Why Study Business Management
The Business Management program will provide you with a broad understanding of a variety of systematic business practices, techniques, and philosophies. The program stresses the mastery of key managerial concepts from the perspective of how they affect the behavior, performance, and satisfaction of individuals and how individual performance and satisfaction contribute to organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Special attention is devoted to the necessity of adapting to environmental conditions. Due to the designed flexibility of the program, students have the opportunity to tailor a general management program of study that best fits their individual career interests.
Graduates of Shippensburg University's Business Management program are prepared to work in both private and public sector organizations. Our students are not limited by a narrow functional perspective; they have a considerable degree of flexibility, due to the broad sweep of their studies. While the typical graduate is seeking an entry-level position, those with prior work experience may expect a starting job and salary at a level commensurate with their experience. At Ship you will develop strong communication and interpersonal skills, along with a sound analytical foundation. If you enjoy competition, or the process of expanding the limits of your understanding, then you are well prepared for the management program in the John L. Grove College of Business.
Students in the business management program have a unique opportunity to focus on specialized areas of management study, including entrepreneurship, human resource management and international management. Additionally, you may develop complementary competency areas of study in numerous functional areas including: marketing, finance, management information systems, and supply chain management.
The undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in Management requires the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours in the following areas:
- General Education Courses: All students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
- Business Core Curriculum: Accounting majors take the same core curriculum as other business majors. This core includes economics, finance, information systems, marketing, organization behavior, and business law as well as other business subjects. See the College of Business website for complete course listings.
- Management Courses: There are four possible concentrations within management: Human Resource Management, International Management, and Management.
The John L. Grove College of Business, established in 1971, is one of the premier business schools in the Mid-Atlantic Region (Northeast). Over the last four decades, our College of Business has established a tradition of excellence. In 1981, we became the first school in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the ninth college overall in Pennsylvania to become internationally accredited by the most prestigious business accrediting agency in the world, AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Today, we are one of only 24 schools in Pennsylvania and one of approximately 700 worldwide to have earned AACSB International accreditation. Under the guidelines of accreditation, we are committed to continuous improvement as we seek to meet the educational needs of our students, our community and our region.
The John L. Grove College of Business has a number of clubs for students to participate in and learn more about their area of study outside the classroom. Student Professional Organizations provide a variety of opportunities for students to develop professional contacts, enhance their course of study with hands-on application, and build lasting friendships within the business community. The Global Business Exploration Program (GBEP) strives to promote and facilitate international study abroad/internship opportunities for College of Business students. Human Resources Management Club (SHRM) promotes the ideas and principles of human resource management. Speakers from businesses are invited to the meetings to discuss current trends and issues in human resources. Membership to SHRM is open to all interested undergraduate students.