Bachelor of Arts in Management
The Bachelor of Arts in Management program at City University of Seattle is a flexible undergraduate degree program created so that those with sufficient transferrable credits and applicable real-world experience can graduate with a business degree in as little as one year.
The program’s 50 core credits focus on learning to solve business problems from a manager’s perspective. You’ll develop a broad understanding of what makes organizations work, how to build successful teams, how to be a strong leader and how to communicate in the business world. The remaining 40 upper division credits are left open so you can transfer credits from other universities or create your own focus area inside or outside of the School of Management, such as psychology, communications or general studies.
With such a wide scope of academic coverage, our Bachelor of Arts in Management program prepares graduates to enjoy a variety of professional outcomes. Good managers are needed in every type of organization. Our management alumni hold positions such as local franchise owner, retail manager, technology team leader, practice supervisor and corporate management consultant. If your field of expertise or area of interest is in the business realm, then your business management degree is sure to help get you there.
Lower-Division Requirements (90)
College Writing: 5
College Mathematics: 5
Social Sciences: 15
Natural Sciences/Mathematics: 15
Upper-Division Requirements (90)
BC 301 Critical Thinking (5)
The critical thinking process is used to analyze today's issues and aid the student in identifying rational solutions. Topics examined include: argument analyzing and building; forms and standards of critical thinking; and evaluating sources of information.
BC 306 Ethics and Leadership (5)
This course provides an overview of various philosophical approaches to ethical decision making and practical applications involving ethical problems that arise in contemporary society such as crime and punishment, marriage and the family, biotechnology, and business.
BSC 407 The Effective Organization (5)
This course investigates dilemmas that routinely plague organizations as well as possible solutions to these dilemmas. Topics include diversity within the organization; conflict and negotiation; perception, motivation and reinforcement; leadership roles throughout the organization; human resource management and team building.
BSM 304 Effective Organizational Communication (5)
This course covers internal and external communication in the contemporary evolving organization. Students will assess their management communication style and identify areas for improvement. Topics include interpersonal and small group dynamics, use of communications technology, motivation, conflict resolution, and communicating with diverse audiences.
BSM 414 International Management (5)
This course introduces students to the global economy. Students will investigate the internal business environment and its complexity in the international setting. Understanding and practical application of concepts and processes of globalization; the political, legal, and technological environment; ethical behavior and decision-making; the role of culture and its impact on behavior; and management of international strategies will be emphasized. Cross-cultural management and problem-solving techniques will be examined.
HR 405 Strategic Management of Human Resources (5)
This course is designed to identify the role of human resources; the processes and activities used to strategically formulate and implement human resources objectives, practices, and policies to meet the short- and long-range organizational needs and opportunities; human resources contributions to organizational effectiveness.
MG 360 Budgeting for Managers (5)
This course introduces students to the basic principles, terminology and application of financial concepts in a project management context. This course will enable managers to enhance decision-making aptitude by incorporating financial theory and concepts. Students will learn to integrate concepts such as net present value, weighted cost of capital, capital budgeting, working capital management, and forecasting into a project management context.
MG 495 Management Strategy (5)
Management Strategy is a capstone course that provides the student an opportunity to integrate discrete skills gained from prior coursework in general management, critical thinking; ethics and leadership, marketing, project management, and human resources. Prerequisites: Prior to enrolling in MG 495, students must be in their last quarter of study. Any exceptions must have special permission from the BAM Program Director.
MK 300 Principles of Marketing (5)
This course provides an introduction to basic marketing concepts. Topics include the marketing mix, new product development, consumer behavior, customer relationship management, strategic planning and e-commerce. Students will develop a comprehensive marketing plan and apply course concepts to real or imaginary products.
PM 401 Introduction to Project Management (5)
Introduction to Project Management utilizes a real team project to manage a project's life cycle. Emphasis is placed on activity networks, managing resources, and creating control mechanisms that minimize risk. Project leadership is explored in the context of building effective project teams and maintaining stakeholder relationships. Students will learn and apply basic project management concepts including time and resource constraints, planning, scheduling, work breakdown structure, Gantt Charts, network diagrams, and project control.
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BAM 400 Organizational Communications (15)
Students will analyze and practice the most important types of organizational communications used in today’s companies. Critical thinking skills will include building and analyzing arguments, working with forms and standards of critical thinking, and evaluating sources of information in the context of business. Students will also examine ethical decision-making and practical applications involving ethical problems that arise in business. Students will practice effective articulation and communication of solutions, including assessing their management communication style and identifying areas for improvement.Equivalent to BC 301, BC 306, and BSM 304 (See above for specific course descriptions.)
BAM 405 Organizational Leadership (15)
Students will study organizational behavior and leadership, incorporating a global perspective to understand what it takes to select and develop staff, build departments and teams, and develop and support organizational cultures to meet the needs of companies in a global economy. Beginning with a strategic approach to human resource management, students will learn the steps necessary to systematically run diverse organizations through the development of skills in conflict resolution and negotiation, motivation, leadership styles, and employee performance analysis. Under the guidance of a mentor, students will work independently to complete the list of assignments associated with this block. Through their coursework, students will be required to demonstrate competence on the outcomes and core concepts, knowledge and skills associated with this block.Equivalent to BSC 407, HR 405, and BSM 414 (See above for specific course descriptions.)
BAM 410 Business Operations (15)
Students will study a number of key operational processes that are utilized in contemporary organizations including marketing and public relations, budgeting, financial tracking, and project management. Using generally accepted project management methodologies, students will organize operational and strategic tasks into projects that will produce products to meet stakeholder demands. They will also study methods to promote and market an organization’s products or services. Students will also learn the fundamental budgeting and financial skills necessary for cost-effective management of teams, projects, and products. Under the guidance of a mentor, students will work independently to complete the list of assignments associated with this block. Through their coursework, students will be required to demonstrate competence on the outcomes and core concepts, knowledge and skills associated with this block.Equivalent to MK 300, MG 360, and PM 401 (See above for specific course descriptions.)
BAM 495 Strategic Business Management Degree Capstone (5)
In this course students will gain a broad foundational knowledge of the many facets of management by practicing effective communication skills, employing best practices in project management, and demonstrating their ability to lead and participate in diverse work teams. Students will apply research and critical thinking skills to develop creative, ethical solutions to a variety of business problems and to support professional and organizational development.Course Entry Requirements: This course is the capstone for students in the Bachelor of Arts in Management-Organizational Excellence. This course is the last and final course block of a total four course block and should not be taken until the student has completed BAM 400, BAM 405, and BAM 410 or their equivalent. Equivalent to MG 495 (See above for specific course descriptions.)
Choose 40 credits of upper-division undergraduate level elective coursework from other fields or disciplines including business, psychology, communications, information systems, and general education. Elective courses are offered in multiple formats including the performance-based model. Contact an admissions advisor for the current list of available courses.