BEO Organizational Studies Track (ORGS)

BEO ORGS Overview

The Organizational Studies Track provides an in-depth analysis of business networks, organizational changes, styles of leadership and differences between private and public sector organizations and requires courses in research methods, micro-and-macro organizational theory. The successful completion of 14 or 15 courses, depending upon the year of graduation, is required for this BEO track.

Building on the 8-BEO Foundation course requirements, BEO Organization Studies students must successfully complete an additional 6-7 courses, including introductory and advanced research methods and the opportunity to deepen and/or broadened exposure to Organizational theories in a broad array of fields including, politics, public policy, health care and education among others.

Organization Relevant courses (OREs) allow students to deepen and/or broaden their exposure to topics and settings that are either strongly determined by, or strongly determining of, organizational activities and outcomes. An approved ORE course will include a clear linkage to commerce, organizations and/or entrepreneurship, and it will incorporate organizational phenomena and perspectives in a significant portion of its coursework.

Advanced Organization Studies (AOS) courses directly employ and extend the theories and perspectives introduced by the foundational Organizational Studies courses. They are most often taught by core Organization Studies faculty. AOS courses are vetted on a regular basis by the Organization Studies track advisor, to ensure that these courses thoroughly incorporate Organization Studies perspectives and focus primarily on organizational processes and phenomena.

As with all other BEO tracks, Organizational Studies students are required to participate in the senior Capstone experience. This is a seminal feature of the BEO program and allows students to work in small groups in partnership with sponsoring organizations and a Brown faculty member on semester or year-long real-world projects. A second semester of the BEO Capstone is required for the classes of 2019 and beyond. For many BEO students, the Capstone experience is the excellent preparation for their professional life after Brown.

 See file at bottom of this page for BEO ORGS Electives 2020-2021 Academic Year (as of 8.17.20).

beo organizational studies track: course requirements Summary
 --For detailed course listings see table below--
BEO Foundation Courses (must be completed prior to Senior Capstone) 8
Introduction to Research Methods (SOC 1020 or SOC 1050) 1
Organization-Relevant Electives (OREs) (including any course from the ARM or AOS course listings) 2
Advanced Organizational Studies (AOS) 1
Advanced Research Methods (ARM) 1
BEO Capstone (Spring Capstone is required for BEO Classes 2019 and beyond) 1-2

Total BEO Organizational Studies Track Course Requirements



ORGS Foundation Courses


ECON 0110

Principles of Economics

ECON 1110

Intermediate Microeconomics

Any 2 of these three courses in Sociology/Organizational Theory

SOC 0300

Organizations and Society

SOC 1311 (fall only)

Micro-organizational Theory (formerly SOC 1090)

SOC 1315 (spring only)

Macro-organizational Theory (formerly SOC 1030)

ENGN 0020 (spring only),


ENGN 0030 (fall only)

Transforming Society –Technology & Choices for the

Future, or

Introduction to Engineering

ENGN 1010

The Entrepreneurial Process: Innovation in Practice

MATH 0090

MATH 0100

or MATH 0170

or ECON 0170

or AP BC Calculus

or IB HL Math

Introductory Calculus, Part I (or higher) (Classes 2018-2020)

Introductory Calculus, Part II (or higher) (Classes 2021+)

Advanced Placement Calculus

Essential Mathematics for Economics

with a score of 4 or higher, appearing on Brown transcript

with a min. score of 5 (IB Standard-level is not accepted)

SOC 1100

or APMA 0650

or ECON 1620

Introductory Statistics for Social Research

Essential Statistics

Introduction to Econometrics

Track-Specific ORGS | SOC 1020 Methods of Social Research  


Organization-Relevant Electives (OREs) (including any ARM or AOS course)


