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GENERAL MANAGEMENT.

B.S. in Business Administration
(General Management Concentration)

General Management Concentration - Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Business Administration

If you know you want a career in business, but don’t have a specific focus, the General Management concentration will prepare you to lead a business or even own one. You will take courses, including Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, and Motivation and Leadership, to help you grow in your understanding of how all facets of business integrate into one marketplace endeavor.

Additionally, new and transfer day students majoring in a Business program at Catawba have the opportunity to be considered for a scholarship


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Catawba's Ketner School of Business offers students pursuing a degree in General Management some of the best opportunities and resources available for scholarships, internships, study abroad, and undergraduate research

Catawba College’s General 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.

RELATED BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMS

Outcomes

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BUSINESS DEGREE JOBS.

Business Administration majors from Catawba College are shaping the business world in the following positions:

  • CPA
  • Financial Advisor
  • Software Support Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Search Engine Optimization Specialist
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Banker
  • Small Business Owner
 
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Graduate schools enrolling Catawba College Business majors:

    • UNC-Charlotte
    • N.C. State University
    • UNC-Chapel Hill

 

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"I chose Catawba because of the small atmosphere and the personal attention that you get from the professors. I've always had a passion for business and the quality of the professors in the School of Business is what really drew me in."

Christian Crifasi '13 
Business Graduate; Cross Country Team Member; Christian finished his first three years of service as a Naval Supply Officer and is now in San Diego on a 3-year rotation. 

Management Facilities

Info Systems Lab
(KH 304)

Digital
Media 
Lab

CEED Lab
(Entrepreneurship and Experiential Development)

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PARTICIPATE.

Prepare for your foray into the business world by developing leadership skills through joining the Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda organization, the world’s largest collegiate business career student organization. Or be a part of the Business Honor Society, the American Marketing Association, the International Club, or Catawba’s own Student Managed Investment Fund.

Management Faculty

Dr. Stephen Hiatt

Dr. Stephen Hiatt is a Professor of Business teaches classes in Management, Marketing, and Information Systems at Catawba. A U.S. Air Force veteran, his business employment history includes opening stores for a new business start-up in Mesa, Arizona that involved training managers and designing operating procedures, and work as a health & beauty aids buyer for Associated Grocers of Arizona. 

Dr. Wiley S. Brown

Dr. Wiley S. Brown is an Assistant Professor of Management in the Ketner School of Business at Catawba College.

Curriculum

Required Courses for General Management Concentration
Required Courses for General Management Concentration

ACC 1901, 1902 Principles of Accounting I,II

6

ECON 1901, 1902 Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics

6

ECON 2101 Business and Economic Statistics                     
OR 
MGT 1902 Business Data Analytics

3

FIN 2535 Managerial Finance

3

IS 2501 Management Information Systems

3

MGT 2453 or 2454 Business Law I or II

3

MGT 2501 Principles of Management

3

MGT 2563 Operations Management

3

MGT 2566 Business Ethics

3

MGT 3990 Strategic Management

3

MGT 4401 Experiential Business Learning

3

MKT 2501 Principles of Marketing

3

GENERAL MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION               
MGT 2562 Human Resource Management               
MGT 2564 Motivation and Leadership               
MGT 2565 Organizational Behavior               
MGT 2902 International Business 
Electives in Business at 2000 level or above

18

Total

60

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

1901 COMPARATIVE BUSINESS CULTURES (3 hours)
An examination of social and business customs in selected regions of the world. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

1902 Business Data Analytics (3 hours)
Descriptive and inferential calculations, hypothesis testing, model building, decision trees, forecasting, correlation, simulation, ANOVA, and linear regression.

2000 TOPICS IN BUSINESS (1-3 hours)
An investigation of a selected topic of major importance in the field of business.

2001 INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL COURSE (3 hours)
This course involves international travel and study and is a required component of the International Business Concentration of the Bachelor of Science Business Administration Degree.

2451 LEGAL ENVIRONMENT OF BUSINESS (3 hours)
A study of various aspects of policy making, restraints of trade, anti-trust policies, price discrimination, legalized agreement, restrictions of competition, and general influence of government on business.

2453 BUSINESS LAW I (3 hours)
An introduction to the legal system as it applies to commercial transactions and a study of the substantive law of contracts.

2454 BUSINESS LAW II (3 hours)
A study of the substantive law of agency, negotiable instruments, property, and business entities.

2501 PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
An examination of major concepts, theories and practices in business management, with emphasis on planning, decision-making, basic organizational structures, motivation and leadership styles.

2562 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
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.

2563 OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
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 1902 or ECON 2101, MGT 2501.

2564 MOTIVATION AND LEADERSHIP (3 hours)
A study of the theories of motivation and leadership in relation to management processes. Prerequisite: MGT 2501.

2565 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3 hours)
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.

2566 BUSINESS ETHICS (3 hours)
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 multinational operations. Prerequisite: MGT 2501 or permission of Instructor.

2601 BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS (3 hours)
A study of the nature of and problems of individual, interpersonal, and organizational communications in business. Techniques from oral presentation, the writing process, and technology will be developed. (Offered only in Evening and Graduate Studies.)

2602 MANAGEMENT OF SMALL BUSINESS (3 hours)
An examination of the methods and strategies for successfully managing the growth and transitional stages of an existing small business. Prerequisite: MGT 2501.

2902 INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS (3 hours)
An introduction to international business with special emphasis on the environmental and cultural issues facing global organizations. Prerequisite: MGT 2501.

3990 STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT (3 hours)
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.

4201 SEMINAR (3 hours)
Reading, discussion, independent research and written reports on a topic selected by the department. Prerequisite: permission of Instructor.

4301 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (1-3 hours)
Self-directed study following a contractual plan initiated by the student and accepted by the staff. Prerequisite: permission of Chair.

4401 EXPERIENTIAL BUSINESS LEARNING (1-6 hours)
A reality-based, outside-of-the-classroom experience, under the supervision of a faculty member. This experience may include practicum, internship, service learning, study abroad, computer simulation, or other similar approved experience. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Same as CA 4401 and CS 4401.