Amridge University Academic Catalog  

2013-2014 Academic Year (Effective 2.28.2014)

 

Table of Contents

Section 11:  The College of Business and Leadership_ 3

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP. 4

PURPOSE OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP. 5

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATIONAL GOALS OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP. 5

GRADUATE EDUCATIONAL GOALS OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP. 6

DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS OF STUDY  6

DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP GRADUATE PROGRAMS OF STUDY. 12

ADMISSION POLICY FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS. 15

BACHELOR DEGREE GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS. 15

DESCRIPTION OF UNDERGRADUATE GENERAL EDUCATION COMPONENTS. 16

REQUIRED UNDERGRADUATE GENERAL EDUCATION COMPETENCIES. 16

COURSE REQUIREMENT FOR ALL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS. 20

SECOND DEGREE OPTION FOR BACHELOR DEGREE STUDENTS. 21

GRADUATE CREDIT FOR QUALIFIED UNDERGRADUATE SENIORS. 21

CAPSTONE COURSES. 22

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – GENERAL BUSINESS. 22

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – INFORMATION COMMUNICATION. 25

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT. 28

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: HUMAN RESOURCE LEADERSHIP. 32

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION. 34

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT  37

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN BEHAVIORAL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT  40

 

 

 

CAMPUS

Montgomery Alabama Campus:

Amridge University

1200 Taylor Road

Montgomery, AL 36117

Telephone Number:  800.351.4040

 

 

 

PAPER AND ELECTRONIC VERSION OF THIS CATALOG PUBLISHED BY:

 

Amridge University

1200 Taylor Road

Montgomery, AL 36117-3520

Telephone Number:  800.351.4040

http://www.AmridgeUniversity.edu


Section 11:  The College of Business and Leadership

This section includes important information on the programs, courses, and degrees offered through the Amridge University College of Business and Leadership.  Exceptions may be noted in the respective sections for specific programs and services specified elsewhere in this publication, noted in later editions of this publication, and/or published addenda (paper- and web-based) [Version 2.2012-2013, Effective 2.24.2013].


MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP

 

On behalf of the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in the College of Business and Leadership, I welcome you to Amridge University! Our mission is to prepare students with the managerial and leadership skills needed to succeed in the new business of the 21st century both domestically and globally.

The Amridge University College of Business and Leadership offers five undergraduate programs of study that prepare our graduates with the business and business-related technology skills to successfully compete in today’s business environment using leading-edge technologies in the most innovative ways.  Likewise, the College offers three graduate-level leadership programs that provide our graduates with a broad range of leadership and business skills that are critical to effectively guide today’s businesses through the rapidly changing marketplace – in an innovative manner.

By the time you graduate, I am confident that you will have a thorough understanding of today’s business and how that knowledge applies.

Again, welcome to Amridge University. I am looking forward with great expectation to your future.

 

Best regards,

Kenyetta McCurty, PhD

Dean, Amridge University College of Business and Leadership

 

 

PURPOSE OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP

The purpose of the College of Business and Leadership is to provide instruction and training on the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as prepare students for careers and professions that provide support and services for the well-being of individuals, family, or society.  Within this purpose, the College of Business and Leadership provides bachelor-level degree programs that include the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – General Business, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Communication, and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Systems Management, Bachelor of Science in Human Services Leadership as well as graduate-level degree programs that include the Master of Science in Leadership and Management, the Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management, and the Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership.  All of these programs are designed within the mission of the University for preparing men and women, through a commitment to academic excellence and spiritual vitality, so that they can serve in their chosen vocations in the church, community, or society.  Also, the programs in the College of Business and Leadership provide a foundation that prepares undergraduate students for graduate study and graduate students for advanced study.

Additionally, the University provides a program of continuing education, through the Amridge University School of Continuing Education, for those who are not pursuing degrees.

UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATIONAL GOALS OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP

1.    To enhance student learning by providing educational opportunities at the undergraduate level through a carefully planned and implemented program of study.

2.    To provide scheduled and effectively utilized distance learning technologies to foster the ability for students to learn anytime and anywhere.

