Sep 23, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Catalog

Management, Public Administration Concentration, BA


Program Information


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 develops 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)

Declaring Program Concentrations

Students may declare concentrations when they have completed the coursework required for their desired concentrations, or after the “Last Day to Drop Course without Tuition Charge” (per the Academic Calendar) for their final terms, if they will be able to complete their concentrations in their final terms.

To be eligible to declare concentrations, students must have already completed the required concentration coursework, or be able to complete it in their final terms without requiring waivers, substitutions, or directed study courses, unless they are approved in advance by the department chair, program director, or dean.

Students may declare up to two concentrations in a given degree program. Students seeking to declare more than two concentrations will be required to appeal to the dean or vice president of academic affairs for approval. Students’ diplomas will list the concentrations that they had successfully completed at the time their degrees were conferred. Students may not declare additional concentrations after their degrees have been conferred.

The following concentrations are available:

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Management


The BA in Management requires completion of 123 units as follows: 51 units of general education coursework, which includes 21 units of liberal studies core and 12 units of foundation courses in preparation for the major, 21 units required for the major and 51 units of general electives, or a combination of concentration and general elective units. 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 Requirements - 51 units


Liberal Studies Core - 21 units


Public Administration Concentration - 51 units


Today’s public administrators deliver public services in close coordination and partnership with businesses and community-based organizations, domestically and internationally. Public service coverage has also grown from the traditional health and sanitation, education, public works and agriculture to include immigration, security and environmental concerns. Thus, there is a compelling need to deepen the student’s critical understanding of governance institutions, policy-makers, legal and regulatory processes, business-government-civil society relations, as well as ethics, accountability and anti-corruption strategies. Students have the option to take graduate-level courses from the Executive Masters in Public Administration program and apply them to both the undergraduate degree requirements and the EMPA.

Required Courses - 15 units


Elective Courses - 36 units


  • Twelve 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject.