An organization’s people are one of its primary resources. Appalachian State University’s Management (BSBA) degree provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively and efficiently manage organizations to get the best out of their employees and to achieve strategic goals.
This includes learning how to attract and retain talented employees, and ensure that their activities are aligned with strategic objectives – both in existing companies and in new start-up ventures. Management majors also gain valuable leadership and interpersonal skills, along with an understanding of group dynamics – which, together, are the skills that truly define effective managers.
As a Management major, you will learn from Department of Management faculty who are leaders in their respective fields, developing knowledge and insight through research that is shared nationally. Management majors have a broad career base, as their skills are transferrable to virtually every industry. As a result, career options are varied. Some graduates will go into management-trainee or leadership development programs, while others are hired for entry-level management positions. Some graduates prefer to start their own businesses, or work for small, family-owned companies.
For students interested specifically in the hospitality industry, the department also offers the Hospitality and Tourism Management (BSBA) degree.
Employment: Graduates typically go into management-trainee or leadership development programs, or are immediately hired and groomed for management positions. Students have gone on to work for AON Consulting, Target, BB&T, SPX, Hershey, Transportation Insight and Wholcraub.
Graduate School: Students who choose to continue to graduate school have often chosen to stay at Appalachian for the MBA program. Another popular post-graduate school is The University of Tennessee.
A minor is not required. However, popular choices are Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management and Sustainable Business.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
All business students fulfill an international requirement, and an increasing number choose to study abroad through a wide variety of exchange programs. The college maintains partnerships with universities across the globe and continues to expand groundbreaking opportunities in emerging markets.
The Department of Management offers these international courses:
- Entrepreneurship 3190 provides a study of international entrepreneurship. Topics include mode of entry, trade and the global environment, culture, legal, international financial and marketing considerations, and different business practices outside the domestic market.
- Management 3670 provides a study of human resource management with emphasis on the global economy.
- Management 3800 provides a study of management as practiced in different nations and cultures.
Requirements for declaring a major within the Walker College of Business are detailed here.
- The Department of Management offers minors in entrepreneurship, human resource management and sustainable business. It also provides access to the programs and faculty in Appalachian’s Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship in order to help students develop and launch businesses.
- The department is active in sustainability initiatives and hosts several special cross-disciplinary sessions each semester, featuring experts in sustainability.
- Many Appalachian students choose to select courses from both the Marketing and Management programs. The two are the most popular choices for students simultaneously earning a second major with an undergraduate degree.
- The Department of Management, along with the Department of Psychology, offers a two-year, interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management (IOHRM), which expands upon the undergraduate management curriculum.
*The Hickory Campus location is pending accreditation from SACSCOC for this program. Accreditation is expected in summer 2023.
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