3.    To provide foundation programs of study to undergraduate students that complement the University’s graduate programs and encourage students to further their studies for careers and professions to serve in the church, community, and/or society.

4.    To recruit, retain, and promote professional development of qualified faculty, staff, and administrators.

5.    To develop and maintain periodic internal evaluation to ensure that all programs operating within a manner consistent with the mission of Amridge University.

6.    To provide students with instruction on the use of the latest technologies used in the fields associated with their respective program of study.

7.    To provide and maintain learning resources and an environment conducive for student learning, scholarly research, and quality teaching in the 21st century.

GRADUATE EDUCATIONAL GOALS OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP

1.    Each student will acquire a basic core of knowledge of leadership, related disciplines, and practical methods as a foundation for a productive professional life.

2.    Each student will develop intellectual capacities for critical thinking and problem solving, for analyzing and utilizing information, and for reasoning ethically and morally in decision-making.

3.    Each student will develop skills for research, human relations, leadership, and oral and written communication appropriate to that student’s profession.

4.    Each student will gain essential knowledge, develop proper attitudes, and acquire important skills to prepare for more advanced studies, for employment in a chosen profession, and/or for life-long learning.

5.    Each student will learn to use the latest technologies used in the fields associated with the program of study.

6.    Each student will, through acquisition of skills in communication and human relations, prepare to function responsibly and effectively in the familial, social, and civic arenas of life.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS OF STUDY

The business-related bachelor degrees were created to give students the tools to operate successfully in the community, business, and home.  The specific programs of study include the following:

Bachelor of Science: Business Administration – General Business

The focus of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – General Business will be on foundations of business operations providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help organizations be successful in today’s globally competitive environment.  With knowledge gained from an integrated general education and business core program coupled with the business concentration courses, graduates will especially be prepared in the essential areas of economics, accounting, management, organizational communications, and marketing.  With this preparation, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge to analyze and synthesize company data and other data elements in support of business operations critical to the success of the respective organization, business, or corporation.  Graduates will especially be prepared to assume entry-level positions in the areas of business operations, management, customer service, purchasing, costs estimation, finances, and marketing as well as the positions of adjusters, public relations specialists, buyers, compensation, and benefits specialists, and other similar positions. 

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - General Business, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Implement basic knowledge of business principles required for entry-level jobs in the business and non-profit organizations such as churches;

2.    Demonstrate skills and knowledge in general education areas that are foundation to life skills and further education;

3.    Apply basic business principles and processes in accounting, project management, economics, marketing, and management to effectively work and contribute positively to the respective company or organization; and

4.    Develop basic teaming, collaboration, and leadership skills to apply in the workplace for effective operations at the individual, workgroup, corporate, and organizational levels.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course:

BS 4458 – e-Portfolio in General Business Administration

Bachelor of Science: Business Administration – Information Communication

The focus of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Information Communication program is on information communication and interaction.  Students successfully completing this program will be able to enter business careers in areas where people and information come together to help provide their respective company or organization with a grounded competitive advantage.  With knowledge gained from an integrated general education and business core program  coupled with the human communication information concentration courses, graduates will especially be prepared in the essential areas of communications; effective communication via the web and email; other technology enhanced communication systems; the analysis and organization of information; and project collaboration locally and via distance using leading-edge technologies.  Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter the workforce at entry levels in a broad spectrum of business–based positions or areas including technical communications specialists, technical writers, editors, public relations, marketing, web content specialists, customer relations management (CRM), information management, and other management and human interaction areas where effective communication is critical to the success of the respective organization, business, or corporation.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Information Communication, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Implement basic knowledge of business principles required for entry-level jobs in the business and non-profit organizations such as churches;

2.    Demonstrate skills and knowledge in general education areas that are foundation to life skills and further education;

3.    Effectively communicate between individuals, within organizations, and with customers or clients using a multitude of communications processes, systems, and leading-edge technologies to effectively work and contribute positively to the respective company or organization, and 

4.    Apply basic teaming, collaboration, and leadership skills  in the workplace for improvement and effective operations at the individual, workgroup, corporate, an organizational levels.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course:

