Department of Management and International Business Programs

Department of Management houses two concentrations: Management and International Business. In Management, students obtain the knowledge and skills needed to operate a small business or advance into management positions in corporations and not-for-profit organizations. The International Business concentration prepares students for careers in the global business world by focusing on three components: business administration, international business specialization, and world language.

The concentration in international business is designed to provide you with a global perspective. The program of study has three parts, with course requirements in business administration and international business and demonstration of proficiency in a world language at the second-year college level. To gain cultural exposure to a foreign country or region, you'll take a 6-credit cognate course in cultural studies drawn from the departments of anthropology, art, interdisciplinary studies, political science, geography, history, world languages, or literature. We also encourage you to take a summer session or semester in a foreign country, both excellent preparation for a career in international business.

The management concentration allows you ample flexibility to obtain foundation knowledge and skills that are suitable for operating a small business or advancing into a wide variety of middle- and upper-level management positions within corporations and not-for-profit organizations. The concentration also helps students prepare for graduate study in business and law. By highlighting successful organizational processes and practices, this concentration will help you understand a wide variety of managerial concerns as well as analytical and administrative techniques commonly used to address them.

The nature of public utility operations is rapidly changing, as the industry faces the common challenges of an aging workforce, looming retirements, outdated infrastructure, additional regulations, and heightened financial burdens. The specialization in public utilities management includes 30 credits that focus on management of public utilities, such as water, gas, electric and wastewater. New courses in asset and infrastructure management, green energy and environmental sustainability, crisis/rick management and workforce safety, and industry regulatory codes will be part of the program. The business curriculum applies theory to real-world problems so that students develop the skills and knowledge for in-demand careers in the region’s utility companies.

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The Master of Business Administration (management concentration) prepares individuals for leadership positions in business, nonprofit, or governmental organizations. The program is multidisciplinary and follows a systems approach to understanding the internal and external forces that influence the development of an organization.