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Program Overview

The management program in the Dolan School of Business offers an innovative approach to the leadership, strategic planning and decision-making in business organizations. Our Action Learning Module combines work experience with classes on management theory. The result is an innovative learning process that combines management theory with a grasp of the realities of the business world.You are given the option to choose between four concentrations: general management, human resource management, business and society, and entrepreneurship.

Our faculty is composed of business professionals and scholars. Their experience offers a connection between the practice and theory of the profession. As a major in the program, you will build a foundation of modern business experience and relevant theory to understand the behavioral, social, and environmental factors that impact performance. Throughout, you learn the nature of management, and the relationship between business and society.

To effectively prepare you and broaden your work experience, the program emphasizes case studies, research projects and internships. This blend of theory and hands-on experience provides you with a broad perspective of managerial effectiveness and the role it plays in the world of business, equipping you with the skills for a successful career in business or graduate school.

Fairfield Dolan Rankings

#9
Best Colleges for Business Majors
- 2019 Money Magazine
#28
Best Schools for Business Majors
- 2020 PayScale
#23
Undergraduate Finance
- U.S. News and World Report
#25
Undergraduate Info Systems & Operations Management
- U.S. News and World Report
#26
Undergraduate Marketing
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#27
Undergraduate Accounting
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Requirements

Management Major

Management majors study the theory and the practice of managing people and organizations. Emphasis is given to the nature of the management function; the management of people; the relationship between business and society; and to the behavioral, social, and environmental factors that influence effective organization and managerial performance. Research efforts in the field are examined to develop fundamental principles and concepts, which can serve as a rational basis for managerial action. Students may choose one of three concentrations: human resource management, business and society, or entrepreneurship.

For an 18 credit management major, students complete:

  • Managing Human Resources for Competitive Advantage
  • Leading and Managing People
  • Critical Issues in Management
  • Three more Management courses to complete the general management major

Students are not required to pursue a concentration. two courses are required from a concentration area in order to receive the concentration notation; the third course can be from any management area. No course may count for more than one concentration.

 

Concentrations and Area Courses

Business and Society Concentration

Complete at least two courses from the following:

Environmental Law and Policy
Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace
Seminar in Business Law and Ethics
Topics in Business and Society
International Law
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Ethics and Technology in Business
Cross-Cultural Management

Human Resources Concentration

Complete at least two courses from the following:

Topics in Human Resources
Diversity in the Workplace
Career Development
Organizational Culture
Performance, Compensation, and Reward
Managing People for Global Business
Cross-Cultural Management
Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace

Entrepreneurship Concentration

Required:*

Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Complete at least two courses from the following:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Ventures
  • Managing a Family Business

*It is strongly recommended that students take the Legal Environment of Business section with Entrepreneurship emphasis.

General Management Major

Complete three courses from the following:

Topics in Business and Society
Topics in Human Resources
Topics in Management
Diversity in the Workplace
Career Development
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Social Entrepreneurship
Technology Ventures
Managing a Family Business
International Law
Organizational Culture
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Ethics and Technology in Business
Performance, Compensation, and Reward
Managing People for Global Business
Cross-Cultural Management
Environmental Law and Policy
Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace
Seminar in Business Law and Ethics

 

Minors

Management Minor

This minor offers students in the non-management disciplines an opportunity to examine some of the theories, principles, and issues that influence their growth and development as managers in their chosen fields.

For a 15-credit management minor, students complete:

  • Introduction to Management in Organizations
  • Managing Human Resources for Competitive Advantage
  • Leading and Managing People
  • 2 other courses from:
    • Environmental Law and Policy
    • Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace
    • Seminar in Business Law and Ethics
    • Topics in Business and Society
    • Topics in Human Resources
    • Topics in Management
    • Diversity in the Workplace
    • Career Development
    • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Technology Ventures
    • Managing a Family Business
    • International Law
    • Organizational Culture
    • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
    • Ethics and Technology in Business
    • Performance, Compensation, and Reward
    • Managing People for Global Business
    • Cross-Cultural Management

Business Law and Ethics Minor

This minor offers students a foundation in law and regulation, as well as ethics, applied to the business sector to better understand the social responsibility of business and the interdependent nature of business and society.

For an 18-credit minor in business law and ethics, students must complete:

  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Ethics in Business Management
  • Seminar in Business Law and Ethics
  • Three courses from the following groups (no more than two courses can be selected from each group):

Group 1

  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • The Law of Contracts, Sales, and Property
  • The Law of Business Organizations and Financial Transaction
  • Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace
  • International Law

Group 2

  • Ethical Dimensions of Global Business Policy
  • Ethics of Communications
  • Ethics and the Computer
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Ethics in Law and Society
  • Seminar in Environmental Law, Economics, and Policy
  • Ethics and Technology in Business
  • Other law or ethics courses by permission of the program director.

One course may double count for the business law and ethics minor and the management major.

Entrepreneurship Minor

This minor offers students across the University exposure to entrepreneurship, from concepts of creativity, technology, and innovation to implementing business plans. Students may explore opportunities in both the for- and non-profit sectors.

For a 15-credit Entrepreneurship Minor, students must complete:

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Legal Environment of Business*
  • Non-management majors choose one course from Group 1, two courses from Group 2. Management majors choose three courses from Group 2. No courses may double count for the entrepreneurship minor and the management major.

Group 1

  • Introduction to Management (allowed for non-DSB students only)
  • Managing Human Resources for Competitive Advantage
  • Leading and Managing People

Group 2

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Technology Ventures
  • Managing a Family Business
  • Employment Law and Discrimination in the Workplace

*It is strongly recommended that students take the Legal Environment of Business section with Entrepreneurship emphasis.

Course Of Study

See Management course descriptions from our catalog‌ for more information

Introduction to Management in Organizations
Managing Human Resources for Competitive Advantage
Leading and Managing for the 21st Century
Business Strategies in the Global Environment 
Topics in Business and Society
Topics in Human Resources
Topics in Management
Diversity in the Workplace
Career Planning 
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Social Entrepreneurship
Technology Ventures
Managing a Family Business
Critical issues in Management
International Law
Organizational Culture
Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
Ethics and Technology in Business
Performance, Compensation, and Reward
Managing People for Global Business
Cross-Cultural Management
Management Internship
Seminar in Management

Internships

Management majors are strongly encouraged to combine their academic pursuits with real-world business internships. Recently, management majors have held internships in a variety of Fairfield County and New York firms in:

  • Consumer research
  • Data processing
  • Business consulting
  • Management research
  • Actuarial analysis
  • Office management
  • Construction planning
  • Human resources

New opportunities for internships and postgraduate employment have also been opening in arts, sports, and entertainment management.

Academic Success

Management majors are very well prepared for entry-level positions in large corporations and in small businesses. Many are able to convert their internships into full-time positions after graduation. The broad education provided for all School of Business students is also excellent preparation for graduate study. Recent management major graduates have enrolled in graduate and law programs nationwide, from Harvard to UCLA. Our students receive job offers from the foremost companies in the world including:

  • General Electric
  • Tiffany & Co.
  • Chase Manhattan Bank
  • United Technologies
  • USB Warburg

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