Minor in Workplace Studies

Workplace studies involve the investigation of social order as an emergent property of situated interactions. Workplace studies are rooted in the sociological investigation of how people go about the construction of social order and group membership through their everyday activities. Students receiving a Minor in Workplace Studies will acquire the skills of ethnographic investigation and analysis of interaction, and will understand how the “work” of the workplace and society are accomplished.

Required Courses
Select three of the following: 9
Social Problems
Sociology of Work and Organizations
Technology, Society and Work
Talk at Work
Immigrant Entrepreneurship
Select one of the following (or any course from the list above):3
Diversity, Minorities and Social Change
Self and Society
Experimental Course in Sociology
Sociology of the Edge
Directed Study in Sociology (with suitable topic and approval of minor advisor)

Courses satisfying the requirements for the Minor in Workplace Studies must be drawn from humanities/social science, arts and sciences and/or unrestricted electives only. Courses may not be used for both the behavioral science general education required course AND the minor. Courses from other departments will be considered by the minor coordinator.

Policies Related to Minors

  • Some major/minor combinations are prohibited. See the major/minor exclusions list for more information.
  • Courses taken to fulfill a minor can be applied as business-related electives, arts and sciences electives, unrestricted electives, the humanities/social science elective or the mathematics/natural sciences elective.
  • The electives guide defines all classes as either arts and sciences or business. Students are strongly encouraged to maintain an awareness of where courses taken for a minor apply to their degree requirements.
  • Courses fulfilling General Education requirements (except the humanities/social science elective and the math/natural science elective) may not be applied to a minor.
  • Courses used to fulfill the modern language requirement for BA students cannot be applied to a minor.
  • Courses fulfilling Business Core requirements may not be applied to a minor (except for the Business Studies Minor).  
  • A course taken under the Pass/Fail/D policy may be applied to the minor.
  • Major courses (including courses applied to the Liberal Studies Major or Business Studies Major) may not be applied to a minor.
  • Students may apply only one course (from sources such as transfer, IB or AP) not taken at Bentley or as part of a Bentley-approved study abroad program to the minor.
  • Students may only complete a maximum of two minors.
  • Students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the minor.