UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters & Science

Organizational Administration

Organizational Administration (OA), a committee interdisciplinary major, is designed to develop skills in the research and analysis of problems, creative thinking, and oral and written communication. A Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Organizational Administration provides students with the educational background necessary to succeed in a broad spectrum of professions and is an excellent foundation for the pursuit of several advanced degree programs. For example, completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Organizational Administration and the General Business minor (plus two additional courses) satisfies all of the requirements for admission without deficiencies to UWM’s Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program.

The Organizational Administration major may be completed as an on-campus program and also is available off-campus through a collaborative bachelor’s degree program (UWM College Connection) offered in partnership with several two-year campuses. Most of the OA major courses are available online. Students who are interested in completing the OA major at the UW-Milwaukee campus should contact an on-campus academic advisor in the College of Letters and Science. Students who wish to complete their UWM baccalaureate degree on-site at a participating two-year campus should contact the UWM advisor assigned to that campus. Check website uwm.edu/letters-science/advising/student-advising for current advisor contact information.

Course of Study

In addition to the major requirements listed below, students must complete all requirements of the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Letters and Science. The major requires a total of 48 credits in the College of Letters and Science, including 24 credits in upper-division (300 level and above) courses. Students are required to attain a 2.500 GPA in all UWM credits attempted for the major. In addition, the College requires that students attain a 2.500 GPA in all major credits attempted, including transfer work. The following courses are required:

Commun 101

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication


Commun 103

Public Speaking


Commun 105

Business and Professional Communication


Commun 310

Communication in Organizations


Econ 103

Principles of Microeconomics


Econ 104

Principles of Macroeconomics


Econ 210

Economic Statistics


Econ 415

Economics of Employment and Labor Relations


One of the following two Communication courses:


Commun 300

Interviews and Interviewing


Commun 323

Communication in Groups and Teams


One of the following three Economics courses:


Econ 325 (330)

Money and Banking


Econ 351 (396)

Introduction to International Economic Relations


Econ 448 (478)

Economics of Human Resources


One of the following two English courses:


English 205

Business Writing


English 206

Technical Writing


One of the following two English courses:


English 425

Advanced Business Writing


English 430

Advanced Writing Workshop


One of the following two Sociology courses:


Sociol 101

Introduction to Sociology


Sociol 104

Introduction to Social Psychology


One of the following six Sociology courses:


Sociol 307

Industrial Sociology


Sociol 327

Social Organization of Technology


Sociol 330

Economy and Society


Sociol 333

Social Class in Industrial Society


Sociol 338

Small Groups


Sociol 443

Organizations, Occupations, and Professions


One of the following three courses (satisfies L&S research requirement):


Commun 370

Quantitative Research in Communication


Psych 325

Research Methods in Psychology


Sociol 361

Research Methods in Sociology



Program Coordinating Committee:

Professor Kathryn Dindia, Communication, Chair; Professor Nancy Mathiowetz, Sociology; Professor Mohsen Bahmani-Oskoee, Economics; Professor Rachel Spilka, English; and Associate Dean Tom O’Bryan, L&S (ex officio).


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