Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies (Minor)

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The minor in interdisciplinary organizational studies is designed to increase understanding of the behavior and the dynamics of individual, group and organizational processes in the workplace. It incorporates perspectives from the behavioral and social sciences, communication studies and management.

The minor program in interdisciplinary organizational studies is designed to increase students' understanding of the behavioral dynamics of individuals and groups in the workplace. It incorporates perspectives from the behavioral and social sciences, communication studies and management.

The minor is learner-centered and allows students to select coursework that matches their career and educational goals.

The program is offered by the School of Social and Behavioral Studies.

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Interdisciplinary Organizational Studies (Minor)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The minor in interdisciplinary organizational studies consists of 21 credit hours (a minimum of 18 credit hours must be upper division). Six upper-division credit hours must be taken from the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The research methods course must be approved by an academic advisor prior to enrollment. Students will complete 12 credit hours in courses focused on organizations and three credit hours from courses focused on diversity within organizations. The internship site must be approved by the Internship Advisor prior to enrollment. All courses used to satisfy the requirements for the minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Core Requirements -- 6 credit hours

A research methods course must be chosen in consultation with an academic advisor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences from the following:
Cluster 1 - Courses Focused on Organizations -- 12 credit hours
Cluster 2 - Courses Focused on Diversity Within Organizations -- 3 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

This minor consists of 21 credit hours, of which 18 must be upper-division course work.

Required Courses (6)
PSY 453 Organizational Behavior, SB (3)
Research methods course (3)*

Cluster 1: Courses Focused on Organizations

Choose four courses from the following list, for a total of 12 credit hours:

COM 320 Communication and Consumerism, SB (3)
COM 400 Communication in Professions Topic: Dissent in Organizations HU, C (3)
COM 450 Theory and Research in Organizational Communication, SB (3)
COM 451 Communication and Work Relationships (3)
COM 453 Communication Training and Development (3)
PHI 360 Business and Professional Ethics, HU (3)
PSY 482 Social Influence and Consumer Behavior, SB (3)
PSY 484 Internship (3) or COM 484 Internship (3) or SOC 484 (or others) Internship (3)
SOC 443 Sociology of Corporations, SB, G (3)

The internship site must be approved by the SBS advisor.

Cluster 2: Courses Focused on Diversity Within Organizations

Choose one from the following courses for a total of three credit hours:

COM 463 Intercultural Communication Theory and Research, SB, G (3)
POS 437 Women, Power and Politics, G (3)
SOC 270 Racial and Ethnic Relations, SB, C (3)
SOC 400 Perspectives on Aging, SB (3)
SOC 426 Social Inequality, SB (3)

*SBS advisor's approval is required.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: None

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

The minor in interdisciplinary organizational studies is open to all ASU undergraduate majors.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

Students with a minor in interdisciplinary organizational studies are well-suited for employment as a human relations analyst, employee training and development manager, corporate communications specialist, customer service and customer relations manager, EEO representative, labor organizer or mediator.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Management Analysts 14.3%$82,450
Chief Executives-3.9%$183,270
Training and Development Specialists 11.5%$60,360
Training and Development Managers 10.3%$108,250
General and Operations Managers 9.1%$100,410
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists8.4%$87,100
Advertising and Promotions Managers5.5%$106,130
Sales Managers7.5%$121,060
Statisticians 33.8%$84,060
Sales Engineers6.9%$98,720

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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