Chatham University

Business Administration (B.A.) Curriculum

The undergraduate business curriculum begins with a set of core courses which cover the basic functions of business and the environment in which business operates. Courses in management, microeconomics, marketing, finance, and accounting introduce students to today’s business environment, and will serve to introduce the student to the basics of strategy, business operations, decision-making, marketing principles, sources and methods of financing business ventures, and internal controls. Two additional courses in macroeconomics and business law/ethics complete the core and promote an understanding of the environment in which business operates.

Through the completion degree program, students will be able to transfer previously earned credits from a two year or four-year accredited college or university. Students will also have the opportunity to attend selected courses at the Eden Hall Campus in the North Hills, while the lecture is being broadcasted to on-line students or for students who may not be able to attend.

Program Requirements

+ Core Courses

CMP171 Intro-information Systems

INTRO-INFORMATION SYSTEMS

3
ECN101 Principles of Macroeconomics: The U.S. Economy in the World

The concepts of national income and output are analyzed, and emphasis is placed on factors that influence the levels of economic activity, unemployment, and inflation, including fiscal and monetary policy and the role of international economics.

3
BUS110 Business Statistics

This course introduces essential research tools in business. Topics include descriptive statistics of central tendency and variability and hypotheses testing statistical analysis using correlation, analysis of variance, and regression. Problems use applications from business cases, marketing research, and economic policy. Prerequisite(s): BUS105

3
ACT222 Financial Accounting Principles I

This course represents an introduction to accounting principles; including the accounting process, double-entry bookkeeping, adjusting entries, and the preparation of financial statements. The objectives of this course are to make students aware of the importance of accounting information in every type of organization (private business, not-for-profit, and governmental).

3
BUS230 Organizational Behavior

Organizational behavior seeks to understand, explain, and improve human behavior in organizations. Topics include individual and group dynamics, motivation, leadership, organizational structure, morale, power, labor-management behavior, organizational change and development. Student gain essential knowledge of the systems approach for managing human and organizational dynamics.

3
*Students can take either BUS 230 or BUS 240, but do not need to take both.
BUS240 International Business

A course in the problems, procedures, and techniques of conducting international trade. Background is provided on the relationships among multinational corporations, international financial markets, and government agencies. Multinational corporations’ strategic formulations of product policy research and development, production, and supply systems, as well as financing of international operations, are examined. Prerequisite(s): BUS 105

3
*Students can take either BUS 230 or BUS 240, but do not need to take both.
BUS243W Principles of Marketing

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of marketing strategy and mangement. Students develop and learn to apply the knowledge and analytical skills needed to make effective marketing decisions. Basic marketing concepts such as strategic segmentation, targeting, positioning, product design, pricing, promotions and distribution highlight the marketer's obligation to gain a deep understanding of unique customer groups to meet differentiated cutomer needs effectively, reliabley and profitably in a changing international marketplace. Environmental sustainability is analyzed from teh consumer perspective. Prerequisite(s): BUS 105

3
BUS257 Business Law and Business Ethics

This course will introduce women to the introductory concepts of business law including employment law, social and environmental responsibility of coporations, and international business law. It will also emphasize frameworks for conducting ethical analysis and the analysis of ethical dilemmas. Prerequisites: BUS105

3
BUS272 Principles of Finance

The aim of this course is to enable students to apply fundamental ideas of financial economics to problems in corporate finance. Participants will gain an overview of valuation principles, learn basic principles of corporate finance from the perspective of a financial manager, and through case studies, analyze important financial decisions made within firms.

3
BUS395W Leadership and Management

In this age of virtual teams, a border-less exonomy, the unparalleled access to knowledge through the Internet and the flattening of organizational hierarchies, the leadership rules have changed. This course will analyze the varying global leadership roles of women and the challenges of leading diverse, multicultural groups of people in supporting an organization's mission. Prerequisite: BUS105

3
BUS390 Human Resources Management

This course reviews the latest developments and technology in the emerging field of human resources management. Readings and case studies are used to assess and evaluate alternative approaches in staffing, training and development, organization development, performance appraisal, compensation, benefits, labor relations, and collective bargaining. The overall emphasis of the course is to help students understand these elements of human resources management within an integrated systems approach. Prerequisite(s): BUS 105 and ECN 101 or 102

3
BUS357 Entrepreneurial Ventures

Entrepreneurship is an exciting field of study, especially for women. REsearch indicates individuals who study entrepreneurship are three to four times more likely to start their own business. This course will take students through the entire process from start-up growth while exploring the personal and professional challenges. Prerequisite(s): BUS 105

3
BUS415 Strategic Management

This course presents a detailed exploration of the importance of strategy for providing businesses with a "competitive advantage." Through the analysis of case studies students gain a critical understanding of different business strategies, the different processes of business strategy development, and of strategy implementation. Students also examine the contextual conditions affecting strategy development and strategy successes and failures. Pre-req: BUS105

3