            BS 4458 – e-Portfolio in General Business Administration

Bachelor of Science: Business Administration - Information Systems Management

The focus of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Information Systems Management will be on the use of technology in the workplace that will range from working with computer workstations, networks, intranets, the Internet, and training employees how to use these systems for the establishment of web servers and maintenance and security of Internet and Intranet systems.  With knowledge gained from an integrated general education and business core program  coupled with the business information services concentration courses, graduates will especially be prepared in the essential areas of information systems security, network systems, data communications systems, wireless technologies, voice–over-IP systems, training and development in information services, web design, applications management, and collaboration technologies in areas where business information services is critical to the success of the respective organization, business, or corporation.  Graduates will especially be prepared to assume positions in information technology, technical support and training, data communications specialists or analysts, management of information technology systems and services, database specialists, and internal and external customer service technology operations positions.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Information Systems Management, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Implement basic knowledge of business principles required for entry-level jobs in the business and non-profit organizations such as churches;

2.    Demonstrate skills and knowledge in general education areas that are foundation to life skills and further education;

3.    Utilize current information systems, technologies, and operations to effectively work and contribute positively to the respective company or organization; and 

4.    Apply basic teaming, ollaboration, and leadership skills  in the workplace for effective operations at the individual, workgroup, corporate, and organizational levels.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course:

           BS 4458 – e-Portfolio in General Business Administration

Bachelor of Science: Human Resource Leadership

The emphasis of the Human Resource Leadership program is enhancing human effort, human relationships, and human leadership.  The focus is on maintaining, securing, and effectively working with those who make up the organization.  The leadership requirements involve screening employees, meeting training and human-relation needs, making human resource forecasts, and developing compensation systems.  Successful leadership includes evaluating the effects of human-relation policies and systems on organizational performance and applying analysis and research methods to the leadership process.  The leader will need to know how to govern, measure, integrate, and reward those within the organization.  It also provides preparatory training for law school, graduate school, public relations, sales, management, church management, government work, and many other management and human interaction areas.  This program also serves as a foundation for graduate-level degrees in Organizational Leadership, Pastoral Counseling, Ministerial Leadership, Professional Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy degrees offered by the University through the School of Human Services and the Turner School of Theology.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Implement skills and knowledge necessary to effectively function in human resource management in church organizational settings and other leadership positions.

2.    Demonstrate skills and knowledge in general education areas that are foundation to life skills and further education.

3.    Describe prominent  management principles related to Human Resource Leadership

4.    Develop a basic understanding of organizational leadership.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course: 

            HD 4424 – Human Labor Relations

Bachelor of Science: Management Communication

This program combines the strengths of traditional management principles and practices with the art and science of traditional and emerging communication strategies to provide the essentials and enhancements required for a successful career in business and the Christian community.  Graduates will especially be prepared in such essential areas as management, leadership, team building, decision-making, critical thinking, and the knowledge of the relationship between communications strategies and the successful manager in today's fast-paced workplace.  Students will be exposed to related theories, operations, practices, and technologies in both for-profit and non-profit arenas.  It also provides preparatory training for law school, graduate school, public relations, sales, management, church management, ministerial communication, government work, and many other management and human interaction areas.  This program also serves as a foundation for graduate-level degrees in Leadership and Management, Behavioral Leadership and Management, Pastoral Counseling, Ministerial Leadership, Professional Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy degrees offered by the University.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Management Communication Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Implement basic knowledge of management principles required by ministers and for other leadership functions.

2.    Demonstrate skills and knowledge in general education areas that are foundation to life skills and further education.

