Business Management

Have you ever dreamed of running your own business? Or does working at a large corporation sound challenging and exciting? You might be a match for a Central College business management major. Graduates have gone on to direct public relations, work in human resources offices and become project managers and business owners.

Business Management Statement of Philosophy:

Consistent with the mission of Central College, the business management major offers students the opportunity to gain an understanding of business operations in the context of the liberal arts tradition. The major provides students a foundation in business with an emphasis in one of four business administration areas: business administration, finance, marketing and not-for-profit management. An emphasis can also be individually designed to better meet a student’s objective. In cooperation with Central College’s education department, students can also be certified to teach business classes at the secondary level.

The major enables students to acquire a general understanding in a field that prepares them to compete in a dynamic marketplace. The performance of Central students on standardized examinations such as GMAT and LSAT, their acceptance into quality graduate programs, and their success in careers demonstrate the strengths of the program.

Central students benefit from a multidimensional teaching approach that facilitates active learning; computer simulations, case studies, presentations, class discussion, team projects and other instructional means areutilized. Each of these various methodologies emphasizes written and oral communication skills.

Quality education must extend well beyond the classroom. Accordingly, academic advising is geared towardassisting students in making sound choices regarding courses and appropriate co-curricular learningexperiences. Students are encouraged to participate in Central’s international programs and/or the Chicago Metropolitan Program and the Washington, D.C., program, to explore internship opportunities, and to participate in student organizations such as the Business Club and the Not-for-Profit/Big Hearts-Helping Hands Club. By integrating practical and theoretical experiences, students are prepared to appreciate the global and cultural diversity of the 21st century.

Typical sequence of MAJOR courses for the business management major:

(52 study hour minimum)

Freshman Year:

  • ECON112 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON113 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • COSC106 Introduction to Web Programming
  • -COSC110 Introduction to Computer Science

Sophomore Year:

  • ACCT241 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT242 Introduction to Management Accounting
  • BMGT251 Principles of Management
  • ECON281 Research Methods in Economics
  • MATH105 Introduction to Statistics

Junior and/or Senior Years:

  • BMGT351 Organizational Behavior
  • BMGT361 Corporate Finance
  • BMGT371 Principles of Marketing
  • BMGT381 Operations Management
  • BMGT451 Strategic Management

Selection of an emphasis area.

Finally, all management majors must complete the department’s communication skills endorsement. Click here for information on the department’s CSE.

Students may not declare a business management major in conjunction with the International Management or Management Information Systems majors.