Emotional Intelligence and Organizational Behavior

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Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 quarters

Taught by

development/learning, abnormal psychology, multicultural psychology

In this junior and senior program, students will learn the fundamentals of organizational psychology, especially organizational behavior. We will focus on factors influencing organizational climate, communication, and ethics from macro (cultural/societal), meso (institutional), and micro (familial) perspectives.

During the fall quarter, students will explore emotional intelligence and its impact on our mental, emotional, and physical health. We will examine the lack of cultural, institutional, and familial support for emotional intelligence throughout socialization and its consequences on our perception; intra- and interpersonal communication; and motivation. Paradigm shifts in thinking (from dichotomous and hierarchical to holistic) and learning (from conceptual to transformative) will be emphasized in order to learn to value both cognitive and emotional intelligence.

During winter quarter, students will examine the relationship between emotional intelligence and organizational behavior (e.g., conflict resolution, group dynamics, and power struggle) from multiple sources (e.g., theories of personality, cultural diversity, and organizational policies and culture). Organizational behavior is about how humans behave at work consciously or unconsciously.  Students will explore the relationship between emotional intelligence and organizational behavior from an employee’s as well as an employer’s perspectives in order to find factors influencing job satisfaction, productivity, health, absenteeism, and accountability. 

Students will be expected to successfully demonstrate appropriate college-level writing, thinking, and oral communication skills and attend every program activity on time with full preparation to participate. Students will be expected to work efficiently for a minimum of 40 hours each week (including class time). Activities will include lectures, seminar discussions, workshops, mindfulness practices, self-reflection activities, weekly small group process meetings, and integrative academic paper writing, and integrating theory with practice.

Students should be prepared to explore challenging and unfamiliar ideas that will expand their creative mode of inquiry.

Program Details

Fields of Study

communication cultural studies health leadership studies psychology somatic studies

Preparatory For

leadership studies, communication, and psychology.


Fall Open Winter Closed

Location and Schedule

Final Schedule and Room Assignment

Campus Location


Time Offered


Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online


2017-05-10Description has been updated.