The Concentration Pathway

Organizations are complex and because they are important in almost all aspects of our lives, they lend themselves to study from many perspectives.   While the Interdisciplinary Program in Organizational Studies builds a strong foundation in economic, psychological, and sociological perspectives on organizations, the concentration also allows you considerable freedom to craft a concentration that caters to your interests.

Because the curriculum is so rich and the areas of interests so diverse, the Interdisciplinary Program in Organizational Studies has created a planning tool called the Concentration Pathway.  This tool is designed to help students navigate through the array of available courses in order to accomplish the educational goals each student develops.

A Concentration Pathway is created individually by each student, and consists of a paragraph describing your interests and goals, as well as a list of cluster courses that you think will best help you reach those goals.

The Concentration Pathway is a set of flexible guidelines, rather than a set of rigid requirements. Organizational Studies will provide focused guidance in creating Concentration Pathways, and will work with students to change their Pathways if that becomes necessary.  You can design a pathway that is built around your interests and incorporates courses that you have already taken. However, don't make the mistake of anchoring your pathway around courses you've already completed - there are many things you should consider in choosing your Pathway, including your interests, your future plans, and your goals for after graduation.

To see examples of Concentration Pathways, feel free to take a look at our Concentration Pathways Sample Booklet or check out our current students’ Concentration Pathways.