Business Administration

Professor Jeff Galle
Assistant Professor Allison Burrus

Assistant Professor Tim Finlay
Assistant Professor Michael Harden
Assistant Professor Sam Levey

Assistant Professor Marilyn Markel
Assistant Professor David Walter
Assistant Professor Emily Wright
Instructor T.J. Devine
Instructor Patrick McKelvey
Instructor Jason Sexton

Part-time Instructor Jeremy Briggs
Part-time Instructor Elizabeth Lahey
Part-time Instructor Brandon Myles
Part-time Instructor Jafar Qutob
Part-time Instructor Angela Valuck

A major or minor in the interdisciplinary program of Business Administration enables the student to begin any career that requires fundamental knowledge of the principles of management and the qualities of leadership. Students are equipped with the knowledge required to create value in public or private entities and to manage in a global environment.

Students seeking to complete more than one major in the Business Department must complete a minimum of 24 additional hours of new content beyond the first major.

Each minor in the Business Department requires a minimum of 16 additional hours of new content beyond the requirements of declared majors in the department.

Majors & Programs


MG 100: Introduction to Business Administration

An overview of the functions of business administration, including the interrelationships of accounting, finance, organization, management, law, and marketing. The course seeks to orient students to business and organizational practices. Does not count towards any major in the Business Administration Department. Not open to students who have taken EC 105, AC 231, or any 200-level MG course.

MG 120: Computer Information Systems

An introduction to application software used in problem solving including advanced features of spreadsheets, introduction to databases, and project management tools. Includes in-class laboratory work.

MG 237: Organizational Behavior

This course focuses on the examination of research and theory as it relates to the organization and the organizational environment as a social system. Within this context, the course explores factors that influence the way members of an organization behave. Topics include individual and cultural differences, perceptions, attitudes, emotions, motivation, learning and reinforcement, managing diversity, decision-making, relationship management, performance, group/team relationships, leadership, conflict and negotiations, strategy, and organizational change management.

MG 253: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

Shifting demographics contribute to a workplace that continues to grow more diverse over time. Individuals in the workplace will constantly interact with peers, managers, and customers with very different backgrounds and experiences. When managed successfully, these differences can be a powerful tool that broadens perspectives and creates organizational advantage. Alternatively, when these differences are misunderstood or mismanaged, it can lead to challenges with employee well-being and organizational goals. This course is designed to encourage students to think critically about a variety of topics relevant to diversity in the workplace. We will consider cultural and psychological processes that influence how people interact with one another. Students will think critically on topics such as identity, relationships across difference and bias, and equality of opportunity in organizations. Students will utilize theory and empirical research to assess the management of diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

MG 280: The Business of Sport

An overview of the business aspects of professional and amateur sports. Topics covered include league structure and operation, sports marketing, pricing, media, agents and contracts.

MG 305: Athletic Administration

This course emphasizes the aims, objectives and problems involved in managing athletics and a physical education curriculum. Students study and analyze the strategic planning process in athletic departments. Assignments require real-life applications relevant to field settings.

MG 315: Business Ethics

Consideration of the problem of determining the rules which should govern the relationship between industry and government, a company and its customers, and management and employees. (See PH 315.)

MG 350: Consumer Behavior

Studies the factors affecting consumer behavior of individuals and organizations; provides an overview of explanations of consumption; and surveys consumer decision-making processes and their implications for marketing strategy. (See PS 350.)

MG 354: Marketing

Emphasizes the concepts of planning, organizing, controlling and decision making as they are applied to management of the marketing function. Attention is given to the marketing environment, consumer behavior, marketing research, product management, distribution promotion and pricing policies. May not be taken for credit if a student has earned credit for AG 321.

MG 355: Sports Promotion

An examination of the field of promotion, with a focus and applications into the sports industry. Topics covered include advertising, sales promotion, ticketing, sponsorships, and social media.

MG 356: Integrated Marketing Communications

This course examines how to integrate all of the available marketing communication tools into one clear voice that breaks through today's communication clutter. Students will study and create various forms of communication materials that are used in the promotions mix. These items will include advertisements for print media, radio, television, social media, websites, and YouTube. In addition, product demonstrations, sales promotions, personal selling, and public relations will be examined. Students will gain understanding of how to coordinate these elements to achieve an organization's objectives.