 SOC 1070

Money Sociology

 SOC 1114

Law and Society

 SOC 1871C

Sociology of the Legal Profession

 AMCV 1610A

American Advertising: History and Consequences

 AMST 1600D | EDUC 0860

Sports in American Society

 AMST 1700I

Community Engagement with Health and the Environment

CLPS 1250

Human Factors

CLPS 1470

Mechanism of Motivated Decision Making

CSCI 1900

CSCI Startup

ECON 1760

Financial Institutions

EDUC 1020

History of American Education

*EDUC 1040

Sociology of Education

EDUC 1060

Politics and Public Education

EDUC 1150

Education, the Economy, and School Reform

EDUC 1200

History of American School Reform

EDUC 1650

Policy Implementation in Education

EDUC 1730

American Higher Education in Historical Context

EDUC 1760

Education and Public Policy

ENGN 1930S

Land Use and Built Environment: An Entrepreneurial View

ETHN 1890C

Business, Culture, and Globalization: An Ethnographic Perspective

HIST 0150A

History of Capitalism

HIST 1979F

Political Economy: The Intellectual History of Capitalism

PHIL 1550

Decision Theory: Foundations and Application

PHP 2400

The U.S. Health Care System: Case Studies in Financing, Delivery, Regulation and Public Health

POLS 1150

Prosperity: The Ethics and Economics of Wealth Creation 

POLS 1240

Politics, Markets and States in Developing Countries

POLS 1770

Education, Inequality, and American Democracy

POLS 1820W

Market Liberalism: Origins, Principles and Contemporary Applications

PLCY 1700R

Urban Revitalization: Lessons from the Providence Plan

PLCY 1701D

Global Graying: The Impact of an Aging Society on Public and Private Sector

PLCY 1701J

Policy Implementation

PLCY 1701K

Governance in the Academy

PLCY 1701Q

Leading Social Ventures

PLCY 1710O

Labor Market Policy

PLCY 1800

Investigating Modes of Social Change

PLCY 1810

Models for Sustaining Social Transformation

PLCY 1824

Social Entrepreneurship, Policy and Systems

PLCY 1910

Social Entrepreneurship

PLCY 2150

Strategic Communication

PLCY 2160

Policy Implementation

PLCY 2655

Regulation and Compliance

Advanced Organization Studies (AOS)


SOC 1060

Leadership in Organizations

SOC 1115

The Enlightened Entrepreneur

SOC 1220

Future of Work

SOC 1870A

Investing in Social Change: The Practice of Philanthropy

SOC 1870L

The Economic Foundations of Everyday Life

SOC 1871O

Law, Innovation, Entrepreneur

SOC 1872B

Sociology of Money

SOC 1872H

Sociology of FIRE

SOC 1872T

Social Innovation and Disruption

CLPS 1730

Psychology in Business and Economics

ECON 1765

Finance, Regulation, and the Economy: Research

ECON 1790 

Corporate Governance, Finance, and Management

EDUC 1630

Strategic Management for School System Excellence

PLCY 1600

Economics for Public Policy

PLCY 1700K

Health Policy Challenges

PLCY 1700V

Nonprofit Organizations

PLCY 2020

Public Budgeting and Management

PLCY 2350

Thinking, Planning and Acting Strategically

PLCY 2550

Managing and Leading Public Affairs

PLCY 2700

Advanced Organizational and Management Strategies

Advanced Research Methods (ARM)


SOC 1117

Focus Groups for Market and Social Research

SOC 1118 (ANTH 1941)

Context Research for Innovation

SOC 1120

Market and Social Surveys

SOC 1127

EPIC: Ethnographic Praxis in Industry

SOC 1260

Market Research in Public and Private Sectors

SOC 1340

Principles and Methods of Geographic Information Systems

ANTH 1940

Ethnographic Research Methods

ECON 1390

Research Methods for Economists

ECON 1630

Econometrics I

EDUC 1100

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

EDUC 1160

Evaluating the impact of Social Programs

PHP 1320

Survey Research in Health Care

PLCY 1200

Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

PLCY 2035

Statistics II for Public Policy Analysis

PLCY 2040

Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

PLCY 2050

Program Evaluation

Senior Year Capstone - (BEO 1930A & 1940A required for classes 2019+)


BEO 1930A

Fall Capstone 

BEO 1940A

Spring Capstone (optional for classes graduating prior to 2019, spring semester is required for classes 2019+ beyond)