Management and Leadership


All programs offered by the Foster College of Business, Bradley University, are accredited by the AACSB International: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

FACULTY Professors Buchko, Fink (Chair), Goitein, Stoner, Weinzimmer; Associate Professor Brown; Assistant Professors Baumann, Nagy, Robin; Temporary Instructor Pape.

The Management and Leadership Department curricula provide students with the educational experiences of reasoning, problem solving, teamwork, and decision making so that they will be qualified to accept responsible positions in business and the public sector.

Specific departmental objectives include the following: (1) To give students the historical perspective necessary to understand the evolution of business in a global, social, political, economic, and technological environment; (2) To excite students about new ideas and knowledge; (3) To help students develop understanding and skill in the practice of management; (4) To provide students with a basic understanding of major management disciplines, including human resource management, operations management, and strategic management; (5) To develop well-informed individuals who understand their ethical and social responsibilities in business situations; (6) To enable students to understand the operation of our business and economic systems; and (7) To develop the ability to think clearly, analyze carefully, and express thoughts and conclusions logically.

Students majoring in Management and Administration may elect a concentration in human resource management or legal studies in business. The department also offers a minor in management.

Management and Administration Major

The Management and Administration major provides a solid foundation in the skills and concepts necessary to meet the complex and challenging tasks of management. The program concentrates on developing the decision-making, problem identification, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills essential for combining the organization’s various resources to promote organizational effectiveness.

Students in the Management and Administration major are prepared for management positions in both industry and not-for-profit settings. In larger organizations, graduates typically obtain entry-level management positions. Further, the major provides the background necessary to later advance to middle and upper-level management positions. In smaller firms, graduates may expect to enter middle or upper-level management positions. They may also find roles in consulting, or other advisory capacities. Students who are uncertain as to their career goals will find that the Management and Administration major provides excellent preparation in business for a wide range of job opportunities. Additionally, students are well prepared for graduate-level business (MBA, DBA, PhD) or public administration (MPA) programs, law school, and other graduate school programs.

Departmental requirements for the Management and Administration major are as follows:

  •  BMA 356 Human Resource Management
  •  BMA 357 Leadership and Interpersonal Behavior
  •  BMA 358 Managerial Decision Making
  •  Twelve hours of BMA elective courses

Students may choose from a broad array of courses to satisfy their elective requirements, or they may choose one of the following concentrations: human resource management or legal studies in business. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) fulfill requirements elsewhere in either the major or the Foster College of Business core curriculum. Department requirements have been included for clarity.

Human Resource Management

  •  BMA 355 Labor-Management Relations
  •  BMA 356 Human Resource Management*
  •  BMA 357 Leadership and Interpersonal Behavior*
  •  BMA 358 Managerial Decision Making*
  •  BMA 446 Employment Law
  •  BMA 456 Compensation Management
  •  BMA 457 Human Resource Theory & Program Design
  •  ECO 310 Labor Problems*
  •  PSY 321 Industrial & Organizational Psychology* or PSY 411 Tests & Measurements*

Legal Studies in Business

(See the Department of Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Law) 

Management and Administration Majors must satisfactorily complete at least 15 hours of BMA-prefixed courses at Bradley University. Students desiring concentrations should declare their intentions as early as possible and should consult with their advisors to ensure that the correct courses are taken. Students should also note that some courses are offered only once each year. 

The following sequences of courses are recommended for students majoring in Management and Administration. Course sequences for freshman and sophomore years are similar regardless of any concentration selected.

Freshman Year

  •  BUS 100 Contemporary Business - 3 hrs.
  •  ENG 101 English Composition - 3 hrs.
  •  MTH 115 Brief Calculus with Applications I - 4 hrs.
  •  ATG 157 Accounting Principles – Financial - 3 hrs.
  •  COM 103 The Oral Communication Process - 3 hrs.
  •  PSY 101 Principles of Psychology - 3 hrs.
  •  General Education Courses - 9 hrs.
  •  BMA 173 Information Systems Business Applications – 3 hrs.

31 hours

Sophomore Year

  •  ATG 158 Accounting Principles – Managerial - 3 hrs.
  •  BMA 250 Interpersonal Effectiveness in Organizations - 2 hrs.
  •  BUS 220 Career Planning Strategies - 1 hr.
  •  ECO 221, 222 Principles of Economics – 6 hrs.
  •  QM 262, 263 Quantitative Analysis I and II – 6 hrs.    
  •  BMA 350 Managing for Results in Organizations - 2 hrs. (need 42 hrs. completed)
  •  IB 206 International Business – 2 hrs.
  •  General Education, behavioral science, or elective courses outside FCBA  - 10 hrs.

32 hours

The remaining semesters will vary depending upon the concentration selected. Courses marked with * are required for the particular concentration listed.