3.    Develop a basic understanding of organizational leadership.

4.    Develop basic skills for effective public and private communications in the church setting and with other organizations.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course: 

            MC 4409 – Conflict Management and Negotiation

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP GRADUATE PROGRAMS OF STUDY

The Amridge University College of Business and Leadership offer programs of study in leadership at the master’s level.  The specific programs of study include the following:

Master of Science: Leadership and Management

Through the down-sizing, re-engineering, and global competitive forces of recent years, today's organizations have fewer professionals who carry a heavier workload than in previous decades.  Likewise, the extremely tight labor market in today's organizations must provide a work environment and benefits designed to keep its most productive employees or lose them to other organizations, or worse, competitors.  As a result of this changing workplace, today's management professionals must be well versed in a wide variety of management skills that include team building, leadership development, conflict resolution, negotiations, diversity issues, productivity improvement strategies, planning, organizational development and change, and creative and efficient use of emerging technologies.  Equally important, in keeping with Amridge University’s Christian heritage, these skills are provided in a context of ethical and moral approaches that are so badly needed in today’s society and business world.  The Master of Science in Leadership and Management is specially designed to provide our graduates with these critical skills and knowledge that will help them in an organization in today's competitive workplace.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Leadership and Management Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Apply a wide variety of management skills which are effective in church settings or in other groups and organizations.

2.    Implement ethical and moral regulations needed to operate in social, religious, and business communities.

3.    Describe methods of team building.

4.    Identify conflict resolutions, diversity issues, and productive improvement strategies.

5.    Plan for and develop change.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course:

            LD 6555 – Strategies for Organizational Change 

Master of Arts: Behavioral Leadership and Management

The Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management is designed for individuals who need a more in-depth and comprehensive preparation for leadership than that provided in the Master of Science program.  The Master of Arts program provides the student with knowledge and skills for leading individuals, groups and organizations.  The program addresses the behavioral attributes and appropriate leadership skills for organizations as well as individuals.  The student will be prepared to perform leadership responsibilities for industry, business, organizations or informal groups. Through the down-sizing, re-engineering, and global competitive forces of recent years, today's organizations have fewer professionals who carry a heavier workload than in previous decades.  Likewise, the extremely tight labor market in today's organizations must provide a work environment and benefits designed to keep its most productive employees or lose them to other organizations, or worse, competitors.  As a result of this changing workplace, today's management professionals must be well versed in a wide variety of management skills that include team building, leadership development, conflict resolution, negotiations, diversity issues, productivity improvement strategies, planning, organizational development and change, and creative and efficient use of emerging technologies.  Equally important, in keeping with Amridge University’s Christian heritage, these skills are provided in a context of ethical and moral approaches that are so badly needed in today’s society and business world.  The Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management is specially designed to provide our graduates with these critical skills and knowledge that will help them in an organization in today's competitive workplace.

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Implement necessary knowledge and skills for leading individuals in church settings or in other groups and organizations.

2.    Perform leadership responsibilities for church, industry, business, or informal groups.

3.    Discuss a wide variety of leadership and management strategies.

4.    Seek employment to teach on the college level.

5.    Identify ways to change behaviors within organizations.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course: 

            LD 6555 – Strategies for Organizational Change

Master of Science: Ministerial Leadership

The Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership is a professional-level degree designed to prepare students for work in Christian ministry with a practitioner's approach to Biblical studies.  Likewise, this program provides a foundation for students to pursue more advanced studies and degree programs such as the Master of Divinity in Ministerial Leadership followed by the Doctor of Ministry.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Ministerial Leadership Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Demonstrate the skills necessary to work in Christian ministry

2.    Demonstrate the biblical principles necessary to practice ministry

3.    Seek admissions to the Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Ministerial Leadership that could lead to the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) 

4.    Seek employment to teach undergraduate courses on the college level in Ministerial Leadership.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Examination administered in the following capstone course: 

            LD 6385 – Ministerial Leadership

ADMISSION POLICY FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS

See the Information provided in Section 5 – Admissions Policy

BACHELOR DEGREE GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Citizens in today’s world need a well-rounded education and a wide array of competencies. Consequently, undergraduate degree programs must contain a basic core of general education courses with a minimum number of semester hours completed in specified areas of general studies.

Bachelor degree programs must contain a basic core of general education courses with a minimum of 40 semester hours completed in specified areas of general studies. Every student who graduates with a bachelor degree from Amridge University must have at least 30% of his total undergraduate course work in general education (40 of 128 total semester hours).

