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Undergraduate Coursework

As at most universities, at Southern students must take a set of university requirements to ensure they receive a well-rounded undergraduate education. These 15 classes cover a variety of foundation subjects, including psychology, history, English, mathematics, philosophy, science, communication, and economics. The purpose of these university-wide requirements is to develop a set of universal skills which can be applied in any context -- academic, professional, or otherwise. For example, understanding how to motivate others, developing insight and analytical skills, and being able to write clearly and correctly not only are invaluable throughout life, but distinguish you from peers who lack these skills.

Business administration is a broad topic that includes a variety of specializations, such as human resource management, marketing, accounting, etc. All majors in the School of Business have a common set of core classes which allow you to explore different areas of business administration, so you can find out which areas you enjoy and have an aptitude for. This core curriculum consists of 12 classes, including:

  • Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Strategy
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Behavior
  • International Business
  • Management of Information Systems (MIS)

You should focus on a particular specialization after you are familiar with the subject matter, find it consistently interesting, and have a real talent for it. If you do not love what you are doing in your career, you will consistently find yourself outperformed by those who do love it. Not caring about your work is a real disadvantage, and often prevents you from receiving the bonuses, the promotions, and the managerial fast track you may hope for. The challenge is to find something you love enough to spend a big chunk of your life doing, without regrets. Once you know where you are going, the management program gives you some flexibility in choosing elective courses to help you get there.

Beyond required classes, electives for management majors include:

  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development
  • Labor-Management Relations
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Real Estate Law
  • Women in Management
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Diagnosing Management Problems
  • Values and Conflicts in Managerial Decision Making
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Developing Managerial Skills

MIS majors choose among a variety of university, computer science and information technology elective classes, including:

  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Graphics Software
  • Internet: Applications and Management
  • Network Technology
  • Purchasing, Inventory Management and E-Commerce
  • Production-Operations Management
  • Business and Executive Information Systems
  • Quality Control Management
  • Global Information Systems
  • Productivity Improvement
  • Management Information Systems Design