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Organization Development Example

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts with an Individualized Focus Area can use the organization development example concentration as a template for designing their focus area.

The organization development example concentration contains courses and competencies that combine skills in the psychology of management and team effectiveness with the study of organizational structures and models of change management. Learning the best practices in each area of organization development gives students a competitive advantage in workplace practice and in preparation for graduate study in this increasingly-critical area of business management.

Organization Development Sample Schedule* 

As a student using the template for the organization development example concentration, you’ll work with an academic advisor and a faculty mentor to review your transfer course work and select specific courses that meet your interests and degree requirements. 
This 108-credit-hour program can be started in any term—fall, winter, spring or summerand is typically composed of 10 core courses, a minimum of nine organization development courses and about 13 elective courses in liberal arts.

 Courses* Credit Hours
 Quarter 1​
 LL 103 Independent Learning Seminar (L1) 2
 LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning (L2, F1) 4
 LL 260 Writing to Competence (L4) 4
 HC 141 Coaching for Personal & Professional Development (FX) 2
 Total Credit Hours 12

Quarter 2
 Civic Engagement (L3) with Humanities Elective (H) 4
 LL 270 Critical Thinking (L5) 4
 FA 212 Conflict, Work Performance & Empowering Employees (FX, A3)  4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 3
 LL 300 Research Seminar (L8, L9) 6
 SW 233 Designing Dynamic Organizations (FX, S3) 4
 Science Elective (S5)  2
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 4
 LL 302 Externship (L10, L11)  4
 IN 307 Advanced Elective (E1, E2)   4
 HC 160 Facilitation Skills for Organizational Learning (FX, H3)  4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 5
 LL 205 Quantitative Reasoning (L6)  4
 HC 148 Collaborative Learning (L7, FX)  4
 HC 231 Organizational Problem Solving (FX, H5) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 6
 FA 205 Teamwork for Personal & Professional Development (FX, H4) 4
 FA 110 Essentials of Training and Development (H4)    2
 Science Elective (S, S4) 4
 Total Credit Hours 10

 Quarter 7
 FA 289 Business Writing (S, H) 4
 HC 290 Applied Leadership Skills (FX, A)  4
 HC 336 Organizational Communication (FX, H1)   4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 8
 HC 273 Reframing Organizations (FX, H2)  4
 Science Elective (S) & Arts Elective (A) 4
 Arts Elective (A1, A2)   4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 9
 FA 303 Advanced Project (F11, F12) 4
 Science Elective (S1, S2) 4
 Arts Elective (A4, A5) 4
 LL 390 Summit Seminar (L12) 2
 Total Credit Hours 14

 Total Credit Hours 108
*Course substitutions may be necessary, as not all courses listed are offered every quarter or at all campuses. Examples include:  

- FA 340 Implementing Corporate Training Programs
- HC 279 International Project Management Best Practices
- FA 241 Workplace Engagement and Commitment: How to Motivate Employees
- FA 233 Business Continuity Management
- HC 164 Roles and Responsibilities of Organizational Leaders
- HC 109 Beauty, Attraction and their Impact on Culture and Business
- DCM 325 Work and Society
- HC 233 Christianities: Ancient, Modern, Global
- HC 226 City Shapers
- HC 178 Gender at Work
- HC 205 Nonprofit Management
- HC 302 Active Citizenship: Making a Difference in the Community, Workplace, World 


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  • Accelerate the completion of your degree with transfer course work, course credit for life experience and proficiency exams.
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Career Outlook

In Illinois, human resources, training and labor relations specialists and compensation, benefits and job analysis specialists are among the top 50 fastest-growing occupations that require a bachelor's degree. Training and development specialists are also among the top 50. These are just a few of the many career opportunities related to organization development.

Students pursuing the organization development example concentration may advance their careers in positions such as:

  • Organization Development Consultant
  • Corporate Communications Coordinator or Manager
  • Fundraiser
  • Non-profit Manager
  • Strategic Planner
  • Business Development Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • Industrial-Organizational Psychologist

Some of the occupations listed above may require additional schooling or work experience.