Organization Studies

Going into business when you graduate? Do you have aspirations to work in management or to start your own business? Or, are you planning to work in the non-profit sector, perhaps in human service, or the arts? Does working for the public good (local, state, or federal government) interest you? Are you seeking to cultivate analytical and communication skills to achieve your career and professional goals? If you answered “yes” to any of these, then you have the desire to become more organizationally competent.

One of the specialties of Sociology is the study of organizations. From small and simple organizations, to large and complex organizations, this field of study explores and explains the historical development of our organizationally-based society, how organizations are structured, how and why people work (or don’t) together in organizations, and what social purposes organizations ultimately serve. Understanding the social structure and dynamics of organizations is relevant for everyone, as we all encounter – indeed we are completely imbedded within – organizations throughout our lives. Questions? Contact Lars Christiansen (christil@augsburg.edu) or Diane Pike (fischern@augsburg.edu).

Essential Courses:

  • Office Space: The Sociology of Work (SOC 222)
  • The Sociology of Organizations (SOC 349)
  • Organizational Crime and Deviance (SOC 377)

Relevant Courses:

  • Sociology Internship (SOC 399)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (SOC 113)
  • Building Working Relationships (INS 325)