Business Management | Kent State University

Business Management

Program Overview

Students studying business management start with courses in leadership, human resources management and global business management as a foundation of the skills that managers need to know in today’s global economy. The program then builds upon that base with studies in supply chain management, collaborative project management and business consulting and practicum. Students round up their specialization by customizing their major elective courses and college elective courses from other functional areas in an organization such as accounting, economics, finance, and marketing.

Major Requirements

Career Opportunities

The business management major gives students credentials important to getting their first job as an entry-level manager or manager-trainee. Graduates with a major in business management might spend time as a manager-trainee in every department of an organization learning the business inside and out. After the training period, the manager-trainee may be assigned to a specific department and have responsibility for even just one person and a small area of a department.

Managers can be found in any organization of any size - small corner stores; department stores; accounting firms; retirement homes; manufacturers and business-to-business organizations.

Competencies Upon Completion

  • Assess and suggest appropriate solutions to human resource-related business problems.
  • Demonstrate understanding of human resource management function within an organization.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic principles of project management.
  • Understand leadership principles.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree will be able to:

  • Recall strategic frameworks that are used to make business decisions. 
  • Perform basic calculations using quantitative tools that are used to support business decisions. 
  • Articulate and deliberate their ideas in writing.
  • Articulate and deliberate their ideas orally.
  • Identify ethical dilemmas and stakeholders.
  • Recommend alternatives and consequences and choose a reasoned conclusion from the alternatives given. 
  • Identify global factors in making a business decision. 
  • Analyze global factors in making a business decision.

Faculty

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