Undergraduate Business Management Major

 

Go beyond traditional. Reach for transformational.

As a Business Management major, you’ll master the art and science of working with people and leading in a business world that hinges on strategy and decision-making.

And you’ll emerge ready to take the reins on your own managerial career in any organization, large or small.

I constantly use techniques taught in my Business Communication and Capstone courses. Even after receiving my most recent promotion, I was able to use some of the skills I learned in my negotiation course to obtain a few additional benefits.

Brittany Smythe ’11 BSBA (Business Management)

Business Management Major Overview

This major is designed for students who expect to hold managerial positions in large or small organizations.

Business Management involves two broad domains. The first is working with people: hiring, training, coordinating and creating an effective environment for the attainment of organizational objectives. The second is laying a foundation for becoming a manager of a business or organizational unit where strategy and decision-making skills are important.

Business Management Advising

Every Eller student has an assigned advisor to help with the academic questions that come up as you study here. Get to know the Business Management advisor. 

Meet Frank Barile, the Business Management Advisor

Department of Management and Organizations

The Eller Management and Organizations Department faculty are leaders in the latest thinking on organizational behavior and managerial decision making.

Explore the Management and Organizations Department


Business Management Sample Coursework Plan

How your Eller experience can play out:

This sample plan is based on 15-16 credits per semester, but you’ll also have to plan for your second language requirement and at least one class focused on gender, race, ethnicity or non-Western area studies. For a full list of official degree requirements, check out the University General Catalog. We also strongly recommend meeting with your academic advisor to create a plan specifically for you.

Freshman Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 101* First Year Composition  
MIS 111* Computers and Internetworked Society 
MIS 112* Computers and Internetworked Society Lab  
MATH 112 College Algebra Concepts and Applications  
Tier I General Education and/or Second Language  
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
1
3
3

Total

13-17    

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ENGL 102* First Year Composition  
MATH 116* Calculus Concepts for Business Majors
Tier I General Education  
Tier I General Education and/or Second Language 
BNAD 100 Language and Context of Business  
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days 

3
3
3
3-7
1

Total

13-17

Summer

Use summer to catch up on math if behind in sequencing based on placement results prior to freshman year.

Sophomore Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

BNAD 276* Statistical Inference in Management 
ACCT 200* Introduction to Financial Accounting  
ECON 200* Basic Economic Issues  
Tier I General Education  
Tier I General Education
BNAD 200 Career Management in Business  
    
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
1

Total

16

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ACCT 210* Introduction to Managerial Accounting  
BNAD 277* Analytical Methods for Business 
BCOM 214* Fundamentals of Business Communication  
Tier I General Education  
Tier II General Education or Ethics**  
   
Attend Career Showcase and apply for Professional Admissions in February, and attend UA Spring Career Days

3
4
3
3
3

Total

16

Summer
We highly recommend that students participate in a study abroad and career-related experience.

In order to take the following upper-division courses, students must be admitted to the major through a competitive and selective Professional Admission process.  

Junior Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

MGMT 310A Organization Behavior and Management  
MKTG 361 Introduction to Marketing  
BCOM 314R† Business Communication  
FIN 311 Introduction to Finance
MGMT 330 Introduction to Human Resources Management 

Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
 

Total

15

2nd Semester
Course

Units

ECON 300 Microeconomic Analysis for Business Decisions
MIS 373 Basic Operations Management  
MIS 304 Using and Managing Information Systems  
BMGT Major Elective Course 
BMGT Major Elective Course  
   
Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
 

Total

15

Summer
Use summer to gain career-related experience through internships, study abroad, or volunteering.

Senior Year

1st Semester
Course

Units

MGMT 402 Integrating Business Fundamentals with Ethics and Law in Management  
ECON 330 Macroeconomic and Global Institutions and Policy  
ENTR 485 Innovating: Creating the Future  
BMGT Major Elective Course 
BMGT Major Elective Course 

  
Attend Eller Career Expo and UA Fall Career Days

3
3
3
3
3
 
Total

15

2nd Semester
Course

Units

MGMT 471 Management Policies   
Tier II General Education 
Tier II General Education
Minor, Electives, or remaining General Education requirements

Attend Career Showcase and UA Spring Career Days, and Graduation in May

3
3
3
3-6

Total

12-15

Summer
Enjoy your summer and continue the job search if necessary!

