Required Core Courses
(3 credits each)
Core Course Descriptions (3 credits each)
Digital Learning for Business Administration
This course is designed to introduce students to the Business Administration major, including a review of the main topic areas and the major’s learning objectives, along with the basic concepts and skills needed to succeed in online learning. In addition, students will analyze the economic and financial concepts required to understand business operations in the 21st century, and hone their upper-level college writing and online research skills.
Management and Labor in 21st Century
Students will analyze the principles and practices of leadership, management and labor relations in the context of 21st century businesses and other organizations. In this course students will consider the fundamental question of how to lead organizations and manage people in ways that make good business sense and also benefit their employees and society as a whole.
Business Ethics and Sustainability
Using a values-based curriculum, students will grapple with a series of case studies, drawn from a variety of work contexts, which challenge them to operate and manage a business in an ethical and sustainable manner.
Financial and Accounting Controls
Students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary to understand and manage the financial and accounting functions critical to the successful operation of a business. Particular attention will be paid to key concepts and practices related to finance, and an understanding of critical accounting practices, such as the interrelationship between cash flow, income statements, and balance sheets.
Marketing and New Media
The course will begin with a brief overview of the traditional approaches to marketing and creating value. Students will then move to an analysis of marketing and communications in the 21st century, including an examination of the challenges and opportunities presented by new media, social networking tools and shifting political and economic environments. In this course students will evaluate the use of interviews, surveys and data analysis in business decision making.
Labor and Work in the United States
This class is designed to provide students with an understanding of issues related to the evolution of work, worker organizations, and labor management relations in the United States. The course will also examine practical aspects of collective bargaining and contract administration in a unionized workplace and related legal and policy debates.
Legal Environment of Business
This course provides an overview of a set of laws that impact on the organization of a business, including the functions of agency, partnership and key elements of corporation law. In addition, it provides an introduction to legal areas related to the day-to-day management of an organization, including the basics of business contracts, and employment and labor relations law.
Students will examine a variety of materials, including case studies, which explore the challenges of starting and managing a new venture or revitalizing an existing operation. These challenges include the analysis of risks and rewards, the issue of financing and consideration of the skills and resources required to run a successful, values-based business or organization.
Organizational Dynamics and Change
Students in this class will examine the leadership principles necessary for the development and operation of a successful and changing organization. Particular attention will be paid to the methods of organizational communication, along with the skills needed to conduct a careful analysis and strategic organizational decision-making processes, while serving as an effective agent of organizational change.
Negotiations and Dispute Resolution
Theory and practice come together in this exploration of methods of negotiations and dispute resolution in and outside of businesses and other types of organizations. Students will explore traditional and alternative methods of dispute resolution.
Capstone Project in Business Administration
Students will complete an integrative project that applies the knowledge and skills they have gained in their major to an actual case or situation. The scope and nature of the project will be worked out with individual faculty.
Labor and Work in the Global Economy
This class is designed to provide students with an understanding of global labor issues and how they affect the U.S. and world economies. The course will include, among other topics, an overview of the debate over international labor rights and standards, and an introduction to comparative labor movements.