May 30, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Liberal Studies, Business and Management Studies Concentration, BA

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BA in Liberal Studies: Business and Management Studies
 AU Los Angeles
Credits for Degree: 180 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom
Standard time to completion: 36 months

*Actual time to completion ranges from 9 to 36 months, depending on the number of transfer credits.

Program Description

Business professionals must meet the challenge of understanding the complex technological, social, political, ethical, and ecological issues in the global economy. Critical thinking and problem solving skills in broad interdisciplinary frameworks are essential. Diversity in the workforce, economic and environmental sustainability, the role of capital in the global economy, the role of information and technology are among the pressing issues addressed in the curriculum. AULA’s Business and Management Studies Concentration (BMS) is designed to help students develop the knowledge to succeed in and critique the professions they will enter and lead. Interdisciplinary course work in the theory and practice of socially responsible business management prepares students for careers as entrepreneurs and managers of small businesses and corporations, as well as public and non-profit organizations.

BMS provides two emphasis options to tailor the degree in this concentration: Nonprofit Studies and Social Entrepreneurship. The courses on social entrepreneurship and nonprofit management highlight the potential for business to contribute to the work of social change. BMS students examine the strategies of nongovernmental organizations and nonprofits, the individuals and organizations that foster entrepreneurial change in the social sector and the innovative business practices that affect positive social outcomes.

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Plan of Study

The BMS concentration offers the option of an Emphasis (Nonprofit Studies, Social Entrepreneurship) within the concentration.  Students choosing to do so  should take a minimum of 15 units of the following core courses in the area to complete the Emphasis within the concentration:

Opportunities for Applied Learning

BMS students are advised to take a broad range of liberal arts courses, particularly those in the arts and in history, science, philosophy, and mathematics, in addition to the core courses listed specifically for the concentration.

Non-Classroom Learning

Students should incorporate at least one internship into the design of their program of study in consultation with their advisor. Examples: Students may develop new learning in their current job setting for activities such as designing a training program, implementing new management information systems, or researching alternative means for marketing a new product. An internship could entail participating in socially responsible business management groups where the student applies the theory studied in courses. In addition to internships, students are also encouraged to propose independent studies focusing, for example, on topics such as feminist management, sexual harassment in the workplace, the social practice of business, etc. Students may also develop prior learning projects based on learning they acquired in a business setting prior to their matriculation at AULA.

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