Students can meet the Second Language requirement by demonstrating second semester proficiency through examination or taking any of a variety of second semester language courses. Additionally, one course in the student's degree program must focus on Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Non-Western Area Studies. Some General Education classes are designed to fulfill this requirement. Each student needs to meet a minimum of 120 total credits. Students are strongly encouraged to take BNAD 100 and BNAD 200 to develop their professional knowledge and competencies required for success in the upper division. Please consult with your Advisement Report and your academic advisor.

* Eller Foundation Courses: Required to apply for Professional Admission into the Professional Program. Professional Admission is required in order to take all 300 & 400-level Professional Core and Major Courses.

** Business Emphasis Area: Students are required to take one Ethics course. This course must be completed prior to graduation; it does not need to be completed before applying for Professional Admission.

† Students must pass the BCOM 214 or BCOM 314R writing assessment for graduation, otherwise BCOM 315 (2 units) must be completed in addition to the above coursework.


Business Management Cohort Schedules

View Business Management major cohort schedules by semester:

Business Management A Cohort

A COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

8-9:15

 

BCOM 314R*

 

BCOM 314R*

9:30-10:45

MGMT 330

BCOM 314R*

MGMT 330

BCOM 314R*

11-12:15

MGMT 310A

FIN 311

MGMT 310A

FIN 311

12:30-1:45

MKTG 361

 

MKTG 361

 

Business Management B Cohort

B COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

9:30-10:45

MGMT 330

 

MGMT 330

 

11-12:15

 

FIN 311

 

FIN 311

2-3:15

MGMT 310A

BCOM 314R*

MGMT 310A

BCOM 314R*

3:30-4:45

MKTG 361

BCOM 314R*

MKTG 361

BCOM 314R*

Business Management A Cohort

A COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

8:00 - 9:15

 

MIS 373

 

MIS 373

9:30 - 10:45

 

MIS 304

 

MIS 304

11:00 - 12:15

 

ECON 300

 

ECON 300

Business Management B Cohort

B COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

11:00 - 12:15  

ECON 300

 

ECON 300

2:00 - 3:15  

MIS 373

 

MIS 373

3:30 - 4:45  

MIS 304

 

MIS 304

Business Management A Cohort

A COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

2-3:15  

ECON 330

 

ECON 330

6:30-7:45

 

MGMT 402 

 

MGMT 402

Business Management B Cohort

B COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

2-3:15  

ECON 330

 

ECON 330

6:30-7:45

 

MGMT 402

 

MGMT 402

 

Business Management A Cohort

A COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

3:30-6  

 

MGMT 471 

 

Business Management B Cohort

B COHORT

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

3:30-6  

 

MGMT 471 

 


Business Management Elective Course Options

The following Business Management electives are available:

This course deals with the cultural, economic, political, legal, commercial and social context in which multinational corporations, especially American businesses, operate in emerging regions. This includes consideration of factors that shape or reflect the operational realities of management and marketing in emerging regions.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Summer

This course provides a project based, integrative course that brings together all aspects of business.  Students are challenged to integrate accounting, marketing, finance, operations and management skills into one project.  Classroom activities focus on consulting skills and help students develop a framework for analyzing current business processes with a problem solving aim.  Each student consulting team will work with a local small business owner.  Professional guidance and mentoring for each team will be provided by local business professionals and Eller alumni, in addition to Eller faculty and staff.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring only

Economic and legal analysis of the issues and problems arising out of executive, legislative, and judicial efforts to define the rights, duties, and responsibilities of labor and management in the field of industrial relations.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring

Information not yet available.

Information not yet available.

