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This fund is used to provide for the educational and research objectives of the Management and Society Curriculum of the Department of Sociology.

Management and Society, then known as Industrial Relations, was first offered as Graduate and Undergraduate Curricula at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1947. The program later became a Bachelor’s Degree Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1999, the name of the curriculum was changed to Management and Society. The number of students in the program has steadily grown, and today Management and Society is one of UNC’s largest undergraduate degree programs.

The term “management and society,” in its broadest sense, encompasses not only the societal context of management actions, but also issues such as governmental policy with respect to labor, industrial psychology, industrial sociology, personnel administration, worker education, and human resource management.

Students who expect to work in one or another of the specialized areas of the broad field require knowledge of such techniques as statistics, administrative practices, tests and measurements, and guidance. Even more essential is a broad knowledge and deep understanding of such disciplines as economics, history, sociology, psychology, business, communications and government.

A Management and Society major provides background orientation and useful general knowledge, rather than advanced professional training. To achieve this, graduates pursue on-the-job experience and/ or further academic training at the master’s and even doctoral level.

The Curriculum is an interdisciplinary social science program focusing on modern work environments and their social contexts. Essentially a liberal arts curriculum, Management and Society also possesses a professional orientation. Majors acquire an understanding of the conceptual foundations of interpersonal and institutional relations and the ways these foundations can be applied in the workplace. General areas of study are employer-employee relations, the development of human resources, organizational communications and the institutional context of work.

Many Management and Society majors obtain another major in areas such as economics, public policy, psychology, foreign language, communications or sociology.  Students participate in a variety of other activities, such as sports, student leadership, service and community organizations.  It is typical for majors to have intern, research and foreign studies opportunities while enrolled at UNC.  Since 2008, majors have been active in the establishment and maintenance of the UNC Chapel Hill Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

Upon graduation, majors go on to a variety of interesting and important roles.  While some go on to further advanced studies, leading to an academic or professional career, many others directly enter the workforce.  Careers include public service at all levels of government, non- profit leadership, sales, marketing, and human resources management, to name a few.

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If you have any further questions please contact Ronda Manuel , Assistant Director of Development, Arts and Sciences Foundation, or (919) 962-7266.