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Department of Management

Mission Statement

The mission of the management department is to provide students with a nationally competitive undergraduate education in the field of management studies. The management major prepares future organizational leaders to manage effectively in a dynamic global business environment. The management faculty strive to develop students’ theoretical and practical managerial expertise, focusing on interpersonal and team skills, situational and data analysis, innovation and creativity, problem solving, evidence based decision making, and ethical reasoning.

Goals

The overall goals of the management program are:

  • To prepare graduates of the MGT major for a wide variety of management careers and leadership roles.
  • To provide instruction relating to the study and practice of management to undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Business.

Core Management Objectives

After studying management, students will possess an advanced understanding of:

  • The Functions of Management: Management majors will understand the basic managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading and controlling and how these functions are used to  achieve organizational objectives in dynamic, culturally diverse, and competitive global business environments.
  • The Legal and Ethical Environment of Management: Management majors will recognize and understand the behavioral implications of the ethical and legal boundaries of managerial decision making and subsequent actions.
  • Effective Decision Making and Problem Solving: Management majors will develop and enhance critical thinking, analytical and decision making skills. These skills will be demonstrated in students’ ability to engage successfully in situational analysis, problem recognition, integration of information from diverse sources, use of logic and reasoning to develop solutions, and alternative courses of action, and implementation of action plans.
  • Organizational Strategy and Design: Management majors will be able to identify and explain elements of the internal and external environments that influence the formulation, implementation and evaluation of organizational strategy, structure and design.

Career Opportunities

  • Project Manager
  • Human Resources Generalist or Specialist
  • Management Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Operations or Logistics Manager
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Small Business Owner/Manager
  • Customer Service/Relations Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Retail Manager
  • Facility/Events Manager

Co-curricular Activities and Organizations

  • Sigma Iota Epsilon (SIE):  National honors fraternity for management majors.
  • Net Impact: Student chapter of a national organization focused on  using the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.
  • Society of Entrepreneurs (SOE): Brings entrepreneurially-minded students together  to educate and support each other and the JMU community. Hosts speakers and events  related to entrepreneurship and venture creation.
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): Student chapter of a national organization that provides students with opportunities to learn more about the field of human resource management through speakers, facility tours, networking and other activities.
  • ENACTUS (formerly SIFE): Student chapter of an international nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action.

Degree and Major Requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management

The B.B.A. degree in management requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of undergraduate work. Fifty percent of this work, 60 credit hours, must be taken outside of the College of Business. In counting the 60 credit hours of non-business courses, B.B.A. students may include all hours taken in general education (usually 41), up to a total of nine hours in economics (ECON courses must be counted as economics) and three hours of COB 191. Business Statistics.

The remaining hours, to bring the total to 60, must be taken from any department outside the College of Business. Students should carefully select these non-business electives to help them gain additional knowledge and expertise for their careers and personal lives. The credit hour requirements for each of the program components are as follows:

Degree Requirements

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

General Education requirements1

            41

B.B.A. lower-level core courses

            30

B.B.A. upper-level core courses

            15

Management major requirements

            24

Non-business electives

            8-11


            120

 1 The General Education program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements

Students planning to major in management must complete the 30-31 hour, lower-division B.B.A. core curriculum prior to enrolling in upper-division core courses normally taken in the first semester of their junior year. It is expected that the lower-division core curriculum will be completed during the first two years of study along with most of the university general education curriculum. Failing to complete all the lower-division core requirements on time will delay enrollment in upper-division core and major courses. Students enrolling in any 400-level course with a MGT prefix must have senior standing (90 credit hours). Because of the demands of group, team and outside of classroom applied assignments, students will not be allowed to enroll in more than four courses with a MGT prefix in any given semester.

Management majors must choose one of the following options to complete the required eight courses in the MGT major:

Option 1: Five MGT core courses, one track (two courses within a specific track) and one elective

Option 2: five MGT core courses and three MGT electives. 

Required Core Courses    

Credit Hours

MGT 320. Management of Innovation and Technology

            3

MGT 325. Project Management

3

MGT 357. Evidence-Based Decision Making

3

MGT 365. Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

            3

MGT 390. Organizational Leadership

            3


 

            18

Tracks

Business Analysis and Consulting

The business analysis and consulting (BAC) track is designed to develop and enhance students’ critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills. In this track students engage in research and analysis to build a strong foundation for learning and implementing the business analysis and consulting process. This focus area is suggested for students interested in working as a business analyst, consultant or solutions manager, or in any position that requires strong analytical and problem solving  skills. MGT 357. Evidence-Based Decision Making is considered the first course in this track.

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

MGT 457. Business Analysis and Consulting Fundamentals

            3

MGT 467. Business Analysis and Consulting Practicum

            3


 

            6

Human Resource Management

The human resource management (HRM) track is designed to help students broaden and deepen their understanding of the acquisition, development, management and retention of human capital in  organizations. This focus area is suggested for students who intend to work in human resource (HR) generalist or specialist positions, students planning on a career in labor relations or employment law, students who plan to start or manage a business, and students who want to attend graduate school in an HR-related field. MGT 365. Fundamentals of Human Resource Management is considered the first course in this track.

Course  

Credit Hours

MGT 470. Acquiring and Developing Human Capital

            3

MGT 475. Managing and Retaining Human Capital

            3


 

            6

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The innovation and entrepreneurship (ENT1) track is designed to provide students with an introduction to the role of innovation in business development, a solid foundation in the principle elements of entrepreneurship and small business management, and the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with a team to create a new business venture. This focus area is suggested for students interested in creating and managing a new business venture, students intending to work for larger firms that encourage innovation and intrapreneurship, and students planning to work in small or family run businesses. MGT 320. Management of Innovation and Technology is considered the first course in this track.

Course  

Credit Hours

MGT 471. Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

            3

MGT 472. New Venture Creation

            3


 

           6


Recommended Schedule for Majors

Third Year

First Semester   

Credit Hours

COB 300A. Integrative Business: Management

            3

COB 300B. Integrative Business: Finance

            3

COB 300C. Integrative Business: Operations

            3

COB 300D. Integrative Business: Marketing

            3

General Education or non-business elective

            3


 

Second Semester              

Credit Hours

Three of the following five MGT core requirements:

            3

MGT 320. Management of Innovation and Technology

 

MGT 325. Project Management

 

MGT 357. Evidence-Based Decision Making

 

MGT 365. Fundamentals of Human Resource Management

 

MGT 390. Organizational Leadership

 

General Education or non-business electives

6


Fourth Year

Required Courses              

Credit Hours

Remaining two of five MGT core course requirements

            6

Choose one:

            9

Option 1: One track (two courses) plus one MGT elective

 

Option 2: Three MGT electives.

 

COB 487: Strategic Management (may be taken in either the first or second semester of the senior year)

            3

General Education or non-business electives