Management and Society Major, B.A.

Management and society is an interdisciplinary major that focuses on the institutional context and inner workings of organizations. The major prepares students for a variety of positions in private or public-sector organizations. Additionally, many students find the curriculum to be excellent preparation for a variety of business-oriented graduate and professional degree programs.

Some students have combined management and society with majors in such academic disciplines as economics, sociology, psychology, public policy, history, and political science.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the management and society program, students should be able to:

  • Identify different types of workplace conditions — e.g., the effects of communication, authority structure, levels of worker interdependence, and demographic characteristics of workers — and their consequences on worker morale and productivity
  • Trace the history, implementation, and consequences of specific public policies affecting the workforces of businesses, nonprofit organizations, and governmental organizations
  • Identify and explain general social, historical, and economic forces that affect job markets and job stability

Requirements 

In addition to the program requirements, students must

  • earn a minimum final cumulative GPA of 2.000
  • complete a minimum of 45 academic credit hours earned from UNC–Chapel Hill courses
  • take at least half of their major core requirements (courses and credit hours) at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the major core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for major or specific courses.

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
The major in management and society consists of 10 core courses grouped into the following four areas:
Economics:
ECON/MNGT 310Microeconomics: Theory and Applications (by the end of the junior year)3
or ECON 410 IDEAs in Action General Education logo Intermediate Microeconomics
Employer-employee relations: one course from three of the five clusters below:9
Cluster 1:
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Leading and Managing: An Introduction to Organizational Behavior
Cluster 2:
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Interpersonal and Organizational Communication H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Small Group Communication
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Organizational Communication H
Cluster 3:
Social Relations in the Workplace
Cluster 4:
Social Psychology H
Social Interaction
Cluster 5:
Tests and Measurement
Human resources and labor markets:
ECON/MNGT 380The Economics of Labor Relations 13
MNGT/SOCI 427IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Labor Force3
The social context of business:
ECON/MNGT 345IDEAs in Action General Education logo Public Policy Toward Business 13
MNGT/SOCI 410IDEAs in Action General Education logo Formal Organizations and Bureaucracy3
Two additional courses are required, one course from two of the four clusters below:6
Cluster 1:
Economic History of the United States 1
IDEAs in Action General Education logo History of American Business
Cluster 2:
The Worker and American Life
Cluster 3:
Social Stratification
Cluster 4:
Economy and Society
Additional Requirements
One of the following:3-4
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Calculus for Business and Social Sciences F
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Calculus of Functions of One Variable I H, F
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Decision Models for Business and Economics
PSYC 101IDEAs in Action General Education logo General Psychology F3
ECON 101IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Economics H, F4
HIST 128IDEAs in Action General Education logo American History since 18653
SOCI 101IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sociological Perspectives H3
or SOCI 100 IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sociological Perspective Through Documentary Film
One of the following applied statistics courses outside the major:3
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Data Science and Econometrics H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Statistical Principles of Psychological Research H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Data Analysis
Total Hours49-50
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

F

FY-Launch class sections may be available. A FY-Launch section fulfills the same requirements as a standard section of that course, but also fulfills the FY-SEMINAR/FY-LAUNCH First-Year Foundations requirement. Students can search for FY-Launch sections in ConnectCarolina using the FY-LAUNCH attribute.

1

Double majors in economics and management and society may take ECON 430 instead of ECON 330, ECON 445 instead of ECON 345, and ECON 480 instead of ECON 380.

Some of the core courses are cross-listed.

Sample Plan of Study

Sample plans can be used as a guide to identify the courses required to complete the major and other requirements needed for degree completion within the expected eight semesters. The actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Students should meet with their academic advisor to create a degree plan that is specific and unique to their interests. The sample plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UNC–Chapel Hill in the fall term. Some courses may not be offered every term.

