Area of Study Guidelines: Business, Management, and Economics for Students Matriculated Effective Jan. 1, 2004 Policy

Area of Study Guidelines: Business, Management, and Economics for Students Matriculated Effective Jan. 1, 2004 Policy


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Effective Date:


Implementation History:

10/17/2003, 04/01/1996


Area of study guidelines, Business, Management, Economics, AOS

Background Information:


To provide context for the area of study guidelines for area of study Business, Management, and Economics.


Area of Study Guidelines: This set of guidelines helps students plan their degree plans by spelling out what the academic world and many employers understand a particular concentration to mean.  The guidelines are found in many academic publications.

Disciplinary — A program of study guided by the existing framework of a discipline.

Interdisciplinary — The simultaneous and interrelated study of two or more disciplines.

Professional/Vocational — A study which focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills needed for specific career performance and applications. It also entails inquiry into the conceptual foundations of the profession, the role of the professional in that career, and the relations between the profession and society at large.


The registered area of Business, Management and Economics (BM&E) consists of studies both professional (such as accounting) and disciplinary (such as economics). Programs in this area allow students to pursue educational and occupational interests and provide a solid foundation to function in a changing world. They include studies leading to an understanding of organizations and of the interactions among consumer, government, not-for-profit and private sector interests. These guidelines should be read and understood in the context of the introduction to the area of study guidelines in the Student Degree Planning Guide.

The responsibility to research current professional and disciplinary trends and program development lies with the student. The studies chosen should support student-identified goals. In addition, effective programs must meet college requirements and must show progression, depth and diversity of study.

Business, Management and Economics
General Guidelines

The general guidelines apply to all concentrations within the Business, Management and Economics area of study. Several specific concentrations have additional guidelines. All students are expected to demonstrate knowledge in each of the following areas:

* communication skills

Students are expected to demonstrate communication skills that enhance their ability to function in a professional or organizational environment.

* information management

Students are expected to demonstrate a basic understanding of information technology and systems appropriate to their fields.

* economics

Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to solve problems using economic principles and concepts.

* ethical and social responsibility

Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for ethical and social issues facing organizations and their environments.

* quantitative skills

Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of analytical tools appropriate to their fields.

* understanding people in an organizational context

Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of how individuals and groups function or behave in organizations.

* understanding organizations within broader contexts

Programs should provide a solid foundation for graduates to function effectively in their professions, or organizations, in a complex and changing world. To accomplish this students might include learning that addresses diversity, political, international, technological or environmental issues.

Students must be able to think critically and to analyze situations in a variety of different contexts. They need to be able to develop a cogent argument and to substantiate their ideas. A broad selection of studies in the liberal arts and sciences will enhance a student's ability to accomplish this.

Additional specific guidelines have been developed for concentrations in the following areas:

  • accounting
  • business administration
  • economics
  • finance
  • human resources
  • information systems
  • international business
  • labor relations
  • management
  • marketing
  • public administration

Applicable Legislation and Regulations

Related References, Policies, Procedures, Forms and Appendices

Introduction to the Area of Study Guidelines

Area of Study Guidelines: Business, Management, and Economics for Students Matriculated Before January 1, 2004

College Learning Goals Policy