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Bachelor's in Business Management Courses Online

Curriculum Details


The curriculum in the Bachelor of Science in Business Management program provides you with the skills you need to pursue a successful career.

The required courses in the business management major cover broad-based business topics, including principles of management, business communication and human resource management. To gain hands-on experience, you’ll complete a required internship or practicum.

Our business management degree is flexible, allowing you to add a double major in human resources or minor in HR, IT, econ or labor and working class studies to further diversify your skills. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to make an impact in a variety of roles or to pursue graduate study.

Core Courses


An introductory course dealing with today’s global business environment and management principles. Overview topics include types of business organizations, their structures, dynamics, administration, and work distribution functions such as directing, controlling, and staffing, and the roles of women in management. The course culminates in the development of a complete business plan as a major project.

An introduction to the discipline of accounting; introduces accounting principles, terms and concepts governing the recording, reporting, and analyzing of accounting data. The accounting cycle—journal entries, general ledger, trial balances, and financial statements (income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement) will be studied. The student will also develop a basic understanding of how to analyze financial statements to determine profitability, financial position, and liquidity.

A theoretical and practical application of communication principles related to business. Emphasis is given to written expression in accomplishing human relations objectives necessary for success in working with and influencing other persons. The principles studied in this course are derived from cases involving the writing of business letters, reports, and memoranda. The job-finding process, including letters of application, resumes, and interviews, receives special emphasis. Electronic and telephone communications are covered. PREREQUISITES: CC 100 OR SKW 101, CC 101 OR SKC 101 AND BSM 103.

This course provides an examination of the concepts of global organizational behavior at these varied levels: individual, interpersonal, group, and cross-cultural. Also, managerial applications of the behavioral sciences and human relations theories will be studied and evaluated through a systems viewpoint. Cross-cultural considerations will be examined as well in organizational culture/structure aspects. PREQUISITE: BSM 103. CO-REQUISITE: PY 101

An introductory study of financial management of business organizations. Topics include a firm’s environment, financial statements, financial analysis and planning, short-term financial decisions, long-term financial concepts, capital structure and dividend policy, sources of long-term financing, expansion and failure of business entities, and the stock market.

An introduction to the basics of human resource management. The student will analyze the functions of human resource planning, employment planning, equal employment opportunity, workplace diversity, recruitment, selection, appraisal, development, compensation, employee relations, and labor relations within the context of organizational objectives and the legal environment.

An introduction to the legal principles, obligations, and rights related to the conduct of business and industry. Topics include contracts, agency, sales, negotiable instruments, and learning to respond to obstacles and opportunities in the work environment and adapt to unexpected events such as changes in work processes or customer demands. This course also includes a study of the conduct of business as it relates to equal employment, consumer protection, and occupational safety.

An introductory study of the principles and functions of marketing. Topics include product development, market research, channels of distribution, and pricing and promotion. Students will analyze cases dealing with current marketing successes and failures. PREREQUISITE: BSM 103

A study of effective organizational planning that includes an understanding and application of strategic planning processes and how they translate to tactical and operational endeavors. Students will examine several strategic planning models and apply concepts learned in an organizational case study. Also discussed is the importance of environmental monitoring, teamwork, corporate culture, and dissemination of information. The course will culminate in the team writing of an actual strategic plan. PREREQUISITE: BSM 103.

An analysis of the role of business in society. Topics include the role of business within the community, the relationship of business with government, and the regulatory environment. The issues studied will involve both market and non-market decisions that have social, political, and ethical ramifications. Also, the effect of values and cultural norms on managerial decision-making and how this relates to managers facing a global environment and diverse workforce will be analyzed. PREREQUISITE: BSM 103. FULFILLS ESR COMPASS REQUIREMENT

A course that builds on basic knowledge of management functions, particularly planning at the strategic, tactical, and operational levels. The course focuses on project accomplishment. Students will learn to identify, allocate, and coordinate human, financial, and technical resources to accomplish organizational goals and objectives. Communication and schedule adherence are essential themes throughout the course. Students will be asked to identify an actual work project, and complete both a project analysis and a project outline using MS Project as the final assignments in the course. PREREQUISITE: BSM 103.

Internships and practicums are opportunities for students to apply concepts learned in accounting and business courses by working in a field of interest related to the students’ programs of study. Student internships and practicums must meet departmental and university requirements. Students must meet with the course instructor to discuss and to obtain approval for the internship or practicum placement. Open to students who have completed at least 60 academic credits. Students may
register for between 1-3 credits.

Elective Course Examples


A study of theories concerning the behavior of individuals, households, firms, and industries and their patterns in regard to production and consumption. Examines the influence of the pricing system on the production and distribution of goods and services.

A study of the basic theory of the determination of output, prices, and employment in the United States’ economic system. The role of monetary and fiscal policies and practices is analyzed. This course also compares other economic systems with that of the United States.

A first course in information systems that introduces students to the fundamental concepts related to the use of IT in organizations from a managerial perspective. Students will learn to recognize the strategic value of IT and will become familiar with the different ways in which IT is used in organizations (e.g. enterprise systems, business intelligence). Students will also learn IT skills to improve their personal productivity. The course has been designed to also include hands-on activities, mainly in the areas of databases, Web design, and e-commerce. Students will prepare a business case to propose and justify an IT initiative in a real organization. This course has been designed as a stand-alone portal course in IT for majors in all disciplines. PREREQUISITES: CC 100 OR SKW 101, CC 101 OR SKC 101, OR PERMISSION FROM THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR.

A hands-on progressive course that provides the student with basic to advanced skills to create/modify Excel worksheets in order to meet the fundamental needs of an organization. Students will learn how to perform basic, intermediate, and advanced formulas and create a webpage using Excel. Key concepts and terminology will reinforce hands-on practice, while hands-on instruction, practice and assignments are used to assess technological skills. This course is designed for students in all majors seeking to enhance technology skills and knowledge.

A hands-on introductory course that will provide the student with fundamental knowledge and understanding of Microsoft Access. The student will learn how to perform basic file management operations within the relational database of Microsoft Access. Key concepts and terminology will be discussed in order to reinforce the hands-on practice. Hands-on instruction, practice, and assignments are given to assess the student’s technological skills. This course is designed for students in all majors to enhance their technology skills and knowledge but is particularly important for students interested in IT 242 and the database management track.

A study of the ideas and tools of practical statistics using data in context. Methods and strategies for exploring data graphically and quantitatively are examined, as well as statistical reasoning and the tools of inference that go beyond the data to draw conclusions about a wider population, with attention paid to the uncertainty of these conclusions. Students will conduct standard one and two sample statistical analyses. 3 credits

This is the first in a sequence of research methods courses for students in the Social Change majors. This course familiarizes students with the most common research methods used in the social and behavioral sciences, with an emphasis on critical thinking and becoming informed consumers of research. This course culminates with the final project in which students prepare a research proposal.
PREREQUISITES: CC 100, 101, 102 OR SKC 101, SKW 101, SKQ 101.

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