BSM Courses

General Education Course Requirements

The general education course requirements are listed below:

  • Arts & Humanities (with no more than 6 semester credits counted from any one discipline)

18 credits

  • Social Sciences (in addition to economics)

6 credits

  • Sciences

6 credits

  • Math

3 credits

  • Computer Science (satisfied in the BSM core program)

3 credits

  • Written English (satisfied in the BSM core program)

3 credits


39 credits

Business Course Descriptions

Based on reasonable projections of faculty availability and appropriate curriculum considerations, the following courses can change as deemed necessary by Baker University to fulfill its role and mission. Approximately 18 months are required to fulfill the core program requirements. Courses must be completed in the order recommended by the University.

BSM 342 Introduction to Management Concepts

This introductory course for adult students pursuing an undergraduate degree covers topics such as program planning, group interaction, written and oral communication skills, personality inventory, and other important skills. (2 credits) 

BSM 385 Group Dynamics

Group Dynamics focuses on increasing understanding of group dynamics, behavior in organizations, and developing effectiveness in performing in groups. In-class study groups act as a laboratory, with activities and exercises designed to explore small group theory and dynamics. (3 credits)

BSM 445 Project Planning and Management

Project Planning and Management provides basic skills needed to successfully plan and complete projects in business and public environments. Students learn essential aspects of scheduling, cost estimation, purchasing, and monitoring quality, with special attention on the interaction between the project manager and the project team. (4 credits)

BSM 358 Information Systems and Technology

Information Systems and Technology provides students with the basic philosophy and techniques of using business information systems to make managerial decisions. The course emphasizes computing concepts, terminology, the Internet, and societal issues affecting technology today. (Satisfies computer science requirement) (4 credits)

BSM 351 Management and Leadership

Designed to provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of managers in the day-to-day operation of organizations, this course examines the critical roles of leadership, decision making, and communication and explores aspects of motivation and managing conflict, change, and diversity in contemporary organizations. (3 credits)

BSM 310 Prior Learning and Writing Development

Prior Learning and Writing Development assists students in improving writing skills while affording them the opportunity to complete a Prior Learning Assessment portfolio for additional credit. Students will review academic writing conventions with emphasis on content, organization, research methodology, critical thinking, and proofreading. This course introduces students to Bloom’s Taxonomy and Kolb's Model of Experiential Learning. Students learn to evaluate their learning experiences in order to ascertain learning outcomes and improve their critical thinking skills through examination and analysis of life experience. (Satisfies written English requirement) (3 credits)

BSM 357 Organizational Culture

Organizational Culture focuses on cultural diversity as a factor that must be recognized, understood, and managed in the workplace. Topics include the effects of cultural elements on motivation and productivity, and strategies for managing a culturally diverse work force. (3 credits)

BSM 440 Managing Human Resources

This course introduces students to the essential elements of personnel management. Students study employee recruitment, hiring, training, and evaluation. Students learn the processes of wage, salary, and benefit administration. The course also emphasizes the importance of labor relations. (3 credits)

BSM 381 Principles of Finance

Principles of Finance introduces the principles of finance, including financial statements and ratio analysis, and introduces financial concepts such as time value of money, risk and return, and cash management. The course emphasizes the significance of finance on the decision making process. (4 credits)

BSM 485 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution focuses on contemporary processes in conflict resolution, as well as the psychodynamics of conflict. Students study the evolution and application of conflict resolution. The course also examines application of behavioral science concepts and skills within the programs, operational units, or systems of an organization. (3 credits)

BSM 481 Sales Management and Strategies

Sales Management and Strategies introduces sales as a social process. Students analyze principles and techniques of presenting goods and services to prospective customers and explore marketing as a human activity directed at satisfying needs and wants through exchange processes. (3 credits)

BSM 462 Multinational Management

This course concentrates on decision making as related to planning, organizing, and controlling multinational organizations. It addresses differences in overseas operations, including international finance, trade barriers, joint ventures, partnerships, political risks, and human resources. (3 credits)

BSM 491 Management Issues and Society

Management Issues and Society explores the interrelationships among business, society, and the government. It examines issues such as corporate responsibility, ethics, ecology, public affairs, and the complex roles government plays in business in a global economy. (3 credits)


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