Management Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

The Business Department strives to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to intellectual growth and ethical behavior. The courses are designed to provide a foundation of general business knowledge on which individual programs within the department can build. Internships are available for qualified students.

Students majoring in Management will demonstrate the ability to analyze a company's situation, identify key issues, synthesize the data, and make recommendations for implementing viable solutions. Graduates from this major will be prepared and eligible to work in broad array of career paths such as operations management, human resource management, hospitality, event planning, retail management, supply chain management, etc. Further, students completing a Bachelor of Science in Management will be able to understand the importance of professional behavior, possess a strong work ethic, and be prepared to pursue lifelong learning including graduate studies and beyond.

Students are encouraged to use their selection of Frames of Reference courses and other free elective courses to broaden their experiences and exposure to other ways of thinking and to other disciplines. Free elective coursework can be from any discipline and can be, but need not be, used to fulfill requirements for a minor, specialization, etc.

Students completing a Bachelor of Science in Management will be proficient in:

  • Defining, analyzing, and solving problems in both an individual and group environment.
  • Recognizing and using effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Using computers and other technologies generally used in an entry-level business environment.
  • Demonstrating professional knowledge and competency in management theory, behavioral theory, and quantitative theory.

Complete the following courses (55 cr):

Code Course Credits

ACC 2101

Accounting I

This course examines the role that accounting information plays in decision-making and the importance of income, cash flows, and financial position to organizations. Issues are considered from a variety of users’ viewpoints. Included in the course will be (1) a focus on analytic and problem-solving skills, (2) technological and communication skill development, and (3) an awareness of ethical and public policy issues.

Basic computer skills in Microsoft Excel and Word are required.

Fee Materials charge $20.

Fall

3

ACC 3010

Accounting for Management Decisions

This course examines the use of accounting information to enhance decision-making and control of for-profit, not-for-profit, and governmental organizations. The major topics in this course include the use of accounting in making alternative choice decisions, the development and use of product cost information, as well as the creation of operating and capital budgets.

Prerequisite: ACC 2101

Fee Fee $20

Every Semester

3

BUS 1270

Principles of Computer-Based Information Systems

An introduction to the devices and techniques used in the processing of data. This course includes hands-on use of word processing and spreadsheet programs and the internet. This course fulfills the Gen Ed computing requirement.

Fee Materials charge $20.

Every semester

3

BUS 2020

Principles of Management

This course in an introduction to the philosophy, principles, and techniques of management. Students will examine classical, modern, and emerging concepts as they relate to today’s manager and the functional processes of planning, organizing, directing and controlling resources. Learning experiences may include case studies, team experiences and simulations.

Prerequisite: BUS 1270.

Every semester

3

BUS 2230

Principles of Marketing

This course introduces the role of marketing as it relates to manufacturing, wholesale, retail, and service businesses. Topics include product development, pricing decisions, promotional consideration, and distribution options of both goods and services. Students will also examine the emerging role of electronic marketing, and its impact on today’s businesses.

Prerequisite: BUS 1270.

Every semester

3

BUS 2370

Business Communications

The student practices the writing skills required for a successful career in business. Special attention is given to writing letters, memoranda, reports, and resumes. This course provides fundamental skills necessary for the student’s successful completion of future business courses.

Restrictions Restrictions: Business Administration majors and minors, Computer Information Systems majors, and Writing minors (English) only

Prerequisite: ENG 1061

3

BUS 2550

Business Statistics and Analytics

Course descriptions are to develop statistical methods and to utilize these methods to make appropriate decisions regarding actual business problems. Topics of study are statistical description, central tendency, discrete and continuous distributions, probability and sampling theory, statistical inference and hypothesis testing. Parametric and nonparametric statistical tests will be examined, including t-tests, Chi-square, and ANOVA. Additional topics include regression, time series analysis and applications in business forecating. This course has a business focus, but is appropriate for any student.

Prerequisite: Computer competency, BUS 1270 or comparable course, and appropriate math placement.

Every semester

4

BUS 3035

Case Studies in Business Administration

A continuation of core business courses (ACC 2101, BUS 2020, and BUS 2230) with further development of principles. The course objective is to apply accounting, management, and marketing principles to case studies with the student assuming the role of a manager to solve problems or challenges. Particular emphasis is placed upon writing cases analyses.

