OSTD 300 Organizational Foundations (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: CMMK 121, CST 295 and ENGL 190. An introduction to the Organizational Studies (OS) and the Organizational Leadership & Technology (OLT) majors. This course will provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in their major area of study. Students will learn more about OS and OLT, including the history behind organizational behavior as an area of study. Students will also gain a context in which to conceptualize the major, using an open systems framework. Students will become more familiar with library resources, references and writing, and presentation skills needed for successful completion of the courses in the OS and OLT majors. The course will be taught using lecture, discussion, and experiential exercises and will promote the synthesis of knowledge across the OS and OLT curricula.
OSTD 320 Interpersonal Relations in Organizations (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300. An examination of the knowledge and skill necessary to perform effectively in professional relations. Students will gain a deeper understanding of interpersonal relationships in organizations framed in ethical contexts related to perception, impression management, managing diversity, self disclosure, coaching, conflict management, influence, power, and politics. Students will complete self-assessments and engage in skill-building activities to learn how to effectively manage relationships within organizations while using Communication Improvement Plans.
OSTD 330 Team Dynamics (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300. A study and application of team and small group behavior in organizations. Students will gain a deeper understanding of team structure, processes, and performance outcomes including topics like team types and stages, member roles, leadership, and decision-making. Using a self-directed work team environment, students will complete a team project demonstrating concepts and processes within team dynamics.
OSTD 410 Concepts and Theories of Leadership (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300 and Senior Status within the OS major. Promotes leadership development through the study of leadership theory and concepts and encourages the practical application of leadership at all levels. It includes analysis of historical approaches to leadership and focuses on influential contemporary leadership perspectives such as Servant Leadership, Situational Leadership, Transformational Leadership, and Principle-Centered Leadership. Through an examination of leadership theory and research, self-assessments and reflection, and application to the work environment, students will create a personal leadership development plan.
OSTD 480 Organizational Theory & Practice (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: ENGL 190, CMMK 121, CST 295, OSTD 300, OSTD 320 or 330, OSTD 410, PST 320, PST 340 or PSYK 425, Senior Status. An overview of how organizations work including theory, research, and application. Students will gain a deeper understanding of organizational structure, culture, communication, and strategic planning processes within the internal and external environment. Current trends will also be discussed. Students will complete cases and engage in experiential exercises to facilitate critical thinking and the application of course content to organizational settings. The final course project will integrate knowledge and skills in the area of organizational theory with systematic problem solving skills to assess and diagnose an organizational problem. This course is the Capstone Course for the OS Major.
OSTD 491 Organizational Studies Internship (1-4)
Prerequisite: Requires permission from the program chair, and junior status. This course elective allows students to acquire relevant work experience with local corporate or not-for-profit organizations. Students will have the opportunity to put knowledge and skills into practice under the direction of both a faculty sponsor and a practitioner from the organization. The arrangements for the working relationship and elective credit must be established prior to the start of the internship.
PST 310 Accounting Concepts for Professionals (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300. An introduction to major concepts in the areas of financial and managerial accounting. Students will gain a deeper understanding of financial statements, accounting mechanics, accrual accounting, financial planning, variance analysis, internal controls and financial analysis. The final course project will require students to utilize knowledge and skills in the area of financial and managerial accounting to manage the financial data of a fictional organization.
PST 320 Human Resources in Organizations (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300 and junior status. An examination of human resource management functions. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the legal environment and equal employment opportunities; job design and analysis; recruiting, orientation, and training; performance appraisal; compensation systems; labor relations; collective bargaining and grievance processes; and health and safety in the workplace. The final course project will require students to conduct in-depth research in the area of human resource management (HRM) and apply HRM theory and research to a not-for-profit organization.
PST 330 Legal Issues in Organizations (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300 and junior status. An introduction to the nature, formation and application of law in the U.S. legal system. Topics will include American public law; federal/state/local law governing business and industry; torts and contracts; litigation and arbitration; regulatory law; labor and employment law; compensation law; consumer protection; law as it relates to profit/nonprofit and public/private sector organizations. Students will apply course content and case law to a real world legal issue.
PST 340 Marketing Strategies in Organizations (3) -- ONLINE
Prerequisites: OSTD 300 and junior status. An analysis of the fundamental principles and strategies of marketing. Students will gain an understanding of the functional role of marketing within an organization and within the expanding global economy. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the external and internal variables that affect Marketing; eCommerce marketing; the roles of advertising, public relations, and sales; Integrated Marketing's role in the 21st century; and Strategic Marketing Planning. Students will integrate knowledge and skills acquired throughout the course with outside sources and information in order to develop an integrated marketing plan for an organization.