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As a leader in today’s dynamic business world, you’re dedicated to creating successful opportunities while making ethical decisions in business. We understand your commitment to improving the business world and strive to help you achieve your personal and professional goals through our business administration program.

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Business administration is designed as a flexible program to provide a broad-based business education. It is designed for students who seek careers with business organizations where there is a need for learning in a number of areas of business study. The program allows students the flexibility in selecting courses in one of several tracks – General Business, Human Resources, or Organizational Supervision. The business administration major requirements are in addition to the General Education Program and the Business Programs Core.

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34 credits:

Business programs core

6-9 credits as follows:
12 credits:

 

Prerequisites:

This course aims squarely at the customer-serving objectives of effective operations in creating a world-class service or manufacturing concern. Effective domestic and international operations management (OM) requires continually improving the operating process and resources of the organization, especially people. OM requires harnessing the talents of front-line employees, technicians, experts, and upper-level managers while blending the interests of customers, employees and other stakeholders in the face of work force diversity, changing technologies and a global economy. The course also highlights the interdependencies between operations and other functional areas as marketing, finance/accounting, product/service design, human resources, and information systems.

Prerequisites:

( also FIN 403) This course deals with computer applications in quantitative management decision making at an advanced level. Students will utilize a variety of research tools to locate, analyze and evaluate information. It will investigate the use and application of computer technologies within organizations such as management support systems, decision support systems and executive information systems. Hands on application of front-end software, such as Microsoft Office, will be used to conceptualize, analyze, and develop technological solutions to practical business situations.

Prerequisites:

A course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student’s career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit applying classroom learning to actual job experience. Ideally, majors in the program would do an internship with a small business. However, if the internship is with a larger company, the internship should include a variety of work experiences. (“0” credit receives CR/NC grade).

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Prerequisites:

A course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student’s career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit applying classroom learning to actual job experience. Ideally, majors in the program would do an internship with a small business. However, if the internship is with a larger company, the internship should include a variety of work experiences.

12 credits:

Prerequisites:

An overview of employee involvement, leadership skills, and other management and organization behavior principles affecting human resources and relations – individual, group, and organizational. Topics include: motivation, communication, rewards, leadership, conflict, decision making, organizational structure, performance evaluation, and organizational change. The “human side of enterprise” will be examined in a cross-cultural context whether applied in domestic, offshore, or multi-national organizations.

Supervision uses the five functions of management – planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling. Covers job responsibilities of first-line supervisors in directing activities of subordinates. Emphasis is placed on the effectiveness of human relations in communication, leadership and team-building in the workplace.

Prerequisites:

This course examines leadership in contemporary organizations. It addresses the leader’s role in accomplishing organizational objectives in a complex, changing, contemporary, global, team-based values-challenged environment. The course reviews approaches to leadership (Behavioral, Transformational, Situational, and Values based), and the impact of successful leadership on the organization. It examines processes involved in the leadership and development of heterogeneous and homogeneous work teams. Students will gain self-awareness of their personal leadership styles, interpersonal skills and values affecting their leadership through experiential exercises and self-assessment.

3 credits from one of the following:

This course addresses topics from selected themes of contemporary interest in the broad content area of business and may focus on accounting, economics, management, leadership, marketing, finance, and technology. This course will explore questions raised by emerging new issues in the field of business and their potential impact on business, research, and society.

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A comprehensive study of the personnel management function: planning, recruiting, testing, selection, training, compensation, policy development, performance appraisal, government regulations, and labor relations.

Prerequisites:

Course provides an overview of major processes and procedures related to safety, security, and health in the work place. Students will gain an understanding of standards for occupational safety and health related to the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Safety and health hazards, causes of accidents and injuries, record keeping standards, and analysis of statistics are discussed. Measures organizations can take to promote safety, security, health and wellness are discussed.

Prerequisites:

This course continues study from TEC 210. This study focuses on strategic data planning and enterprise modeling using CASE tools. Personal demonstration in the mastery of the design process acquired from earlier courses is expected. The predominant objective of this course is to design and construct a physical system using database software to implement a logical design.

xxx 404 Special Topics, 3 cr.

16 – 22 credits:

University electives

Professional Standards in business

Business programs at Marian University focus on the following principles of business education:

Principle 1: Outcomes Assessment. The academic business unit has developed and fully implemented an outcomes assessment process consistent with their mission and broad-based goals.

Principle 2: Strategic Planning. The academic business unit has developed and implemented a strategic planning process that enables continuous improvement and guides it into the future consistent with its mission.

Principle 3: Curriculum. Programs offered are consistent with current, acceptable business practices and the expectations of professionals in the academic and business communities.

