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

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


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Area of study guidelines, Business, Management, Economics

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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 (BME) consists of studies both professional and disciplinary. 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.

In order to function effectively as professionals, students need to understand the work environment and internal functioning of organizations. In addition, they also need to understand the impact of domestic, political, social, ethical, international, technological, economic and 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 student’s BME program should provide such learning opportunities.

Throughout their program design, students should seek to include studies offering opportunities to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, in both oral and written formats. With growing diversity in the organization and in the environments in which the organization functions, students need to develop an appreciation of the cultural heritage of people having backgrounds and abilities different from their own. A broad selection of studies in the liberal arts and sciences will enhance a student’s ability.

Because of increasing computerization, students should carefully consider including computer experiences in their programs. A general understanding of economic principles and a mastery of basic quantitative skills are important for BME students.

The responsibility for program development in the BME area of study lies primarily 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.

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 Effective January 1, 2004

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