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BAM Upper Division Courses

Upper Divison Requirements (90 credits)

(Year 3 & Year 4)

Management Core (50 Cr)

BC 301 Critical Thinking (5 Credits)

Critical Thinking introduces the student to critical thinking processes used to analyze today’s business issues and aid the student in identifying rational solutions. The course focuses on building and analyzing arguments; forms and standards of critical thinking; and evaluating sources of information. Students learn foundational skills that will serve them throughout the program and their business careers.

BC 306 Ethics and Leadership (5 Credits)

This course provides an overview of various philosophical approaches to ethical decision-making and practical applications involving ethical problems that arise in business. In addition, it introduces the student to the theory and practice of leadership. Topics include the major ethical constructs, approaches to self-knowledge and practical leadership skills. Students will be able to find solutions to ethical dilemmas they may confront during a business career, and have the self-knowledge and leadership skills to follow through with the solution.

MK 300 Principles of Marketing (5 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to basic marketing concepts. Topics include the marketing mix, new product development, consumer behavior, customer relationship management, strategic planning and e-commerce. Students will develop a comprehensive marketing plan and apply course concepts to real or imaginary products.

BSM 304 Organizational Communications (5 Credits)

This course covers internal and external communication in the contemporary, evolving organization. Students will assess their management communication style and identify areas for improvement. Topics include interpersonal and small group dynamics, use of communications technology, motivation, conflict resolution, and communicating with diverse audiences.

MG 360 Financial Fundamentals for Managers (5 Credits)

This course introduces students to the basic principles, terminology and application of financial concepts in a project management context. This course will enable managers to enhance decision-making aptitude by incorporating financial theory and concepts. Students will learn to integrate concepts such as net present value, weighted cost of capital, capital budgeting, working capital management, and forecasting into a project management context

BSC 407 The Effective Organization (5 Credits)

Organizational effectiveness is a function of leadership, decision-making, individual talent/people, processes and organizational culture. This course will assist students in developing their own skills and the ability to identify and manage these structures in their work environment. At the end of this course, students will understand: their own leadership style and how to modify leadership practices for cultural fit; comprehend the process for making and implementing decisions; working in teams as both a peer and a leader; how to motivate others; and how to design processes and procedures that align with the organization’s culture.

BSM 414 International Management (5 Credits)

International Management introduces students to the global economy. Students will investigate the internal business environment and its complexity in the international setting. Understanding and practical application of concepts and processes of globalization; the political, legal, and technological environment; ethical behavior and decision-making; the role of culture and its impact on behavior; and management of international strategies will be emphasized. Cross-cultural management and problem-solving techniques will be examined

HR 405 Strategic Management Of Human Resources (5 Credits)

This course provides students an understanding of the use of marketing in the healthcare sector, including the creation of a marketing plan, the use of focus groups, and the creation of a marketing budget. Emphasis is placed on identifying market demographics, targeting, and positioning as well as decisions about product and service design, pricing and placement, and the promotion of health services. Students will gain an understanding of market research and the application of marketing strategies and tactics to support an organization’s core strategies.

PM 401 Introduction to Project Management (5 Credits)

Introduction to Project Management uses a real team project to manage a project’s life cycle. Emphasis is placed on activity networks, managing resources, and creating control mechanisms that minimize risk. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts including time and resource constraints, planning, scheduling, work breakdown structure, Gantt Charts, network diagrams, and project control.

MG 495 Management Strategy (5 Credits)

Management Strategy is the capstone course for the Bachelor of Arts in Management. Students integrate discrete skills gained from coursework in management, critical thinking, ethics and leadership, marketing, project management, and human resources.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in the BAM program is required. Prior to enrolling in MG495, students must be in their last quarter of study. Any exceptions must have special permission from the BAM Program Director.

Sustainability and Ethics Emphasis (25 Cr)

BC 307 Corporate Social Responsibility (5 Credits)

This course introduces sustainability frameworks that companies can use to make business decisions that strike a careful balance between corporate profits, environmental stewardship, and social justice. Emphasis is placed on strategies to resolve ethical conflicts using values-based strategies that respect the needs of all stakeholders. Students will analyze business practices to identify ethical conflicts that are a result of an overemphasis on corporate efficiency and profits and will have the opportunity to suggest alternative corporate strategies that are beneficial and responsible to all parties.

BC 401 Business Ethics Practicum (5 Credits)

Recent neuroscience research indicates ethical decisions are made unconsciously related to emotions and the body. Effective ethical decision-making requires application of both reason and emotion. Reason is insufficient without emotionally based character virtues of honesty, courage, empathy. Ethics pedagogy requires integration of the traditional didactic intellectual education and embodied practice methods for emotional education. Ethical and leadership skills are grounded in self-awareness and practice. The purpose of the practicum is to provide students with the opportunity to develop their self-awareness, leadership abilities and ethical capabilities through practicing emotional intelligence skills and ethical decision-making. Students participate in exercises and dialogue in class, practice activities outside class designed to develop their ethical decision making; emotional intelligence, and leadership abilities.

NAS 332 Sustainable Resource Use (5 Credits)

Sustainable Resource Use provides students with an understanding of the principles of sustainable development, with a focus on the environmental impact of current land and resource uses. Human impacts and land use over the past 200 years are examined, along with the limitation of current environmental policies and legislation. Forestry, fisheries, mining, energy, agriculture, and urban development, and the impact of each of these on the environment, are reviewed, both locally and on a global scale. Economic growth and traditional management practices are analyzed. Current approaches to land and resource use and planning, including worldwide environmental policies and legislation, are evaluated in terms of their contributions to global sustainability and options for the future. Students leave the course with an appreciation of the challenges of sustainable resource use.

SCI 306 Health and Wellness (5 Credits)

This course explores issues related to physical and mental health and wellness. Health prevention and decisions about health and healthcare are examined in the context of life cycle, alternative medicine, and society and environment.

SOC 305 Social Media and Society (5 Credits)

Social media has become one of the most important tools of human interaction. Social media is also a source of information. In this course, students will examine how various types of social media shape people’s lives and social reality. This course will also look at social inequalities, such as age, gender, and socio-economic status, and their impacts on perception, access, and use of social media

Electives (15 Cr)

BUS 304 Organizational Behaviour & Leadership (5 Credits)

In this course, leadership is operationalized as the art of facilitating the emergence of ideal collective behaviors that align strongly with organizational objectives. This particular description sheds light on the strong synergy between a leader’s understanding of the concept of organizational behavior and her/ his leadership skills. An emphasis is placed on examining the formation and emergence of behavior at individual, team, and organizational level in parallel with the interrelationship among these three categories. Primary topics include mental models, decision making, collective behavior, organizational design, ethics, and selecting proper leadership styles.

BUS 426 Business Analytics for Decision Making (5 Credits)

Today’s business professionals need to be skilled in the acquisition and analysis of relevant data sets that can be utilized to drive business strategy. An emphasis is placed on the process of gathering, analyzing, and presenting data in a way that can drive strategic decision-making in modern organizations. This course examines current trends in transactional and dynamic data generation and draws upon quantitative tools to make sense of the data for market and managerial purposes. Students will learn to use common analysis methods to summarize and interpret results for the benefit of internal and external consumers.

ENT 300 Entrepreneurship (5 Credits)

This course provides an introduction to entrepreneurship. Topics include business planning, financing, market development, operations, management, legal issues and social responsibility as they relate to starting and running an entrepreneurial venture. Topics are presented in the context of developing an overall new venture business plan where students will develop a plan for a real or imaginary new venture.

For full course descriptions please visit the current university catalog. 

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