B.S. Business Management Areas of Study

The WGU Bachelor of Science in Business Management program content is based on the knowledge and skills that provide expertise in the areas of management and leadership. The emphasis of the Management program is to develop more effective managers for businesses and organizations. It provides the knowledge and skills that prepare students for a variety of careers in businesses and organizations.

Leadership and Management

Organizational Behavior and Management
This course explores how to lead and manage effectively in diverse business environments. Students are asked to demonstrate the ability to apply organizational leadership theories and management strategies in a series of scenario-based problems.

Principles of Management
This course addresses strategic planning, total quality, entrepreneurship, conflict and change, human resource management, diversity, and organizational structure.

General Education

English Composition I
This course introduces learners to the types of writing and thinking that is valued in college and beyond. Students will practice writing in several genres and several media, with emphasis placed on writing and revising academic arguments.

Foundations of College Mathematics
This course focuses on basic numeracy and calculation skills, basic algebra skills, basic geometry principles, and basic data and probability skills.

English Composition II
English Composition II introduces learners to research writing and thinking that are valued in college and beyond. The Composition II course at WGU should be seen as a foundational course designed to help undergraduate students build fundamental skills for ongoing development in writing and research. Students will complete an academic research paper.

Elements of Effective Communication
Elements of Effective Communication introduces learners to elements of communication that are valued in college and beyond. Materials are based on five principles: being aware of your communication with yourself and others; using and interpreting verbal messages effectively; using and interpreting nonverbal messages effectively; listening and responding thoughtfully to others, and adapting messages to others appropriately.

College Algebra
Understanding algebraic functions and their graphs as well as methods for solving equations and inequalities allows you to model real-world phenomena and solve problems. Engaging in this course will help you build these skills, as well as build a strong foundation in algebra for further mathematics courses you may complete for your degree program. Additionally, this course aims to help you build your problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, which can be used in any course, job, or situation.

Geography
This course focuses on fundamentals of geography, places and regions, physical and human systems, and the environment.

Integrated Natural Sciences
Integrated Natural Sciences explores the natural world through an integrated perspective and helps students begin to see and draw numerous connections among events in the natural world. Topics include the universe, the Earth, ecosystems and organisms. Students apply scientific concepts in the examination of natural science fundamentals.

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Collegiate Level Reasoning and Problem Solving
This course includes topics in problem identification and clarification, planning and information gathering, identifying assumptions and values, analysis and interpretation of information and data, reaching well-founded conclusions, and identifying the role of critical thinking in the disciplines and professions.

Literature, Arts, and the Humanities
These courses focus on content, concepts, terminology, methodology, models, and issues within and across the disciplines of the humanities.

Business Law and Ethics

Fundamentals of Business Law and Ethics
This course prepares students to have an understanding of business law and ethics. Topics include contractual relationship, government regulation of business, dispute resolution, labor and employment law, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and ethical issues in business.

Legal Issues for Business Organizations
This course addresses labor and employment laws found in common business scenarios. Students will analyze examples of various business activities to learn whether they violate specific labor and employment laws.

Ethical Situations in Business
This course explores various scenarios in business and helps students learn to develop ethical and socially responsible courses of action. Students will also learn to develop an appropriate and comprehensive ethics program for a business venture.

Information Systems Management

Information Systems Management
This course provides an overview of the many facets of information systems applicable to businesses. As students examine the programming languages, methods of system development and implementation, networks, databases, and hardware and software used by IT professionals; they will demonstrate how these tools securely facilitate e-commerce, decision support, and communication in a global marketplace.

Accounting

Principles of Accounting
This course focuses on ways in which accounting principles are used in business operations. Students will learn about the basics of accounting, including how to use Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), ledgers, and journals. Students will also be introduced to the steps of the accounting cycle, concepts of assets and liabilities, and general information about accounting information systems. This course also presents bank reconciliation methods, balance sheets, and business ethics.

Managerial Accounting
This course focuses on identifying, gathering, and interpreting information that will be used for evaluating and managing the performance of a business. Students will also study cost measurement for producing goods and services and how to analyze and control these costs.

Economics

Microeconomics
The purpose of the course is for students to develop a logical, conceptual, and analytical understanding of microeconomic principles. This course introduces foundational economic principles, such as opportunity costs, supply, and demand. However, the course primarily focuses on microeconomic principles, including efficiency and fairness in markets, government actions and their impacts, the decisions made by consumers and producers, different market structures from perfect competition to monopoly, and factor markets and income distribution.

Macroeconomics
This course introduces foundational concepts of economic principles, such as opportunity costs, supply, and demand. The course focuses on primary macroeconomic principles, including measurement, money economy in the long-run, macroeconomic fluctuations, and policy issues. In this course, real world examples are presented that apply theory to practice, demonstrating the relevance of macroeconomic thought.

Global Business
This course provides an introduction to global business. The advantages of global production and the benefits of trade are explored as critical aspects of global business. Factors that influence global business such as transparency, geography, corruption, intellectual property protections, outsourcing and off-shoring, operation management, and generally accepted accounting principles are examined. Additionally, this course considers various economic ideologies including trade policies, sustainability, regional integration blocs, balance of payments, standardization and adaptation, and stateless corporations. Finally, consideration is given for components of culture, the relationship between ethics and economic progress, entry strategies in emerging market economies, and the sequence for developing and managing products in international markets. This course provides a basic conceptual framework for global business; presenting students with both theory and empiric observations of global business in action.

Quantitative Analysis for Business

Quantitative Analysis for Business
This course explores various decision-making models, including simulation models, linear programming models, and inventory models. In addition, students develop project schedules using the PERT/CPM (Program Evaluation and Review Technique / Critical Path Method).

Marketing and Communication

Fundamentals of Marketing and Communication
This course addresses the topics of effective business communication and marketing principles, including variables in the marketing environment, consumer behavior and marketing, market opportunities, marketing strategies and plans.

Marketing Applications
This course allows students to apply their knowledge of core marketing principles by creating a comprehensive marketing plan. Their plan will apply their knowledge of the marketing planning process, market analysis, and the marketing mix (product, place, promotion, and price).

Project Management

Project Management
This course focuses on skills and concepts students need to know to plan and implement projects. The project initiation and planning process is covered in-depth, culminating in the creation of a project schedule. Learning how to manage business concerns such as cost and risk is balanced by thorough coverage of best practices in managing people and resources. Students will also learn how to manage change and the steps necessary in closing a project.

Business Management

Strategy, Change and Organizational Behavior Concepts
This course addresses complex material in the areas of organizational behavior and strategic quality management. Topics include change and innovation theories, organizational design, conflict management, strategic planning, and competitive advantage.

Quality, Operations and Decision Science
This course focuses on the operations function of a business organization. Topics include quality management, process improvement teams, cost-quality relationship, ISO, auditing, systems design, supply chain management, and decision-making tools.

Business Management Tasks
Business Management Tasks addresses important concepts needed to effectively manage a business. Topics include the cost-quality relationship, the use of various types of graphical charts in operations management, managing innovation, and developing strategies for working with individuals and groups.

Finance

Finance
Finance is an introduction to the theory, methods, and concerns of business finance, including financial management and maximizing shareholder wealth. Students will evaluate the performance and value of a firm, employ time value of money to solve common financial problems, and make corporate investment decisions using capital budgeting.