Business Administration / Small Business Management (BS)

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An SNHU business administration major can lead to a world of career opportunities in today's dynamic business environment. Manage a retail store or corporate office. Lead a nonprofit agency or healthcare organization. Oversee a government agency or manufacturing firm. Run your own company or a franchise. The possibilities are endless.

Real-world Experience for the Business Administration Major

Learn about the business world from expert faculty who bring real-world experiences and business applications into the classroom. Develop your business knowledge, understand your social and ethical values and gain an international perspective. Use cutting-edge technology and hone your critical-thinking and problem-solving skills while learning to be an effective leader. Already working in the real world? SNHU gives you the flexibility of earning your degree on campus, on location or online.

Where Your Business Administration Major Can Take You

Put your course study into practice with internships that give you valuable hands-on business experience. SNHU faculty, alumni and our career development staff can help connect you with experiential learning opportunities that prepare you to enter the business world. Our competency-based business curricula includes coursework and field experiences that help you gain valuable career skills such as:

  • Communication: Communicate effectively through written, oral and visual communication
  • Information Technology: Master IT principles and applications; use them to their greatest advantage
  • Problem Solving: Identify problems quickly, analyze them reasonably, find solutions creatively
  • Teamwork: Develop interpersonal skills that help you effectively participate in teams and groups
  • Analytical Skills: Apply quantitative and qualitative methods; use data, applied mathematical and statistical techniques and decision sciences
  • Global Orientation: Gain a multidisciplinary global perspective to make effective international business decisions
  • Legal and Ethical Practices: Understand the legal and ethical considerations and implications of personal, social, business and international business behavior and activities
  • Research: Conduct primary and secondary research and learn how to apply the results
  • Strategic Approaches: Think and plan strategically
  • Leadership: Be an effective team and organizational leader

Small Business Management Concentration

Small businesses are the backbone of the economy in the United States. There is great demand for individuals who have the knowledge and skills to initiate, manage and grow these organizations.

Required Core Courses

General Education Program

Business Administration Major Courses with Concentration

OL-211: Human Resource Management
This course examines the fundamentals of policies and administration. Major tasks of procedures and developing, maintaining and utilizing an effective team are studied. Students are introduced to international human resource management. Offered every semester.
OL-215: Principles of Management
This course is designed to examine the fundamentals and principles of management in order to develop an understanding of management in any formal organization. Special attention is paid to planning and decision-making. International management is also covered. Offered every semester. Writing Intensive Course.
Prerequisites:
UC: ENG-10, ENG-120, ENG-121H or ENG-200; ADB-125
OL-326: Social Environment of Business
This course examines the interrelationships among business, government and society and how these relationships evolve over time and shape our world. Through the use of readings, cases, and class discussions, students will examine a variety of important topics impacting the global business environment, including business power, corporate social responsibility, business ethics, regulation, multinational corporations, globalization, pollution and environmental quality. A key focus is on the historical origins of the tensions amongst wealth, virtue, and business and society in developed and developing nations and economies. Global marker. Junior standing or permission of instructor.
OL-342: Organizational Behavior
This course focuses on the primary factors that influence behavior in organizations. Emphasis is placed on leadership, group dynamics, inter- group dynamics, organizational structure and design, change, culture, power and politics, environment and technology and organizational behavior in an international context. Offered every year. Writing and team intensive course. Junior standing or permission of instructor.
Prerequisites:
ADB-125 or OL-125 Junior prereg status

OL ELE - Students may select four (4) 300 or 400-level Organizational Leadership or Business electives
ECO/FIN ELE - Students may select one Economics or Finance elective

Small Business Management Major Courses

OL-317: Small Business Management
The problems involved in starting and operating a successful small business, selecting the location, determining how to borrow money, budgeting and credit are discussed. Junior standing or permission of instructor.
Prerequisites:
ACC-102 or ACC-202 and ADB-215 or OL-215 and MKT-1
OL-320: Entrepreneurship
This course focuses on the factors that contribute to the personal success of entrepreneurs and affect successful entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship is also studied. Case studies, contemporary readings and simulations are used. International considerations are included. Offered every year.
OL-321: Business Plan Preparation
Students will prepare, either individually or in teams, a comprehensive business plan for a new venture. Junior standing or permission of instructor.
Prerequisites:
ACC-202, MKT-113, OL-215 and OL-320 Junior prereg

OL ELE - Students must select two (2) 300 or 400-level Organizational Leadership electives (Except OL-490)
*BUS-307 can satisfy a 300-level OL elective

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