Business Administration (BBA)

Summary

The Bachelor's of Business Administration (BBA) prepares students to be the leaders of tomorrow by developing strong communication and leadership skills. To that end, we are dedicated to equipping students with quantitative and qualitative reasoning abilities, and long-term planning skills. 

 

Catalog Year

2020-2021

Degree

Bachelor of Business Administration

Credits

120

Locations

Online

Accreditation

Program Requirements

Major Common Core

* The Business Administration (BBA) is designed as a Transfer Pathway online program. Students in the Pathway complete the first 60-credits of the program at a MinnState community college and the next 60 credits at MNSU Mankato.
* Students not in the BBA Pathway program may be required to take specific courses normally completed as part of the Pathway; those courses may only be offered on campus. Please meet with an advisor for effective degree completion planning.

Federal employment discrimination laws; sexual harassment; first amendment rights; employee safety; workers' compensation; privacy; wrongful termination; federal laws governing the right to organize and bargain collectively; emerging issues.

Prerequisites: BLAW 200 

The first capstone course will begin with the student identifying a business problem based on feedback solicited from management, peers, faculty, and/or mentors. The scope of the project definition will be documented and reviewed with a key business stakeholder who will work directly with the student throughout both capstone courses. A mutually acceptable project plan will represent an appropriate level of complexity to achieve the final project goal and solve a business problem of strategic importance for the business organization.

Prerequisites: All other BBA program courses (excluding two capstone courses) must be complete with a mastery of 70% or higher.

The student will demonstrate and apply knowledge gained from the first capstone course (BUS491) and overall BBA program into the real-world project experience. Business skills and professional development will be challenged for the student to integrate relevant knowledge through the project-based learning experience. The final written and oral presentation of the project results will demonstrate the problem-solving and critical thinking context beyond the classroom.

Prerequisites: BUS 491

An introduction to finance relating to problems, methods, and policies in financing business enterprise.

Prerequisites: ACCT 200, Jr. Standing

International dimensions of business: global business environment (economic, cultural, legal, political) and international business functions (management, marketing, finance, exporting, importing). Junior standing

Prerequisites: Junior Standing 

This course is designed to introduce students to the Management Information Systems and its application in organizations. The course will present to the students the information systems role to support the various managerial activities, and to help the students identify and evaluate various options in Management Information Systems.

Prerequisites: ISYS 101 or CIS 101

This course is designed to develop a students personal creativity and help a student identify the process of organizational innovation. The course is comprised of a combination of short lecture, in-class discussion of readings and videos, writing assignments, an elevator pitch and group activities.

Prerequisites: none

This course examines the effective management of the human resources of organizations. Topics include analyzing jobs and writing job descriptions; recruiting and hiring of applicants; complying with employment law; managing promotions, quits, and layoffs; employee training and development; evaluating job performance; determining compensation; and managing human resources in a unionized environment.

Prerequisites: none

This course engages students in the study of the operations management function in manufacturing and service organizations. Students learn how to apply the basic analytical models to operation decisions involving topics such as scheduling, production technology, inventory management, quality assurance, just-in-time production, and others.

Prerequisites: ECON 207 

Concepts, theories, and empirical research on organizational behavior are studied. Models and tools for diagnosing situations, individual behavior, group behavior, intergroup conflicts, supervisory problems and organizational change are analyzed.

Prerequisites: none

Students will develop skills needed to initiate, plan, execute, control and close projects. The course will cover theories, techniques, group activities, and use of computer tools like Microsoft Project for managing projects.

Prerequisites: none

MGMT 481 is an integrative course for COB majors. Its emphasis is on understanding the role of a general manager, which should include an operations and international component.

Prerequisites: FINA 362, MGMT 210, MGMT, 230, MGMT 346.

The course provides a foundation for leadership development by offering theoretical background, practical information, and an opportunity for self-assessment that permits students to begin or continue the development of their leadership talent. The underlying theme upon which the course is based is that the ability to lead begins with reflection and self-awareness.

Prerequisites: none

Professionalism is a key factor for career success. Skills such as critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making are all essential to projecting a professional image. Key competencies contribute to desirable workplace behavior. Active-listening, communicating clearly, working well in teams, taking initiative, are examples to projecting a professional image.

Prerequisites: none

Students will learn about consumer decision styles, perceptions, group influences, family decision-making, lifestyles, shopping behaviors and domestic and international trends related to marketing strategies. The framework consists of individual or group projects, usually requiring some personal interviewing, exams, and reports.

Prerequisites: none

Integrated Marketing Communications provide an understanding of the elements of the marketing communications mix; advertising, public relations, personal selling, sales promotion and corporate sponsorship through traditional and digital media.

Prerequisites: MRKT 210

4-Year Plan

The 4-Year Plan is a model for completing your degree in a timely manner. Your individual 4-Year plan may change based on a number of variables including transfer courses and the semester/year you start your major. Carefully work with your academic advisors to devise your own unique plan.
* Please meet with your advisor on appropriate course selection to meet your educational and degree goals.

