Department of Management

Bachelor's Degree Curriculum

Office Location: 2007 Pamplin Hall
Telephone: (540) 231-6353
www.management.pamplin.vt.edu/

Faculty Resources:
Anju Seth, Department Head
Richard E. Wokutch, Director of Undergraduate Programs
Lorraine Borny, Career Advisor

Description of the Field

The curriculum in Management is a solid foundation for a wide variety of future business careers. It is unique within the Pamplin College of Business because it fosters an integrated perspective of business enterprises. Course work in the traditional functional areas (accounting, operations, finance, marketing, information technology) is coupled with a choice of one of two Management nine-hour options: 1) Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology Management, or II) Human Resource Management. Students in Management are also eligible to participate in the Department of Management's Leadership minor and Business Diversity minor.

Our curriculum emphasizes the development of versatile skills that are essential to achieve organization goals: cross-functional thinking, analytical problem-solving, leadership, team work, communication skills, and ethical decision-making.

  • The capability to manage across functions is of paramount importance in the modern-day business enterprise. Our curriculum enables students to understand how the separate business functions can be integrated to achieve a single, coordinated effort, especially in complex, technologically-based enterprises.
  • Tomorrow's managers must be able to lead themselves, other individuals, and teams. Students are exposed to state-of-the-art ideas and practices regarding leadership, and are given multiple opportunities to develop their interpersonal skills while applying this knowledge in team projects.
  • Because effective communication is an essential component of organizational leadership, strong emphasis is placed on development of written and oral communications skills.
  • Increasingly in the modern business world, organizational success depends upon actions taken in situations requiring complex ethical judgments. Therefore, a concern for ethics is infused in courses throughout the Management curriculum.

In addition to fulfilling the Pamplin College of Business requirements for the first two years and the college core course requirements, all Management majors must: 1) meet these specific management major course requirements; and 2) choose one of two options of concentration.

Required Courses:
ACIS 2504:  Personal Computers in Business
MGT 3324:  Organization Behavior
MGT 3334:  Introduction to Human Resource Management
MGT 4344:  Productivity and Quality Leadership
MGT 4334:  Ethical Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility

Option 1: Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology Management

This option prepares students to take an entrepreneurial approach in managing within any organizational context, including large organizations as well as new startups. It is also suitable for students who intend to run their own businesses.

(All courses listed below have MGT 3304 as a pre-requisite) 
MGT 3604: E-Management
MGT 4064: Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurial Leadership
MGT 4074: Applied Small Business Consulting

Option 2:  Human Resource Management

The purpose of the track is to provide general managers with the knowledge and skills necessary to systematically manage people and human resource processes to help to achieve group and organizational effectiveness. The coursework provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing either general management or human resource management careers.

(All courses listed below have MGT 3304 and 3334 as pre-requisites)
MGT 3344:  Labor-Management and Employee Relations
MGT 3424:  Human Resource Staffing and Development
MGT 4414:  Compensation and Performance Management

Leadership Minor

The Leadership minor provides a multi-disciplinary, experiential background in the history, values, skills and theory of leadership.  It provides the student with the opportunity to tailor his/her leadership education and experience to personal and career needs.

The curriculum consists of eighteen (18) credit hours of study, including six (6) hours of electives and three (3) hours of experiential activity.

Required Courses:
MGT 3304:  Management Theory and Leadership Practice or LDRS 1015 and LDRS 1016
MGT 4334:  Ethical Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility
MGT 4354:  Leadership:  Advanced Skills and Concepts

Elective Courses:
Students may select 6 credit hours of electives from the following areas, according to their interests:

Global/Multicultural Perspectives:
SOC 2024: Minority Group Relations
SOC 3614: Gender and Work in the U.S.
MGT 4314: International Management 

Communication Skills:
COMM 2074: Introduction to Mass Communication
COMM 3124:  Interpersonal Communication
COMM 4064:  Persuasion
HUM/COMM 3204:  Multicultural Communication

Experiential Activity:
The three credit hour experiential activity requirement may be met in a variety of ways that offer significant leadership and/or service experience consistent with the goals of the minor.  Possible activities include, but are not limited to

  • MGT 4964: Field Study
    Within the field study students may pursue a leadership and/or service activity, such as
    • Qualifying Business Internships
    • Qualifying Not-for-Profit Internships
    • Campus Leadership Responsibilities
    • Service Learning Activities
  • MGT 4074: Applied Small Business Consulting
  • Residential Leadership STA or CPA programs
  • Residential Advisorships

Business Diversity Minor

The Business Diversity Minor provides students with an informed perspective of diversity issues prevalent in the workplace. Students will learn how to manage a diverse workforce with increased awareness, knowledge, and skills while also learning about the business case for diversity.

