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Management at a glance

Saunders College offers a comprehensive undergraduate degree program with concentration and a minor in management. Through the management curriculum, you will develop an understanding of all business operations through the core courses offered to all undergraduate students.

Leadership and Design Thinking

Management students are exposed to the main roles of a manager through required core courses Leadership in Organizations and Managerial Skills. These classes provide the foundation for students to develop their abilities as capable managers who are able to make sound decisions, motivate employees, and communicate clearly.

As a Management student, you will also develop an understanding of design thinking, a concept that is solution-focused and action-oriented to create a preferred future. When applied in a multifaceted organization, the success rate of innovation can dramatically improve.

Concentration tracks

As a management student, you have the option to focus your studies on specialized track, entrepreneurship or supply chain management that will give you a deeper understanding of the specific discipline.


The entrepreneurship concentration enables you to acquire the necessary learning, experiences and skills to start and operate new ventures and organizations. You have the opportunity to work on projects with the #1 ranked Simone Center, including Tiger Tank, Summer Start Up, Idea Lab and more.

Supply Chain Management

A concentration in supply chain management will provide you an understanding of the processes associated with operating a business supply chain, from acquiring raw materials to the final customer delivery.  The objective is to provide you a background in areas commonly needed to support SCM roles, including business strategy, information systems, lean/quality management, negotiations, logistics, and project management.


A concentration in leadership focuses on developing your individual leadership style and the skills that will help you to manage people and lead organizations. It will give you the necessary competencies to advance to a higher managerial level positions.


Business administration: management, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Business 1: Ideas and Business Planning
This is the first of a two-course sequence comprising the freshman integrated experience. In Business 1 students will be introduced to the key functional areas of business, the evaluation of new business opportunities, and the business plan process. By applying the creative process, students will conceive new business ideas that will be developed In Business 2.
Computer-based Analysis
This course provides students with hands-on experience with the analytical software tools and techniques that are used in today's businesses. Emphasis will be placed on the application of spreadsheet models for supporting management decision-making. A variety of spreadsheet-based cases in market research, financial analysis, accounting applications and other business domains will be utilized to show how to effectively analyze and solve business problems using the spreadsheet tool.
LAS Perspective 3: Principles of Microeconomics
Microeconomics studies the workings of individual markets. That is, it examines the interaction of the demanders of goods and services with the suppliers of those goods and services. It explores how the behavior of consumers (demanders), the behavior of producers (suppliers), and the level of market competition influence market outcomes.
Management Accounting
Introduction to the use of accounting information by managers within a business. Explores the value of accounting information for the planning and controlling of operations, assessing the cost of a product/service, evaluating the performance of managers, and strategic decision making.
STAT-145, 146
LAS Perspective 7A, 7B: Introduction to Statistics I, II
Business 2: Business Planning and Professional Development
The second course in the first year business sequence focuses on developing a well-defined and integrated business plan. Students will identify and develop marketing and process tools to take the business concept outlined in Business I to a final business plan for review with local business people and alumni for evaluation. During the semester, the students will also be introduced to a variety of professional development topics.
First Year Writing Seminar
Principles of Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics studies aggregate economic behavior. The course begins by presenting the production possibilities model. This is followed by a discussion of basic macroeconomic concepts including inflation, unemployment, and economic growth and fluctuations. The next topic is national income accounting, which is the measurement of macroeconomic variables. The latter part of the course focuses on the development of one or more macroeconomic models, a discussion of the role of money in the macroeconomy, the aggregate supply-aggregate demand framework, and other topics the individual instructor may choose.
Financial Accounting
An introduction to the way in which corporations report their financial performance to interested stakeholders such as investors and creditors. Coverage of the accounting cycle, generally accepted accounting principles, and analytical tools help students become informed users of financial statements.
Information Systems and Technology
To be successful in our globally-networked business environment, contemporary management professionals must have a strong grounding in the principles of information and information technology. This course provides an introduction to the field of management information systems (MIS), including the tools and techniques for managing information and information technologies within organizations. We place a particular emphasis on the nature of systems, the role of information in business processes, the management of data, and the planning of MIS design projects.
Year One: College Experience
The Year One class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, personal success, leadership development, social responsibility and life academic skills awareness and application. Year One is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build relationships and help them become an integral part of the campus community.
Wellness Education*
Second Year
An introduction to communication contexts and processes emphasizing both conceptual and practical dimensions. Participants engage in public speaking, small group problem solving and leadership, and writing exercises while acquiring theoretical background appropriate to understanding these skills.
Careers in Business
This course consists of a series of workshops designed to introduce business students to the skills needed to be successful in job and coop searches and applications to graduate schools. Students will establish their career goals, create material (e.g., resume, cover letter), and acquire skills needed to achieve these goals.
Principles of Marketing
An introduction to the field of marketing, stressing its role in the organization and society. Emphasis is on determining customer needs and wants and how the marketer can satisfy those needs through the controllable marketing variables of product, price, promotion and distribution.
Financial Management
Basic course in financial management. Covers business organization, time value of money, valuation of securities, capital budgeting decision rules, risk-return relation, Capital Asset Pricing Model, financial ratios, global finance and working capital management.
LAS Perspective 2, 4
Organizational Behavior
As an introductory course in managing and leading organizations, this course provides an overview of human behavior in organizations at the individual, group, and organizational level with an emphasis on enhancing organizational effectiveness. Topics include: individual differences, work teams, motivation, communication, leadership, conflict resolution, organizational culture, and organizational change.
Concentration Course
Management Elective
Global Business Environment
Being an informed global citizen requires an understanding of the global business environment. Organizations critical to the development of the global business environment include for-profit businesses, non-profits, governmental, non-governmental, and supranational agencies. This course introduces students to the interdependent relationships between organizations and the global business environment. A holistic approach is used to examine the diverse economic, political, legal, cultural, and financial systems that influence both organizations and the global business environment.
Applied Calculus
This course is an introduction to the study of differential and integral calculus, including the study of functions and graphs, limits, continuity, the derivative, derivative formulas, applications of derivatives, the definite integral, the fundamental theorem of calculus, basic techniques of integral approximation, exponential and logarithmic functions, basic techniques of integration, an introduction to differential equations, and geometric series. Applications in business, management sciences, and life sciences will be included with an emphasis on manipulative skills.
Third Year
LAS Perspective 1: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
This course applies concepts of ethics to business at the macro level and at the micro level. At the macro level the course examines competing business ideologies exploring the ethical concerns of capitalism as well as the role of business in society. At the micro level the course examines the role of the manager in establishing an ethical climate with an emphasis on the development of ethical leadership in business organizations. The following topics are typically discussed: the stakeholder theory of the firm, corporate governance, marketing and advertising ethics, the rights and responsibilities of employees, product safety, ethical reasoning, business's responsibility to the environment, moving from a culture of compliance to a culture of integrity, and ethical leadership.
Management Concentration Course
Leadership in Organizations (WI)
This course will explore the character, personal attributes, and behaviors of effective leaders in organizations. The course includes an overview of leadership research, theory, and practice, with an emphasis on developing an actionable leadership development plan.
LAS Immersion 1, 2
LAS Perspective 5, 6
Design Thinking
Design thinking is a process that aids collaboration among designers, technologists, and business professionals. The process provides a structured creative process for discovering and developing products, services, and systems for profit and non-profit applications. Students will apply a wide range of design tools in a hands-on project. Topics include problem-framing, end-user research, visualization, methods for creative idea generation, and prototyping.
Operations Management
A survey of operations and supply chain management that relates to both service- and goods- producing organizations. Topics include operations and supply chain strategies; ethical behavior; forecasting; product and service design, including innovation and sustainability; capacity and inventory management; lean operations; managing projects; quality assurance; global supply chains; and the impacts of technology.
Managerial Skills
This course provides the opportunity to develop individual and interpersonal skills that enhance individual, team, and managerial performance in today's high-performance organization. Skills will be identified, modeled, practiced, and developed using video and other formative feedback, as well as individual and group coaching. Industry experts will provide relevant insights on course topics, which will include communication, interviewing, interpersonal interaction, business networking, teamwork, and management styles.
Cooperative Education
Fourth Year
Free Electives
LAS Immersion 3
Management Concentration Course
LAS Electives
Project Management
A study of the concepts and applications of project management. This course covers the organization and management of projects, including the role and responsibilities of the project manager, team responsibilities, tools and techniques for project planning, budgeting, and control, work breakdown, risk assessment, and project termination. The learning environment will include lectures and discussion, group exercises, case studies, and examinations.
Strategy and Innovation
A capstone course drawing upon major business functions—accounting, finance, marketing, operations management, and organizational theory and how strategic managers integrate functional theories and concepts to create competitive advantage. The course provides an integrated perspective of business organizations toward the achievement of enhanced profitability and a sustainable competitive advantage. Topics include the analysis of business environments, industry attractiveness, and competitive dynamics. Students learn how to formulate and implement effective business-level, corporate-level, and global strategies using theories, cases and a simulation.
Total Semester Credit Hours 123

