Joseph Peyrefitte, Chair
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
J. Bolton, G. Bradley, J. Breland, B. Collins, W. Fennell, S. Gibbs, F. Lai, J. Lambert, J. Peyrefitte, J. Sequeira, A. Sevier, R. Willis, K. Zantow
The program 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 majoring in management may choose coursework options to form a broadly defined program to include entrepreneurship, international management, and leadership, or focus options on human resource management. The management degree program prepares students for leadership success in many career fields in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors in positions such as plant, operations or general manager, labor relations director, or human resources administrator.
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.
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.
All business majors are required to own a laptop computer. Computer specifications are available on CoB website at www.usm.edu/business/computer-requirement. For Business Administration minors and Management minors, please contact the department.
ProgramsBachelor of Science in Business AdministrationNon-degree