A total of ten (10) courses (40 semester hours) of General Education courses, eight (8) courses from the categories of Mathematics or Natural Science, Social Science or Behavioral Science, Humanities or Fine Arts, and two (2) courses from the category Communications, are required for a bachelor degree program.

The Communications courses shall be EH 1401 – English Composition I and EH 1402 – English Composition II while the other eight (8) courses (32 semester hours) must be one (1) from the category of Mathematics or Natural Science, one (1) from the category of Social Science or Behavioral Science, one (1) from the category of Humanities or Fine Arts, and five (5) from any of these three categories. At least one (1) of the Mathematics or Natural Science courses must be a Mathematics course. The student must pass, with a grade of C- (2.0) or higher, the Communications courses, the Mathematics course, the Social Science or Behavioral Science course, and the Humanities or Fine Arts course.

DESCRIPTION OF UNDERGRADUATE GENERAL EDUCATION COMPONENTS

Humanities and Fine Arts: These courses deal primarily with questions of values, ethics, or aesthetics as they are represented in works of art, philosophy, religion, literature, and music.  These courses help students improve interpersonal skills, develop independent thought, enhance problem-solving abilities, and better understand human creativity.

 

Natural Science and Mathematics:  Knowledge and practice in the mathematical skills area give students the ability to measure, discern, compare, and apply these skills in problem solving at the individual and societal levels.  The natural sciences explore the natural world and the relationship among the disciplines which describe it.  The natural sciences include all learning which has as its purpose the understanding of the universe around us and the physical and chemical laws that govern it. 

 

Social and Behavioral Sciences:  The courses are those bodies of knowledge which have as their purpose the study of human behavior, social structures, and economics.  Studies of social science techniques, tools, and methods of data gathering, as well as the problems and issues faced by the social scientist, are considered work in the social sciences. 

 

Communication Skills (English):  Competence in writing and speaking English is vital to all college graduates.  Writing skills are especially important in a distance-learning vein where a great deal of work involves communicating at a considerable distance with faculty and other students.  Oral communication skills are important in leadership, management, and human relations. 

 

 The following sections include a specification of the general education college-level competencies and documented evidence that graduates have attained those competencies.

 

REQUIRED UNDERGRADUATE GENERAL EDUCATION COMPETENCIES

Prior to graduation, undergraduates are required to demonstrate attainment of the general education competencies by taking the General Competency Test (GCT).

 

1.    Humanities and Fine Arts

A student must demonstrate the competencies in humanities listed below or the competencies in fine arts listed below: 

a.    Competencies in Humanities 

                              i.    Associate the development of humanities with other cultural developments;

                             ii.    Describe the influence of humanities on the structure and development of societies;

                            iii.    Compare humanities across cultures;

                           iv.    Relate the influence of humanities to individual development; and

                            v.    Describe the evolution of one or more areas of humanities in American culture.

b.    Competencies in Fine Arts 

                              i.    Associate the development of fine arts with other cultural developments;

                             ii.    Describe the influence of fine arts on the structure and development of societies;

                            iii.    Compare fine arts across cultures;

                           iv.    Relate the influence of fine arts to individual development; and

                            v.    Describe the evolution of one or more areas of fine arts in

                           vi.    American culture.

 

2.    Natural Science and Mathematics

A student must demonstrate the competencies in natural science or competencies in mathematics in accordance with the following:

a.     Competencies in Natural Science

                              i.    Interplay with Other Disciplines

Students must be able to apply science effectively to problems in other disciplines and demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationship between Science and other disciplines.  Students will view science as a connected whole relevant to their lives, interrelated with human culture, and understand its connections to other disciplines.  Students shall make personal decisions and take positions on issues based on their understanding of scientific principles.

                             ii.    Scientific Methods and Procedures

Students must be able to demonstrate, design, conduct and report investigations within a science. Students shall express an ability to inquire and demonstrate curiosity. They will demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of scientific facts, concepts, principles, laws, and theories.  Students shall utilize an ability to reason scientifically.

                            iii.    History and Philosophy of Science

Students will know and understand the philosophical nature of science and the conventions of scientific explanation.  Students must be able to demonstrate an understanding of the distinctive nature of the scientific discipline, its history, its place in the intellectual realm, and its usefulness in society at large.

