Administrative Studies, Bachelor of Science
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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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.