School: Business
Degree Type: Associates Degree
Format: Online
Student Type: Undergraduate Accelerated and Online

The Associate of Arts degree in Organizational Dynamics is a beginning business degree for students who are interested in working in organizations. It is perfect for students with little or no college experience who want to improve their communication skills and become more effective employees and organizational leaders. Coursework includes both exposure to liberal arts courses that encourage systems thinking, as well as classes that focus on improving skills that contribute to healthy organizational life. Explore ethics, psychology, interpersonal communication, mathematics and writing, among other topics, so you can grow in your career in business, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and more.

Associate of Arts in Organizational Dynamics

Requirements for the degree: 60 semester credits; 30 credits in residence

Requirements for the major: 30 semester credits: 18 credits in residence

All courses are 3 credits and 5 weeks in length

Major Requirements

BUS/SOC 100A | Team Dynamics | 3 credits
BUS 120A | Introduction to Business & Personal Finance | 3 credits
BUS 223A | Introduction to Microsoft Office | 3 credits
BUS 261A | Organizational Writing & Presentations | 3 credits
COMM 200A | Interpersonal Communications | 3 credits
PS 140A | American Government | 3 credits
PSY 100A or 140A | Foundational Elements of Psychology or General Psychology | 3 credits
PSY 110A | Principles of Adult Learning | 3 credits
SOC 140A | Principles of Sociology | 3 credits
SS 252A | Cultural Studies | 3 credits

Core Requirements

PHIL 291A | Religious and Phil Foundations of Ethical Practice (Must be taken at WPU) | 3 credits
BI 151A | The Bible as Sacred Story
 OR  HE 151A | Health & Fitness for Adults (Or approved Bible or health transfer course) | 3 credits
EN 111A | English Composition I (Or equivalent transfer course) | 3 credits
EN 112A | English Composition II (Or equivalent transfer course) | 3 credits
ENV 100A | Environmental Studies (Or approved science transfer course) | 3 credits
BUS 107A or MA 104A | Math Course (Or approved college math transfer course) | 3 credits
        Note: BUS 107A is required for all BA Degrees in the Business Division
EN 120A | Introduction to Literature
OR  HIS 200A or 202A | Introduction to History or US History
OR  FA 200A | Introduction to the Arts (Or approved history or arts transfer course) | 3 credits

Note: Students will meet the four remaining A.A. core requirements through coursework that they take for the major: PSY 100A/140A (Urban Life), BUS 223A (Information Technology), BUS 261A (Critical Thinking), and SS 252A (Diversity).

Elective Credits

Complete enough elective credits to obtain 60 credits total.

Upon successful completion of the Associate of Arts in Organizational Dynamics, graduates will demonstrate:

  1. The ability to integrate knowledge and decision making within the larger framework of the organization and social and cultural contexts.
  2. The ability to apply creativity, innovation, and change.
  3. The ability to develop leadership and interpersonal skills.
  4. The ability to communicate in the functional areas of business.
  5. The human virtues of integrity, humility, compassion, and perseverance.
  6. An increased capacity for conceptualization, strategic thinking, and problem solving.
  7. The ability to act on one’s values and ethics as foundational to good management and leadership.


Our Business Department faculty would love to hear from you.

Dr. Ulf Spears

Interim Dean of Business

Division of: Business
Phone: 503-517-1324

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