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Course Descriptions

Management Studies Course Descriptions

ORG 202 Global Issues in Business and Society: This course examines the impact of major social, political and cultural forces on the global business environment and marketplace. Students will gain a better understanding of how society and social issues affect the business world, and vice versa. Ethical challenges, diversity issues, technology, environmental issues and social responsibility will also be examined.

ORG 203 Fundamentals of Financial Accounting: This course introduces students to the principles and concepts of financial accounting. Students will develop a basic understanding of business transactions and financial statements.

ORG 301 Managing Human Resources: This course gives the student an overview of the broad subject of human resources management and an in-depth exposure to the key areas of this critical function. The most successful organizations know that human resources must operate at the strategic level, along with finance and law, the other core staff functions. The meaning of a strategic approach is explored in depth, providing a solid grounding in what management of human resources requires in today’s diverse, litigious, downsizing-prone, tough, often controversial world of organizational life.

ORG 321 Issues in Leadership: This course examines both the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership focusing on the role of the leader within business and community organizations. Leadership will be examined from historical, cultural, ethical and psychological perspectives with an emphasis on the changing nature of effective leadership in a global business environment. Students will have an opportunity to examine and develop their own personal leadership styles and potentials through collaborative and experiential learning experiences.

ORG 340 Foundations of Marketing: This course introduces students to the role of marketing in organizations. Students will study all facets of the marketing process including: environmental analysis, marketing-information management, market research, consumer and business behavior, segmentation, and positioning. Students will also explore marketing from a global view (examining global market forces and globally competitive environments). Legal and ethical impacts of marketing will be explored through case studies. Open to Professional Studies students only.

Organizational Communication Course Descriptions

COM 102 Introduction to Communication: This course surveys the theories of communication relevant to all contexts – from conversations between friends and family to presidential town halls on the Internet. It introduces students to essential concepts and fundamental theories that describe the process, function, natures, and effects of communication.

COM 203 Interpersonal Communication: An examination of the ways in which people communicate through verbal and nonverbal symbols, the processes by which the receiver interprets messages, the effects of communication upon relationships, and the environmental and cultural conditions that affect communication. Intrapersonal and interpersonal communication are studied as a means of helping the student improve his own skills and to provide a foundation in basic communication theory.

COM 211 Fundamentals of Public Relations Theory & Practice: This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of public relations from a theoretical and a strategic management perspective. Specifically, the course will help students trace the history and development of the field; critically assess the role of public relations in modern societies; develop an understanding of theoretical concepts and practical techniques of public relations in interpersonal and organizational communication; and evaluate the relationships between public relations, journalism, advertising, marketing, and other communication disciplines in modern societies.

COM 270 Organizational Communication: This course is concerned with communication processes within an organization. It focuses on the sending, the receiving and the interpreting of messages. Principles of downward, upward and lateral systems are investigated. Case studies are employed to illustrate typical problems that arise and the methodologies devised for successful resolutions to achieve effective communication.

COM 302 Persuasion: A study of contemporary theories of persuasive message design in mediated and interpersonal contexts. The course examines the roles played by language, culture, message content, and media in persuasion. Students analyze a variety of persuasive artifacts, learn how to detect deception, and learn how to construct effective persuasive messages. Offered in spring.

Professional Studies Core Courses (30 credits)

  • INTD 105 Perspectives on Education (3 credits)
  • PHIL 103 World Views and Values (3 credits)
  • INTD 209 Perspectives on the Humanities (3 credits)
  • INTD 212 Perspectives on Social Institutions (3 credits)
  • INTD 213 Perspectives on Science and History (3 credits)
  • INTD 477 Capping Experience (3 credits)
  • ENG 120 Writing for College (3 credits)
  • Additional liberal arts and science courses (9 credits total)


**Please note course content and sequence is subject to change