Bachelor of Science in Management Studies

Management Studies Program Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Management Studies is a degree completion program intended to create a solid academic foundation in general management principles and practices. The program culminates in a capstone course, wherein students solidify their understanding of management principles and practices with a comprehensive research project—and with two concentrations to choose from, tailor your degree to meet your career and professional goals.

The program consists of four curriculum areas:

  • Elective courses are taken by all students who enter the program with fewer than 60 credits.
  • Core curriculum courses provide a foundation to management studies.
  • A concentration in a specialized area or discipline must be completed by all students.
  • Capstone project
General Education

Students who enter the program with between 30 and 59 credits of prior coursework or the equivalent must complete general elective courses to reach the 60-credit threshold before moving into the core curriculum. Elective options are listed below.

  • English Composition • ENGL101 3 credit hours

    This course is devoted chiefly to the principles of written organization, exposition, argumentation, and research.

  • Liberal Arts Mathematics • MATH102 3 credit hours

    An investigation of mathematical concepts and methods with emphasis given to their impact on current and ancient problems. Topics include mathematics of voting systems, basic graph theory including Euler circuits and the traveling salesman problem, the mathematics of population growth, statistics, and finding fair shares. Emphasis is on techniques of problem solving.

  • History of the U.S. Constitution • HIST210 3 credit hours

    A study of the political, economic, and social contexts of the creation of the Constitution and the significant amendments to it. Emphasis is on the role of the judicial branch in constitutional matters; the effects of social change in the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries; and the impact of technology on contemporary constitutional issues.

  • Technology-Mediated Communication • COMM315 3 credit hours

    A study of human communication and the effect of modern technology on it. Students review basic communication theory, including non-verbal and intercultural communication, and then evaluate the impact of technology on the effectiveness and efficiency of communication. Topics include: spoken vs. written communication; synchronous vs. asynchronous communication; the status of world languages on the internet; the impact of social media; modern workplace communication; and trends in the development of communication technology.

  • Elementary Statistics • MATH232 3 credit hours

    This course covers the study of frequency distributions, averages and standard deviations, normal curve, probability, decision-making, sampling techniques, testing hypotheses, chi-square, students-t and F-distributions, correlation, and linear regression. Prerequisite: A college level mathematics course or equivalent as determined by departmental placement testing. This course is not open to students with credit in MA311.

  • Crime in Literature • ENGL250 3 credit hours

    In this course, students read and discuss works of literature that explore the ethical, social, and philosophical implications of criminal behavior and society's response to it. Prerequisite: Either EN102 or approval of the program manager.

  • Comparative Religion • RELG300 3 credit hours

    Based upon myth and built upon ritual, religious thought affects politics, economics, international relations, and security. In this course, you will explore and analyze the similarities and differences among world religions to better understand the impact of belief systems and religious themes on culture, human history, and current affairs. Prerequisites: none.

  • Environmental Science • SCIE301 3 credit hours

    Most of the world’s crucial environmental issues and many regional conflicts are related to the degradation and/or overuse of the Earth’s basic resources, including air, water, soil, and energy. This course focuses on the physical and chemical processes associated with the degradation of these resources, as well as an examination of potential solutions. The course addresses and integrates into scientific studies two themes that underlie all environmental issues: sustainability and human population dynamics.

  • Comparative Politics • POLS306 3 credit hours

    This course introduces the basic methods, concepts, and substance of comparative politics and focuses on institutions and behaviors as well as development and modernization theories. Issues covered include: the nature of political systems; the different varieties of democracies and authoritarian regimes; and the impact of geography on the political, economic, and social development of a region.

  • Socio-Economic Studies • ECON310 3 credit hours

    In this course, you will explore tenets and characteristics of various economics systems, analyze economic indicators, conceptualize problems, and recommend possible solutions. Economic factors are explored in the context of the U.S. Army’s Political-Military-Economics-Social Infrastructure-Information Systems framework.

