Organizational Studies Program

The University of Tulsa offers a bachelor of arts (B.A.) degree in Organizational Studies through the Kendall College of Arts and Sciences. Organizational Studies is an interdisciplinary major composed of 30 hours of course work designed for those students who wish to study organizational behavior and structure in the public and private realms, without limiting themselves to one of the participating disciplines.

The major blends the disciplines of Communication and Industrial/Organizational Psychology with Management. The aim of the program is to provide students with knowledge and skills that will prepare them for administrative positions in both public and private organizations. The degree requires all students to complete a minor.

The organizational studies major builds on the general curriculum through a variety of courses in communication, economics, psychology, sociology, management and marketing. The interdisciplinary degree allows students to take courses offered by both the Kendall College of Arts and Sciences and the Collins College of Business and provides them with the breadth and depth of knowledge that will help them to understand the complex world in which we live and to succeed in it.

Students are encouraged to participate in internships for credit or study abroad. During the senior year, students complete a senior project worth three credit hours.

Program Objectives

Students will

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills by applying managerial problem solving techniques
  2. Demonstrate ability to communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral forms
  3. Compare different management organizations and evaluate their organizational principles, function, and practices
  4. Identify how organizations function in diverse, social, cultural, and economic contexts

Typical Four Year Schedule

Lower Level Required (9 hours, 3 of the following)

BUS 1013 Business and Society
COM 2013 Communication Systems
COM 2523 Communication Technology and Society
ECON 2013 Principles of Economics I: Macroeconomics
ECON 2023 Principles of Economics II: Microeconomics
MGT 2143 Intro Sports Management
PSY 2053 Psychology of Work
PSY 2253 Foundations of Psychology
SOC 1013 Sociological Imagination

Upper Level Required (12 hours, 4 of the following)

COM 366 Writing Public Relations
ENGL 3003 Writing for the Professions
MGT 3003 Principles of Management
MGT 3153 Financial Management (Not-For-Profit)
MGT 3163 Management Not-For-Profit
MGT 3173 Revenue Gen Sports Org
PSY 3073 Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Upper Level Electives (9 hours, 3 of the following)

AM 3013 Arts Administration I
AM 3023 Arts Administration II
ANTH 4048 Introduction to Museum Work
COM 3453 Media/Concept Strategy
COM 4613 Internship
COM 4943 Analyze Comm. Organization
MGT 3063 Organizational Behavior
MGT 3103 Human Resource Management
MGT 3973 Financial Aspects of Nonprofits
MGT 4023 Negotiation and Management Skills
MKTG 3003 Principles of Marketing
MKTG 4973 Seminar: Managing Nonprofit Orgs
PSY 3053 Social Psychology
PSY 4063 Psychology of Diversity
SOC 3023 Sociology of Work and Occupations

Senior Project (3 hours)Recommended Block Courses

SP 2113 Public Speaking (Block I)

Note: No more than 15 credits in the major may be taken in courses offered by the Collins College of Business. Students planning to use upper level business electives should choose at least one of the economics courses as a lower level elective.


Organizational Studies, B.A.

Designed for those students who wish to study organizational behavior and structure in the public and private realms, without limiting themselves to one of the participating disciplines.

Contact the Director

Meet Dean of College of Arts and Sciences and Organizational Studies Program Director Kalpana Misra.