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.

BML 300 Introduction to Business Management and Leadership

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. (3 credits)

BML 305 Effective Business Communication

This course prepares students for writing and speaking in professional settings and in future SPGS courses. Students learn to write analytically and persuasively with a reader-centered approach. Students will employ the writing process of invention, drafting, editing and revision. Students will become skilled at finding and eliminating most common writing errors and learn to write succinctly. BML 305 satisfies the written English general education requirement distribution. (3 credits)

BML 315 Best Practices in 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)

BML 320 Economic Trends in Business and Leadership

This course presents the basic principles and concepts of economics including cost, supply and demand, elasticity, costs and benefits, GDP, inflation, fiscal and monetary policy and international trade. Learn about these principles with an emphasis on how they influence business decisions. (3 credits)

BML 327 Leveraging Technology in Decision Making

This course presents the many forms of information systems that provide data to contemporary organizations including databases, the Internet and decision support systems. The course reviews system design, infrastructure, security and electronic commerce. This course satisfies the computer science requirement. (3 credits)

BML 333 Business Analytics

Introduces analytics and statistics as applied to managerial planning and issues. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding as well as conducting analytic analyses. Students learn the limitations and potential of business analytics with hands-on experience. The course covers the basic concepts of analytic model building and its role in rational decision making. Students are encouraged to take an analytic view of decision making by examination of trade-offs, constraints, uncertainty and analyses. Students collect and analyze analytics to prepare and present a comprehensive final project report. (3 credits)

BML 336 Innovative Marketing Strategies

This course examines the nature of marketing and how it identifies and satisfies consumer needs. Learn innovative marketing processes, the environmental factors that affect marketing, how consumers reach buying decisions, marketing research methodology, and the marketing mix of elements, product, price, place and promotion. (3 credits)

BML 342 Financial Drivers for Sustainability

Students are introduced to the principles and concepts of finance including financial statements, ratio analysis, time value of money, risk and return and cash management. The course emphasizes the significance of finance in the decision-making process. (3 credits)

BML 348 Strategic Human Resources

This course introduces 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 importance of labor relations is also emphasized. (3 credits)

BSM 357 Organizational Culture

This course 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 485 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

This course focuses on contemporary processes in conflict resolution as well as the psychodynamics of conflict. Students study the evolution and application of conflict resolution and examine the application of behavioral science concepts and skills within the programs, operational units or systems of organizations. (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 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 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)