Organizational Science

The organizational science major is a collateral and interdisciplinary program of study designed to acquaint students with human behavior in organizations from both theoretical and applied perspectives. The program aims to prepare students to carry out various human resources, organizational development, customer service and institutional research functions in a variety of organizational settings. It also prepares students for graduate study in the fields of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology, human resources, quantitative methods, and other similar fields.

This new major has been developed to benefit students who are seeking careers and/or graduate study in this general area of study. Over the years, several Coe students have earned graduate degrees in programs related to organizational science; in recent years, the number of students entering these programs has been increasing. During this same period, the number of alumni entering careers related to organizational science immediately upon graduation from Coe has been increasing as well, reflecting job growth in this career area.

Required courses in quantitative methods form the core of the major, complemented by required and elective coursework on relevant topics within the disciplines of psychology and business administration that are central to the field. Specifically, organizational science at Coe emphasizes an understanding of statistics (and regression in particular); the areas within psychology of research methodology, social psychology, and testing/measurement; and the areas within business administration of human resource management, business law, and organizational behavior. An internship or research experience is also required.

Organizational science-type jobs are becoming more abundant in the economy of the 21st century, both at the post-baccalaureate and the post-graduate level. Indeed, the employment outlook for careers in these areas is strong. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the following career areas related to organizational science to have much faster than average growth over the next several years, with a 20 percent projected employment increase by 2018.

Specifically, opportunities exist in in human resources, for training and labor relations specialists; for industrial/organizational psychologists; and for survey researchers.