Required Courses:
Must take both courses:
MGT 3434: Diversity in the Workplace: Issues for Individuals
MGT 3444: Diversity in the Workplace: Issues for Organizations

2 Additional Required Courses:
HTM 3484: Socio-cultural Impacts of Tourism
MKTG: Marketing, Society and the Public Interest

Select one of the following:
MGT 4234: Ethical Issues in Business Diversity
FIN 4024: Legal Aspects of a Diverse Workplace

Elective Courses (3 hours):
Select one of the following:
AFST 1714: Introduction to Africana Studies
AFST/REL 2144: African Religions
AFST 2354: The Civil Rights Movement
AFST 2454: Race and Racism
AFST/REL/WS 2734: The Black Woman in the U.S.
AFST/REL 2744: The Black Church in America
AFST/HIST 3176: Afro-American History
AFST 3454: African American Leadership
AINS/HUM 1104: Introduction to American Indian Studies
AINS/HUM 4004: Special Topic (as appropriate)
ECON 3014: Economics of Poverty
ENGL 2524: Introduction to Ethnic American Literatures
HUM 1704: Introduction to Appalachian Studies
HUM 1924: Exploration of Modern Asian Cultures
HUM/COMM 3204: Multicultural Communication
HUM 4104: Explorations in Advanced Humanities Topics
HUM 4404: Appalachian Folk Culture
PSCI 3255 or 3256: The Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Gender
REL 1014: Asian Religions
REL 1024: Judaism/Christianity/Islam
REL 1034: Religion and the Modern World
REL 3214: Religion and Culture in India
REL 3224: Religions of China and Japan
SOC 2024: Minority Group Relations
SOC 2514: Appalachian Social Issues
SOC 3014: Gender Relations
SOC 3614: Gender and Work in the U.S.
SOC 3714: Sociology of Aging
SPAN/HUM 2754: Spanish-American Culture and Civilization
WS 1824: Introduction to Women's Studies
WS 2224: Women and Creativity
WS 2264: Race, Class and Gender

Required Experiential Activity:
Select one of the following:
MGT 2964 or 3964 or 4964: Field Study
MGT 3464: Diversity-Related Internship and Professional Dev.

Internships and Other Experiential Activities

In addition to the experiential activity in the leadership and diversity minors, the Department of Management emphasizes experiential learning throughout the curriculum.  Students gain valuable work experience through service learning projects with community organizations in the ethical leadership class, through work with clients in the Applied Small Business Consulting course, and through work experience in the internship course and the Cooperative Education Program. The department also encourages students to become involved in student organizations and volunteer activities so they can further develop their leadership skills.  

Management students are eligible to enroll in an internship course (MGT 3754) in their junior or senior year.  Through this course, students are given an opportunity to obtain significant work experience from a local or national business and to learn key techniques to assist in their personal career planning and the job search process.  Students are matched to employers based on mutual interests and needs.  A number of students go on to work full-time at their internship placement following graduation.

The Department of Management also participates in the Cooperative Education Program in which qualified students may alternate a semester of study in the major with a semester of professional employment. The work assignments usually occur during the sophomore and junior years.  Participation in this program has proven to be very effective in helping the participants secure desirable employment positions upon graduation and is highly encouraged.

Career Opportunities

The leadership role is critical in all organizations in today's society, and the B.S. degree holder in management has a choice of numerous positions in diverse organizations.  Specifically, business organizations in which recent graduates have found positions include a variety of retail establishments, financial institutions, consulting firms, research and development organizations, transportation firms, and many types of manufacturing companies. Graduates have also found positions in nonprofit organizations, including government agencies.  Particularly in large organizations, management graduates frequently enter formal training programs before being assigned to a full-time position in the company.  A partial list of employment positions available to management majors includes:

EIT:

  • Consultant
  • Sales Management Trainee
  • Production Supervisor
  • Management Analyst
  • Management Trainee
  • Sales Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Executive Team Leader
  • HR:

  • Consultant
  • Department Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Recruiter
  • Staffing Specialist
  • Compensation Specialist
  • Labor & Employee Relations Specialist
  • HR Trainee
  • Management Trainee

A number of management majors also enter small business organizations, and some start their own companies. Graduates are able to function effectively in such organizations in part because of the broad background provided by this major.

Employment Outlook

The future employment outlook in management is very good; organizations will always need managers who are effective leaders. While employment in specific business organizations is related to the health and vigor of the economy, the comprehensive nature of management counters the impact of the business cycle for Management majors.

Double Majors

If a student's major interest is in another department in the Pamplin College of Business, it is possible to add management as a double major. A Marketing graduate, for example, is hired into an entry-level position. If successful, he or she will be promoted into a management position. (In fact, a recent nationwide study indicated that a large majority of all business school graduates move into managerial positions after five years on the job.) Clearly, those individuals who are successful in business, whatever the area in which they start their careers, are likely to need managerial skills in the areas of decision making, leadership, conflict resolution, motivation, and communication.

Obtaining a second major usually requires only a few credits beyond the 125 credits required for graduation. Anyone desiring to discuss the possibility of a double major with management as the second major should feel free to contact the department head of management as well as an advisor in the department offering the first major. Adding a second major is as simple as submitting an application to the Office of Undergraduate Advising in 1046 Pamplin Hall.