  • Historical Studies • HIST310 3 credit hours

    In this course students will identify strategic considerations which have influenced the outcome of political and military conflict. Topics including the Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta, the campaigns of Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte, the Anglo-Afghan wars of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and the rise and fall of empires around the world.

  • Leadership • MNGT315 3 credit hours

    In this course, you will learn key theoretical models of leadership and strategies for applying them in a range of situations, both military and non-military. You will identify key functions and skills of effective leaders, explore leadership styles through study of selected leaders, and evaluate the role of communication, negotiation, strategy, purpose, and ethics in leadership. You will evaluate your own leadership effectiveness and develop a leadership tool kit.

  • Military Sociology • SOCI330 3 credit hours

    This course provides a sociological perspective of the military as both an institution and as an occupation. It examines the social structure and functions of the military and the social factors that influence behavior in and of the military. In terms of function, it examines the changing purposes of the military in view of changing national and international conditions. In terms of structure, it examines the norms, values, traditions, organizations, and culture of the military. The course will provide insight into the routine life within the military and contemporary issues confronting the military.

  • Introduction to Cultural Competence • SOCI335 3 credit hours

    This course presents key concepts in the study of cultures and explores how culture and cultural contexts and language influence values, expectations, behavior, communication styles, and conflict resolution.

Core Curriculum and Capstone

Students are required to complete the following core curriculum coursework.

  • Ethics in the Modern World • PHLS210 3 credit hours

    This course is a study of ethics and its application to problems in everyday life, society, and the broader world. The course examines the principal moral theories and ethical systems that have shaped our personal values and behavior, including consequentialist and non-consequentialist theories, virtue ethics, and feminist ethics. Students explore the connections between ethics and religion and examine the challenges to morals posed by relativism, subjectivism and emotivism, egoism. Students also evaluate positions, theories, and arguments as they apply them to concrete matters of personal, socio-political, and global concern.

  • Business & Professional Writing • COMM301 3 credit hours

    A writing-intensive course that focuses on critical business and management documents including organizational and personnel performance reports; business proposals; communications with stakeholders; and marketing instruments. Emphasis is on proper use of the business register; audience analysis; and technology-mediated professional communication. Prerequisite: ENGL101 or its equivalent.

  • Leadership • MNGT315 3 credit hours

    In this course, you will learn key theoretical models of leadership and strategies for applying them in a range of situations, both military and non-military. You will identify key functions and skills of effective leaders, explore leadership styles through study of selected leaders, and evaluate the role of communication, negotiation, strategy, purpose, and ethics in leadership. You will evaluate your own leadership effectiveness and develop a leadership tool kit.

  • Management of Organizations • MNGT309 3 credit hours

    A study of the functions of modern management: planning, organization, staffing, leading, and controlling. This study is applicable to the management of military, government, educational and non-profit, as well as business organizations. The ethical and social responsibilities of management and contemporary challenges such as the internationalization of organizations are integrated in all aspects of this course.

  • Management Information Systems • MNGT330 3 credit hours

    In this course students examine the information technology solutions and systems available for use in the management of organizations. Topics covered include: hardware and software components; database technologies; enterprise systems; telecommunications and networking; and decision support systems. Throughout the course emphasis is placed on the importance of system integration for maximum efficiency and on the challenges of a rapidly changing IT sector. Students conclude with an examination of the ethical and human resource challenges of the use of management information systems.

  • Seminar in Economics • ECON350 3-6 credit hours

    An intensive introduction and overview of the principles of macro and micro economics. The course begins with a high level analysis of the U.S. economy and then moves to a more in-depth look at topics such as production and output, pricing, economic growth, and the challenges of international trade, including issues related to international banking and non-U.S. stock markets.

  • Financial Accounting • ACCT350 3 credit hours

    The course will provide successful students with a basic understanding of financial accounting concepts, the double-entry bookkeeping system, the accounting cycle, and general-purpose financial statements. Basic knowledge of accounting for merchandising operations, short-term liquid assets; inventories; property, plant, and equipment; short- and long-term liabilities; and revenues and expenses will also be developed.

