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Business Management.

B.B.A. Degree in Business Administration
(Business Management Concentration)

Business Management Degree - Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) 

get the most career options with a degree in business management.

The Catawba College Business Management concentration is the most flexible business degree offered — you learn something about all areas of business so that you can make valuable contributions in any organization. You will receive a broad exposure to all areas of business including accounting, finance, economics, human resources, law, leadership, management information systems, technology, logistics, and strategy.co-segs1.jpg

Our Management degree gives you many options for your career. Management and business administration graduates from Catawba College are ready to lead teams and grow both for-profit and non-profit organizations. These are the skills and knowledge demanded by employers in today’s highly competitive job market. Catawba College business degree graduates are prepared for a lifetime of career advancement in all types of organizations including small business, large enterprises, not-for-profits, and governments.

If you have attended other colleges or universities, the broad and flexible business administration management degree can maximize your transfer credits. We work with every student to bring in the most transfer credits. If you have invested time in school, we want to recognize it in this business management degree.

Our broad-based BBA business degree provides you the knowledge and skills to make the difficult and complex decisions to help any organization reach its goals. Today’s business changes rapidly, and you will have the skills to adapt to new technology and new markets, giving you unlimited career potential. 

Many adults return to school to get promoted at their current company. If you are trying to get promoted, this business management degree may be perfect. You will be able to take new knowledge from the classroom and apply it on the job right away. Your new skills can open up promotion opportunities before you graduate.

Other working adults are looking for new opportunities in new industries. We can you help with that goal too. Regardless of your career goals, your Catawba College Career Services team will help you develop an outstanding resume that showcases your prior work experience and new skills and knowledge.

Many Business Management students add the Information Systems concentration to their degree. This is similar to having two minors. The combination helps the Catawba College business program graduate use and manage technology to support business processes and increase efficiency — a highly sought after combination of skills. Adding our technology concentration to the business administration management degree can often be done by replacing electives with concentration courses. This means you graduate at the same time but with two powerful areas of expertise on your resume — a great differentiator in today’s competitive job market.


the bachelor of business administration degree in management 

The Business Management concentration in the business bachelor degree program is designed to help you, the busy working adult, enroll as full-time student while meeting your work and family commitments. Our hybrid classes have face-to-face meetings on Thursday evening plus and one Monday evening per month so that you have valuable time with our faculty. If you prefer more flexibility, many of our courses are offered fully online.logo-acbsp.png

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects Management wages to be among the highest wages reported. Employment growth is expected to remain strong through 2026, and adding the second concentration as noted above can give you an edge for your career. If you are a working adult student you already have work experience, so adding a bachelor degree in business management and administration can accelerate your career.


business management program highlights 

Catawba’s Business Management degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) which means that the courses we teach, the way we teach them, and the resources we provide to students in Catawba’s Ketner School of Business adhere to business world best practices. It also means that our faculty are constantly assessing and improving their teaching styles and their curricula to stay in sync with the latest trends and cycles in business.

DR. JEFFREY BOWE teaches Business Management
Real-World Experience.

Many of our faculty at Catawba College are advanced career professionals who bring their experience into the classroom. This type of interaction provides you with real-time problems and challenges in the today’s workplace. These problems can be analyzed in class, with solutions that you can implement tomorrow at your place of employment. One of our Management professors, Dr. Jeffrey Bowe, was recently called to help provide a business valuation for a start-up company looking to bring in investors — or to sell out so the owners can cash out early. He was able to help the owners understand how their investment of time and money would be valued by investors, and how to structure their balance sheet to maximize profit if they sold the company.

Catawba College Evening Students in Class
High-Touch Environment.

In a time when many programs focus on large self-taught online courses, Catawba College's small face-to-face and even smaller online courses have continuous interaction, coaching, and mentoring from the faculty. The business management degree faculty are selected based on their commitment to the working adult student who has many other responsibilities — and our faculty respond to you in hours and not days. Their focus is on helping the busy student succeed, while providing new knowledge and skills that can be taken immediately into the workplace. Many of our students are nervous about returning to school after 10, 20, 30 or more years. We understand that and we are here to help.

Catawba College Evening Students
Flexibility & Support.

We support full-time adult students and part-time adult students. Our business degree is flexible to match your schedule and your career goals. You can go to school year round, or take the summer off. You can also take a month off during a semester, and still be a full-time student for financial aid. 

