Program Highlights

This degree area focuses on using human, financial, technology, and material resources to meet organizational goals. Managers must be skilled in planning, organizing, leading, and controlling these resources. The Management major prepares students to manage challenges and leverage opportunities in a contemporary, changing, and global business environment.

Students majoring in Management lead in teams, develop decision making skills, and demonstrate their abilities through competition. Students gain these experiences through their hands-on class projects, internships, and global experiences.

Program outcomes for students

  1. Develop highly sought after job related skills involving relationship building, teamwork, written and oral communication, and critical thinking.
  2. Demonstrate analytical skills (verbal and written) for decision making under uncertainty and incompetitive environments.
  3. Discover how to leverage personal, team, and organizational competencies to optimize performance.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of leadership with an appreciation for ethical, cultural, and global influences.
  5. Apply management theories and concepts in real-world organizations and situations.

Practice your skills in one of our student-run businesses

Students can serve as business specialists, working with organizations to solve business problems.


Departmental Course Offerings

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

MG201. Leadership 101 This course is designed to be immediately relevant to the students' present leadership situation. Yet, it must be recognized that the development of leadership skills is a continuous process requiring self-study, reflection, and on-going tinkering with a constant striving to find one's authentic leadership. A journey that never ends and must always be in the forefront of one's consciousness, leadership begins and ends with one's assumptions about human behavior - particularly your own. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. (1 credit)
MG211. Career Lab A course designed to teach students the basics of the career development process. Students become actively involved in setting goals, as well as assessing individual values, interested, personality, and skills. Additionally, students explore various methods of gathering career-related information. They also learn the fundamentals of writing a resume and job search letters, as well as successful interview techniques. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing. (1 credit)
MG260. Business Law This course is the study of the legal environment for business, and gives particular emphasis to topics such as contracts, liability, agencies, partnerships, corporations, property, bankruptcy, sales and negotiable instruments. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing. (3 credits)
MG275. Project Management Practicum The student is introduced to project management fundamentals through the use of MS Project to develop a plan for a defined case. The focus is to show how a project can be presented in a visual format and how to obtain high level reports to help manage the project. This course is not meant to provide students with the methodology on how to define, structure, define events or monitor a project to a professional level. These topics will be covered in the Project Management course (MG 375). (1 credit)
MG300. People and Performance Understanding how and why people behave the way they do, and how that behavior affects individual, team, and organizational performance is an essential skill for business management. In this course, students will also learn how to influence their own, as well as others' performance to achieve positive results. They will be introduced to such topics as motivation, diversity, organizational structure and design, and explore how diversity and culture impact individuals and organizations. Pre-requisite: Junior standing. (3 credits)
MG340. Human Resource Management In this course, students will learn that identifying the best employees begins with assessing the organization’s needs and carrying out an appropriate recruitment and selection process, how training, development, and performance evaluations assist in shaping employees into an ideal firm resource, and finally, how acceptable and incentivizing compensation assist in retaining employees. (3 credits)
MG342. Training and Technology Applications in Organizations In this course, students will explore how organizations can facilitate learning in a global environment with a specific emphasis on technology. Topics include the following: adult learning theory, training techniques, cutting-edge communication technologies and meeting facilitation. (3 credits)
MG345. Leading Organizational Change Embracing and effectively managing change is essential for organizations to thrive in today's dynamic and complex environments. Effectively responding to economic, social, demographic, legal, technological, competitive, global, and labor market variables, requires continuous organizational change ranging from relatively minor adjustments to major strategic shifts. Regardless of the nature and cause of change, improper approach and implementation can lead to unintended consequences and/or disastrous results. This course focuses on how to approach and implement organizational change in way that maximize the likelihood of intended outcomes. Topics include organizational culture, reasons for change, framing problems ans opportunities, psychology of change, and approaches to change. (3 credits)
MG370. Operations Management A practical study of the decisions required to design, operate and control a manufacturing or service operation. This course explores the various relationships between these organizational decisions, Operations, and other disciplines within the organization. The relationships are discussed and documented through the use of Business Process Management and Microsoft Visio. The organizational decisions explored include forecasting, planning of personnel and equipment, inventory planning and control, scheduling, project management, theory of constraints, and quality assurance. Pre-requisite: Junior standing, Tabor statistics requirement. (3 credits)
MG372. Process Improvement This course continues the use of process management which was introduced in MG370, and introduces the concept of Six Sigma and its tools. Students will develop a working knowledge of how to apply these methodologies across various industries. Each student will learn about quality management systems used globally. Pre-requisites: MG370 or consent of instructor. (3 credits)
MG375. Project Management Project management is a carefully planned and organized effort to accomplish a specific (and usually) one-time effort: for example, construction of a building, event planning, or implementing a new computer system. Project Management is a skill which must be developed and practiced to be successful. The objective of this course is to master the principles of scope definition, Work-Breakdown-Structure development, assignment of logical activity relationships, resource and time constraint planning, construction of a budget and monitoring of planned versus actual progress using a variety of mathematical indices, within a defined timeframe and cost estimate. The concepts and techniques will be developed by navigation through one or more team based project(s) using a popular project management software package. Pre-requisite: MG275. (3 credits)
MG377. Supply Chain and Logistics The student is introduced to Logistics in the context of integration within a firm’s Supply Chain Strategy and Operations. The framework of Supply Chain Management is initially presented thereby creating a foundation for in-depth study of the five logistics operational components. Next the student explores the challenges and strategies related to design and operational integration of logistics within a global supply chain. Lastly, we discuss the administrative challenges related to cross organizational collaboration, performance measurement, and the challenges of managing risk and achieving sustainability. Pre-requisite: MG370 or consent of instructor. (3 credits)
MG430. International Entrepreneurship This course takes the student beyond the introductory aspect of international business (BU330) and focuses on the exploration of entrepreneurial opportunities in an international theater. The course is practice oriented and will involve engagement in activities such as business plan creation, creation of a marketing or business development plan, or participation in an international business plan competition. Students will refine their skills in business plan creation and will expand learning in organizational planning, international market research, accounting and finance, marketing and management. (3 credits)
MG471, 472. Management Internship A cooperative course between the University and selected business to develop further professional training of management majors. Combination of work experience and written reports. Pre-requisites: consent of instructor and internship coordinator. (1-3 credits)


