Bachelor of Arts inBusiness Management

Majoring in Business Management involves studying the activities associated with running a company, such as planning, organizing, directing, monitoring and controlling. You’ll learn to think about the big picture of a business’s operations and how it interacts with larger market forces. What’s the optimal balance between worker specialization and cross-training? What are the environmental considerations of expansion? How do global markets impact sales? You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for any business or organization as you take 44 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Business Management Curriculum Overview

Students will develop business skills in leadership, team-building, and project management. They will explore core business principles in marketing, finance, management, law, economics and accounting with an emphasis on international perspectives and ethics. Students investigate various dimensions of business decisions by delving into case studies and working with area businesses to develop solutions to situations they may later face in the business world.

TRAD: Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ECO - 101 Macroeconomics 4
MAT - 110 Intro Probability & Statistics 3

This course will illustrate the dynamic integration of America within the global economy by focusing on macroeconomics policy areas such as trade, exchange rate policy and domestic economic policy. The course will also introduce students to alternative theoretical frameworks such as classical, Keynesian, monetarism, rational expectations, Marxist, and institutionalist perspectives. The course will explore problems facing the less industrialized countries and the newly emerging countries and the United StatesÀ role in their development.

This course will explore fundamental topics from probability and descriptive and inferential statistics and apply these to a range of areas of study including business, social science, and biology. Topics include probability and counting rules, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, chi-square, and analysis-of-variance. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in MAT100 or MAT103 or level 3 or higher placement on the Math Placement Exam.)

Required: 44 credits First Year
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ECO - 102 Microeconomics 2
MAN - 120 Basics of Business 2
CSC - 121 Basics Technology in Business 2

This course will illustrate the dynamic integration of America within the global economy by focusing on the microeconomics issues such as the role of multinational corporations, antitrust policy, and strategic trade policy. The course will first introduce students to basic microeconomics theory such as market structure (perfect competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly), factor markets, the role of government in the global economy, welfare reform, environmental policy and trade, and exchange rate policy. The course will then illustrate the global dimensions of domestic microeconomics policy. (Prerequisite: ECO101)

Students learn to make decisions in a dynamic business environment. Fundamental course concepts include developing a business plan, managing people and operations, and the basics of marketing, finance, and communications.

The purpose of this course is to respond to the technological demands of business today. Students will be equipped with the required knowledge and skills to fulfill basic business needs. A foundation in fundamental tools and emerging technologies will be explored through both practice and theory with a focus on how they can be leveraged for business advantage. A solid base in business information systems will provide students the confidence to generate and manage information for thoughtful and informed decisions. Business efficiency and productivity topics will include emerging and contemporary technologies for data management, business intelligence, and professional communication.

Second Year
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MAN - 201 Business Analytics 2

In this course students will learn to use various tools to analyze data and make predictions. These tools include probability analysis, hypothesis testing, regression analysis, linear programming and tools for financial analysis. (Prerequisite: MAT110 - can be taken concurrently)

Third Year
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
FIN - 301 Corporate Finance I 4
LAW - 401 Legal Environment of Business 2
BUS - 310 Organizational Behavior 4
MAR - 301 Principles of Marketing 4
MLM - 532 Project & Quality Management 4

This course explores the basics of financial management. Topics include the capital markets, the cash budget, pro forma statements, analysis of financial statements, and the time value of money Students also complete a research project. (Prerequisites: ACC201, MAT110 , MAT125 or MAT135)

This course examines the administrative and common law regulation of business. Constitutional Law, Title VII and product liability are covered. Students also examine contract law and the Uniform Commercial Code provisions on sales and secured transactions.

Organizations are complex entities and understanding them is important for students in business programs. This course investigates the impact of individuals, groups, the structures, and the environments of organizations.

This course provides an introduction to the study of marketing in business and other organizations. Topics that will be addressed in this course include the marketing environment, marketing ethics, information gathering, product development, pricing strategies, distribution strategies, the promotional mix, decision making, nonprofit marketing, social marketing and international marketing. (Prerequisite: junior standing)

This course covers the practical aspects of completing tasks while working with, leading, and influencing teams in a project environment for high quality results. Students will learn how to effectively manage projects using software tools that focus on the various related leadership issues, such as monitoring needs compared with current action, team dynamics, planning, execution, problem-solving, closure, and assessment. Discussion may include appropriate quality measures including Reengineering, Six Sigma, Lean Manufacturing, Office Kaizen, and Process Improvement.

Third or Fourth Year (Choose 2 of the following 3 courses)
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MAN - 350 Managing in a Global Economy 4
MAN - 370 Non-profit Ldrshp and Mgmt 4
MAN - 410 Managing Talent, Change & Neg. 4

This cross functional course will build on management principles and apply them to global opportunities using market measurement, competitive analysis, managing distribution, product positioning, ethics and decision-making, forecasting, budgeting, performance evaluation and maintaining control.

Students critically examine theories and practices of non-profit leadership and management, such as building, developing, and working with governing boards, employees, volunteers, and community resource people. Students learn to maximize resources in the effective management of volunteers and program delivery while exploring decision making and ethical questions within non-profit organizations.

The role of the human resource management function in organizations will be studied in this cross functional course. The changing nature of work and demographic shifts will be of particular emphasis. The course also will focus on increasing the understanding of the negotiating process and on increasing the skill level for negotiating by focusing on preparation, interest identification, strategies and tactics, listening skills, collaborative negotiations, competitive negotiations, and options outside of negotiation. Emphasis will be given to win/win collaborative negotiations and preserving relationships using principled dispute resolution strategies. (Prerequisite: MAN301)

Fourth Year
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
MAN - 401 Business Strategy and Ethics 4
MAN - 460 Managing Teams, Comm & Proj 4

This course introduces the critical business skills of planning and managing strategic activities. Case studies are emphasized. Students learn an executive-level perspective on strategy formulation and implementation. Students also explore the divergent viewpoints one might hold in analyzing the ethical issues likely to confront business practitioners. This course is the capstone course in the Business Program. Therefore, students should take this course only during one of the last two semesters of their program. (Prerequisites: MAN301)

This course focuses on team building and team leadership utilizing communication, conflict management, and decision making skills. Project management techniques that will enhance success in leading and completing projects are also covered. Students will apply project management knowledge, tools and techniques to an actual team project. Topics include creating a project charter and plan, working as a project team, executing the project and closing out the project. This courses is for seniors only. (Prerequisite: MAN301)

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. Bruce Corrie Associate Vice President for University Relations and International Programs, Professor of Economics

Dr. Corrie is well known in the Twin Cities community for his work on the economic contributions of immigrants and minorities.

Rev. Dr. Michael Dorner Vice President for Finance, Assistant Professor of Accounting

Michael Dorner has served as Concordia University, St. Paul’s Vice President of Finance since 2004.

Phillip Hampton Term Faculty of Finance

Prior to his career in academics Hampton served a number of years in the finance sector, with positions at Metris Companies, U.S. Bancorp, Federal Reserve Bank and Piper Jaffray.

Dr. Nancy Harrower Associate Professor of Marketing and Management

Dr. Nancy Harrower brings a practical approach to teaching marketing principles.

Renata Mayrhofer Instructor of Business Management, Chair Business Administration and Management Program
Mr. Barry Siebert Term Faculty of Accounting

Career Potential

You'll also have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom through internships, delving into case studies and developing solutions to situations you may face in the business world, and applying your skills via the Business Club. Because we design our business management program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as a business executive, project manager, salesperson, account manager or other business specialist.

  • Account Manager
  • Accountant
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Auditor
  • Business Owner
  • Buyer
  • Nonprofit Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative

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