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2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

General Business Administration Major


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BS degree

The general business administration program curriculum is designed 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. Originally designed as a degree completion program for non-traditional students, this 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

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 a thorough understanding of the functional areas of business and how to manage them cohesively;
  • demonstrate proficiency in advanced 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


Thirty (30) credits required.

  • Cultural/Artistic Literacy  6 credits
  • Diversity  3 credits
  • Social Science  3 credits
  • Natural Science/Technology  6 credits

Sophomore Year


Thirty (30) credits required.

  • Cultural/Artistic Literacy  3 credits
  • Social Science  3 credits
  • Non-Business Elective  3 credits      (Can be any course taken outside CCB)

Junior Year


 Thirty (30) credits required.

  • Non-Business Elective  3 credits      (Can be any course taken outside CCB)

Junior Year Core Requirements


Nine (9) credits required from ACT, FIN, MGT, MKT, MIS or POM at the 300-400 level.

Senior Year


Thirty (30) credits required. 

  • Non-Business Elective  9 credits      (Can be any course taken outside CCB)

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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