Management is a multidisciplinary field that draws on knowledge developed from Organizational Behavior, Psychology, Sociology, Social Psychology, Political Science, Economics, Law, and Anthropology.
Those entering the field of management should have an interest in understanding individual and group behavior and the effects that organizational programs have on workers' job satisfaction, organizational commitment, motivation, and performance.
Is a Management Major for You?
A good way to find out is to start by taking the first courses in management, accounting, CIS, finance, and marketing and talking with other business students about their experiences, interests, likes and dislikes regarding some of these different courses. Visit with academic advisers in our College of Business undergraduate advising office (located in BA 210).
Management must exist in every type of organization ranging from the owner- manager of a small business operation to the top executives of Fortune 500 companies. Organizational units such as units, divisions or regions, sites, or plants also require management oversite.
Many organizations recruit for management trainees. They are hired and placed to oversee any one of many areas that are in need of educated and trained managers. These organizations are looking for candidates who have demonstrated their ability to learn and persevere to complete their management degrees. These firms often prefer to train their new recruits in the specific ways they perform various functions at their organizations.
Human Resource Management
Graduates with a human resource management emphasis can go in many different directions. With their specialized training in human resources they can take positions such as human resource generalists, who perform a wide variety of HR activities, such as:
- Job analysts
- Workers' compensation specialists
- Employment specialists
- Benefits coordinators
- Pay/Compensation specialists
- Safety coordinators
- Labor relations specialists
- Human resource information systems specialists
These generalist positions often serve as springboards into higher-level human resource management positions. Many graduates with the human resource emphasis decide to take jobs in general management or in some other functional area. Some of these workers later transfer into human resource positions.
Graduates with an emphasis in operations management traditionally move into line management positions in production or service environments. Their skills in such areas as project management and productivity and quality management provide them with the background many organizations are looking for in entry-level managers. Graduates often enter positions such as shift manager, location manager, or branch manager.
Many students become business majors with the hope of starting and operating their own businesses. Some other students develop this same goal while completing their business requirements. Either way, many students prefer to take courses that can help them develop business ideas, form, and operate a business.
Many of the same types of business knowledge, skill, and ability needed for operating and managing larger businesses apply—hence the same business core courses are completed by both entrepreneurship and other business majors. But entrepreneurial and small business endeavors have their own unique requirements. The entrepreneurship/small business emphasis is geared to these special needs. Students can complete this emphasis in conjunction with a finance, management or marketing major.
Contact an Advisor
The best way to learn about matching your interests with the requirements for the Management major is to schedule a visit with an academic adviser. Contact Susan Hooks: Office: BA 203 - Main Floor; Phone: (208)282-3448; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.