Dec 15, 2018  
2012-2013 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

General Business Administration Major

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Bachelor of Science degree

(Not for CCB students, only for PCE students - see below)

Students eligible to enroll in the General Business Administration (GBA) major must have completed a minimum of 60 transferrable credits elsewhere. In addition, students must have a minimum of two years of meaningful work experience. Students with only 2 years of community college credit, are not eligible to enroll in this program.

Designed as a degree completion program for non-traditional students, the general business administration program curriculum is intended to provide students with a solid business foundation and a broad cross-section of advanced courses selected from business course offerings that appeal to the student’s personal interests. This degree prepares graduates for successful careers in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations and the public sector by encouraging the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills.  Students are encouraged to complete a degree in a specific major. They will only be considered for the GBA degree if other options will not allow them to complete a major in a timely manner. The major is offered at Cape Cod Community College and through UMass Dartmouth’s Professional and Continuing Education evening courses.

Core business courses provide each graduate with a foundation in cross-functional business skills including business statistics, business communications, accounting, finance, management information systems, production and operations management, general management and marketing. Upper-level courses are selected by students in this major to reflect their personal interests and skills (for instance, specializing in accounting and finance). The total curriculum emphasizes knowledge and competence in management that will enable the program’s graduates to progress well in the early stages of their careers; to develop the ability to analyze, plan, organize, motivate and control; to think creatively; to communicate effectively; and to gain broad perspectives essential to the attainment of ownership of executive management responsibilities.

Student Learning Outcomes - Students must prepare a written plan and justification for courses being selected.

The purpose of the general business administration program is to prepare students for careers in management and management-related disciplines. Graduates will be capable of evaluating an organization’s objectives, analyzing its internal and external environments, and creating effective management strategies and tactics that enable the organization to achieve its goals.

Students will

  • have an understanding of the functional areas of business and how to manage them cohesively;
  • demonstrate proficiency in theories and practices of business;
  • be able to operate strategically in diverse and fluid business environments; and
  • possess the ability to describe and analyze policies, procedures and systems that effectively enhance individuals and the organizations in which they work.

Freshman Year

 Freshman Year (30 Credit Hours)                                                         

ENL 101                 Critical Writing and Reading I                                            

ENL 102                 Critical Writing and Reading II (ENL 101)         

MTH 103                 Finite Math                                                                            

MIS 101                   *The Business Organization (Transfer students substitute –300/400 level business elective)

______                    Culture: Visual/Performing Arts _____________________

______                    Social World: Global Society ______________________

______                    Social World: Human Questions/Contexts ______________________

______                    Natural World _____________________

______                    Natural World: Engaged Community _____________________

 ______                    **Non-Business Elective ____________________


Sophomore Year

 Sophomore Year – All courses require sophomore standing plus prerequisite as noted (30 Credit Hours)

ACT 211                 Principles of Accounting I

ACT 212                 Principles of Accounting II (ACT 211)

ECO 231                 Principles of Microeconomics

ECO 232                 Principles of Macroeconomics (also fulfills Social World: US Society requirement)

ENL 265                  Business Communications (ENL 101, 102)

POM 212                 Business Statistics (MTH 103)

MGT 311                 Organizational Behavior (ENL 265)

MGT 312                 Legal Framework of Business

______                    Culture: Literature

______                    **Non-business Elective ____________________


Junior Year

Junior Year – All courses require junior standing plus prerequisite as noted (30 Credit Hours)

FIN 312                   Financial Management (ACT 212, ECO 231)     

POM 333                 Quantitative Business Analysis  (POM 212)

POM 345                 Operations Management (POM 212)

MKT 311                  Principles of Marketing

MIS 315                    Information Systems (ENL 102)

Core major requirements  *ACT,FIN,MGT,MKT,MIS,POM 300/400 level (All prerequisites apply)

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 _____                    **Non-business elective ____________________


Junior Year Core Requirements

Twelve (12) credits required from ACT, FIN, MGT, MKT, MIS or POM at the 300-400 level.

Senior Year

Senior Year – All courses require senior standing plus prerequisite as noted (30 Credit Hours)

MGT 490                 Strategic Management (MIS 315, MGT 311, POM 333, POM 345, FIN 312)

Core major requirements *ACT,FIN,MGT,MKT,MIS,POM 300/400 level (All prerequisites apply)

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______                    **Non-business elective ____________________

______                    **Non-business elective ____________________

______                    **Non-business elective ____________________


Senior Year Core Requirements

Eighteen (18) credits required from ACT, FIN, MGT, MKT, MIS or POM at the 300-400 level.

Total Credits: 120

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