B.S. Business Management Areas of Study

The Bachelor of Science in Business Management is a competency-based program that enables leaders and managers in organizations to earn a Bachelor of Science degree. The B.S. in Business Management is great preparation for a variety of careers in the business field. This program consists of twelve balanced areas of study, WGU competency-based assessments, and a capstone project.

Leadership and Management

Principles of Management
This course addresses strategic planning, total quality, entrepreneurship, conflict and change, human resource management, diversity, and organizational structure.

General Education

Intermediate Algebra
This course provides an introduction of algebraic concepts and the development of the essential groundwork for College Algebra. Topics include: A review of basic mathematical skills, the real number system, algebraic expressions, linear equations, graphing, exponents and polynomials.

English Composition I
This course introduces learners to the types of writing and thinking that is valued in college and beyond. Students will practice writing in several genres and several media, with emphasis placed on writing and revising academic arguments. The course contains supporting media, articles, and excerpts to support a focus on one of five disciplinary threads (covering the topics of nursing, business, information technology, teaching, and literature, art, and culture) designed to engage students and welcome them into discussion about contemporary issues. The course supports peer review activities, though it may be completed asynchronously as well. Instruction and exercises in grammar, mechanics, research documentation, and style are paired with each module so that writers can practice these skills as necessary. This course includes full access to the MindEdge Writing Pad to support student writing and coaching sessions.

Introduction to Sociology
This course teaches students to think like sociologists, in other words, to see and understand the hidden rules, or norms, by which people live, and how they free or restrain behavior. Students will learn about socializing institutions, such as schools and families, as well as workplace organizations and governments. Participants will also learn how people deviate from the rules by challenging norms, and how such behavior may result in social change, either on a large scale or within small groups.

Introduction to Geography
This course will discuss geographic concepts, places and regions, physical and human systems and the environment.

College Algebra
This course supports the assessment for College Algebra with Hawkes Learning. College Algebra provides a detailed exploration into basic algebraic concepts and functions and their use in describing, interpreting, and modeling real-world situations.

English Composition II
English Composition II introduces learners to research writing and thinking that are valued in college and beyond. The Composition II course at WGU should be seen as a foundational course designed to help undergraduate students build fundamental skills for ongoing development in writing and research. Students will complete an academic research paper.

Introduction to Communication
This introductory communication course allows students to become familiar with the fundamental communication theories and practices necessary to engage in healthy professional and personal relationships. Students will survey human communication on multiple levels and critically apply the theoretical grounding of the course to interpersonal, intercultural, small group, and public presentational contexts. The course also encourages students to consider the influence of language, perception, culture, and media on their daily communicative interactions. In addition to theory, students will engage in the application of effective communication skills through systematically preparing and delivering an oral presentation. By practicing these fundamental skills in human communication, students become more competent communicators as they develop more flexible, useful, and discriminatory communicative practices in a variety of contexts.

Introduction to Probability and Statistics
In this course, students demonstrate competency in the basic concepts, logic, and issues involved in statistical reasoning. Topics include summarizing and analyzing data, sampling and study design, and probability.

Critical Thinking and Logic
Reasoning and Problem Solving helps students internalize a systematic process for exploring issues that takes them beyond an unexamined point of view and encourages them to become more self-aware thinkers by applying principles of problem identification and clarification, planning and information gathering, identifying assumptions and values, analysis and interpretation of information and data, reaching well-founded conclusions, and identifying the role of critical thinking in the disciplines and professions.

Survey of United States History
This course presents a broad and thematic survey of U.S. history from European colonization to the mid-twentieth century. Students will explore how historical events and major themes in American history have affected a diverse population.

Introduction to Humanities
This introductory humanities course allows students to practice essential writing, communication, and critical thinking skills necessary to engage in civic and professional interactions as mature, informed adults. Whether through studying literature, visual and performing arts, or philosophy, all humanities courses stress the need to form reasoned, analytical, and articulate responses to cultural and creative works. Studying a wide variety of creative works allows students to more effectively enter the global community with a broad and enlightened perspective.

Integrated Natural Science Applications
Integrated Natural Science Applications explores the natural world through an integrated perspective and helps students apply scientific concepts and methodologies to the examination of natural science fundamentals.

Business

Organizational Behavior
Organizational Behavior and Leadership explores how to lead and manage effectively in diverse business environments. Students are asked to demonstrate the ability to apply organizational leadership theories and management strategies in a series of scenario-based problems.

Introduction to Business
This course introduces students to the various functional areas within an organization (e.g. marketing, production, finance, etc.) that support a firm’s overall business objectives.

Business Ethics
Business Ethics is designed to enable students to identify the ethical and socially responsible courses of actions available through the exploration of various scenarios in business. Students will also learn to develop appropriate ethics guidelines for a business.

Business Communication
Business Communication is a survey course of communications skills needed in the business environment. Course content includes writing messages, reports, résumés, and delivering oral presentations. Communication processes, writing skills, message types, and presentation of data are emphasized. Development of these skills is integrated with the use of technology.

Business Strategy
Strategy, Change and Organizational Behavior Concepts addresses complex material in the areas of organizational behavior and strategic quality management. Topics include strategic planning, and competitive advantage. This course focuses on models and practices of strategic management, including developing and implementing a strategy and evaluating performance to achieve strategic goals and objectives.

Human Resources

Introduction to Human Resource Management
The course provides an introduction to the management of human resources, the function within an organization that focuses on recruitment, management, and direction for the people who work in the organization. Students will be introduced to HR topics such as strategic workforce planning and employment; compensation and benefits; training and development; employee and labor relations; occupational health, safety and security.

Workforce Planning: Recruitment and Selection
This course focuses on building a highly skilled workforce by using effective strategies and tactics for recruiting, selecting, hiring, and retaining employees.

