Anthropology Department

BA - Organizational Studies

The BA in Organizational Studies is an interdisciplinary major designed to help students develop skills for careers in a variety of organizations including small businesses, multinational corporations, non-profit organizations, and local, state, and national government agencies. Organizational studies courses are focused on giving students skills for real-world problem solving. Students take courses across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, communications studies, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology. Organizational studies is ideally suited for students who aim to pursue careers in business, government, or the non-profit sector, where knowing how organizations work is a key to success.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements47
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Requirements of the Major38-44
Core Courses23-24
ANTH 133. Organizational Cultures3
ORGS 101. People & Organizations3
ORGS 102. Organizations, Inquiry & Analysis4
ORGS 103. Organizational Studies Capstone4
Complete one course from:
ENGL 100WB. Written Communication: BusinessZ3
LLD 100WB. Writing Workshop for Business StudentsZ3
or Any Social Science 100W3
Complete three units from:
SOCI 015. Statistical Applications in the Social SciencesB43
STAT 095. Elementary StatisticsB43
UNVS 015F and UNVS 015S may be used in lieu of the statistics course required by this major.
Complete one Methods course:
ANTH 149. Ethnographic Methods3
COMM 150I. Inquiry in Organizational Communication4
POLS 100M. Political Inquiry4
SOCI 104. Quantitative Research Methods3
Depth of Study15-20
Organizations and Identity3-4
Take one course in Organizations and Identity
ANTH 130. Kin, Kith, and Community: The Anthropology of Social Organization3
COMM 144F. Organizational Communication4
ECON 101. Microeconomic Analysis4
ECON 158. Economics of Entrepreneurship4
SOCI 173. Socialization and Identity3
Organizations and Society6-8
Take two course in Organizations and Society
ANTH 102. Silicon Valley Connections3
COMM 164F. Communication and Global Organizations4
ECON 102. Macroeconomic Analysis4
PSYC 154. Social Psychology3
SOCI 146. Work, Power, and Leisure3
SOCI 163. Social Change3
Organizational Processes6-8
Take two course in Organizational Processes
ANTH 105. Applied Anthropology3
COMM 114P. Business and Professional Speaking4
COMM 124P. Communication Training and Development4
ECON 121. Industrial Organization4
POLS 103. Local Government and Politics4
SOCI 169. Political Sociology3
Advisor Approved Minor12-18
University Electives11-23

Total Units:120