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All organizations - businesses, nonprofit groups, and government agencies - need people who can manage resources effectively and efficiently. The Management major prepares students to lead and coordinate people, activities, and systems to achieve organizational goals through focusing on the critical functions of managers: planning, organizing, controlling, and directing.

There is no typical career path for management majors. The knowledge and skills developed through the major provide students career flexibility. Finding an entry level position immediately after college requires management majors to start career planning early by identifying their own strengths and career criteria and researching opportunities that meet those needs. Internships are an excellent way to explore those opportunities.

The School of Business Management Major offers three concentrations:

  • General Management
  • Human Resource Management Concentration
  • International Concentration

Students in each concentration develop knowledge and skills needed for entry level positions that serve as a foundation for career growth. Students who specialize in certain areas may obtain certifications after college. Those who are interested in becoming upper level executives generally work for a few years and then pursue a graduate degree such as the MBA (Master's in Business Administration).

EIU's Bachelor of Science in Management Continues to Align with SHRM's HR Guidelines

The School of Business recently received notification from The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) that its Bachelor of Science in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management degree program continues to fully align with the SHRM HR curriculum guidelines. This recognition continues through December, 2014, and it reflects the quality and thoroughness of EIU's HR degree program. The program prepares students to practice HR in a variety of sectors such as for-profit, nonprofit, government, or private organizations. Students can be confident that their degree will place them in a position to excel when they enter their future careers in Human Resource Management.

SHRM established these guidelines for university programs in 2005. EIU was one of the first 100 programs to be recognized for meeting the professional education needs in a systematic program according to SHRM guidelines. EIU’s School of Business was asked to review its HR curriculum and renew our alignment this spring. This recognition provides our program, potential students, employers, and graduates with an external validation of the rigor of our curriculum in meeting professional and national standards and expectations for Human Resource Management.

Students who succeed as Management Majors are:

  • Adaptable and flexible
  • Analytical
  • Problem solvers
  • Planners
  • Decision makers
  • People oriented
  • Goal oriented
  • Leaders

The Management Major curriculum emphasizes:

  • Analytical skills
  • Ability to interpret data
  • Planning and organizing
  • Research skills
  • Written communication
  • Presentation skills
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork

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Charleston, Illinois 61920
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