This course will provide students with both academic and real-world knowledge and experience in creating social impact.   We will examine a variety of organizational structures including nonprofit, for profit, and hybrid organizations such as B corps, looking for best practices in social innovation.  We will study how leaders create positive change by cycling through the social impact cycle, and we will learn about local organizations of various kinds and sizes and evaluate their efforts to innovate in addressing complex issues.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

After completion of the course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of managing effective non-profit organizations including: understanding nonprofit organizations, governing and leading, accountability, capacity, strategic planning, managing staff and volunteers, and fundraising. You will learn through visiting and meeting influential non-profit leaders in the community, reading, and hands on projects.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall only

This course will provide students with real-world knowledge and experience in management consulting for nonprofit organizations.  Specifically, students work in teams and use their business expertise to consult on projects with nonprofit organizations in the community. This action-based course provides students with the opportunity to work with organizations making a positive impact on the Tucson community. Students will learn through hands-on experiences with actual clients to develop resume building experiences and skills valued in the work place. Focused application of consulting, business-related research, and client management will be the emphasis of this course.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

The objective of the course is to provide the tools to function comfortably in the Middle East and North Africa business environment. It will provide a basic understanding of the history, geography, politics, economics and culture of these areas.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall

Designed to provide an in-depth understanding of compensation policies.  It will examine theoretical and practical aspects to compensation policies in organizations.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

Law of Contracts; Principal-Agency (Employer-Employee) relationships; Unincorporated Business Associations-Partnerships; Limited Partnerships; Limited Liability Companies; Corporations; Property Rights and other subjects such as negotiable instruments; Wills and Probate of Estate. 

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

An integrative, case-oriented course focusing on problems and policies in the procurement, development, compensation, and motivation of personnel.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring

Human resources issues when their employees and customers interact in a services environment.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring

To understand the theory and processes of negotiation to negotiate successfully in a variety of settings comfortable and adept in future negotiations. 

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

Examination of the state of the art of bargaining and negotiation, and the development of bargaining skills in a wide variety of business and interpersonal settings.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall

This course is designed to help students acquire the skills and knowledge to become more effective managers of people in organizations. Students will learn effective people management practices, explore how these practices fit with an organization's strategy and structure, and equip students with some basic skills for applying these practices. Increasingly, the task of managing and developing people is shared between human resources and general managers. Therefore, whether a student's functional concentration is marketing, finance, information technology, operations management, or human resources, understanding how to manage people, and how an organization's context affects the effectiveness of people management practices, is critical for a manager's and their organization's performance.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2

Broaden perspectives on globalizing business and international integration.  Enhance analytical and communication skills in approaching and resolving international issues.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2

The primary purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the processes by which organizations staff positions from a pool of applicants. 

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall

This course focuses on the management and organization of healthcare delivery, particularly in the United States. The course examines the salient features of the healthcare context, the unique challenges these features produce for managers in that industry and solutions that organizations have used to address those challenges. Micro to macro challenges and solutions are explored, with a particular emphasis on the ways that leadership, human resources, culture, operations, organization design and strategy influence the quality, safety and costs of care and the patient experience.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

The objective of this class is to enhance your understanding of what makes leaders effective in organizational settings.  Although there are many different ways of defining leadership effectiveness, the majority of these definitions suggest that effective leaders are those that: improve the performance and attitudes of employees; motivate people to perform "above and beyond the call of duty;" and enhance organizational effectiveness.  Thus, during the first half of this class, we will: (a) explore the criteria of leadership effectiveness, (b) identify those leader behaviors that have been found to be the most important ones for enhancing leadership effectiveness, and (c) explore how you can improve your own leadership "style."  However, since leadership is dynamic, much of the material in the second half of the class will be directed at understanding some of the challenges that leaders face in different types of organizational and cultural environments.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

The purpose of this course is to help students think about the design, structure, and management of organizations. This course will introduce students to organization theory—a field that draws on ideas from the disciplines of sociology, psychology, economics and political science. The goal is to teach students to think about and understand organizations using concepts that organization theory provides. The course is designed to encourage students to actively and critically use these concepts to diagnose, design, manage, change and generally make sense of the organizations in which they now—or will in the future—participate.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

Application of behavioral science knowledge to group functioning in organizations with emphasis on perspectives from organizational behavior, social psychology and sociology. 

