The Bachelor of Arts in Management provides students with a unique selection of specialized courses that address current, emerging, and future areas of management and leadership practice. Specifically, this degree offers students a solid foundation in essential management concepts, techniques, practices, and strategies all of which are designed to strengthen employee engagement, boost morale, and accelerate organizational performance.
With an emphasis on developing a strong portfolio of specialized knowledge and practical skills for managers and leaders in a variety of business environments, the Bachelor of Arts in Management offers a solid foundation upon which students can build as they progress in their personal and professional development and in their careers. Students will learn to organize, motivate, and lead individuals in diverse public and private business enterprises. Students can also choose from a menu of course options and concentrations that allow them to tailor their studies around their unique professional and career interests.
Throughout their course of study, students will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with faculty who are themselves business owners, specialists, experts, and consultants in their fields. The faculty and staff who work with students in the Bachelor of Arts in Management program are deeply committed to the academic success as well as to the personal and professional development of students.
As a transfer-friendly degree, the Bachelor of Arts in Management is designed to maximize the number of transfer credits counted toward the degree which can facilitate accelerated degree completion that compliments the student’s schedule and career aspirations. The Bachelor of Arts in Management also provides preparation for success at the master’s degree level in programs such as the Master of Science in Human Resource Management, the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, the Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, the Master of Public Administration, as well as the MBA.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Management, including the general education curriculum, will be able to:
- Construct written communications that clearly articulates and promotes business ideas, arguments, or solutions (written communication)
- Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills in collaborative projects, through persuasive speech, and in providing clear directions, instructions, and guidelines within a business setting (oral communication)
- Address a complex problem in business management using strategies and tactics that lead to the development of actionable solutions (problem solving/critical thinking)
- Demonstrate ethical decision-making in business and develop strategies, practices, and policies that advance ethical management practices and corporate social responsibility (ethics/specialized knowledge)
- Locate, evaluate and apply information, using a variety of research tools, in analysis of a complex business management problem (information literacy/critical thinking)
- Analyze and interpret quantitative data and apply results to improve business management strategy, tactics, and practice (quantitative fluency)
- Demonstrate the self-awareness and habits required to identify, integrate, and apply new information and skills that increase personal and professional effectiveness in business contexts (lifelong learning)
- Define, explain, and correctly apply concepts, theories and practices in business management (specialized knowledge)
- Develop innovative approaches and solutions to an existing or emerging challenge in business management that also draw on disciplinary perspectives of ethics, other humanities and/or social sciences (broad integrative knowledge/creative thinking/problem solving)
- Integrate and apply concepts, theories, strategies, and tactics of business management in the construction of summative projects (specialized knowledge/broad integrative knowledge)
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Management
The degree requires completion of 120 units as follows: 36 units of general education, 33 units for the major, and 51 units of elective courses, including courses taken to earn minors. (See Declaring Minors below for more information.) Each course listed carries three semester units of credit, unless otherwise noted. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 “C” or higher is required in all courses taken at Golden Gate University.
All degree-seeking undergraduate students must complete their English, mathematics and critical thinking requirements within their first 27 units at Golden Gate University, unless they have already earned credit for the equivalent courses from another institution and have had those courses accepted in transfer by Golden Gate University. If either math or English requirements for the degree have not been satisfied, newly enrolled students must take placement tests to ensure proper placement in the appropriate math or English course. Students may also choose to waive the placement tests and enroll in the first course in either series, which are ENGL 10A and MATH 10 . (See the course descriptions below to identify courses that have prerequisite course requirements.)
General Education - 36 units
Lifelong Learning and Self Development - 3 units
Communication and Critical Thinking - 9 units
Quantitative Reasoning - 3 units
One of the following:
Liberal Studies - 21 units
Major Requirements - 33 units
Foundation Courses - 12 units
Management Courses - 15 units
Emphasis Courses - 6 units
Students may select one course from each group or both courses from the same group.
Emphasis on Leadership, Human Skills Development, and Diversity Skills and Knowledge
Emphasis on Qualitative and Technical Skills and Knowledge
Elective Courses - 51 units
Select seventeen additional 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject for a total of 51 units. Note: courses used to complete minors also count toward this requirement.
Students will not be permitted to declare minors at the point of application but may do so following admission or prior to degree conferral. Students should make their minor declarations through their assigned academic advisors.
Students may declare up to two minors for their degree programs. Students seeking to declare more than two minors will be required to appeal to the dean for approval. Students’ diplomas will list the minors that they had successfully completed at the time their degrees were conferred. Students may not declare additional minors after their degrees have been conferred.
Bachelor’s degree-seeking students may declare the minors shown below. Note: students may not declare minors that are the same as their majors.
Undergraduate Honors Program
The School of Undergraduate Studies’ honors program provides opportunities for students enrolled in all degree programs to engage in enriched learning experiences while they work toward earning their degrees. Students do not need to apply separately for this program, but may participate in it simply by registering for honors-designated course sections, as described below. Upon graduation, students who have completed the honors program must complete and submit the Request for Honors Program Notation form to the Registrar’s Office to have the notation added to their transcripts.
Honors-designated course sections will emphasize the following learning outcomes: information literacy, quantitative fluency, oral/written communication, and critical thinking. Students will be required to complete advanced and more rigorous assignments that demonstrate learning beyond the articulated course outcomes. Additional assessments will be designed to emphasize core skills such as critical thinking, writing, research, and self-reflection.
To complete the honors program, students must complete any combination of 12 units (four 3-unit courses) of “honors” designated sections and an “honors” designated capstone course section (3 units) for a total of 15 units, with a minimum GPA in the five honors courses of 3.00 and a minimum overall degree program GPA of 3.30. Note: honors course sections can be identified in the online course schedule with a section prefix beginning with the letter “U” (i.e., USF1) and by information in the section comments field of the section details page. Students should contact their academic advisors or the Registrar’s Office if they need help identifying honors-designated course sections.
Honors sections of the courses below will be offered every term. In addition, students who transfer any of these courses into GGU may petition to have an honors section offered of other courses in order to satisfy the 12 unit requirement. Students should contact their academic advisors to begin the petition process.