Minor in Formal Organizations

Formal Organizations

Formal organizations are people organized into a social unit for the explicit purpose of achieving certain goals. Such organizations include governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, political parties, and the court systems. They do not include informal organizations such as the family, culture, and social groups. Formal organizations are characterized by endurance beyond the participation of individuals and require detailed rules for internal operations.

The Minor now comes with a choice between two tracks, the standard five courses and the new track of six courses that includes entrepreneurship within formal organizations.

Course requirements:

  • FORG 201 Formal Organizations and Market Behavior
  • A history course that demonstrates how formal organizations were developed and employed, ECON 214. Business and Entrepreneurial History, or ECON 249. The Political Economy of Western Civilization.
  • Three other courses drawn from the following approved list.
    • ECON 207. Alternative Economic Systems (prerequisite: ECON 101)
    • ECON 306. Public Finance: Economics of the Public Sector (prerequisite: C+ in ECON 301)
    • ECON 308. Industrial Organization and Public Policy (prerequisite: ECON 301)
    • ENGR 401. Special Topic: Engineering Product Development
    • FORG 210. Internship with Seminar
    • FORG 220. Prototypes and Models of Formal Organizations
    • FORG 225. Sports: Players, Organizations and Markets
    • FORG 280. College
    • FORG 291. Entrepreneurship and Markets
    • FORG 302. Seminar in Entrepreneurship
    • FORG 309. Matching
    • FORG 310. Theory and Philosophy of Markets
    • FORG 315. Prohibitions
    • POLS 301. American Political Parties
    • POLS 309. Congress and Public Policy (prerequisite Political Science 102)
    • POLS 355. Urban Politics
    • ITAL 272/LACS 272/FORG 272 Mafia
  • A presentation given during the senior year on an interdisciplinary topic from the courses the student has completed in the minor.
  • If students wish to complete the track with entrepreneurship, add:
    • FORG 291. Entrepreneurship and Markets or
    • FORG 302. Seminar in Entrepreneurship.