Catawba College Evening Student Assisted by Faculty Member
True, Personal Attention.

We value personal attention because you value personal attention. We believe in small class size, and you are never left to learn on your own. Our faculty are your partners throughout your business degree.

Catawba College Evening Students in Class
Capstone Simulation Experience.

The program includes a capstone simulation experience where you will run a virtual business for a semester, making decisions in every major functional area of a company. Instead of just reading about it in a textbook, you will actually do it. This interactive experience allows you to “put it all together” and practice implementing your knowledge and skills in a challenging yet safe environment. If a decision does not work as expected, the instructor coaches and mentors you for the next set of decisions which provides an opportunity to try out ideas without fear of losing a job due to a bad decision.

Catawba College Evening student graduate
Scholarships & Financial Aid.
Catawba College Evening student graduate
Catawba@CPCC

Catawba College helps busy working adults in Charlotte maintain full-time employment and earn their Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the same time through flexible evening and online classes at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

FUN FACT: We love transfer students! 

Our 2017 graduating class had an amazing statistic - 100% had transferred in credits from at least one other college and many transferred credits from 2 or more schools before graduating from Catawba College. Our working adult evening students are on a journey, and we help them finish it. 


RELATED EVENING BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMS

Outcomes

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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT JOBS.

Catawba College Management majors become team leaders, managers, directors, and vice presidents. Our graduates work in the following areas:

    • Government
    • Large National Retailers
    • Large Manufacturers
    • Nonprofits
    • Healthcare
    • Banks 
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 GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Graduates in the adult evening Business Management degree program at Catawba College are ready for a Master's in Business Administration, Masters in Organizational Leadership, Law School, and other advanced degrees. 

Not ready for grad school? You are still well-prepared to enter the job market with a broad-based knowledge of business skills. Move to higher levels in your current organization, or work with our Career Services office to update your resume to highlight past work achievements and specific areas of new skills.

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“I have learned to take a step back or maybe 3 or 4 steps back away from a specific area of expertise about the business to look at the whole business, or in the bigger picture.

"In doing so, we as business leaders must develop multi-dimensional plans or strategies to address all functional areas of the business, like R&D, Production, HR, Accounting, etc. ... We were reminded that our charge as a business manager is to make decisions that are in the best interest of the shareholder, not to make recommendations based on our perspective as a customer.”

Melissa Greene '18
BBA in Business Administration - Business Management

Management Facilities & Resources 

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Corriher-Linn-Black
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Information
Technology (IT)

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PARTICIPATE.

Catawba College's working adult students have access to the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society, and our business society, Phi Beta Lamba. The honor society is an outstanding addition to a resume, and the business society provides additional skills that are valued by employers. We also offer various business presentations throughout the semester for students to attend where they can meet current professionals in target industries.  

Curriculum

Required Courses for Business Management Concentration (B.B.A. Degree)
Required Courses for Business Management Concentration (B.B.A. Degree)

A minimum of 120 semester hours:

  • 36-48 hours of General Education courses
  • 57 hours of Major Courses
  • Elective Courses to complete the graduation requirement of 120 semester hours

BUSINESS CORE

  • ACC 1901 – Principles of Accounting I
  • ACC 1902 – Principles of Accounting II
  • ECON 1901 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 1902 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • FIN 2535 – Managerial Finance
  • IS 2501 – Fundamentals of Information Systems for Organizations
  • MGT 1902 – Business Data Analytics or ECON 2101 – Business & Economic Statistics
  • MGT 2501 – Principles of Management
  • MGT 2566 – Business Ethics
  • MGT 3990 – Strategic Management
  • MGT 4991 – Strategic Simulation 
  • MKT 2501 – Principles of Marketing

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Business Management Curriculum

  • MGT 2453 – Business Law I
  • MGT 2562 – Human Resource Management
  • MGT 2563 – Operations Management
  • MGT 2564 – Motivation & Leadership
  • MGT 2565 – Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 2902 – International Business
  • MATH 1132 - Introduction to Statistics

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General Education Curriculum 
Core Requirements in Humanities/Fine Arts, Social/Behavioral Science, Natural Science/Math, and Non-Western Perspectives may be met through Foundations & Skills and Perspectives:

Foundation & Skills

  • First Year Writing (3 s.h.)
  • Second Year Writing (3 s.h.)
  • Quantitative Literacy (6 s.h.)

