Dec 04, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Business Management, B.B.A.


Program Description


The B.B.A. degree in business management requires a minimum of 120 credit hours of undergraduate work. The credit hour requirements for each of the program components are as follows:

Admission and Retention Requirements


College of Business Progression Standards

Any student admitted to JMU can declare any major offered by the College of Business. However, students must make satisfactory progress in order to be formally admitted into the College of Business. Requirements to continue pursuing a B.B.A. degree, often referred to as progression standards or formal admission, can be found on the College of Business  catalog page.

Degree and Major Requirements


Required Courses
Credit Hours
General Education  requirements 1
41
B.B.A. lower-level core courses
27
B.B.A. upper-level core courses
18
Management major requirements
24
Electives

Total
8-11

120

Footnote


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Major Requirements


Students planning to major in business management must complete the 27-28 hours of lower-division B.B.A. core curriculum prior to enrolling in upper-division core courses normally taken in the first semester of their junior year. It is expected that the lower-division core curriculum will be completed during the first two years of study along with most of the university general education curriculum. Failing to complete all the lower-division core requirements on time will delay enrollment in upper-division core and major courses. Because of the demands of group, team and outside of classroom applied assignments, students will not be allowed to enroll in more than four courses with a MGT prefix in any given semester.

Business management majors must choose one of the following options to complete the required eight courses in the MGT major:

  • Option 1: Five MGT core courses, one concentration and one elective
  • Option 2: Five MGT core courses and three MGT electives.

Required Core Courses

Major Requirements Total: 15 Credit Hours


B.B.A. Core Component


B.B.A. Lower-Level Core Component


B.B.A. majors must complete all of the B.B.A. core components as part of their degree program. The following courses comprise the B.B.A. Lower-Level Core Component:

B.B.A. Upper-Level Core Component


The following courses comprise the B.B.A. Upper-Level Core Component:

Footnotes


1 MATH 220  may be substituted for COB 191 .
2 COB 191  or equivalent and MATH 205  or equivalent are prerequisites for COB 291 .
3 Calculus is required but not used in calculating the B.B.A. core GPA. Students may substitute MATH 231 MATH 233  or ISAT 151  to fulfill the calculus requirement. MATH 235  is preferred for Economics and Finance majors.
4 COB 241  must be taken before COB 242 .
5 COB 242  is a prerequisite for COB 300 but is not used in calculating the B.B.A. core GPA.
6 All four COB 300 courses must be taken during the same semester.
7 COB 300 is a prerequisite or corequisite for COB 318 . COB 318  is a prerequisite for COB 487  and BLAW 497 .
8 COB 487  must be taken during the senior year.

Concentrations


Human Resource Management Concentration


The human resource management (HRM) concentration is designed to help students broaden and deepen their understanding of the acquisition, development, management and retention of human capital in organizations. This focus area is suggested for students who intend to work in human resource (HR) generalist or specialist positions, students planning on a career in labor relations or employment law, students who plan to start or manage a business, and students who want to attend graduate school in an HR-related field. MGT 365  is considered the first course in this concentration.

Required Courses

Human Resource Management Concentration Total: 6 Credit Hours


Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration


The innovation and entrepreneurship (ENT1) concentration is designed to provide students with an introduction to the role of innovation in business development, a solid foundation in the principle elements of entrepreneurship and small business management, and the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with a team to create a new business venture. This focus area is suggested for students interested in creating and managing a new business venture, students intending to work for larger firms that encourage innovation and intrapreneurship, and students planning to work in small or family run businesses. MGT 320  is considered the first course in this concentration.

Required Courses

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration Total: 6 Credit Hours


Management Consulting Concentration


The management consulting concentration is designed to develop and enhance students’ critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making skills. In this concentration students engage in research and analysis to build a strong foundation for learning and implementing the business analysis and consulting process. This focus area is suggested for students interested in working as a business analyst, consultant or solutions manager, or in any position that requires strong analytical and problem-solving skills. MGT 357  is considered the first course in this concentration.

Required Courses

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration Total: 6 Credit Hours


Recommended Schedule for Majors


Third Year - First Semester

For all Business Management, B.B.A students.

Third Year - First Semester Total: 15 Credit Hours


Recommended Schedule for Business Management Majors


Third Year - Second Semester


Third Year - Second Semester Total: 18 Credit Hours

Fourth Year


Choose one: 9 Credit Hours

  • Option 1: One concentration (two courses) plus one MGT elective Credits: 9.00
  • Option 2: Three MGT electives. Credits: 9.00
Fourth Year Total:

Recommended Schedule for Human Resource Management Concentration


Third Year - Second Semester


Two of the following core requirements: 6 Credit Hours

Third Year - Second Semester Total: 18 Credit Hours

Fourth Year


Fourth Year Total:

Recommended Schedule for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Concentration


Third Year - Second Semester


Two of the following MGT core requirements: 6 Credit Hours

Third Year - Second Semester Total: 15 Credit Hours

Fourth Year


Fourth Year Total:

Recommended Schedule for Management Consulting Concentration


Third Year - Second Semester


Two of the following MGT core requirements: 6 Credit Hours

Third Year - Second Semester Total: 18 Credit Hours

Fourth Year


Fourth Year Total: 18 Credit Hours

Program Total: 120 Credit Hours