Department of Economics and Business Management
Why should I study business management at Agnes Scott?
Through courses in management and other areas, students learn how to think critically and communicate effectively about the economic, social, and cultural challenges they will encounter during their college years and throughout their careers and lives. Management courses explore how businesses, the government, and non-profit groups are organized and why. Students also take courses in accounting and economics as part of this major to develop a thorough foundation in those areas.
The management courses at Agnes Scott challenge students to consider the ethical consequences of managerial decisions. These classes provide students with hands-on, real world experiences through coursework and internships. Students gain the leadership, analytical, and communication skills that are essential to a successful career in a dynamic, globalized economy.
The business management major and minor prepare students for careers in any aspect of society, ranging from running their own business to working for a corporation or the government to managing a non-profit organization. Some of our graduates go on to law school or management programs or get an MBA after working for a few years.
Is the business management major the same as a business administration major?
The business management major offers in-depth study of management theories and techniques. Traditional business administration undergraduate programs, in contrast, give students a survey of many topics—from marketing to management to finance—without in-depth study of any particular topic. The Agnes Scott curriculum combines professional knowledge of management with a liberal arts education, ensuring that our graduates have the strong communication, leadership, and critical thinking skills that businesses and nonprofit organizations seek.
What is the difference between the major and the minor?
Students who are particularly interested in specializing in management or business are encouraged to major in business management. Students who want to combine a traditional liberal arts major in the humanities, fine arts, or natural sciences with the skills sought by businesses and non-profit organizations might want to minor in business management. The minor includes a foundation in accounting and management but not as much in-depth study as the major.
What will I study?
Business management majors typically begin their major by taking two introductory economics courses, Intro to Macroeconomics and Intro to Microeconomics. In these courses, students learn how to apply economic tools to public policy and markets. During their sophomore year, most majors take Econ 202, Introduction to Organizational Management. In this course, students work in small groups to design and implement a project that benefits a non-profit organization of their choice in the Atlanta area. Students gain valuable experience at working with others and learn leadership skills while helping the local community.
As upperclasswomen, majors also take at least one course in accounting and several upper-division courses in management, accounting, economics, and related fields. Seniors complete a capstone course in strategic management or in economics.
Minors typically begin the minor by taking Econ 202, Introduction to Organizational Management. Students then take accounting, at least two related elective courses, and the senior seminar in strategic management.
The Business Management major and minor will be available beginning in the 2014-15 academic year. Course requirements can be viewed here: Business Management major and minor course requirements
What can I do with this degree?
Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Business Management major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:
- think analytically about organizational problems and solutions;
- think creatively about organizational problems and solutions;
- identify and critique assumptions about human organizing;
- understand the processes by which knowledge about organizations is produced;
- understand how the structuring of knowledge about organizations privileges and marginalizes different stakeholders;
- assess personal strengths and weaknesses;
- understand and interact effectively with other people;
- formulate and support written arguments;
- communicate orally about organizations and organizing.
With the hands-on, experiential learning inherent in the business management program, you will acquire a well-rounded skill set. As a graduate, you can:
- Start your own business
- Work in the corporate world
- Work for the government
- Work for a non-profit organization
- Pursue an MBA after working for a few years