Major: Business Administration and Management
With the creation of large factories in the late 1800s came the need to manage large groups of workers. In his 1911 book The Principles of Scientific Management, Frederick Winslow Taylor addressed that need. He suggested that each worker be trained to do a single task with no wasted effort. His philosophy made such a big impact on the business world that it was nicknamed Taylorism and is still studied today.
Of course, there’s a lot of disagreement about Taylorism: some people argue that it's inhumane, while others celebrate the increased productivity it has led to. As a student in business management, you’ll add your voice to this debate and others like it.
This program prepares students to plan, organize, direct, and control an organization's activities.
Did You Know?
Many programs offer concentrations within the major, such as finance, marketing, and international business.
Are You Ready To...?
- Complete at least one internship
- Join a national business administration honor society such as Delta Mu Delta
- Seek summer or part-time jobs in businesses related to your interests
- Seek ways to develop your leadership skills, for example, by participating in campus clubs related to business
- Sharpen your speaking and writing skills
- Use computers and work with numbers
It Helps To Be...
Someone who enjoys leadership roles. You'll need solid communication, planning, and problem-solving skills. You should also like thinking about the big picture — not just about a whole company, but about how that company interacts with larger forces such as the economy.
- If the program awards the bachelor’s degree, is it accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business?
- Does the program have special admissions requirements?
- Do the professors play leadership roles in the business world?
- Will the program help you find internships in which you’ll get solid business experience?
- What are recent grads doing now?
- Will the program help you find work after graduation?
Did You Know?
Most students in this major enter the business world after graduation. Some eventually pursue a master's degree in business administration (M.B.A.), usually after working for a few years.
Toward the end of your studies, you may get to take courses on business policy and strategy. You'll discuss case studies, descriptions of real companies facing real challenges.
You'll use everything you've learned in your other classes, from business law to human resources to finance, to practice solving business problems. This is a great way to bridge the gap between your classroom studies and the world of management.