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​Organizational Behavior Curriculum

First Year

Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

Tools Course: Quantitative Methods I (Psych 5066)
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Second Semester

Tools Course: Quantitative Methods II (Psych 5067)
Cognitive Psychology Seminar (e.g., Advanced Cognitive Psychology)
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* The order of classes may change due to availability, and classes may be substituted with approval. A communications course (that focuses on oral communication) is also recommended during the first two years. When the student takes the course is determined by the student and his/her advisor.

Research

  • Attend Organizational Behavior Seminars
  • Begin research collaborations

Milestones/Hurdles

  • In the summer after the first year, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st after the first year.
  • First year summer papers are due at the end of the first summer prior to beginning second year course work.
  • In August after the first year, students must attend an RA/TA orientation offered by The Teaching Center. This is required before submitting any RA/TA hours.
Second Year

Courses

Third Semester

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Tools Course: Research Methods/Analysis (eg, Research Designs and Methods, Psych 5011)
Psychology Elective Seminar

Fourth Semester

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Psychology Elective Seminar

Research

  • Attend Organizational Behavior Seminars
  • Continue research collaborations

Milestones/Hurdles

  • Field exam
  • Second year summer papers are due at the end of the second summer prior to third year course work.
  • In the summer, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st.
Third Year

Courses

Electives (directed readings, independent studies)
B53 660 Seminar in Presentation Skills (fall semester, required)

Research

  • Attend Organizational Behavior Seminars
  • Paper Presentations (brown bag seminars and conferences)
  • Dissertation Research

Milestones/Hurdles

  • In the summer, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st.
Fourth Year

Courses

Electives (directed readings, independent studies)

Research

  • Attend Organizational Behavior Seminars
  • Paper Presentations (brown bag seminars and conferences)
  • Dissertation Research

Milestones/Hurdles

  • Dissertation Proposal – students must be able to assemble a Research Advisory Committee for the proposal of their dissertation and must submit a Title, Scope and Procedure Form as the committee’s approval of the proposed dissertation by September 30th after the fourth year
  • In the summer, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st.
Fifth Year

Courses

Dissertation Course (12 credits – 6 each semester)

Research

  • Attend Organizational Behavior Seminars
  • Paper Presentations (job market paper presentations with faculty and at conferences)
  • Dissertation Research

Milestones/Hurdles

  • Intent to Graduate (complete form online)
  • Job Market and Placement
  • Oral Defense of Dissertation
  • Submission of Examination Approval Form which signifies committee’s approval
  • Upload of Final, Approved Dissertation to Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Submission of Documented Teaching Requirements to PhD Office

PhD OB Courses

  • B56 HRM 620 Seminar in Organizational Behavior I
  • B56 HRM 621 Seminar in Organizational Behavior II
  • B56 HRM 624 Leadership & Social Exchange in Organizational Behavior
  • B56 HRM 626 Negotiations & Conflict Management
  • B56 HRM 627 Early Doctoral Pro-Seminar in Organizational Behavior
  • B56 HRM 628 Independent Study in Organizational Behavior
  • B56 HRM 629 Directed Readings in Organizational Behavior
  • B56 HRM 640 Doctoral Seminar on Social Hierarchy in Organizational Behavior

Psychology Elective Seminars

Personality and the Self
Introduction to Affective Science
Imagery and Memory
Memory, Emotion, and Attitudes
Experimental Social Psychology
Emotion Regulation