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2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Management and International Business

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Bruce Gilstrap, Chair
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001

B. Becton, J. Bolton, G. Bradley, J. Breland, B. Collins, W. Fennell, S. Gibbs, B. Gilstrap, F. Lai, J. Lambert, J. Peyrefitte, J. Sequeira, A. Sevier, R. Willis, K. Zantow


The programs of study in management have three objectives: (1) to provide students with concepts, knowledge and skills required in the effective management of organizations; (2) to prepare students for employment that will lead to positions of managerial responsibility; and (3) to make education in general management available to students pursuing technical, educational and professional careers.

Students interested in majoring in management may elect to emphasize either Business Administration Management or Human Resource Management. The Business Administration Management emphasis prepares students for careers in a wide range of business settings. The emphasis is appropriate for students who wish to obtain a business degree with an emphasis on management in a broad sense. The Human Resource Management emphasis is designed to provide students with the competencies needed to help organizations acquire, develop and retain the people whose efforts are crucial to organizational success. Courses in the human resource management curriculum expose students not only to useful human resource management principles, but also to specific, real world techniques and practices.

Careers in management are available in industry, government, service organizations and teaching. Students' education and training will, when coupled with additional maturity and experience, serve to further their careers in more responsible management positions such as production or plant manager, labor relations director, or personnel administrator.

General Business

The General Business emphasis is a degree preparing students for careers in a wide range of business settings. This emphasis is appropriate for students who wish to obtain a business degree but who do not wish to specialize in a single area of emphasis. The general business emphasis also allows students a great deal of flexibility to design their personalized program of study, drawing on courses in all of the business disciplines.


The Entrepreneurship emphasis is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop, market and manage their own business. At the core of this emphasis is the process of entrepreneurial discovery, evaluation and exploitation of business opportunities. Students are exposed to a multidisciplinary set of courses, which cut across accounting, finance, marketing and management disciplines.

However, entrepreneurship students are not only trained for business ownership, they are also uniquely prepared for careers in small business consulting, leadership and management development programs, sales management, general consulting and supervisory positions in relatively any industry. Because of their experience performing market research, preparing financial statements and investigating new business opportunities, entrepreneurship students can also pursue careers in business development and finance.

International Business

The International Business major is designed to prepare students for positions with international business firms operating in the global environment as well as state and federal agencies involved in facilitating export-import processes. In addition to the international business courses in the major, students are required to participate in one international seminar abroad and are required to study a foreign language to enhance sensitivity to foreign culture and language, as well as to increase international business acumen.

Computer Requirements

All business majors are required to own a laptop computer. Computer specifications are available on CoB website at www.usm.edu/business and in the Undergraduate Service Office (Scianna Hall room 2035). For Business Administration minors and Management minors, please contact the department.


    Bachelor of Science in Business AdministrationNon-degree

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