Management & Entrepreneurship
The primary mission of the Management and Entrepreneurship Department is to provide students, at the undergraduate and graduate level, with a high quality education. We have nationally recognized faculty in the areas of strategic management, organizational behavior, human resource management, entrepreneurship, operations, and international business. Our faculty members are committed to providing our students with a hands-on learning environment that emphasizes practical application to complement the latest theoretical developments in their fields.
Our department offers four distinct undergraduate majors in a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) degree program. In addition to their value as a student's primary major, these majors are also excellent second majors for students who wish to enhance their managerial, technical, and systems skills. The four majors are:
The focus of the Management major is on people and productivity. The Management curriculum offers students the opportunity to learn how to be "productive through people" in their study of such fundamental professional skills as leadership, negotiations, team building, project coordination, performance evaluation, and strategy formulation.
Our Entrepreneurship program is ranked 2nd in the country, and is one of the oldest programs of its kind in the nation. Students majoring in entrepreneurship generally aspire to start, or secure employment in, a business having high growth potential. The major assists students in identifying viable career options in entrepreneurship, expanding their basic knowledge of the entrepreneurial process, and developing a repertoire of venture management skills. A major emphasis of the program involves contact with successfully practicing entrepreneurs and on-site business consulting.
The Human Resource Management major prepares students for business careers that are centered around people. Activities that require the human resource specialist's skills include recruitment, career planning, performance evaluation, job placement, compensation/benefits programs, training and development programs, and discipline. Career opportunites may be found in almost all business fields in firms that are large enough to warrant human resource specialists.
The Distribution Management and Technology programs prepares students for a variety of rewarding careers including purchasing, procurement, materials management, vendor management, customer relationship management, project management, integrated supply liaison, transportation/logistics, and consulting. Only a limited number of students are formally accepted into this major each. Once admitted, students take major courses in a lock-step sequence, including a guaranteed paid summer internship. Major courses also help students prepare for professional certifications in Supply Management (CPSM) and Project Management (PMP) if they so choose.