Bachelor of Science in Organizational Dynamics –Online Program

Offered by: Wilmington University

College credits: 120

Course length: 7-15 Weeks

Overview

Purpose

The Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Dynamics is to prepare students to enter the job market or advance in their current employment with the theoretical, practical, and professional knowledge needed for leading and operating in the modern workplace. Building upon each student's unique experiences and knowledge, the Organizational Dynamics Undergraduate Program provides students with the knowledge-base needed to understand and address complex organizational issues. Students’ theoretical and practical knowledge of the behavioral nature of organizations is enhanced by understanding both the “hard’ analytical sciences and the “soft” emotional processes necessary for understanding not-for-profit, governmental, and corporate environments. Programmatic focus is on current organizational challenges with regard to such issues as globalization, changing demographics, social responsibility, and ethics.

Program of Study

The Organizational Dynamics program offers a curriculum designed to provide students with the most current knowledge of leadership, motivation, interpersonal relations, team facilitation, conflict resolution, and related skills that impact the dynamics of the organizational structure as it relates to performance and productivity. This is not a “one size fits all” program, but one that provides variety in the course selection, encouraging each student to build a personal program for the future with the assistance of an Academic Advisor.

The core of the program consists of 36 credits of courses that include a balance of theory, practice, and research in the field. Other courses in the major can be taken as electives. Courses are taught in online, hybrid, and face-to-face formats.

Students will be given the opportunity to interact with professionals in the field and with each other to understand the critical relationship between people and organizations, to apply vital social and psychological behavioral skills, to work toward solving organizational problems, and to develop the leadership skills necessary to accomplish their goals within prevailing professional and ethical standards.

Program Competencies

Graduates of the Organizational Dynamics degree program are expected to meet the following competencies through the attainment of the specific course objectives:

  1. Exercise effective critical thinking and decision making skills in an organizational environment.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of self in relationship to others, including effective interpersonal communication skills, ability to work in teams, and respect for diversity and multiculturalism in a pluralistic society.
  3. Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills in the organizational setting.
  4. Recognize the principles and behaviors associated with effective leadership, motivation, and performance skills in organizational systems.
  5. Apply the theoretical view of organizational systems to workplace settings and practice.
  6. Demonstrate skills in the use and application of technology and computer-based research in organizational workplace settings.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of organizational behavior, change, and development.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to actively engage in research and critically evaluate, synthesize, and analyze information that is necessary in the organizational decision making process.
  9. Demonstrate an awareness of ethical principles, codes, and standards within the organizational workplace environment.
  10. Demonstrate a commitment to self-directedness, self-discipline, and lifelong learning through examination of workplace career paths.
CAP (Community and Academic Partnerships)/Co-op Program

CAP/Co-op Program Options (6 credits)

The Co-op option allows students to complete core Organizational Dynamics courses in a supervised educational work setting related to the student’s major field of study. Each Co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two Co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the Organizational Dynamics Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a Co-op assignment. For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website: www.wilmu.edu/coop/

Curriculum

You will take courses such as: 

MAT 308 Inferential Statistics
ORG 301 Survey of Organizational Dynamics
ORG 302 Psychology of Leadership
ORG 311 Organizational Behavior, Change, and Development
ORG 402 Applied Organizational Research
ORG 408 Culture of the Workplace
ORG 433 Theoretical View of Organizational Systems
ORG 444 Organizational Justice, Ethics, and Social Responsibility
PSY 301 Social Psychology OR  SOC 318 Social Change
PSY 302 Organizational and Industrial Psychology
PSY 340 Research Methods in Psychology
PSY 315 Group Dynamics
SOC 331 Research, Writing and Information Literacy in the Behavioral Sciences


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Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.

Cost

With financial aid, Guild students attending Wilmington University may be eligible to pay a fraction of the published cost to advance their education. For example, Guild students may pay as little as 10% of the published course or program cost to earn their bachelor's degree when taking advantage of:

●      Federal financial aid funds (not available for all certificate programs)
●      Tuition assistance benefits from your employer.
●      The $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit.
●      Guild's tuition discount, and no out-of-state tuition costs.
 
Active Military or Veteran? If so, talk to your coach or Wilmington University about your eligibility for additional tuition benefits.

Schedule

●      WilmU’s online classes are primarily offered in 15-week and 7-week formats and you can start every other month.
●      Take your classes online, with flexibility to balance work, school, family, and personal life.
●      Gain knowledge and skills that are career-relevant and can be applied tomorrow.
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Frequently Asked Questions


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