Business Management Major Sheet Fall 2016

Sample Plan of Study

This plan of study shows the types of courses you might take as a student in this major. This is presented simply to provide a realistic preview of your coursework. Once you enroll at Millikin, a faculty advisor will guide you through the process of selecting courses that will help you graduate on-time from this program. While this sample demonstrates a plan of study that covers eight semesters, each student’s academic path is unique and your timeline may look different.

Sample Plan of Study
Semester 1 IN140: University Seminar
IN150: Critical Writing, Reading, Research I
BU100: Business Creation
BU111: Team Dynamics
IS130: Spreadsheet Applications
MA130: Business Statistics (or appropriate math; see advisor)
Semester 2 IN151: Critical Writing, Reading, Research II
IS240: Foundations of Information Systems
Natural Science
EC100 or EC110: Principles of Macro/Microeconomics
AC230: Introduction to Financial Statements
Semester 3 EC100 or EC110: Principles of Macro/Microeconomics
ET260: Create, Lead, and Own YOU
AC240: Managerial Accounting
BU230: Business Conversations
Fine Arts
Semester 4 MK200: Principles of Marketing
IS270: Database Fundamentals
BU250: Written Business Communication
Fine Arts
Semester 5 MG300: People and Performance
BU260: Business Law
MG275: Project Management Practicum
FI340: Introduction to Financial Management
MG370: Operations Management
Semester 6 BU330: International Business
PH215: Business Ethics
FI300: Personal Finance
MG375: Project Management
Global Studies
BU350: Managerial Forensics
Semester 7 MG377: Logistics and Supply Chain
300/400 Level Tabor Elective
MG371: Management Internship
Semester 8 BU450: Business Strategy
MG372: Process Improvement
MG340: Human Resource Management
MG481: Small Bus. Consulting or ET410: International Exp.


Business Management 8-Semester Plan