With a Bachelor of Science degree in Management, a student can select from a variety of concentrations which provide in-depth understanding of specific functional areas. The areas of concentration are:
- Business Analytics
- Human Resource Management
- Management Information Systems/Enterprise Resource Planning
- General Management
MANAGEMENT MAJOR CONCENTRATIONS
Concentrations provide a depth of understanding in a specific functional area of specialization within management. A concentration consists of 18 credit hours beyond the required core courses. Concentrations are provided in the areas of Business Analytics, Business Economics, Finance & Banking, General Management, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing.
Students who graduate with a concentration in Business Analytics will be trained specialists having knowledge and ability in the use of data and analytics to solve business problems, to make informed decisions, and to effectively communicate possible courses of actions. The proposed concentration will also provide foundational mathematical and statistical skills, and business knowledge through core business courses offered by the COB. These skills will provide a strong foundation for a broad array of careers in business and organizational analysis, including but not limited to the following: healthcare analytics, fraud detection, transportation analytics, operational analytics, management analytics, financial analytics, and procurement analytics. The concentration in Business Analytics consists of eighteen (18) credit hours.
This concentration focuses on the management of the personnel resources of an organization. Management issues such as planning and forecasting human resource needs, recruiting, maintaining, developing and motivating personnel, succession planning, and compensation are covered. The Human Resource Management concentration prepares students for graduate studies and entry level positions in areas such as compensation and benefits planning, industrial relations, personnel analysis, and performance analysis and evaluation. Students are required to complete a total of 18 credit hours in the field for a concentration in Human Resource Management. Twelve (12) of these credits are required, and six (6) may be satisfied by choosing from elective courses in Human Resource Management. The additional hours must be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.
Management Information Systems/Enterprise Resource Planning (MIS/ERP) involves the management of an inter-related set of components that collect and distribute information to support decision-making and control in an organization. Students explore Enterprise Resource Planning applications, their use and configuration, business intelligence, database, big data, and strategic use of information systems. Graduates of the MIS program will be prepared for graduate studies and for positions as ERP managers, ERP consultants, business analysts, data managers, and business consultants. Students are required to complete a total of 18 credit hours in the field for the concentration. Fifteen (15) of these credits are required, and three (3) may be satisfied by choosing from elective Information Systems courses. The additional hours must be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor.
The Marketing concentration focuses on the strategic planning and systems development necessary to facilitate the exchanges crucial to modern organizational and business success. Careers in marketing include advertising, product management, public relations, customer service, sales, retailing, research, market analysis and data management, as well as international marketing, trade, and distribution. Students also have the option to pursue graduate studies in their area of concentration. Students interested in marketing should be willing to think creatively and possess, or be willing to develop, good analytical and communications skills. A Marketing concentration consists of 18 credit hours of marketing courses. Fifteen (15) of these credits are required, and three (3) may be satisfied by choosing one of the elective courses in Marketing. The additional hours must be selected in consultation with the students’ advisor.
The concentration in General Management is most appropriate for students who have a broad-based interest in the field of management rather than a single area of concentration. This program of study prepares students for careers as leaders of all types of organizations including government, nonprofit, and business. Students are required to complete a total of 18 credit hours to earn a concentration in General Management. Students with a concentration in General Management are also required to complete at least one upper division three (3) credit-hour course in each of at least three different areas within Management.