A management major at Saint Mary’s prepares students to enter first-line supervisory positions or management trainee programs in large corporate or governmental settings.
Current trends in the management of large- and medium-sized organizations, both technical and behavioral, are the central focus of study. The management major is recommended for students intending to seek careers in large- and medium-sized organizations.
Manufacturing supervisor; human resource generalist; facilities manager; account manager; sales representative; retail manager (shift supervisor, assistant manager); project manager
High School Preparation
Calculus; Computer Applications; Economics; English; Psychology; Statistics
Enhance Your Experience
A. All of the following:
This course provides an introduction to accounting with an emphasis on the interpretation and use of accounting information for effective business decision-making. The course employs an "information user/managerial approach" rather than an "information preparer approach." Students are introduced to the accounting system, financial statement analysis, and quantitative managerial accounting techniques.
This course provides in-depth coverage of Microsoft Excel and Access in the context of business applications. Excel topics include formulas and functions, charting, large datasets, pivot tables and what-if analysis. Access topics include relational database concepts, database design, basic query construction, and report generation. This course combines on-line and hands-on learning.
An introduction to the international business environment, including cultures, ethics, economics, geography, and legal systems, associated with our global society. The course serves as a foundation for international business majors and as a survey course for other business majors.
This survey course is designed to introduce students to the study of law through a review of its historical origins, the various sources of the law and the practical context in which laws are applied. Particular attention is given to areas of law which are relevant to today's business environment; for example, torts, contracts, agency and sales.
This capstone course in business develops students' understanding of strategic decision-making through integrative use of business knowledge from each of the major functional areas in business. Extensive use of decision cases is made to address such issues as: What is strategy?, Who makes it?; What are the basic strategic options of a firm?; How is the business environment analyzed for strategic purposes? Highlights of the course include a business case competition and computer simulation.
A traditional introduction to the principles of microeconomics, concentrating on behavior of the household and the firm. The course analyzes factors determining prices, production and allocation of economic resources. Current issues are emphasized.
A traditional introduction to the principles of macroeconomics, concentrating on how aggregate levels of economic activity are determined. The course analyzes macroeconomic policies and economic issues such as problems of unemployment and inflation. Current issues are emphasized.
The goal of corporate financial management is to maximize the wealth of the stockholders. Decisions regarding risk and return, the management of current assets and current liabilities, and capital budgeting are examined in view of this goal. Students are also introduced to the stock market and other financial institutions and systems.
This first course in management stresses an understanding of the management functions as an integral part of the business organization. Attention is given to planning, leading, organizing, controlling and other aspects of the managerial process.
This beginning course in marketing develops an understanding of the marketing function and its central importance to the business organization. Attention is paid to a variety of marketing topics including products, channels and distribution, pricing, promotion, buyer behavior, and ethical issues in marketing.
The course examines critically the major ethical or moral theories that are at the basis of decision making in the complex area of contemporary behavior we know as "the business world." It is recommended for business majors.
B. Mathematics: one of the following
Please note: Students may take either M148 and M149, or M145 or M151
This course provides an introduction to noncalculus mathematical modeling methods prevalent in business. Topics include: matrix methods, systems of linear equations and inequalities, linear programming by the geometric method and by the simplex method, and the mathematics of finance.
This course, followed by M151 or courses equivalent to college algebra and college trigonometry.
This course completes the two-semester sequence that begins with M151.
This course provides an introduction to the differential and integral calculus. Topics include: the concepts of function, limit, continuity, derivative, definite and indefinite integrals, and an introduction to transcendental functions. Credit is not granted for this course and M149.
C. All of the following:
This course aids student understanding of the individual, team, and organizational processes through direct application and analysis of organizational models and practices. Student learning focuses on the behavior of people at work: acting alone or in teams, in serving as managers or leaders and dealing with organizational processes.
The course centers upon utilizing and managing human resources by effective integration of personal goals and organizational goals. Topics include motivation, job attitudes, job performance, appraisal, recruitment, selection, training, and compensation (salary and fringe benefits).
This course presents the quantitative or management science approach to management. Topics which may be included are quality control, forecasting, inventory management, resource allocation, work design, scheduling, project management and control, and facility design and location. Current techniques and tools are examined and used.
D. Two of the following:
This course focuses on the fundamentals of information systems and their foundational technologies as they can be used for business analysis and intelligence. Areas studied will include hardware, operating systems, database systems, knowledge management, decision support systems, and networked computing concepts. Data oriented techniques for business intelligence and decision making are introduced.
This course is designed to introduce the concept of business analytics. Analytics helps businesses make better decisions by using sound judgment and data. This is a skill development class that explores how statistics are used in business. Students in this course will leave with a specialized skillset used in a variety of roles within an organization.
The topics and projects for this course vary according to the needs and interests of business majors.
An introduction to professional communication, this course teaches students how to write documents commonly generated in the work world, such as emails, memos, resumes, letters, manuals, reports, and proposals. Students are invited to write documents for different audiences, especially those in a student's major field of study. Some attention may be given to incorporating visuals as well. Finally, general principles of the composing process, of grammar and mechanics, and of style are reviewed as needed.
An intermediate course examining the forces which determine the competitive conditions and trade patterns in the global economy. Representative topics are monetary issues, balance of payments, capital movements and capital markets.
This course examines the project management framework and introduces key terms used in project management. This course will explore the dimensions and elements of project management; concepts, methodologies, strategies, and structures. Upon completion of the course, the student is able to apply project management techniques to develop timelines, network diagrams, and critical path analysis. During the semester, the student has the opportunity to work on a project where he/she is able to demonstrate understanding of the course objectives.
This course investigates business management in the international arena. Emphasis is placed on how managers in multinational organizations address such issues as cultural differences, strategic analysis, organizational structure, global coordination, inter-organizational cooperation, and human resource management.
An opportunity for qualified juniors or seniors to participate in a field experience under the guidance and supervision of competent professionals.
Additional requirements: An internship or a course approved by the department chair and department advisor