MG 357: Business Law

This course is designed to provide students with a general overview and introduction to the American legal system, both procedural and substantive, with an emphasis on civil law. Topics include: the courts, trial procedure, torts, personal property, real property, insurance, contracts, and contemporary issues.

MG 359: Human Resource Management

Study of concepts and methods used by the HRM unit in building and maintaining an effective work force in profit and nonprofit organizations. Topics include recruitment, selection, training, wage and salary administration, job design and EEOC.

MG 360: Talent Acquisition and Retention

Overview of the basic principles and techniques of staffing the workplace. Introduction of basic and intermediate level theories and strategies utilized in staffing, planning, recruiting, and selection. Topics covered include job analysis, recruitment, selection, and performance assessment.

MG 362: Rewarding Employees

Overview of the theoretical frameworks and practices pertaining to rewarding human resources in organizations. The course will introduce students to the Total Rewards approach and aide in the understanding of tangible and intangible aspects of compensation.

MG 364: Management

The study of the managerial process in an organizational setting with emphasis on decision making, planning, organizing, and controlling; including discussion of motivation, leadership, communication and group dynamics in an organizational context.

MG 366: Event and Facilities Management

This course studies the guidelines and principles of managing sport and recreation events with hands-on application in how to administer, organize, direct personnel, fundraise, market, and carry out an event. Additionally, this course will focus on information and knowledge in the area of operation and management of athletic and recreational facilities. Topics include critical/crisis planning techniques, negotiations, funding, facility design, operation, and maintenance.

MG 371: International Business

An understanding of international business is important in today's global economy. This course explores the application of core business concepts in a global context. Topics include culture, political and economic systems, marketing, and global operations.

MG 374: Professional Sales

A course in the principles of business-to-business sales that is intended for marketing, sports management, and other business majors. The emphasis is on a holistic approach to sales by emphasizing skill development in areas such as listening, negotiation, questioning, and problem solving.

MG 410: Fitness Management

An application of business principles to the health/fitness/recreation area, with an emphasis on starting and running a successful fitness business. Students will be introduced to various types of fitness opportunities, including health and fitness clubs, athletic training facilities, indoor and outdoor recreation, and online/virtual fitness. Topics include legal/financial/budgeting issues, creating high value customer experiences, staffing/training, organizational structure. The emphasis is NOT on training but on how to run a fitness-related business.

MG 425: Management Information Systems

Introduction to the management of information within an organization: planning, organizing, and controlling of effective information and accounting systems. Topics include analysis of available hardware and software, data base management systems, and development and management of an information system.

MG 426: Operations Management

Introduction to production and operation management including: forecasting, capacity and material planning, inventory control, production and shop scheduling, quality control, work management, special techniques including PERT, linear programming, MRP, EOQ, and the design and location of facilities. Open to junior and senior majors.

MG 454: Marketing Management

Marketing Management integrates the study of methods and models for marketing decisionmaking; emphasizes the application of analytical tools and behavioral and quantitative models to marketing decision-making. It is an expansion of the study and application of the marketing mix, SWOT analysis, consumer behavior and research.

MG 461: Independent Study in Management

Advanced independent study in the field of management or marketing. Open to senior majors seeking advanced study in their areas of specialization. May be repeated with different subject matter for a maximum of 6 hours.

MG 462: Independent Study in Management

Advanced independent study in the field of management or marketing. Open to senior majors seeking advanced study in their areas of specialization. May be repeated with different subject matter for a maximum of 6 hours.

MG 463: Internship in Management

A practical application of theoretical skills in actual job-related situations. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Open to junior and senior majors.

MG 464: Internship in Management

A practical application of theoretical skills in actual job-related situations. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours. Open to junior and senior majors.

MG 485: Strategic Management

This senior-level course focuses on formulating and executing competitive business strategies. Students will integrate and apply management, marketing, finance, and operations concepts to develop solutions to complex business challenges. Case study analysis and a business simulation will be used.

MG 491: Senior Capstone

The capstone seminar for the business major, MG 491 integrates and applies concepts from management, accounting, economics, and related fields, with a focus on developing and applying skills for problem solving and leadership in an organizational environment. A semester-long project in which students study a real-world problem and develop solutions is required.