IT Fundamentals

Introduction to IT
This course introduces students to information technology as a discipline and the various roles and functions of the IT department as business support. Students are presented with various IT disciplines including systems and services, network and security, scripting and programming, data management, and business of IT, with a survey of technologies in every area and how they relate to each other and to the business.

Economics

Macroeconomics
Macroeconomics provides you with an in-depth overview of the economy as a whole. The course covers market structure, essential models, theories, and policies that affect international and domestic economic systems. You will learn how the economy operates and how society manages its costs, benefits, and trade-offs when allocating scarce resources through market demand and supply. Other topics include how output and growth in the economy are measured with GDP and how the government and Federal Reserve influence growth, unemployment, and inflation through fiscal and monetary policy.

Microeconomics
Microeconomics introduces you to foundational economic concepts. You will learn how households maximize utility and firms maximize profit in order to allocate their scarce resources. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to explain opportunity costs, the importance of competition, and how demand and supply work to determine equilibrium price and quantity in perfectly competitive markets and under monopolistic competition, oligopoly, and monopoly.

Global Business
This course provides an introduction to global business. The advantages of global production and the benefits of trade are critical aspects of global business. Many factors influence global business, such as transparency, geography, corruption, intellectual property protections, outsourcing and off-shoring, operation management, and generally accepted accounting principles.

Spreadsheets

The Spreadsheets course will help students become proficient in using spreadsheets to analyze business problems. Students will demonstrate competency in spreadsheet development and analysis for business/accounting applications (e.g., using essential spreadsheet functions, formulas, charts, etc.).

Business Law and Ethics

Business Law
This course introduces students to business law. Topics include the sources and types of law, contractual relationships, government regulation of business, dispute resolution, alternative dispute resolution, tort and other civil liabilities, labor and employment law, and other legal issues found in common business scenarios. Students will analyze examples of various business activities to learn whether specific laws apply.

Accounting

Principles of Accounting
Principles of Accounting focuses on ways in which accounting principles are used in business operations. Students will learn about the basics of accounting, including how to use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), ledgers, and journals. Students will also be introduced to the steps of the accounting cycle, concepts of assets and liabilities, and general information about accounting information systems. This course also presents bank reconciliation methods, balance sheets, and business ethics.

Managerial Accounting
This course focuses on identifying, gathering, and interpreting information that will be used for evaluating and managing the performance of a business. Students will also study cost measurement for producing goods and services and how to analyze and control these costs.

Marketing and Communication

Marketing Fundamentals
Marketing Fundamentals introduces students to principles of the marketing environment, social media, consumer behavior, marketing research, and market segmentation. Students will also explore marketing strategies that are related to products and services, distribution channels, promotions, sales, and pricing.

Marketing Applications
Marketing Applications allows students to apply their knowledge of core marketing principles by creating a comprehensive marketing plan. Their plan will apply their knowledge of the marketing planning process, market analysis, and the marketing mix (product, place, promotion, and price).

Quantitative Analysis for Business

Quantitative Analysis for Business explores various decision-making models, including expected value models, linear programming models, and inventory models. You will learn to analyze data by using a variety of analytic tools and techniques to make better business decisions. In addition, you will develop project schedules using the Critical Path Method. Other topics include calculating and evaluating formulas, measures of uncertainty, crash costs, and visual representation of decision-making models using electronic spreadsheets and graphs.

Management

Project Management
Project Management prepares you to manage projects from start to finish within any organizational structure. The course presents a view into different project-management methods and delves into topics such as project profiling and phases, constraints, building the project team, scheduling, and risk. You will be able to grasp the full scope of projects you may work on in the future, and apply the proper management approaches to complete a project. The course features practice in each of the project phases as you learn how to strategically apply project-management tools and techniques to help organizations achieve their goals.

Change Management
Change Management provides an understanding of change and an overview of successfully managing change using various methods and tools. Emphasizing change theories and various best practices, you will learn how to recognize and implement change using an array of other effective strategies, including those related to innovation and leadership. Other topics include approaches to change, diagnosing and planning for change, implementing change, and sustaining change.

Business of IT

Information Systems Management
This course provides an overview of many facets of information systems applicable to business. The course explores the importance of viewing information technology (IT) as an organizational resource that must be managed, so that it supports or enables organizational strategy. Topics: The 7 competencies covered in the course include the primary processes involved in system development (i.e., analysis, design, and implementation), networks, database resource management, hardware and software, e-commerce and social media, IS security and ethics, and mobile vs. desktop computing. Students will learn how e-commerce, decision support, and communication are securely facilitated in a global marketplace. The course also explores current and continuously evolving technologies, strategic thinking, and big-picture issues at the intersection of management and technology.

Finance

Principles of Finance
This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge needed to understand and interact with finance professionals and to apply financial tools in their professional and personal lives. It focuses on the financial management of companies, but the course will also provide a foundation for specialized study in banking and investment for those who choose to continue their study of finance.

Business Management

Operations and Supply Chain Management
Operations and Supply Chain Management provides a streamlined introduction to how organizations efficiently produce goods and services, determine supply chain management strategies, and measure performance. Emphasis is placed on integrative topics essential for managers in all disciplines, such as supply chain management, product development, and capacity planning. You will learn how to analyze processes, manage quality for both services and products, and measure performance, while creating value along the supply chain in a global environment. Topics include forecasting, product and service design, process design and location analysis, capacity planning, management of quality and quality control, inventory management, scheduling, supply chain management, and performance measurement.

Business Management Tasks
Business Management Tasks addresses important concepts needed to effectively manage a business. Topics include the cost-quality relationship, the use of various types of graphical charts in operations management, managing innovation, and developing strategies for working with individuals and groups.

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