AA, Organizational Management

Study Formats Online, On Campus, Blended

This degree is available 100% online and through on-campus cohorts.

Program Length 64 credit hours

This associate's degree requires 64 credit hours. Students may transfer in up to 32 credit hours.

 

Curriculum

How Business Works

This introductory course is designed to acquaint the student with a broad variety of topics that are fundamental to the understanding of business. These include the essentials of economics, finance, management, marketing, international business, strategy, and ethics. The study and discussion of current issues in each of these areas will increase the students’ understanding of the business enterprise.

Group and Organizational Dynamics

Small group communication, dealing with positive feedback, principles of small discussions. Project planning, managing people, small group participation, reengineering organizations. Understanding interpersonal communications, brainstorming process, decision-making and conflict resolution, and diagnosing group effectiveness.

Business Technology

The use of computing and Internet technologies as a tool for management and strategic planning. Discussion and application of emerging technologies.

Systems Approach to Organizational Change

Nature and meaning of systems, boundaries and environments, mission statement, organizational structures, relationships, rewards, power and procedures. Diagnosing problems in organizations. Preparing for, implementing and managing change.

Organizational Communication

Importance of communication in organizations, effective communication in organizations, developing and delivering effective interpersonal communication. Team-building, conflict resolution, and problem solving, communication and organizational culture, communication to and within groups.

Principles of Management

Dimensions of management, management process and skills, strategic planning, leadership styles and impact on subordinates, teamwork and work force diversity, communication of values, negotiations with employees and impact on productivity. Total Quality Management (TQM) and Management by Objectives.

Personal Values and Organizational Ethics

Topics discussed from a Christian perspective include: nature of ethics and meaning of being ethical; ethical problems in organizations, environmental change and ethical considerations, moral reasoning, personal values, and decision making; alternate modes of moral reasoning; ethical issues between individuals and organizations, and principled leadership.

General Education Courses

  • Communication
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences, including Macroeconomics
  • Mathematics, must be above Intermediate Algebra
  • Sciences, one biological science and one physical science, including one lab course
  • World Studies, multicultural or non-Western emphasis
  • Health and Wellness
  • Mission-Specific Courses: Theology

For a listing of General Education and elective courses, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

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