Why major in Business Management?

As a business management major, you’ll develop sought-after business management and leadership skills to be competitive in the job market. You’ll enter the workforce with confidence, innovative ideas and the ability to succeed in a fast-paced industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth through 2026 is expected to rise by nine percent for general and operations managers.

UPIKE Coleman College of Business student is pictured on campus during a fall photoshoot

Program Distinctives

UPIKE business faculty members believe students and managers learn best through experience. Courses in business management utilize a mix of cases, exercises, role-plays and group projects to bring real-world concepts to life. This will help you develop a competent, professional mindset.

Dean Howard Roberts teaching a business class

Interesting Courses

BUS 330 Behavior in Organizations
Analyze approaches to managing modern organizations using organizational theory to evaluate human interactions. The focus is on small group behavior with an emphasis on leadership, perception, communication, diversity and team building.

BUS 426 Human Resource Management
This course offers an overview of the legal, social and organizational issues involved in the management of employees in the emerging workforce. The focus is on current business events related to human resource management, including organizational practices and the legal aspects of recruitment, selection, training, orientation and assessment of the organization’s personnel. Issues of discrimination, employee rights, family leave, labor relations and the assessment of the company’s human resource needs are also included in this course.

BUS 357 Leadership Theory and Practice
The purpose of this course is to examine the relationship of leadership philosophy to leadership theory and the translation of this relationship into practice. Students will be exposed to various leadership theories and concepts upon which to develop a universal understanding of leadership. The course will assist students in developing their knowledge, attitudes, skills and aspirations regarding leadership theory and practice. Other issues covered will include leadership history, change, visioning, coaching, followership, personal and professional goal setting, team dynamic and critical thinking.

UPIKE Coleman College of Business student Chandra Hunley is photographed in the Health Professions Education Building

Student Learning Outcomes

As UPIKE a business management graduate, you’ll be able to understand and apply modern organizational and leadership theories, utilize group problem-solving methods, think critically and make decisions effectively, understand how communication affects small group behavior, create a business plan, understand the role of an entrepreneur in modern society, market products or services online, and understand human resources concepts.

Career paths in Business Management

Career fields for business management majors include retail management, finance and insurance, healthcare and social assistance, professional scientific and technical services, wholesale management and sales.

Where Recent Graduates have gone to work or study

AFLAC Incorporated
Alcoa TN Federal Credit Union (ATFCU)
Big Sandy Health Care, Inc.
City of St. Petersburg, FL
Community Trust Bank (CTBI)
Ebonite International
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
GE Aviation
Norton Healthcare
Pepsico, Inc.
Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR)

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

Jordan Mattingly

“After graduating from UPIKE with my business management degree, I moved back to Louisville [Ky.] to pursue my career with Norton Healthcare. I am in Human Resources with Norton Healthcare. UPIKE helped me to be prepared for this career path by the great professors who taught me and helped me grow as a public speaker and a business professional.”

JORDAN MATTINGLY /CLASS OF 2017 /HUMAN RESOURCES /NORTON HEALTHCARE /LOUISVILLE, KY

Contact

Cathy Maynard

Administrative Assistant, Coleman College of Business
(606) 218-5020
CathyMaynard@upike.edu