Human Resource Management

Junior Year
Fall

  •  BMA 342 Legal Environment of Business - 3 hrs.
  •  BMA 356 Human Resource Management* - 3 hrs.
  •  FIN 322 Business Finance - 3 hrs.
  •  MTG 315 Principles of Marketing - 3 hrs.
  •  PSY 321 Industrial & Organization Psychology* or PSY 411 Tests & Measurements - 3 hrs.

15 hours
Spring

  •  BMA 357 Leadership and Interpersonal Behavior - 3 hrs.
  •  BMA 456 Compensation Management* - 3 hrs.
  •  ENG 300, 301, 304, 305, or 306 Advanced Writing - 3 hrs.
  •  General Education, behavioral science, or elective courses outside FCBA  - 6 hrs.

15 hours

Senior Year
Fall

  •  BMA 353 Operations Management - 3 hrs.
  •  BMA 355 Labor-Management Relations* - 3 hrs.
  •  BMA 358 Managerial Decision Making - 3 hrs.
  •  ECO 310 Labor Problems* - 3 hrs.
  •  BMA 457 Human Resource Theory & Program Design - 3 hrs.

15 hours
Spring

  •  BMA 446 Employment Law* - 3 hrs.
  •  BMA 452 Strategic Management & Business Policy - 4 hrs.
  •  General Education, behavioral science, or elective courses outside FCBA  - 9 hrs.

16 hours

Those not choosing a concentration may choose from a broad array of courses to satisfy the twelve hours of BMA electives and the economics junior-senior elective

Junior Year

Fall

  • BMA 342 Legal Environment of Business - 3 hrs.
  • BMA 358 Managerial Decision Making - 3 hrs.
  • FIN 322 Business Finance - 3 hrs.
  • MTG 315 Principles of Marketing - 3 hrs.
  • General Education, behavioral science, or elective courses outside FCBA - 3 hrs.

15 hours

Spring

  •  BMA 356 Human Resource Management - 3 hrs.
  •  BMA 357 Leadership & Interpersonal Behavior - 3 hrs.
  •  BMA Elective - 3 hrs.
  •  ENG 300, 301, 304, 305, or 306 Advanced Writing - 3 hrs.
  •  Economics Junior-Senior Elective - 3 hrs.

15 hours

Senior Year

Fall

  •  BMA 353 Operations Management - 3 hrs.
  •  BMA 358 Managerial Decision Making - 3 hrs.
  •  BMA electives - 6 hrs.
  •  Behavioral science or free elective outside FCBA - 3 hrs.

15 hours

Spring

  •  BMA 452 Strategic Management & Business Policy - 4 hrs.
  •  BMA electives - 6 hrs.
  •  Free electives outside the FCBA - 6 hrs.

16 hours

Management Minor

The minor in Management provides students with essential background, understanding, knowledge, and skill in the practice of management. The minor in management aims to complement the focus area of their respective majors and, importantly, enhance personal career plans. The minor is comprised of 16 semester hours of study. The 16-hour minor includes required management foundations (10 hours) and selected management electives (6 hours). The requirements for the minor are outlined below. Students whose major is from the Foster College of Business must have at least 12 hours in courses that are unique from those used to fulfill their major requirements.

Required Management Foundations

  • BMA 250 Interpersonal Effectiveness in Organizations - 2 hrs. 
  • BMA 350 Managing for Results in Organizations - 2 hrs.
  • BMA 356 Human Resource Management - 3 hrs.
  • BMA 357 Leadership and Interpersonal Behavior - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (Choose two from the following)

  • BMA 173 Information Systems and Business Applications – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 272 Management Applications of Personal Computers – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 276 Developing Information Systems for E-Commerce – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 280 Entrepreneurial Creativity – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 315 Risk and Insurance – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 342 The Legal Environment of Business – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 345 Law of Business – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 353 Operations Management – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 355 Labor-Management Relations – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 358 Managerial Decision Making – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 378 Human/Computer Interaction and Usability Testing – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 379 Information Systems Security – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 381 Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Students – 3 hrs. (Only one of BMA 381 or BMA 382)
  • BMA 382 Entrepreneurship – 3 hrs. (Only one of BMA 381 or BMA 382)
  • BMA 383 Managing Entrepreneurial Growth – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 385 Technology Entrepreneurship – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 386 Social Entrepreneurship – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 395 Real Estate Principles – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 446 Employment Law – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 456 Compensation Management – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 457 Human Resource Theory and Program Design – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 459 Topics in Management – 3 hrs.
  • BMA 489 Topics in Entrepreneurship – 3 hrs.

Students who desire to minor in Management must be approved by the chair of the Management and Leadership Department prior to enrolling in the program. The chair must also approve recording the completion of the minor on the transcript. Transfer policies for minors are the same as those for Foster College of Business majors. Prior approval of transfer credit must be secured from the chair of the Management and Leadership Department.