Perspectives

  • Historical/Social (6 s.h.)
  • Interpretive (6 s.h.)
  • Creative (3 s.h.)
  • Scientific (6 s.h.)
  • Additional Historical/Social, Interpretive, Creative (3 s.h.)

Electives

  • Elective Courses to complete the graduation requirement of 120 semester hours

36-48

Total:

120 (minimum)

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

Required Core Business Courses


ACC 1901 – Principles of Accounting I
 
A study of the accounting principles with emphasis on the use and analysis of financial information for decision-making purposes.

ACC 1902 – Principles of Accounting II
A continuation of the study of accounting principles from a user's perspective with an introduction to the internal information needs of management. Prerequisite: ACC 1901.

ECON 1901 – Principles of Macroeconomics 
A study in the foundations of economic analysis, national income accounting, economic growth, and the public sector, with emphasis on macroeconomics.

ECON 1902 – Principles of Microeconomics
A study of markets, the price systems and allocation of resources, distribution of income, international economy, and perspectives on economic change, with emphasis on microeconomics.

ECON 2101 – Business & Economics Statistics
A study of statistical techniques in business and economics, including collection and presentation of business and economic data, measures of control tendencies, dispersion, index numbers, probability, sampling distributions and test of hypotheses. Prerequisite: Completion of Quantitative Literacy Requirement (MATH 1132 is highly recommended).

FIN 2535 – Managerial Finance
A study of financial management for business firms to include financing and investing decisions. Prerequisite: ACC 1901

IS 2501 – Fundamentals of Information Systems for Organizations
A comparison of various sources and uses of information and their interaction: merging of data processing, word processing & communications for optional management decision making.

MGT 1902 – Business Data Analytics
This course provides an introduction to the field of business analytics, including statistical and quantitative analysis of data, exploratory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. Data warehouse, data marts, and data mining techniques are introduced.

MGT 2501 – Principles of Management
An examination of major concepts, theories and practices in business management, with emphasis on planning, decision-making, basic organizational structures, motivation and leadership styles.

MGT 2566 – Business Ethics
A consideration of the major ethical theories that guide human and business behavior. Topics will include ethical issues in advertising, product safety, pursuit of profits, employee rights, treatment of workers, effects on the environment, use of natural resources, and multi-national operations.

MGT 3990 – Strategic Management
An integrative capstone course examining the setting of strategic objectives, developing corporate strategies, and translating objectives and strategies into current operational plans. Prerequisites: MKT 2501, FIN 2535, MGT 2501, Senior Standing

MGT 4991 - Strategic Simulation 
The course places the students into a competitive business environment using interactive simulation software to apply all concepts from the business degree in a multi-year strategic planning and implementation scenario.

MKT 2501 – Principles of Marketing
A study of the marketing environment; marketing, planning, and information; market segmentation; buyer behavior; strategies for product distribution, promotion, and pricing; societal issues, service, nonprofit and international marketing.

 


Concentration Courses for Business Management


MGT 2453 – Business Law I

An introduction to the legal system as it applies to commercial transactions and a study of the substantive law of contracts.

MGT 2562 – Human Resource Management
An examination of major concepts, theories and practices in personnel management, with emphasis on job evaluation, selection and placement, employee development, employee relationships and industrial relations. Prerequisite: MGT 2501

MGT 2563 – Operations Management
An introduction to the concepts involved in managing the operations and production function. Course will include quantitative approaches to topics such as scheduling. Prerequisites: MGT 2501 and ECON 2101 or MGT 1902

MGT 2564 – Motivation & Leadership
Study of the theories of motivation & leadership in relationship to management processes. Prerequisite: MGT 2501

MGT 2565 – Organizational Behavior
A study of managerial consequences of behavioral concepts such as motivation, communication, leadership, organizational structure, and decision- making, to provide the framework needed for the understanding, prediction and control of human behavior in organizations. Prerequisite: MGT 2501

MGT 2902 – International Business An in-depth analysis of international business with special emphasis on the environmental and cultural issues facing global organizations. Prerequisite: MGT 2501

MATH 1132 – Introduction to Statistics
An introduction to elementary statistics, including topics such as normal distribution, histograms, mean, standard deviations, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing techniques.


Other Courses

See the Catawba College catalog for descriptions of Business electives and General Education courses.