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Administrative Studies, Bachelor of Science

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The Bachelor of Science in Administrative Studies is designed to prepare students for administrative and managerial jobs in today's technologically oriented workplace.  With a solid grounding in writing, critical thinking, office software systems and a basic understanding of the business world, program graduates will be prepared for professional level positions in both the private and public sectors of the economy.

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Human Relations Area: 12 Credits

6 Credits from the following courses:

PSY1019The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination3
SOC1003Group Dynamics3
SOC1004Organizational Sociology3
SOC1031The Sociology of Work3

And 6 Credits from any of the following courses:

ADS2000Leadership Development3
BLW1015Legal Environment of the Workplace3
ECO1002Principles of Economics II3
HIS1006History of the Modern World: The 20th Century3
HIS1037United States Labor History3
LES1020Employment Law and Practice3
PSY1017Social Psychology3
PSY1025Organizational Psychology3

Technology Courses: 15 Credits

15 Credits, chosen from:

COM1001Introduction to Mass Communication3
COM2290Fundamentals of Media Graphics3
MTH1021Introduction to Statistics3
NET1001Data Communications3
CSS1001Introduction to Information Security3
CSS1005Fundamentals of Cyber Security3
CUS1102Software Applications3
CUS1110Big Data Analytics and Business Intelligence3
DFR1001Introduction to Digital Forensics3
DMD1001Principles of Digital Media Design3
DMD2100Digital Publishing and Print Design3
HCI1001Introduction to Healthcare Informatics3

Additional 3 Credits from the above or the following:

ADS3000Academic Internship3

Business Area: 12 Credits from any ACC, BLW, MGT, MKT course

ACC Accounting3
BLW Business Law3
MGT Management3
MKT Marketing3

Other Liberal Arts Requirements: 18 Credits

12 Credits from:

MTH Any MTH Elective3
ECO1001Principles of Economics I3
ENG1006Effective Business Writing3
ENG1007 to 1073, (not 1040) 3

And 6 Credits in Social Science Elective, chosen from any:

ANT Anthropology3
ECO Economics3
GOV Government3
HIS History3
PSC Political Science3
SOC Sociology3

Free Electives: 18 Credits

Core Requirements: 42 Credits

 36 Credits from the following courses:

DNY1000CDiscover New York3
FYW1000CFirst Year Writing3
ENG1100CLiterature in a Global Context3
HIS1000CEmergence of a Global Society3
PHI1000CPhilosophy of the Human Person3
SCI1000CScientific Inquiry3
SPE1000CPublic Speaking for the College Student3
PHI1020 or 2200 SeriesEthics3
THE1000CPerspectives on Christianity3
THE1040 SeriesTheology3
THE Any THE Elective3

Modern Foreign Language/Cultural Studies: 6 Credits from:

6 Credits from any second language or:
ART1000CThe Creative Process3
LAC1000CLanguage and Culture3


The program in Administrative Studies prepares students for entry-level positions in the world of business, with special emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills, analytic problem-solving skills, interpersonal communication skills, and the technical skills to perform their jobs in today’s high performance workplace.

The Administrative Studies program will prepare graduates to:

Understand of the nature of business.

  • Describe the basic principles of business including: marketplace, supply and demand, profit and loss, the business cycle, etc.
  • Explain the principles of capitalism including its goals, its dynamics and its positive and negative aspects.
  • Explain the various social and business perspectives as they pertain to present conditions, e.g. Taylorism, Post Industrialism, etc.
  • Explain the critical perspectives related to the field of business such as: Marxist-socialist perspectives, structural-functionalism, and post-modernism.

Understand administration and its role in business.

  • Summarize the basic principles of business and their application in creating an efficient workplace.
  • Evaluate various schools of thought in administration and predict possible outcomes of each.
  • Identify examples of bureaucracy, matrix management, proprietorships and other management structures.
  • Define and explain “Scientific Management,” the human relations school, and transience in the work place.
  • Compare and contrast Scientific Management and human relations approaches to administrative management.

Understand the principles of human resource management and their application to the workplace.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of human resource management principles.
  • Use those principles to explain and resolve problems in the workplace.
  • Analyze and resolve work performance dilemmas.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of several theories of motivation in the workplace.
  • Identify the issues involved in performance management.
  • Identify elements of workplace climate and culture.
  • Collaborate in teams to resolve work performance dilemmas.

Work effectively with people both individually and in groups/teams.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of individual and group communication.
  • Use knowledge of group dynamics to solve interpersonal problems.
  • Construct group dynamics exercises that are applicable to human synergy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the various styles of communication and identify your own communication style, including its advantages and disadvantages.

Demonstrate knowledge of the dynamics of multiculturalism in the workplace.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the social science concepts and theories associated with race and ethnicity including: racism, prejudice, discrimination, stereotyping, ethnocentrism, ethnogenesis, pluralism, etc.
  • Describe and apply the techniques for establishing and maintaining a racially, ethnically and sexually sensitive workplace.

Demonstrate the skills to use the technology in the current and future workplace.

  • Use computer applications commonly used in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate ongoing needs for technology solutions with Information Technology staff

Demonstrate effective communication skills.

  • Write clear and effective information for business applications (letters, memos, e-mail, etc.).
  • Read and interpret theoretical and business material.
  • Demonstrate and apply the principles of negotiation.
  • Present material orally in a clear and concise manner.

Demonstrate the ability to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of organizations.

  • Articulate the importance of organizational measurement.
  • Identify the applications of various organizational measurements.
  • Evaluate several organizational metrics, using spread sheets, graphs and cross-tabulations to interpret results.