 3 credits

Take 6 - 12 credits in Accounting and Business

ACCT 211 Financial Accounting 3 credits
ACCT 212 Managerial Accounting 3 credits
BSAD 315 Marketing 3 credits
BSAD 340 Business Law I 3 credits
BSAD 375 Human Resource Management 3 credits
LDCR 250 Foundations of Leadership 3 credits
POLS / SOCS 350 Social Sciences Research Methods 3 credits

Additional Courses

  • History, Sociology, Psychology, Economics, and Political Science (12 - 18 credits)
  • Technical Skills (12 - 16 credits)

Public Management Concentration (45 credits)

BSAD / SOCS 410 Organizational Behavior 3 credits
POLS 315 Introduction to Public Administration 3 credits
POLS 450 Senior Seminar - Political Science 3 credits

Suggested Courses

(9-12 credits in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology)

ECON 101 Principles of Macro Economics 3 credits
PSCY / SOCS 310 Social Psychology 3 credits
POLS 120 State and Local Government 3 credits
POLS 322 Public Policy 3 credits
POLS 405 Public Finance 3 credits
BSAD / POLS / SOCS 399 Internship 3 credits

Additional Courses

  • History, Sociology, and Psychology (12 - 15 credits)
  • Technical Skills (12 - 16 credits)
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Krumm Business Center

Named after college benefactor and former Maytag CEO, Daniel J. Krumm, this academic building houses general-purpose classrooms for business students, a large lecture hall, computer lab for all students, and faculty/staff offices.The university's information technology department is also based out of the Krumm Center.

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Awards and Accomplishments

Cathy Beck-Cross • Assistant professor of sociology, was selected as the recipient of the 2013 IEREA Distinguished Research Award by the Iowa Educational Research and Evaluation Association. Her paper is titled Individual, Family, School, and Community Predictors of High School Male Suicidal Behaviors: An Analysis of 2010 Iowa Youth Survey Data

Alex Zama • Assistant professor of business, has presented a paper, at the Midwest Academy of Management Conference (MAM), titled: Impact of High-CSE CEO on Top Management Team Composition and Size. He has been a reviewer and presenter at MAM since 2009. He has also been a key note speaker at the Leadership Iowa Luncheon.

Why Organizational Studies?

  • The major is a great opportunity to turn an associates degree into a baccalaureate degree or complete a B.A. that was never finished.
  • Grand View offers evening and weekend classes for adult learners who are working while finishing their degree.
  • It is a way to continue moving up in a career path and better preparing the student to reach their goals.
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