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Management (120 Credits)

The Management major has been developed for students interested in pursuing a career as a professional manager. In addition to learning vital management skills such as planning, organizing, leadership, and controlling, students will gain marketable skills by choosing one of two tracks. The Human Resource Management (HRM) track provides skills in areas such as selection, training, motivating, evaluating, and compensating employees. The Innovation and Change (I&C) track provides skills in areas such as managing innovation in networks and teams and managing organizational change processes.

Additional majors within the Business Administration Degree
Students already admitted to another major within the Business Administration degree, except for the Business Administration major, can elect to earn an additional major in Management by completing the following courses: MGMT 401, MGMT 485, MGTOP 470, MGMT 483, and 3 credits of MIS 441, MIS 420, ENTRP 489, or MGMT 496 for the Innovation & Change track or MGMT 401, MGMT 485, MGTOP 470, MGMT 450, MGMT 455, and MGMT 456 for Human Resource Management track. None of the courses for an additional major may be used for a 300-400-level Business Elective and at least 15 credits of an additional major’s courses cannot be used elsewhere in the degree. If interested in this option, please contact a Carson College of Business advisor.

Graduation Requirements
To graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a major in Management, students are required to complete all admission and graduation requirements listed in the Carson College of Business (CCB) section of this catalog and the coursework included in the sample 4-year plan listed below.

First Year
First TermCredits
B A 1003
ECONS 101 [SSCI] or 102 [SSCI]13
MATH 201 23
UCORE Inquiry33
Second TermCredits
B A 1021
ECONS 101 or 10213
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG] or 105 [WRTG]13
HBM 10111
MATH 202 [QUAN]43
UCORE Inquiry34
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 1
Apply for Admission into the Major
Second Year
First TermCredits
ACCTG 23013
B A 201, 202, and 203, or B A 2113
B LAW 2103
COM 102 [COMM], H D 205 [COMM], or MKTG 279 [COMM]13 or 4
MIS 2503
Consider studying abroad this summer5
Second TermCredits
ACCTG 23113
B A 204, 205, and 206, or B A 2123
MGTOP 21564
UCORE Inquiry36
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 2
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermCredits
FIN 3253
I BUS 3803
MGMT 4013
UCORE Inquiry33
Social Science or Humanities Elective73
Second TermCredits
ENGLISH 402 or 403 3
MGMT 485 [M]3
MGTOP 3403
MKTG 3603
Track Electives83
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 3
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
MGTOP 4703
International Experience Requirement or Electives 53
Social Science or Humanities Elective73
Track Electives [M]86
Second TermCredits
MGMT 491 [CAPS] or ENTRP 492 [CAPS]3
International Experience Requirement or Electives3
Track Electives83
Complete Carson Career Amplifier Program Tier 4

1For students in the Honors Program: ECONS 198 is an approved substitute for ECONS 101 and 102; COM 102/H D 205/MKTG 279 requirement is waived; HONORS 198 is an approved substitute for HBM 101; ENGLISH 198 is an approved substitute for ENGLISH 101; ACCTG 298 is an approved substitute for ACCTG 230 and 231. Honors students may need to enroll in elective coursework to meet University requirement of 120 credits.
2MATH 201 will be waived with an ALEKS score of 80% or higher, or the completion of MATH 202 or equivalent. MATH 106 will be accepted as an alternative to MATH 201 for transfer students.
3Must complete 5 of these 6 UCORE designations: ARTS, BSCI, DIVR, EQJS, HUM, PSCI. One lab science (BSCI or PSCI) must be completed.
4Alternative to MATH 202 is MATH 140 or 171.
5All students must complete the International Experience Requirement. Options for completing the requirement can be found in the Carson College of Business Academic Unit section of the catalog under Business or Business Administration (Vancouver). Students should consult with their advisor to determine the best option.
6STAT 212 will be accepted as alternative to MGTOP 215 for transfer students.
7Social Science or Humanities Electives (6 credits): Any courses with the [SSCI] or [HUM] designation (excluding courses in ACCTG, B_A, B_LAW, ENTRP, FIN, HBM, I_BUS, MGMT, MGTOP, MIS, and MKTG), or courses in ANTH, ART, ASIA, CES, CRM J, DTC, ECONS, ENGLISH (excluding ENGLISH 402 or 403), FOR LANG, HISTORY, HONORS 270, 280, 370, 380, H D, HUMANITY, PHIL, POL S, PSYCH, SOC, and WGSS not used to fulfill other (including UCORE) requirements.
8Track Electives: Students must complete one of two tracks for the management major. A total of 9 credits are required for each track. The requirements for each track are as follows. Innovation & Change Track: required MGMT 483 [M], 487, and MIS 448; Human Resource Management Track: required MGMT 450, 455, 456 [M].
9Electives: 300-400-level coursework as needed to meet University requirements of 120 credits and 40 upper-division credits.

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