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
First-Year Foundations:
IDST 101 IDEAs in Action General Education logo College Thriving 1
ENGL 105
IDEAs in Action General Education logo English Composition and Rhetoric
or IDEAs in Action General Education logo English Composition and Rhetoric (Interdisciplinary)
3
First-Year Seminar or First-Year Launch 1 3
Triple-I and Data Literacy 4
Global Language through level 3 varies
Major Courses:
ECON 101 IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Economics H, F 4
PSYC 101 IDEAs in Action General Education logo General Psychology F 3
SOCI 101
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sociological Perspectives H
or IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sociological Perspective Through Documentary Film
3
One of the following: 3-4
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Calculus for Business and Social Sciences F
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Calculus of Functions of One Variable I H, F
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Decision Models for Business and Economics
Hours 24-25
Sophomore Year
HIST 128 IDEAs in Action General Education logo American History since 1865 3
Employee-Employer Relations course #1 (see cluster list) 1 3
Employee-Employer Relations course #2 (see cluster list) 1 3
MNGT 410 IDEAs in Action General Education logo Formal Organizations and Bureaucracy (SOCI 410) 3
Hours 12
Junior Year
ECON 310
Microeconomics: Theory and Applications
or Microeconomics: Theory and Applications
or IDEAs in Action General Education logo Intermediate Microeconomics
3
ECON 400
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Data Science and Econometrics H
or IDEAs in Action General Education logo Statistical Principles of Psychological Research
or IDEAs in Action General Education logo Data Analysis
3
ECON 380
The Economics of Labor Relations
or The Economics of Labor Relations
3
Additional course #1 (see cluster list) 3
Hours 12
Senior Year
MNGT 427
IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Labor Force
or IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Labor Force
3
ECON 345
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Public Policy Toward Business
or IDEAs in Action General Education logo Public Policy Toward Business
3
Employee-Employer Relations course #3 (see cluster list) 2 3
Additional course #2 (see cluster list) 3
Hours 12
Total Hours 60-61
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

F

FY-Launch class sections may be available. A FY-Launch section fulfills the same requirements as a standard section of that course, but also fulfills the FY-SEMINAR/FY-LAUNCH First-Year Foundations requirement. Students can search for FY-Launch sections in ConnectCarolina using the FY-LAUNCH attribute.

1

First-Year Seminar or First-Year Launch in the major (e.g., SOCI 100, MATH 231, ECON 101). 

2

If hoping to take BUSI 405, students will need to apply for the course a full semester in advance through the Business School.

Special Opportunities in Management and Society

Honors in Management and Society

A student may, as a result of distinguished work (3.3 grade point average or higher), be awarded a degree with honors or highest honors. This requires completion of a senior honors thesis. Interested students should contact the Sociology director of undergraduate studies and/or assistant director for more information. Honors students should enroll in MNGT 691H and MNGT 692H (or the SOCI equivalent of these courses) during the fall and spring semesters of their senior year. MNGT 692H will fulfill one of the course requirements from the social context of business group listed above. For more information, visit the relevant page on the department's website.

Student Clubs

The Sociology Club is a student-run, student-driven organization that may provide relevant presentations, discussions, guidance, and/or service opportunities in sociology and adjacent fields, including management and society.

Independent Study and Reading

SOCI 396 may be taken for one to three hours of course credit depending on the amount of academic work planned by the student. It is usually taken by juniors and seniors who have completed at least two or three courses in sociology. Students may use independent study to

  • Do reading and research in an area in which no course is offered
  • Take advanced or more specialized coursework in a specific area of sociology

After an area of study has been selected, the student contacts a faculty member in the department whose interests are in or related to the topic area. If the faculty member agrees to direct the student’s independent study, the student needs final approval by the department’s director of undergraduate studies. It is the student’s and faculty supervisor’s responsibility to determine the amount of reading and/or outside work to be done, the frequency with which the student’s progress will be assessed, and the papers or examinations that will constitute the course requirements. An approved learning contract is necessary, and some written work involving sociological analysis is required to receive credit for SOCI 396. Students must sign up for SOCI 396 before the end of the first week of classes. For more information, visit the relevant page on the department’s website.

Independent Experiential Internship

Students may combine employment and study in the form of an internship program for which they receive one to three academic credits through SOCI 393. The student must assume responsibility for employment arrangements. Students may not receive credit for paid employment. The student contacts a faculty member in the department whose interests are in or related to the area of the internship. If the faculty member agrees to direct the internship, the student needs final approval by the department’s director of undergraduate studies. Credit is not provided for the internship alone; some written work involving sociological analysis is required to receive credit for SOCI 393. Because of the expectation that students doing an internship for academic credit will conduct substantive sociological analysis, it is very important that planning begin early. Students must secure all approvals for the contract before the first day of the internship. For more information, visit the relevant page on the department’s website.

Undergraduate Research

Students interested in working with faculty on their research projects should contact the Office for Undergraduate Research for more information and also speak with the director of undergraduate studies.

Department of Sociology

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155 Hamilton Hall, CB# 3210

(919) 962-1007

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Lisa Pearce

ldpearce@email.unc.edu

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies

Rene Iwo

rene.iwo@unc.edu

Chair

Kenneth (Andy) Andrews

kta1@email.unc.edu