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring

In this course you will focus your business and entrepreneurial skills on contemporary healthcare challenges and opportunities.  Through a series of readings, case studies, discussions, guest speakers, and assignments, you will explore a number of contemporary healthcare problems and identify entrepreneurial solutions to these problems.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

Examines employee training and development as a systematic planned strategy for continuous expansion of employee competence, broadly defined , in order to meet organizational and individual goals.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

Change is inherent in contemporary organizations.  Some changes result from planned innovations, others are reactive to internal, industry, and environmental jolts and surprises.  Some changes are minor and gradual; others are sudden and revolutionary.  Regardless of the stimulus or type of change, managers and leaders must manage and communicate change effectively to achieve successful implementation and results.  This is not easy because employees and other stakeholders often resist change due to uncertainty, deeply-rooted cultural values and norms, politics, and a variety of other potential barriers to change. This case-based class provides an understanding of change processes in organizations and teaches students how to develop successful communication strategies to effectively guide the change process.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

The sales function and its relationship to the total marketing program; sales strategies and objectives; development and administration of sales organizations; control and evaluation of sales operations.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

The goal of the class is to expose students to various topics in management through laboratory simulations and demonstrations. The class will be organized in modules, each containing a laboratory simulation, analysis of results and output, class discussion and a written report.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

In the 21st century, Africa (along with Asia and Latin America) is often referred to as one of the emerging markets of the world. This recognition has cast Africa as occupying the last frontier market of modern international business and global capitalism. AFAS 463 Doing Business In/ With Africa is designed to provide cultural grounding and competency in Africa for students  and professionals interested  in conducting business and/or working with government agencies and non-profit organizations in Africa. Its focus, therefore, is the cultural aspect of the international business environment of Africa.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Summer 1, Summer 2

Operational aspect of quality improvement. Topics include statistical process control, quality management programs.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall

Persuasion is central to organizations and business. Whether you are a supervisor trying to motivate an employee, a salesperson trying to land a client, a CEO inspiring organizational members toward a new vision, a marketing professional trying to create a product niche, or an entrepreneur attempting to garner financial support for a new venture, persuasion lies at the heart of organizational processes. This course is designed to develop student understanding of the role of persuasion in organizations and business settings. 

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

Productive systems, including service type industries; activities entailed in selecting, designing, operating, controlling, and updating systems. Forecasting, aggregate planning, MRP, inventory models under uncertainty, scheduling.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

Productive systems, including service type industries; activities entailed in selecting, designing, operating, controlling and updating systems. Topics include strategy and competition, supply chain management, project management, facilities layout and location, quality and assurance, and reliability and maintainability.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

Critical examination of various research activities taking place in the field of management and organizational behavior. 

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

Organization, management and control of material flow processes; logistical strategies and relationships of procurement, handling, warehousing, transportation, and inventory control.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall

Survey of research on topics that have to do with gender and organizations. Topics include social determinants of career choice, perceptions and performance of men and women as managers, occupational sex segregation, work and family issues, implications of technological change for women's employment, affirmative action and comparable worth.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

Integration of marketing, production and management functions. Pro forma statements. Development of venture capital. 

Units: 4
Usually offered: Fall
Reserved for: Entrepreneurship students

Focusing your business and entrepreneurial skills on social and/or environmental problem solving. 

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

This is an applied consulting class. This course will be provided to give students an insight into the inner-workings of the university, while demonstrating methods of improvement applicable to individual colleges. Course may count as a Business Management major elective. Please see the Business Management advisor for substitution.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring

Introduction to the major theories and research findings of social psychology. Specific topics covered in the class include the self, social cognition, attitudes, interpersonal relations, group processes, prejudice, and aggression. 

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2

Application of the principles of psychology to industrial and social organizations, including personnel, human factors, organizational and consumer psychology.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall, Spring, Summer 1, Summer 2

Information not yet available.

Survey of the changing nature of work in America, with emphasis on labor relations, unionization and workplace discrimination.

Units: 3
Usually offered: Fall

Theories and research regarding large-scale organizations and their relations to the individual and society. 

Units: 3
Usually offered: Spring

View Other Management and Organizations Courses


Business Management Major Career Resources

Business Management Careers

Your Business Management degree translates to in-demand roles like sales, human resource administration, organizational analysis and project management.   

View Business Management Career Possibilities

Meet the Accounting Career Coach

Eller students have a world of options in front of them—which is why a dedicated career coach is so valuable. Get counseling, professional development and insight on internship and job opportunities awaiting you. 

Meet Adrienne Perez, the Business Management Career Coach