Management Program Details
The management major prepares students for the challenging tasks of leading and coordinating people, activities, and systems for organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Students interact with exceptional faculty as well as management professionals from private and public organizations. Courses use role-playing, individual and team projects, cases, and other exciting methods for helping students develop competencies in critical thinking, technology utilization, analysis and decision-making in a global context. Drake’s management degree program is carefully designed to make graduates extremely competitive in today’s dynamic market for entry-level managers. It gives them the background and abilities needed to advance throughout their careers and achieve success in both the profit and nonprofit sectors of the economy.
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in management
All 7 members of the management faculty hold doctorates. They bring a unique blend of business-world experience, academic training and a strong research foundation to the classroom. Their specialties include human resource management, organizational behavior, operations management, policy and strategic management, and international business.
High school students are encouraged to take courses that help them develop good written and oral communication skills and to begin an early familiarization with computer technology and world events.
REQUIRED CREDIT HOURS AND COURSES FOR A MAJOR
124 total; at least 42 of these hours must be taken in courses numbered 100 or above. Students typically focus on building their liberal arts foundation prior to pursuing their business core and major courses in the College of Business and Public Administration. These first-year courses may include accounting, economics, English, mathematics, rhetoric and communication studies, and electives. Requirements for the management major include: MGMT 145 – Organizational Theory MGMT 160 – Planning and Control of Operations MGMT 175 – Industrial Relations and Human Resource Policy MGMT 182 – Human Resources Management BUS 170 – International Business ACCT 115 or 125 – Cost Accounting or Managerial Accounting Management majors must select 2 courses beyond the management core from one other major field in the College of Business and Public Administration or in another related field. This area of special interest reinforces the student’s personal interests and career objectives.
REQUIRED CREDIT HOURS AND COURSES OUTSIDE MAJOR
62 of the 124 credit hours must be taken in courses other than business. The Drake Curriculum, required of all undergraduates, is designed to help students meet personal and professional goals as they acquire fundamental knowledge and abilities in ten Areas of Inquiry, including communication, critical thinking, artistic experience, historical consciousness, information and technology literacy, international and multicultural experiences, scientific and quantitative literacy, values and ethics and engaged citizenship. Students work closely with their academic advisers to craft a program of study in general education that prepares students for civic and professional leadership. The Drake Curriculum also requires first-year seminars, which foster development of critical thinking and written and oral communication skills through a topical focus; and a Senior Capstone, in which students demonstrate the capacity to bring information, skills and ideas to bear on one project.
REQUIRED CREDIT HOURS AND COURSES FOR A MINOR Students pursuing a degree other than a business degree may earn a minor in business studies, which requires 24 credit hours of coursework in accounting, microeconomics, finance, information systems, management, marketing and one business elective.
Paid internship opportunities are available during the school year and summer. Internships help majors gain valuable on-the-job experiences and a competitive edge in today’s job market. A number of internships are available with organizations in the Des Moines area, including: The Principal Financial Group, New England Financial Group, Cigna, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ernst & Young, and state and local government agencies.
Drake’s eclectic approach to management exposes students to leadership, operations of businesses, work culture and functions of small, medium-sized and multi-national corporations. Graduates often begin their careers in management training programs or specialist positions. They advance through senior level, supervisory and management careers in business activities such as staff assistance, operations, human resource management, public relations and consumer relations. Graduates also pursue unique leadership roles in profit-making, private nonprofit, and governmental organizations. Graduates are in the management hierarchy of leading companies throughout the world, including Procter & Gamble, Hallmark, Ralston Purina, Dun & Bradstreet, Hy-Vee, Target, Marsh and McClennan, US West Communications, Von Maur, Keystone Resort, Maytag, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Frito-Lay, ConAgra Inc., American Mutual Life, United Parcel Service, and The Principal Financial Group.
Organizations available to management majors include: Alpha Kappa Psi and Delta Sigma Pi, national professional business fraternities; and Beta Gamma Sigma, national professional business society. In addition, the Society for Human Resource Management student chapter, supported by the national SHRM and the central Iowa chapter, offers activities and resources for professional development. The Drake International Business Society offers information and activities for students who have an interest in international business.