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Curriculum Information for Prospective Students

What courses do OS students take?

OS is an interdisciplinary program, drawing courses from many different departments to create our curriculum. OS gives you a great deal of freedom in choosing which courses will be included in your specific plan of study. We call this your “OS Pathway,” and it allows you to tailor the OS major to your interests and goals.

Curriculum Structure

The OS curriculum is structured into four areas, requiring 34 total credits:

  • Core Requirement: Two core courses are required:
    • OS 305 Inside Organizations
    • OS 310 Formal Organizations and Environments
  • Quantitative Skills Requirement: One statistics course is required:
    • Choose from Soc 210, Stats 250 or 280, or Econ 251
  • Cluster Requirement: 7 courses required, with the following provisions:
    • Two Cluster A Courses -  Organizations and Individuals
    • Two Cluster B Courses -  Organizations and Society
    • Three additional courses from any cluster (A, B, or C  -  Interest Cluster)
    • Two of the seven cluster courses must be ORGSTUDY department courses
    • Only two of the cluster courses may be 200-level courses
  • Senior Research Capstone Experience: Choose one option below:
    • OS 410 Advanced Research Methods in Org Studies    
    • OR OS 497 & 498  OS Honors Research I & II

It is also important to note that the OS curriculum is sequenced:

  • First fall term in the program: First core course (OS 310)
  • First winter term in the program: Second core course (OS 305 (unless abroad))
  • Second fall term in the program: Senior Research Capstone course
  • Second winter term in the program: OS 305 if not previously taken, OS 498 if honors

Due to this sequencing, it is not possible to complete the OS program in one academic year.

OS Course Descriptions

A complete list of ORGSTUDY course descriptions can be found on this PDF.

Cluster Electives List

Students have many choices among cluster courses. For descriptions of cluster courses, visit the LSA Course Guide or the offering department’s webpage.

OS Pathway

As an OS student, you are in the driver’s seat. Using an OS pathway planning tool, you develop your own map of the curriculum, choosing from a broad array of courses to develop and pursue your educational goals. OS provides additional guidance and works with you to create and adjust your pathway as you move through the program.

Check out the diversity of OS Student Pathways to see the limitless educational opportunities that you can create.