Teddy T. and Cecilia M.

Bachelor of Arts in
Management (BAM),

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The Bachelor of Arts in Management (BAM) degree prepares you for a career managing organizations and personnel in global, multicultural settings covering a wide range of industries. Foundational courses provide essential skills and knowledge for building and guiding teams, facilitating work processes, analyzing data, and making better decisions regarding market opportunities, finances, and the business environment.

For maximum flexibility, the program minimizes prerequisites while offering seven different areas of management specialization.

The Economics specialization is designed for those who want to progress beyond microeconomics and macroeconomics to examine how individuals, businesses and governments make decisions in allocating their resources. The coursework teaches quantitative analysis, economic fundamentals, and monetary principles that can prepare you for success in graduate business studies, law school, professional training, and employment opportunities in government, the private sector, and international organizations.

Admission Requirements

In preparation for your Bachelor of Arts in Management studies, you’re required to complete the following courses or equivalents:

  • ECO 203 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 204 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • LAW 204 – Legal Aspects of Business I

Course Details

Required Courses

For the Bachelor of Arts in Management degree with a specialization in Economics, you must complete ten foundational courses and five specialization courses.

Foundational Course Listings

Course Name

An introduction to the roles of managers and the vision, mission, and goals of organizations. This course investigates management theories and explores the four primary functions of managers: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. You’ll explore issues related to human resource management, organizational structure and behavior, creative problem solving, effective communication, and the management of teams, change, and innovation.

This course is an introduction to contemporary marketing theory and practice in both the local and global marketplace. You’ll examine basic concepts of marketing with an emphasis on market positioning, segmentation, and targeting, as well as product development and distribution.

An examination of concepts for managing the production of goods and the operation of services. This course focuses on managing customer needs through continuous process improvement, cost management, quality management, and reducing waste throughout every process. Additional topics of study include production strategy, product and process design, inventory management, and supply chain management.

An overview of information systems (IS) infrastructure and its utilization in today’s global business environment. The use of technological tools and the role of information systems within organizations will be explored from strategic, tactical, and operational viewpoints. You’ll learn how to choose and utilize information to gain a competitive advantage in industry and the marketplace.

This course introduces upper-division undergraduate students to the accelerating globalization of all business. You’ll explore international business through a series of case studies that illustrate concepts and methods within three broad subject areas: (1) the economic framework of international business, (2) the operating structures of multinational corporations, and (3) a guide for global strategic management.

A survey of the core issues in leadership practice. This course looks at differing theories and styles of collaborative, integrative, organizational leadership. After doing a deep dive into these approaches, you’ll compare and contrast them with more authoritarian or management-by-edit tactics within organizations.

In this course, you’ll study the impact individuals, groups, and structures have on behavior within organizations. The focus is on work-related behavior and how individual and group performance relates to organizational productivity. You’ll explore the development of interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence to achieve greater equity and inclusion. The goal is to help all employees, supervisors, and managers improve their fulfillment and effectiveness.

An overview of the many human resource management activities performed in the modern workplace. Topics of study include human resource planning, job analysis, staffing and recruitment, selection and retention, training and talent development, compensation and benefits, legal aspects, DE&I, performance management, labor relations, ethics, and health and safety.

An exploration of business values and ethics through both a local and international lens. You’ll examine moral philosophies, values, conflict of interests, discrimination, business cultures, and ethical standards with a critical eye. You’ll also study the ethical leadership of people, technology, and sustainability, and how to develop and implement all of these through ethical business programs.

In this capstone management course, you’ll apply strategic principles to the development, organization, financing, and operations of a business enterprise. Coursework will integrate and apply the knowledge and skills gained in previous business and management courses to create an overall competitive strategy.

Required Specialization Courses

Course Name

Building on the fundamentals of microeconomics, this course covers the market and market equilibrium, budget constraints, revealed preference and intertemporal choice, industrial organization and profit maximization, game theory, welfare economics, information technology, and asymmetric information.

Building on core macroeconomic principles, this course prepares you for exploring and analyzing contemporary macroeconomic issues. Coursework focuses on the measurement of income, prices and employment; monetary and fiscal policy; financial markets; the public sector; international trade and finance; and current global issues.

This course analyzes secondary-source economic data, such as that gathered by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Organization of European Community for Development (OECD), and various U.S. government sources. You’ll focus on the basic tools of mathematical and statistical analysis as you learn to convert commercial, financial, and budgetary information into meaningful economic conclusions.

Specialization Electives

Select two courses from the following:

Course Name

In this course, you’ll explore theories and explanations for economic growth from a positive perspective. The framework for your analysis will derive from the following productivity factors: physical and human capital, productivity measurement, efficiency and the role of technology, economic openness, distribution of income, and inherent characteristics such as culture, geography, and natural resources.

A survey of basic capitalistic principles and market process economics. Coursework will explore the nature and importance of capitalism, wealth and its role in human life, natural resources and the environment, the division of labor and production, pricing systems and controls, and economic coordination. With a fundamental understanding of capitalism, you’ll then compare and contrast it with other economic systems.

This course makes a detailed study of the labor market and the economic forces that affect it. You’ll study the demand for and supply of labor, the causes of unemployment, and the relationship between the labor market and other markets. Coursework will also examine such topics as labor market discrimination, influences on labor productivity, the effects of labor unions, and wage determination.

In this course, you’ll apply what you’ve learned in previous economics courses to analysis of the global economy. You’ll apply the law of comparative advantage to understand the universal advantages of international trade. Trade agreements, such as GATT and NAFTA, will be discussed and analyzed, and you’ll examine the qualities and quirks of currency markets and different types of monetary systems.

A study of the U.S. monetary and financial systems and the role they play in facilitating the production of wealth in the economy. You’ll explore the theory and practicalities of money; the Federal Reserve System and monetary policy; how interest rates are determined, stock and bond prices; and the different types of financial institutions that facilitate the flow and function of money.

Learning Outcomes

Students earning the Bachelor of Arts in Management degree with an Economics specialization will learn to:

  • Apply ethical and legal principles to a business environment
  • Apply skills and knowledge in business math, economics, accounting, finance, and operations management needed to make sound business decisions
  • Apply knowledge in the fields of management, information systems, and marketing to different business environments
  • Apply fundamental business knowledge to the analysis of strengths, weaknesses, and potential improvements in a business enterprises
  • Conduct independent research relevant to business-related issues
  • Demonstrate the writing, presentation, research, and teamwork skills expected of a business school graduate at the bachelor level
  • Apply a global business perspective based on a knowledge of foreign business environments and cultures
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