Academic Catalog 2023-2024

Slippery Rock University

Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) - Concentration in General Management

Management is one of the most versatile majors that can be applied in both private and public sectors. SRU’s Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with a major in management prepares graduates to assume entry-level managerial positions that involve facilitating the achievement of organizational goals by mobilizing the efforts of human resources and external stakeholders. Alumni land jobs in fields such as human resources, entrepreneurship and small business management, marketing and sales management, and operations and supply chain management, just to name a few.

Policy for Changing to Management Major:

A Slippery Rock University student wishing to change their major to Management MUST have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Students graduating with a degree in business administration will demonstrate effective critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students will:
    • Apply critical thinking skills to analyze and interpret financial statements to judge business performance.
    • Apply critical thinking skills using quantitative techniques for problem solving and strategic decision making
  • Communication: Students graduating with a degree in business administration will demonstrate competency in oral and written communication skills. Students will:
    • ​Prepare in proper format and style the following documents: business report (one to two pages), business memo, research report and presentation.
    • Deliver an effective oral presentation on a business and/or professional topic.
  • Information Technology: Students will demonstrate proficiency in the use of computers and software to manage information with statistical analysis, spreadsheet, database, and other appropriate applications.

  • Ethics: Students graduating with a degree in business administration will demonstrate an understanding of the legal environment and ethical standards of business and an awareness of the implications of their behavior and actions as a business professional. Students will apply an appropriate framework for examining ethical dilemmas and be able to (1) identify ethical issues and stakeholders, (2) evaluate alternative course(s) of action, and (3) formulate an appropriate action plan.

  • Professional Proficiency: Students graduating with a degree in business administration will have acquired the necessary skills and knowledge to meet professional competencies as business professionals and global citizens. Students will:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the history and vocabulary unique to business disciplines.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of procedures, concepts, and technical business skills through practical application (forecasting, budgeting, financial statement analyses, business plans, strategic planning).
    • Demonstrate the ability to read and interpret financial statements in the decision-making process.
    • Demonstrate effective teamwork and collaborative skills in a simulated business environment.


Related Links

Management - General Management, BSBA Program Page

Management and Marketing Department Page

Management On-line Completion Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher
Core GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42-43
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements63

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
Select one of the following:3-4
Quantitative Reasoning
Introduction to Applied Calculus
Calculus I
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Required Thematic Thread Coursework:
Principles of Microeconomics
Total Hours42-43

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject.


From at least 3 categories; no more than 6 credits from one department; 6 credits must be 300-level or above.

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements

  • 35 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 35 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Basic Core Courses
ACCT 209Financial Accounting 13
ACCT 322Business Analysis and Decision Making 13
ACCT 340Legal Environment of Business 13
ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics 13
ECON 219Business Analytics I 13
or MGMT 219 Business Analytics I
ECON 319Business Analytics II 13
or MGMT 319 Business Analytics II
FIN 320Managerial Finance 13
MGMT 303Issues in Global Business 13
or FIN 303 Issues in Global Business
or MRKT 303 Issues in Global Business
MGMT 320Operations Management 13
MGMT 351Organizational Behavior 13
MRKT 230Principles of Marketing 13
MGMT 458Business Capstone 13
MIS 265Management Information Systems 13
Required Computer Science Course
CPSC 210Productivity Software 13
or MIS 210 Productivity Software
Required Management Courses
MGMT 354Human Resources Management 23
MGMT 454Management Seminar 23
MGMT 457International Management 23
General Management Concentration Electives
Required Courses
MGMT 456Management and Society 23
Plus select 3 courses from the following: 9
Organizational Leadership 2
Supply Chain Management 2
International Operations Management 2
Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Innovation 2
Employment Law 2
Employment Law
Sustainable Business Consulting 2
Total Quality Management 2
Recruitment and Selection 2
Supply Chain Analytics 2
Internship 2
Management-Labor Relations 2
Compensation Management 2
Training and Development 2
Total Hours63

Course counts for 50% of Major and not for Major GPA


Course counts for 50% of Major requirements and Major GPA


Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. There is a strong correlation between long-term student success and participation in the following types of programs and activities:

  1. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year-long)
  2. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  3. Student clubs and organizations
  4. Internships
  5. Service-learning classes
  6. Career education and development
  7. Student leadership development
  8. Student-faculty research
  9. Volunteering
  10. Job Shadowing

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Concentration in General Management (GEMG)
This program is effective as of Summer 2022
Revised 07.10.2022
UCC 3.1.22

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
MATH 117
Quantitative Reasoning
or Introduction to Applied Calculus
or Calculus I
MIS 210 Productivity Software 3
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
Beginning Algebra
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts (or Computer Competency Exam)
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Second Year
ECON 219
Business Analytics I
or Business Analytics I
MIS 265 Management Information Systems 3
MRKT 230 Principles of Marketing 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Declare a Thematic Thread 3
ACCT 209 Financial Accounting 3
MGMT 320 Operations Management 3
MGMT 351 Organizational Behavior 3
Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Third Year
ECON 319
Business Analytics II
or Business Analytics II
FIN 303
Issues in Global Business
or Issues in Global Business
MGMT 354 Human Resources Management 3
Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
ACCT 322 Business Analysis and Decision Making 3
FIN 320 Managerial Finance 3
MGMT 450 Internship (OR MGMT Elective) 3
Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Fourth Year
ACCT 340 Legal Environment of Business 3
MGMT 457 International Management 3
MGMT 456 Management and Society 3
Management Elective 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
MBA Course 2
MBA Course 2
MGMT 458 Business Capstone 3
MGMT 454 Management Seminar 3
Management Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
MBA Course 2
MBA Course 2
 Total Hours**121

Course offered in multiple subjects; cannot take course in first major subject


SRU Undergraduates who have earned 90 or more credits (including in-progress courses) with a minimum 2.75 GPA are eligible to apply, enroll, and earn graduate level credit.  Credits earned are graduate level only, separate from the undergraduate credits earned for the degree and are not calculated in the student's undergraduate credit and grade point totals.  See policy details here: Senior Undergraduate Students Earning Graduate Credit.


Work with your Academic Adviser to declare a Thematic Thread by the end of your fall semester in your second year.


Students are encouraged to take ESAP 101 as a Free Elective.

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 2350
Concentration Code: GEMG
Revised: 05.10.2023