First Year

Fall - 9 Credits

Students will learn about consumer decision styles, perceptions, group influences, family decision-making, lifestyles, shopping behaviors and domestic and international trends related to marketing strategies. The framework consists of individual or group projects, usually requiring some personal interviewing, exams, and reports.

Prerequisites: none

This course examines the effective management of the human resources of organizations. Topics include analyzing jobs and writing job descriptions; recruiting and hiring of applicants; complying with employment law; managing promotions, quits, and layoffs; employee training and development; evaluating job performance; determining compensation; and managing human resources in a unionized environment.

Prerequisites: none

This course engages students in the study of the operations management function in manufacturing and service organizations. Students learn how to apply the basic analytical models to operation decisions involving topics such as scheduling, production technology, inventory management, quality assurance, just-in-time production, and others.

Prerequisites: ECON 207 

Spring - 9 Credits

Integrated Marketing Communications provide an understanding of the elements of the marketing communications mix; advertising, public relations, personal selling, sales promotion and corporate sponsorship through traditional and digital media.

Prerequisites: MRKT 210

International dimensions of business: global business environment (economic, cultural, legal, political) and international business functions (management, marketing, finance, exporting, importing). Junior standing

Prerequisites: Junior Standing 

Concepts, theories, and empirical research on organizational behavior are studied. Models and tools for diagnosing situations, individual behavior, group behavior, intergroup conflicts, supervisory problems and organizational change are analyzed.

Prerequisites: none

Summer - 8 Credits

An introduction to the science of understanding earth's physical environment, with focus on the processes that drive fundamental earth systems. Includes investigation of natural hazards, earth-sun relationships, climate and climate change, weather, flora and fauna, soil, landforms, and surfaces processes driven by rivers, glaciers, wind, rock decay, gravity. North American and world-wide examples are used to demonstrate spatial distribution and interrelationships. Some coverage of human-environmental relations.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-03, GE-10

The course explores communication with people from other cultures, why misunderstandings occur and how to build clearer and more productive cross-cultural relationships.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-07, GE-08

Diverse Cultures: Purple

Second Year

Fall - 9 Credits

An introduction to finance relating to problems, methods, and policies in financing business enterprise.

Prerequisites: ACCT 200, Jr. Standing

Students will develop skills needed to initiate, plan, execute, control and close projects. The course will cover theories, techniques, group activities, and use of computer tools like Microsoft Project for managing projects.

Prerequisites: none

The course provides a foundation for leadership development by offering theoretical background, practical information, and an opportunity for self-assessment that permits students to begin or continue the development of their leadership talent. The underlying theme upon which the course is based is that the ability to lead begins with reflection and self-awareness.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 10 Credits

Introduction to analytic tools and techniques using business applications.Grading Method

Prerequisites: ECON 207

This course is designed to develop an understanding of communication studies in the organizational context. The course will aid each individual in working more effectively within any type of organization through exposure to major theories and works in the area of organizational communication.

Prerequisites: none

This course is designed to prepare students to design and develop personal computer based information systems for management control and decision making using end-user software including spreadsheets and data base management systems. Students will design and develop several information systems as group projects.

Prerequisites: MGMT 230, MGMT 300

Summer - 6 Credits

This course will identify and analyze global social, economic, political and environmental problems impacting community viability and explore the full range of solutions to these problems. The course will view communities as complex, sustainable organisms and bring together the works of the great minds working on sustainability.

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-05, GE-10

Introduction to ethical theories and concepts and their application to specific cases in the world of business.V

Prerequisites: none

Goal Areas: GE-06, GE-09

Third Year

Fall - 7 Credits

Federal employment discrimination laws; sexual harassment; first amendment rights; employee safety; workers' compensation; privacy; wrongful termination; federal laws governing the right to organize and bargain collectively; emerging issues.

Prerequisites: BLAW 200 

MGMT 481 is an integrative course for COB majors. Its emphasis is on understanding the role of a general manager, which should include an operations and international component.

Prerequisites: FINA 362, MGMT 210, MGMT, 230, MGMT 346.

The first capstone course will begin with the student identifying a business problem based on feedback solicited from management, peers, faculty, and/or mentors. The scope of the project definition will be documented and reviewed with a key business stakeholder who will work directly with the student throughout both capstone courses. A mutually acceptable project plan will represent an appropriate level of complexity to achieve the final project goal and solve a business problem of strategic importance for the business organization.

Prerequisites: All other BBA program courses (excluding two capstone courses) must be complete with a mastery of 70% or higher.

Spring - 3 Credits

The student will demonstrate and apply knowledge gained from the first capstone course (BUS491) and overall BBA program into the real-world project experience. Business skills and professional development will be challenged for the student to integrate relevant knowledge through the project-based learning experience. The final written and oral presentation of the project results will demonstrate the problem-solving and critical thinking context beyond the classroom.

Prerequisites: BUS 491