The Business Management Course in College

University Degree: Business Management Majors

The management major is intended for the generalist who wants an encompassing business background. Students take courses in business areas, such as accounting, marketing, finance, and business law, and courses that set them up to function as managers in any organization.

The objective of the management major is to prepare students to lead other people in a work organization, irrespective of the organization's purpose and location. Since that is the goal, most management courses seek to increase students' powers of decisive thinking and persuasion. Classes rely on lectures, case studies from the business world, vigorous debate, and classroom presentations. Managers are usually brought in to share their experiences using the principles the students are learning. The increasing number of older students in college is an advantage, as they bring to management classes their maturity and life experience.

Business programs often admit students after they have completed two years of liberal arts study, which often have courses in business ethics and international politics. The grade-point average for admission to the business program is generally higher than that required for other programs. When students are in the business program, they start the basic courses all business majors take. Following these foundation courses in accounting, marketing, and finance, students take specialized courses in management like organizational behavior, human resources management, supervisory skills, and international management. As the students advance, they take electives that suit their particular interests.

Business strategy, or business policy, is typically the capstone course for all management majors. A senior year course, it collects the information and skill from all the courses to study an organization's internal operation and its interaction with the environment.

Nearly all management programs offer internships, often for a term, to expose students directly to potential careers and to allow students to relate classroom learning to the workplace. Most internships grant academic credit and involve students to submit material to be graded.

Management, probably more than any other business major, is culture-specific: an organization's policies and practices indicate the nature of the culture in which it is situated. Many business programs extend a term abroad, enabling the management major to employ management skills in a cross-cultural setting. For a manager in an international setting—and American business is becoming progressively global—understanding the cultural values and morals of other countries is vital.

The management major could lead to the these jobs: entry-level manager, human resource specialist, human resources recruiter, product manager, career manager, office manager, public relations representative, systems analyst,  sales representative, labor relations specialist, corporate communications specialist, trainer.