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.



Students who choose the entrepreneurship concentration complete one required concentration course, two concentration electives, and three institute electives.

MGMT-350 Entrepreneurship
Choose one of the following:
   MGMT-470    Applied Entrepreneurship and Commercialization
   MGMT-550    Field Experience and Business Consulting
Choose one of the following:
   BLEG-300    Business Law II
   FINC-359    Financing New Ventures
   MGIS-360    Building a Web Business
   MGMT-360    Digital Entrepreneurship
   MGMT-420    Managing Innovation and Technology
   MGMT-450    Negotiations

Students who choose the leadership concentration complete one required concentration course, one concentration elective, and four institute electives.

MGMT-380 Human Resource Management
Choose one of the following:
   INTB-300    Cross-cultural Management
   MGMT-350    Entrepreneurship
   MGMT-420    Managing Innovation and Technology   
   MGMT-450    Negotiations
   MGMT-489    Seminar in Management
   MGMT-550    Field Experience in Business Consulting
Supply chain management

Students who choose the supply chain management concentration complete three required concentration courses, one concentration elective, and two institute electives.

DECS-435 Supply Chain Management
ISEE-582 Lean Sig Sigma Fundamentals
MGIS-450 Enterprise Systems
Choose one of the following:
   BLEG-300    Business Law II   
   DECS-445    Managing Supplier Relations
   INTB-300    Cross-cultural Management
   INTB-310    Regional Business Studies
   INTB-315    Exporting and Global Sourcing
   INTB-550    Global Markets and Competition
   MGIS-320    Database Management Systems
   MGIS-330    Systems Design and Analysis
   MGMT-450    Negotiations

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