Adding to its catalog of in-demand business degrees with a liberal arts core, the College of Charleston School of Business now offers a Bachelor of Science in Management.
“Management is the allocation of a company’s most valuable resource — its people,” says Carrie Messal, chair of the Department of Management and Marketing and associate dean of the School of Business. “As the environment that surrounds organizations changes, it is important that managers in all different sectors better understand how to manage people.”
The new degree program reinforces the College’s mission to develop globally fluent citizens who create innovative solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. Once students earn the degree, they will be able to understand human behavior in the workplace and have the skills and abilities to work with and manage others. Students can enroll in the new management major beginning in the current 2022-23 academic year.
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While the major is new, every semester the business school has offered more than 10 different classes in management and related courses exploring topics such as entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, leadership, and human resources.
Entry-level jobs in management are abundant and with time can lead to meaningful careers that make a difference. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, general and operations managers are considered to have “bright outlook” occupations based on both rapid growth and a high number of current job postings.
The new management major will capitalize on the College’s location within the City of Charleston by providing unmatched opportunities for quality experiential learning — from internships to guest speakers committed to social impact.
For example, in the course Business, Leadership and Society, taught by instructor Alexis Carrico, business leaders like Wes Carter, president of Atlantic Packaging, speak to students about his company’s strategic partnerships that combat the planet’s plastic pollution. The same class has also met a short distance from campus at Ibu Movement’s showroom to learn more about the clothing and accessory social enterprise’s work with women.
Additionally, several classes within the major set goals to discuss race more directly, exploring diversity issues within the context of the working environment.
One such class is Managing Diversity, taught by Jerome Stewart, assistant professor of management. In the course, students explore the concept of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, or JEDI, in the workplace. The course’s JEDI in Action project allows students to use photography to see the course concepts at work in everyday life.
The School of Business, in partnership with the School of Sciences and Mathematics, has also launched a new minor in business applications of weather and climate, which explores the management of weather-related risk in business.
These are just some of the College’s new academic offerings this year. Additional new majors and minors launching for the 2022-23 academic year include:
Three new concentrations are also available this academic year. The geology major now offers a concentration in paleontology and the public health major features new concentrations in global health and child health.