Undergraduate Degree in Organizational Behavior

Apply psychology to work-place areas such as leadership, group dynamics, personnel selection, worker motivation, and training.

psychology of the work place

Drawing from psychology and other social sciences, the Organizational Behavior major at the Hamilton Holt School addresses areas such as leadership, group dynamics, personnel selection, worker motivation, and training. The Organizational Behavior program is designed for those with career interests in human resources, organizational development, consulting, training and related areas.


Organizational Behavior majors must complete 12 courses (eight core courses and four interdisciplinary and application courses)

Core Courses

PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology

PSY 211 Social Psychology or PSY 317 Group Dynamics

PSY 301 Research Methods

PSY 304 Statistics and Decision Making

PSY 306 Tests and Measurements

PSY 330 Organizational Behavior

PSY 407 Organization Development

PSY 316 Ethics or BUS 336 Management & Leadership

Eight courses are required for the minor.

(Five core courses plus three interdisciplinary and application courses)

Students who are majoring in Psychology may not minor in Organizational Behavior and students majoring in Organizational Behavior may not minor in Psychology.

organizational behavior mission

Offered through the Department of Psychology, organizational behavior offers a comprehensive major and minor.  We are dedicated to scholarship, academic achievement, creative accomplishment, cultural enrichment, and social responsibility. We value excellence in teaching and rigorous, transformative education in a healthy, responsive, and inclusive environment.

Organizational behavior uses the methods and content of behavioral and social science so that you will (1) understand the reasons behind your own and others’ behavior, particularly within an organizational context; (2) become competent and critical decision makers; (3) respect human diversity; and (4) fulfill your social responsibilities.

Global Citizenship
Organizational behavior is diverse, so you will be exposed to a variety of fields and perspectives within the discipline to gain a broad-based knowledge and appreciation of how psychologists seek to understand how individuals and organizations work.

Responsible Leadership
Organizational behavior is practice, so you will gain experience in applying psychological principles and methods to understanding and solving “real world” problems of individuals and organizations.

Organizational behavior is collaborative, so you will work with the faculty and your peers inside and outside the classroom to draw on the expertise of others, share individual areas of expertise with others, and create a supportive learning community.

Productive Careers
The study of organizational behavior is science, so you will learn the philosophy and principles of science and be well versed in theory, methods, and statistics (i.e., the foundations of scientific inquiry).

Organizational behavior is challenging, so you should expect a curriculum that requires you to question your preconceptions, to practice skeptical inquiry, to engage in analytic and synthetic thinking, to show tolerance for views that you may not share, and to struggle with work that is difficult but often rewarding.

Meaningful Lives
Organizational behavior emphasizes the values deemed important in psychology, so you will strive to comply with accepted ethical principles in research and practice. 

Organizational behavior is empowering, so you will not just receive guidance in your courses and endeavors from the faculty and curriculum; you ultimately will be responsible for shaping your own educational experience.

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