The Undergraduate Business Program provides students with an education to facilitate their access to management employment track positions, entrepreneurial ventures and/or other graduate educational programs.
The key features for this degree include: international orientation of the business curriculum, course work that promotes abilities to communicate and perform effectively as decision makers; core curriculum that exposes students adequately to the major business disciplines of accounting, statistics and quantitative analysis, economics, finance, management and organizational behavior, law, marketing, information and technology, and operations; and the opportunity to develop further expertise in a concentration area through specific business majors.
Learning Outcomes Curriculum Overview
Core Curriculum Major Courses
- Leading and Managing—distinguish between leading and managing diverse individuals and groups in creating and sustaining organizational performance.
- Ethical and legal behavior, and social responsibility—recognize and analyze ethical, legal and social implications of management decisions and devise appropriate responses.
- Communication—effectively communicate orally and in writing using various mediums across unique situations.
Innovative and Creative Decision-making
- Create, analyze and integrate relevant quantitative and qualitative information to develop and evaluate management decisions.
- Accounting—attain financial literacy in the understanding and interpretation of financial statements of organizations.
- Finance—use financial information to assess economic value of real and financial assets, and make decisions to create value.
- Organizational Behavior and Theory—develop and leverage human and social capital in organizations.
- Technology and Logistics—grasp the core information technology concepts that enable organizational operation and understand how technology trends enable innovation.
- Marketing—produce specific marketing tools needed for product development, consumer communications, pricing and distribution channels.
- Strategy and Competitive Advantage—develop specific and actionable strategic options at different levels to enhance the organization’s competitive position through rigorous analysis of the changes in its competitive environment, its industry/sector, and its internal resources.
- Appreciate diversity and integrate cultural, economic, political, historical, geographic, and environmental perspectives in decision-making.
- Recognize the opportunities and challenges facing organizations operating in an increasingly global economy.
The McLaren School of Management continually updates its curriculum to satisfy the latest AACSB requirements and to assure that its students receive the full experience of studying at an excellent liberal arts and sciences university. Recognizing our students as individuals with unique interests and talents, the faculty have designed the business curriculum to support the focus and breadth each individual student requires. Course requirements are divided into the following areas:
- University Core Curriculum
- General Electives
- Business Core Curriculum and Foundation Coursework
- Major Courses
Core Curriculum — University
To assure a broad liberal arts and sciences education and a solid grounding in the basics of business, all business students must complete 36 credits in the Core Curriculum. The Core Curriculum is required of all USF undergraduates and covers topics ranging from a foundation in the liberal arts, communication and math skills through the social sciences and ethics. Core Curriculum course requirements are listed under the Core Curriculum section in this catalog.
A minimum of 22 credits of general electives may be taken from various areas of interest. Elective courses range from languages to exercise sports to computer skills. Electives may also be used to fulfill prerequisite requirements.
Business Core and Foundation
The business core and foundation courses cover the basic business topics needed for a career in business. Consistent with the direction of business today, the business core at the McLaren School of Management highlights issues related to the global business environment, diversity and ethics. Oral and written communication, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, and critical thinking are also stressed throughout the curriculum.
All Business majors must complete a set of business foundation and core courses. The required foundation courses are also used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements (see faculty advisor or CASA). Students must maintain at least a C (2.0) cumulative grade point average in their foundation and business core coursework.
Required Foundation Courses / University Core
Business Core Courses (36 credits)
Senior Capstone Course:
To permit greater depth in an area of personal interest, students may concentrate in a specific business major. The curriculum for each of the majors includes 20 credits of major coursework. Undergraduate business majors select a major from Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Finance, Hospitality Industry Management, International Business, Organizational Behavior and Leadership, and Marketing. All Business majors must complete 20 credits of major coursework and must maintain at least a C (2.0) cumulative grade point average in the coursework applied to their major. Business students may elect to complete multiple majors as part of their business degree, but must complete 20 unique credits and the course requirements for each major. Faculty Advisors work with students to help select elective work within their major.