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Albers School of Business and Economics

Program Objectives


Management is a critical function for every organization, and people trained in management play this important role in organizations of every size and type. The skills, techniques, and theories acquired by the management major leads to jobs in business, government, and the non-profit sector. People who plan to establish their own firms or to become part of a family owned firm also pursue a management major. Course work in this major helps individuals learn to:

  • motivate, lead, and develop others
  • structure organizations capable of meeting both profit and social responsibility goals
  • work well in accomplishing work individually and through others
  • communicate accurately
  • develop a strategic perspective on the organization and its parts

Skills that Management majors develop

Interpersonal communication, negotiation, listening, managing, positive attitude, motivation, organization, leadership, ambition, team leadership, and critical thinking.

Information Systems

Information systems (IS) and the Internet are transforming virtually all types of human activities and creating a new global business environment. Understanding of the IS and the Internet and their impact on business is immensely critical for doing business in the coming new decades. The IS major helps students understand information technologies, marketing strategies for e-commerce, business strategies, transformation/creation of business processes, and the ethical/legal issues in this new, exciting business environment.

Are You Ready?

Three huge forces are converging to produce economic change of enormous magnitude.

  • Speed: Whether we're focusing on order-to-delivery performance, product lifecycles, organizational learning curves, or any other aspect, today's business is marked by unprecedented speed. 
  • Intangibles: The greatest proportion of value is generated not by traditional hard assets, like land and equipment, but from things like management talent, brand strength, and organizational knowledge—all hard to measure and definitely off-balance-sheet.
  • Connectivity: The interconnectedness of computers, workers, firms, and economies has reached a point where the famous "six degrees of separation" is starting to feel more like three.

From Blur, by Christopher Meyer and Stan Davis

The IS major prepares you and your business for these changes.

Skills that Information Systems Majors Develop

Companies are looking for people who understand both business and technology, and can bridge the gap between the two. Employers will be looking for these skills:

People Skills Technical Skills
Communication Technical curiosity - desire/ability to teach yourself
Teamwork Problem solving
Patience Analytical
Creativity Programming
Decision making Web Development
Project management Synthesis
  Management of technology facilities and applications


International Business

Undergraduate Objectives

The International Business major helps students understand the growing impact of international competition and how to operate in the global marketplace. Virtually every major business faces the challenges of the international market. Even small businesses, who in the past only focused on the domestic market, now are looking to international opportunities.

International Business majors need to:

  • have a willingness to learn from other cultures
  • have an openness to expanding traditional business ideas
  • have a desire to develop international working relationships

Knowledge developed by the International Business major:

  • analytical tools to evaluate a constantly changing business environment
  • leadership qualities to make decisions when faced with international competition
  • creativity to solve problems within foreign cultures, markets and business environments