  • Managerial Accounting • ACCT351 3 credit hours
  • Fundamentals of Finance I • FNCE350 3 credit hours

    This course introduces students to various techniques of investing and the theories, methods and procedures used to understand current complex investment/finance environments. Students will explore the major financial markets, the concept of risk in financial markets, government agency regulations (including those from the Federal Reserve Bank and Securities Exchange Commission), and portfolio management theories.

  • Fundamentals of Finance II • FNCE351 3 credit hours
  • Capstone • MNGT400 3 credit hours

    All students will complete the capstone course as their culminating activity of the program which consists of proposing, developing and delivering a business or strategic plan that combines knowledge acquired in the core courses with specific knowledge of the concentration area.

Leadership Studies Concentration

The Leadership Studies concentration takes you on an in-depth study of the conceptual and theoretical facets of leadership. Through a series of seminars, you will learn how to evaluate emotional intelligence, encourage critical thinking, promote self-reflection, and manage the behavioral aspects of collaboration.

To complete the leadership studies concentration within the management studies program, students take the following courses:

  • Seminar in Leadership I: Fundamentals • MNGT401 6 credit hours

    This course focuses on differentiating the conceptual and theoretical aspects and models of leadership and leadership studies. The fundamentals of leadership are taught within the context of present and past leaders, with an emphasis on how to practice these fundamentals in an ethical manner.

  • Seminar in Leadership II: Leadership Styles & EQ • MNGT402 6 credit hours

    This course provides information about evaluating emotional intelligence, or EQ. Students are given the tools and the opportunity to evaluate their capacities to think about work through the lens of reflection and introspection as a guide to understanding the behavioral aspects of working together and providing customer service.

  • Leadership of Change • MNGT403 3 credit hours

    A study of change management principles and best practices from a leadership vantage point. Emphasis is on the process of planning for change and the critical role of communication before, during, and after change. Students develop instruments for measuring the impact of change on human and financial resources within organizations.

  • Leadership in a Technology-Driven World • MNGT404 3 credit hours

    This course focuses on the application of leadership principles toward efforts to manage the impact of modern information and communication technologies on organizations. Topics include: creating and leading a remote workforce; human behavior in technology-mediated work relationships; and ethical issues arising from the use of technology.

Human Resource Management Concentration

The Human Resource Management concentration provides you with a comprehensive examination of the core functions of human resource management, including recruitment, employee relations, strategic planning, inclusion and diversity, transformational leadership, and risk management. 

To complete the human resource management concentration within the management studies program, students take the following courses:

  • Seminar in Human Resource Management I • MNGT421 6 credit hours

    The first of two seminars focused on the comprehensive examination of the major functional areas of the human resource operation. Students will analyze the first 9 of 15 Human Resource Functional Areas of Knowledge including: recruitment; staffing; organizational effectivness and development, employee relations, workforce management and technology.

  • Seminar in Human Resource Management II • MNGT422 6 credit hours

    The second of two seminars focused on a comphrehensive examination of the key functional areas of human resources. Students will analyze the final 6 of the 15 Human Resource Functional Areas of Knowledge and apply to the design and implementation of operational and strategic HR practices. Topics include diversity and inclusion, risk management, and employment law.

  • Human Capital Planning • MNGT423 3 credit hours

    This course examines human capital planning from a leadership perspective. Students begin by gaining an understanding of the human capital planning process, the benefits to the organization, and linkages to organizational strategic planning and performance. They then learn ways to foster leadership engagement in the human capital process and to use quantitative and qualitative methods to gather and analyze the data necessary to create and implement a successful human capital plan.

  • Strategic Role of HRM in Organizations • MNGT424 3 credit hours

    Strategic HRM builds on the traditional foundations of Human Resource Management to create the multifaceted, transformational organizational culture and environment that will enable the organization to survive and thrive in ever-changing operational environments, and to be ever more effective in fulfilling its public purpose and mission.