                           iv.    Appropriate Technology

Students must be able to demonstrate the ability to use computers (including calculators) as tools in expressing their understanding of issues in science.

                            v.    Communication of Science

Students must be able to communicate ideas, concepts and appreciation of science to peers using appropriate vocabulary and meanings.  Students will develop communication skills within a context of real applications relevant to the particular group of students.  Students shall communicate effectively about science and organize and share their knowledge about specific topics.

 

b.     Competencies in Mathematics

                              i.    Use various techniques to solve equations in one variable or systems of equations in more than one variable;    

                             ii.    Express the solution set as a graph or in terms of inequalities or intervals;

                            iii.    Manipulate functions by adding, subtracting, multiplying, or dividing or composing functions;

                           iv.    Solve exponential and logarithmic equations and use exponential and logarithmic functions in applications; and

                            v.    Use mathematical modelling to solve word problems.

            

3.    Social and Behavioral Sciences

A student must demonstrate the competencies in social science listed below or the competencies in behavioral science listed below. 

a.    Competencies in Social Science 

                              i.    Understand diversity and its influence on society;

                             ii.    Distinguish between the social and environmental influences on societies; and

                            iii.    Know the special forces that shape the social and political development of societies and governments.

b.    Competencies in Behavioral Science

                              i.    Understand how psychological, economic, and sociological factors influence personal and group actions;

                             ii.    Recognize the importance of hereditary and biological factors involved in human development and its social impacts; and

                            iii.    Understand how differences in heredity, environment, and learning can effect psychological development.

 

4.    Communication Skills (English)

A student must demonstrate the competencies in communications in accordance with the following:

a.    Communicate in an effective manner using standard written English;

b.    Analyse, summarize and interpret various types of writing;

c.    Think analytically and critically and interweave learning from various disciplines;

d.    Use insight to develop original thoughts from their new knowledge;

e.    Show an understanding of the need for ethics in decision-making;

f.     Pinpoint possible problems with theories or ideas and employ questioning to enhance discussions;

g.    Recognize the consequences of actions, develop other solutions and demonstrate decision-making ability;

h.    Demonstrate an ability to persuade others, envision new ideas, and delegate responsibilities;

i.      Show that viewpoints are backed by logical, careful thought; and

j.      Demonstrate a positive attitude and teamwork when carrying out duties with co-workers.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENT FOR ALL UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Certain undergraduate students are required to take the course FD 1412 – Management Intervention.  The undergraduate students required to take FD 1412 – Management Intervention include the following:

1.    All first-time freshmen

2.    All undergraduate students conditionally admitted

3.    All undergraduate students on probation (students having academic difficulty)

4.    All students classified below junior-level (freshmen and sophomores) — students who have not finished general education courses

Additionally, even though this course is only required for the students in the above categories, the University strongly recommends that all undergraduate students enroll in this course during their first semester at Amridge University.

Finally, FD 1412 – Management Intervention cannot be substituted for a required course in a major.

SECOND DEGREE OPTION FOR BACHELOR DEGREE STUDENTS

To earn a second baccalaureate degree from Amridge University, the student must complete a minimum of 40 hours at Amridge University above any hours earned for the first degree.  All of these additional hours must be completed in the degree program area of the second degree.  A specific course required for both degrees will have to be taken only once.  However, credit for such a course cannot be applied toward both the total hours required for the first degree and the additional hours required for the second degree.  Also, students who seek a second degree must meet all admission requirements and complete all catalog requirements for the major in that degree.

A student may work toward two degrees simultaneously, but he or she must be enrolled in either one or the other of the two programs awarding the degrees.  The student is expected to obtain approval of the academic plan from the Vice President of Academic Affairs at a point when no fewer than 40 hours of coursework remain for the completion of one or both degrees.

