Learning and Organizational Change Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Concentration Program—16 units

Course Title
Required Courses (7 units)
LOC 211-0Intro to Organization Theory & Practice
LOC 306-0Studies in Organizational Change
LOC 216-0Introduction to Organizational Learning
1 course for the Sociocultural cluster from:
Culture and Cognition
Redesigning Everyday Organizations
1 course for the Cognitive Psychology cluster from:
Cognition and Action
Learning and Thinking in Organizations
1 course for the Organizational Design cluster from:
Psychology of Technology & Instructional Design
Design of Learning Environments
Designing for Social Change
Redesigning Everyday Organizations
1 course for the Organizational Analysis cluster from:
Learning Organizations for Complex Environments
Tools for Organizational Analysis
Organizational Planning & Analysis
Topics in Learning and Organizational Change (Modern Organizations and Innovation or Team Dynamics)
Social Policymaking and Implementation
Concentration Courses (9 units)
Must be selected from an approved list of courses in LOC, other SESP concentrations, and disciplines such as cognitive science, communication studies, computer science, economics, psychology, and sociology. Must include at least 4 courses at the 300 level. Up to 3 units of SESP 390-0 Research Apprenticeship or SESP 399-0 Independent Study and 3 units of SESP 398-0 Honors Thesis may be counted toward this requirement.
Students who are interested in the business field are encouraged to take 3 or more units in economics, business institutions, computer science, industrial engineering, or a foreign language for example, Economics (e.g., ECON 201-0 Introduction to Macroeconomics, ECON 202-0 Introduction to Microeconomics), business institutions (e.g., BUS_INST 301-0 Accounting​).

SESP Core (8 units)

Course Title
Basic courses—2 units
SESP 201-0Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence
or SESP 203-0 Human Development: Adulthood and Aging
1 inequality and diversity issues course, chosen from:
Culture, Language, & Identity
Culture and Cognition
Gender and the Life Course
Race and Education
Social Contexts of Education
or an approved equivalent
Research methods—2 units
SESP 210-0Introduction to Statistics and Research Methodology
SESP 372-0Methods of Observing Human Behavior
Practicum—4 units 1
SESP 382-0Practicum in Human Development; Learning Sciences
or SESP 384-0 Practicum in Human Development - Washington, D.C.
or SESP 386-0 Practicum: Human Development & Psychological Svcs.
or SESP 387-0 Practicum: Learning& Organizational Change
or SESP 388-0 Practicum: Social Policy
or SESP 389-0 Practicum in Human Development - San Francisco

This 4-unit course may be taken either for 1 quarter during the junior year or for nine weeks during the Summer Session before or after the junior year; no fifth unit may be taken concurrently without special permission. At least 2 quarters before registering for the course, students must consult the SESP practicum director regarding procedures and site-placement application materials; for Summer Session practicums, consultation should be scheduled at least 3 quarters in advance.

Distribution Requirements (10 units)

  • 2 natural sciences courses
  • 2 formal studies courses (mathematics, logic, etc.)
  • 2 historical studies courses
  • 2 ethics and values courses (philosophy, religion, etc.)
  • 2 literature and fine arts courses

Selected courses from Weinberg College and professional schools across the University may be used to fulfill distribution requirements with the consent of the student’s adviser and the SESP assistant dean for student affairs.

Electives (8 units)

Courses from any school across the University may be used to fulfill elective requirements. Students are encouraged to discuss their elective plans with their advisers; they may be able to pursue a second major or a minor using elective credits.