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Business Management

U.S. News & World Report 2002 America's Best Colleges ranked Kent State University's College of Business Administration as one of the Best Undergraduate Programs in America. There are more than 1,200 business schools in the United States. Kent State is the only public university in Northeast Ohio on the list of 148 business programs.

Kent State University's College of Business Administration offers a baccalaureate program called Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) Degree. Students with career interests in general business with opportunities to advance to some area of management should consider a B.B.A. degree with a major in either business management. Students wanting to expand their knowledge even further can pursue graduate business programs at Kent State leading to the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), the M.A. in Economics, the M.S. in Accounting, and a Ph.D. in Business Administration.

Kent State's College of Business Administration is accredited by the AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. We are among the 30 percent of business schools that have earned this professional accreditation. AACSB expects member schools to provide the best possible education.

Accreditation is important to students because it suggests certain standards are met. Such standards include the kind of faculty who teach business courses, the resources that are made available to business students (such as computers, software, study areas within the college's building, library holdings, etc.), the types of courses that students take for the B.B.A. degree and the business management major, and admission requirements to the College of Business Administration.

The B.B.A. degree program is divided into two levels: PREMAJOR AND ADVANCED BUSINESS.

The premajor program encompasses the first two years of study in the College of Business Administration. Students select from the premajors: pre-accounting, pre-business management, pre-computer information systems, pre-economics, pre-finance, pre-marketing, pre-operations management. Students who are undecided should select pre- business as their major. During the freshman year, students are introduced to the world of business through a course called Exploring Business. Also, sometime during the first two years, business students study accounting principles, microeconomics, macroeconomics, computer applications, business management, legal and regulatory environment of business, marketing, statistics, communications, algebra, calculus, fine arts, humanities, social sciences and basic sciences. You may complete all these courses at Kent State Tuscarawas.

After completing 75 percent of the premajor program, students apply for admission to the advanced business program. This is the time when students begin their study of one of seven possible majors that the college offers, such as business management. Admission to the advanced business program is not automatic, but is granted only by the dean of the College of Business Administration based on admissions priority and academic criteria. Once advanced business status is achieved, in addition to taking major course requirements and electives in the business management or operations management areas, students also take courses that introduce them to all aspects of business. Such courses include finance and operations management, and skill-based courses in advanced business writing and calculus. You may complete all the required coursework for the business management major at Kent State Tuscarawas.

The purpose of the business management major is to provide students with a broad-based business degree and an in-depth knowledge of issues related to leading and managing people. Business management students take basic foundation courses in accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing. Special emphasis is placed on a core of three required management courses, human resource management, leadership and total quality management, and students choose seven additional courses from a broad list of business and nonbusiness (economics and psychology) courses for the major.

The business management major gives students credentials important to getting their first job as an entry-level manager or manager-trainee. Even B.B.A. degree graduates with a major in business management will likely not manage people and resources until they have some experience with the organization. For example, a manager-trainee might spend time in every department of an organization learning the business inside and out. After the training period, the manager-trainee will be assigned to a specific department and, as one example, have responsibility for even just one person and a small area of a department.

Managers can be found in any organization of any size. The small comer store has a manager or two; department stores have many managers; accounting firms have managers; retirement homes have managers; a manufacturer such as Toys R Us has managers and a business-to-business type of organization such as Babcock & Wilcox has managers.

Working with people is a primary focus of management. Therefore, good communication skills (both oral and written) are essential to the success of the manager.

Employers and educators recognize the importance of building a strong liberal arts background - especially for business students. Students are encouraged to consider minors offered by Kent State's other colleges and schools. For example, a student may like to manage a retirement home. Having a major in business management and a minor in gerontology might be very helpful in achieving this goal.

Dr. Justice Akpan, Assistant Professor of Management & Information Systems