Restrictions Restrictions: Must be taken prior to BUS 4080.

Prerequisite: ACC 2101, BUS 2020, BUS 2230

Fee Fee $20

Every semester

3

BUS 3131

Business Law I

An introductory course to provide a knowledge and awareness of the scope and terminology of the American legal system as it pertains to business organizations. Topics emphasized may include criminal law, tort law, forms of doing business, law of contracts, sales, real and personal property law, negotiable instruments, Uniform Commercial Code, and agency relationships.

Prerequisite: BUS 2020

Every semester

3

BUS 3140

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

-or- BUS 3280 - Human Resources Management and Applications 3 cr

Students study the essentials of starting and managing a small business, including but not limited to: raising capital, location analysis, preparation of financial projections, alternate legal structures, attracting and maintaining customers and employees, and complying with laws and regulations. The course culminates with the preparation and presentation of a comprehensive business plan.

Prerequisite: ACC 2101, BUS 2020, BUS 2230.

Periodically

3

BUS 3230

Financial Management

This course covers the principles of how business enterprises refinance; general methods and basic tools of financial management and control, utilization, disposition of funds.

Prerequisite: ACC 2101

Every semester

3

BUS 3240

International Business

-or- PHI 2060 - Business Ethics

The course perspective is that of the manager whose business is global and now must work with institutions, trade and exchange policies that reflect social systems of nation-states. The course will introduce the most important activities in international business.

Prerequisite: ECO 2040, ECO 2050.

Periodically

3

BUS 3250

Organizational Development and Behavior

Field and organization of personnel function; selecting and training employees; wages and wage administration; problems of morale; human relations in supervision.

Prerequisite: BUS 2020 or consent of instructor.

Fall

3

BUS 4080

Business Strategy and Policy Development

This course focuses on both the analysis of an organization’s internal and external environments and on the development of appropriate corporate, business, and functional level strategies. The case study method is used extensively, with emphasis placed on policy formulation, strategic implementation, and control. Both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations are included.

Prerequisite: Senior standing and approval of the department.

Every Semester

3

BUS 4110

Operations Management

Introduction to concepts and fundamental understanding of systems management. Study of specific problems; decision-making processes dealing with planning and control in manufacturing and service firms.

Prerequisite: BUS 2550 or MAT 2021 and MAT 2022

Fall

3

BUS 4130

Quantitative Business Decisions

Mathematical business decision-making techniques and methods of problem analysis of decision made under uncertainty. Individuals participating in the 4-Plus1 MBA program with Clarkson University must take this course.

Prerequisite: BUS 2550 or MAT 2021 and MAT 2022

Spring

3

ECO 2040

Macroeconomics in a Global Context

This course serves as an introduction to economic principles in general as well as macroeconomics in particular. How do we understand the workings of the U.S. economy, in its global context? This course looks at the economy holistically, with an emphasis on its interconnections. We examine the connections between competing economic analyses and competing policy prescriptions to prevent or repair economic problems such as unemployment, inflation, and unsustainable growth – within the context of a rapidly globalizing economy.

Prerequisite: MAT 1221 or MAT 1320 or MAT 2021 or equivalent or concurrent enrollment in MAT 2021.

Every Semester

3

ECO 2050

Microeconomics in a Global Context

*Students are required to complete either BUS 2550 - Business Statistics and Analytics

or both MAT 2021 - Statistics I and MAT 2022 - Statistics II

An introduction to microeconomic theory and its applications placed in a global context. Attention given to: 1) economic behavior of consumers and businesses; 2) the pricing of productive inputs, income distribution and redistribution; 3) the nature and functioning of markets; and 4) the consequences of imperfect competition and imperfect information.

Prerequisite: MAT 1221 or MAT 1320 or MAT 2021 or equivalent.

Every Semester

3

And take 9 credits of electives

Students may use any ACC, BUS, or CIS prefixed course at the 2000-level or higher to satisfy the 9 credits of electives. Up to 6 credits of ACC, BUS, or CIS internships may be used to fulfill concentration electives.

(Credits required for the major: 64 cr)

And complete the university's Gen Ed requirements

Review the Gen Ed requirements

Additional Area of Focus

A student may add an additional major. For example, a major in Management may also choose to add a major in Marketing. In order to do this, the student must complete all required courses for both majors, and two Business electives with an ACC, BUS, or CIS suffix.