Principle 4: Faculty. Appropriate program coverage is provided by highly-qualified faculty with adequate time to devote to teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

Principle 5: Scholarly and Professional Activities. Faculty members are involved in scholarly and professional activities that enhance the depth and scope of their knowledge.

Principle 6: Resources. Financial resources available are sufficient to support a high-quality learning environment.

Principle 7: Internal and External Relationships. The academic business unit has effective working relationships with other functional units within the institution, meaningful linkages to business practitioners and organizations, effective relationships with external organizations, and is accountable to the public.

Principle 8: International Business Education. The academic business unit ensures that students possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and deal effectively with critical issues in a dynamic global business environment

Principle 9: Educational Innovation. The academic business unit maintains environment that encourages and recognizes innovation and creativity in the education of business students.

Professional Conduct (Standard for Students)

Faculty and Staff in the business department in the College of Professions expect the highest standards of honest, ethical professional conduct from each of our students. Primary components of professional behavior expected include:

  • Respect for others
  • Full engagement
  • Responsibility and integrity, and commitment to quality.

Mission

The mission of the Business Administration program is to educate students for diverse professional business roles in varied organizational contexts in rapidly changing global environments.  The program promotes critical thinking, is pragmatically oriented and values-based.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will possess effective written communications skills.
  • Students will possess effective oral communications skills.
  • Students will be able to effectively apply critical thinking skills to business problems.
  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of business functions & systems.
  • Students will possess an integrated knowledge of general business functions & systems.

 

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Marian’s business faculty will prepare you to achieve your goals through a classroom experience centered on a personal, applied approach. Through the program, you’ll be prepared to plan, organize, direct and manage an organization’s activities, all while becoming a leader in business and achieving your professional goals.

Criteria for Undergraduate Business Students

A student who meets Marian University admission standards and who declares a business major must comply with the following standards at each class level:

Freshman Criteria (for students with at least 30 credits completed)

  • Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:
    • ENG 101 or ENG 105
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Sophomore Criteria (for students with at least 60 credits completed)

  • Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:
    • ENG 151 or ENG 106
    • MAT 111 or MAT 130 or MAT 132
    • BUA 210
    • Science lab(s)
  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Junior and Senior Criterion (for students with at least 80 credits completed)

  • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Failure to Meet Criteria

Any business student failing to meet these criteria is placed on probation. During the first semester of probation, students may continue taking business courses. If the student has failed to meet the criteria after one semester on probation, that student may only retake deficient classes and general education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

A business student is not allowed to graduate with a D+ or lower grade in any business course. If such a grade is recorded, the course must be retaken and a grade of C- or above must be achieved. All business students are required to take a comprehensive exit examination during the semester prior to graduation. Students pursuing more than one major in the business program must complete at least 15 credits of unique courses to count in each major. Students pursuing a minor must complete at least 9 credits of courses unique to the minor.

Internship Experience

The internship provides practical work experience related to the student’s career objective. All internships involve planned and supervised on-the-job training with interaction among the student, a faculty advisor, and a supervisor from the site of the internship. The student may complete the internship on a part- or full-time basis. Before the student begins their internship, they must consult with the internship coordinator in their respective discipline to review requirements and expectations.

Prior to the start of the internship, the site must be approved and a learning contract and supervisor agreement must be completed. Students are eligible to register for a 0-3 credit internship upon achieving junior status. Specific internship requirements such as number of hours, paperwork, and other assignments may differ depending on major. Students must consult with the program director and internship coordinator for these details and cannot register for the internship until authorized by the internship coordinator. Business students are required to complete a minimum of one internship experience regardless of the number of declared majors.

Inspiring future leaders, Marian’s business programs prepare students for all facets of the business world. Watch to learn more about Marian’s Business Programs.

W. Alan Dixon, Sr. DM.
Associate Professor, Organizational Supervision Program Director
920.963.7663
wadixon33@marianuniversity.edu

Teresa Lorenzoni
Adjunct Instructor
920.923.8965
talorenzoni94@marianuniversity.edu

David Washkoviak
Adjunct Instructor
920.923.8965
dgwashkoviak00@marianuniversity.edu

As part of Marian’s management program, you’ll apply knowledge gained in class to solving real-world problems through creativity, critical thinking and communication skills. You’ll engage in internships and cooperative work experiences with numerous businesses and organizations, which often lead to professional employment opportunities after graduation.

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For more information, please contact:
Office of Admission
920.923.7650
admission@marianuniversity.edu

Thomas DePaoli, Ph.D.
Management Program Director
920.923.8531
tmdepaoli76@marianuniversity.edu