Major in Management Studies

Students may seek an academic major in management studies.

With a focus on developing workplace-relevant competencies, the management studies major provides an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to decision making, problem solving, and leadership. The curriculum includes a foundation in business, accounting, economics, statistics, communications, and management theory and focuses on analysis and decision making across a wide spectrum of management activities. The major prepares students for a variety of management-related careers.

Intended Program Outcomes

The student who graduates with a major in management studies should be able to

  • Apply leadership skills to promote communication, ethical behavior, and quality performance.
  • Implement appropriate employment practices, encourage team building, and mentor junior members of the staff.
  • Effectively communicate with culturally diverse audiences using a variety of formats and technology.
  • Assess and develop performance measures, feedback, and coaching that facilitate employee development.
  • Employ self-reflection and mindfulness of individual and cultural differences when interacting with others.
  • Research, plan, and develop processes and procedures that ensure organizational performance.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements Update

Degree requirements are being updated for fall 2015. How does this affect you? Your degree requirements may vary depending on when you start your program.

A degree with a major in management studies requires the successful completion of 120 credits of coursework, including 36 credits for the major; 41 credits in general education requirements; and 43 credits in the minor, electives, and other degree requirements. At least 18 credits in the major must be earned in upper-level courses (numbered 300 or above).

Requirements for the Management Studies Major

Coursework for a major in management studies includes the following:

Recommended Sequence

The following course sequence will fulfill all the requirements for the BS in management studies. Coursework for the major is indicated by Coursework for the major. Since some recommended courses fulfill more than one requirement, substituting courses for those listed may make it necessary to take additional courses to meet degree requirements. Students should consult an advisor whenever taking advantage of other options.

Management Studies Degree Courses

First Courses (to be taken within the first 18 credits)

Note: Placement tests are required for math and writing courses.

  • LIBS 150 Introduction to Research (1)
  • WRTG 101 Introduction to Writing (3)
    or WRTG 101S Introduction to Writing (3)
  • MATH 106 Finite Mathematics (3)
    or a higher-level math course
  • Coursework for the major BMGT 110 Introduction to Business and Management (3)
    (students with business experience should substitute a supplemental major course in the last 60 credits of study) 

Introductory Courses (to be taken within the first 30 credits) 

  • ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
    or ECON 203 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
    (related requirement for the major; also fulfills the behavioral and social sciences requirement)
  • BIOL 103 Introduction to Biology (4)
    or other biological and physical sciences lecture and laboratory course(s)
  • WRTG 293 Introduction to Professional Writing (3)
    or other writing course
  • IFSM 201 Concepts and Applications of Information Technology (3)
    (prerequisite to later course)
  • HUMN 100 Introduction to Humanities (3)
    or other arts and humanities course

Foundation Courses (to be taken within the first 60 credits)  

  • Coursework for the major STAT 230 Introductory Business Statistics (3)
    or STAT 200 Introduction to Statistics (3)
  • BEHS 103 Technology in Contemporary Society (3)
    or other behavioral and social sciences course (discipline must differ from first)
  • Coursework for the major ACCT 220 Principles of Accounting I (3)
    or ACCT 301 Accounting for Nonaccounting Managers (3)
  • NSCI 100 Introduction to Physical Science (3)
    or other biological and physical sciences lecture course 
  • HIST 125 Technological Transformations (3)
    or other arts and humanities/historical perspective course (discipline must differ from other humanities course
  • COMM 202 Media and Society (3)
    or other communication, writing, or speech course 
  • IFSM 300 Information Systems in Organizations (3)
    (related requirement for the major; also fulfills the computing requirement
  • Coursework for the major HRMN 302 Organizational Communication (3)

Additional Required Courses (to be taken after introductory and foundation courses) 

  • WRTG 394 Advanced Business Writing (3)
    or other upper-level advanced writing course               
  • Coursework for the major BMGT 364 Management and Organization Theory (3) 
  • Coursework for the major BMGT 365 Organizational Leadership (3) 
  • Coursework for the major BMGT 464 Organizational Behavior (3)
    or BMGT 465 Organizational Development and Transformation
  • Coursework for the major MRKT 310 Marketing Principles (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major FINC 330 Business Finance (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major HRMN 300 Human Resource Management (3)
    or other supplemental major course
  • Coursework for the major BMGT 317 Decision Making (3)
    or other supplemental major course             

Capstone Course for Major (to be taken in the last 15 credits) 

Coursework for the major BMGT 485 Leadership for the 21st Century (3)     

Minor and Elective Courses (43)
(to be taken in the last 60 credits along with required major courses)


Total credits for BS in management studies: 120

1 Source: "The Online College Labor Market," Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce, based on data from Burning Glass Technologies, 2014.
2 Source:Recovery: Job Growth and Education Requirements Through 2020,” Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2013.
3 Source: "Moving the Goalposts: How Demand for a Bachelor's Degree Is Reshaping the Workforce," Burning Glass Technologies, 2014.

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Realize Your Earning Potential

  • The average salary of professionals in management occupations is $107,000.1
  • Managerial and professional office jobs are predicted to grow 24 percent by 2020, the most of any job category.2
  • About three-quarters of the job postings for transportation, storage, and distribution managers in 2013 called for a bachelor’s degree.3

Management Faculty-Practitioners

Here's just a sampling of where our management faculty have worked and built professional experience.

  • C2HM Hill
  • Department of the Navy
  • Megacom Services LLC
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Unisys

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