GRADUATE CREDIT FOR QUALIFIED UNDERGRADUATE SENIORS

Undergraduate students at the senior level who are within eight semester hours of program completion with a high academic average in their field may be authorized to enroll in six graduate credits while completing undergraduate requirements.  Such course work will require the written approval of the Vice President of Academic Affairs.  This approval does not presume automatic admission into the respective program, or any Amridge University graduate program.  Undergraduate students who wish to enroll in graduate courses must follow the steps below: (1) Have an advisor certify to the Vice President of Academic Affairs that all undergraduate graduation requirements will be met; and (2) Have the Vice President of Academic Affairs file a letter or email message with the Registrar prior to registration stating that the student will meet all requirements for a bachelor’s degree and that the graduate credits (3 or 6) are over and above all undergraduate requirements.

CAPSTONE COURSES

The University has established a degree program assessment to verify student mastery of the respective program major.  The verification process is facilitated through a capstone course system that every student is required to take for his or her given major.  Furthermore, in order to graduate from Amridge University, students must pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course.  The capstone course of each degree program is identified in the respective degree map.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – GENERAL BUSINESS

The focus of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – General Business will be on foundations of business operations providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to help organizations be successful in today’s globally competitive environment.  With knowledge gained from an integrated general education and business core program coupled with the business concentration courses, graduates will especially be prepared in the essential areas of economics, accounting, management, organizational communications, and marketing.  With this preparation, graduates will be equipped with the knowledge to analyze and synthesize company data and other data elements in support of business operations critical to the success of the respective organization, business, or corporation.  Graduates will especially be prepared to assume entry-level positions in the areas of business operations, management, customer service, purchasing, costs estimation, finances, and marketing as well as the positions of adjusters, public relations specialists, buyers, compensation and benefits specialists, and other similar positions. 

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - General Business, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Implement basic knowledge of business principles required for entry-level jobs in the business and non-profit organizations such as churches;

2.    Demonstrate skills and knowledge in general education areas that are foundation to life skills and further education;

3.    Apply basic business principles and processes in accounting, project management, economics, marketing, and management to effectively work and contribute positively to the respective company or organization; and

4.    Develop basic teaming, collaboration, and leadership skills to apply in the workplace for effective operations at the individual, workgroup, corporate, and organizational levels.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course:

            BS 4458 – e-Portfolio in General Business Administration

The Course Requirements of 128 semester credit hours for the degree program Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – General Business includes general education courses (40 semester hours), program specific courses (56 semester hours), elective courses (28 semester hours), and a capstone course (4 semester hours).

General Education Courses

Sem. Hrs.

 

 

EH 1401

English Composition I

4

 

 

EH 1402

English Composition II

4

 

 

Mathematics

4

 

 

Social Science OR Behavioral Science

4

 

 

Humanities OR Fine Arts

4

 

 

Mathematics/Natural Science, Social Science/Behavioral Science, Humanities/Fine Arts

20

 

Total General Education Course Hours

40

 

 

Required Courses

 

 

1 Foundation – 4 Hours

 

 

FD 1412

Management Intervention (required at the beginning of the student’s program)

4

 

 

Total Foundation

4

 

 

 

 

 

5 Core – 20 Hours

 

 

BS 1401

Introduction to Business

4

 

 

BS 3400

Leadership and Organizational Dynamics

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BS 4456

Directed Field Experience in Area of Concentration
(Internship) (Prerequisite: Senior standing)

4

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

BS 4450

Organizational Communication

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BS 4465

Ethical Character of Business Leadership

4

 

 

CO 1405

Microcomputer Applications

4

 

 

Total Core

20

 

 

 

 

 

8 Concentration – General Business (GB) – 32 Hours

 

 

BS 1406

Accounting Principles I (Prerequisite: CO 1405)

4

 

 

BS 2400

e-Commerce

4

 

 

BS 2406

Accounting Principles II (Prerequisite: BS 1406)

4

 

 

BS 2408

Management: Theory, Practices, and Applications

4

 

 

BS 2418

Marketing: Principles and Practices

4

 

 

EC 3403

Microeconomics

4

 

 

EC 3405

Macroeconomics

4

 

 

HD 4420

Human Resources Management: Analysis and Procedures

4

 

 

Total Concentration

32

 

Total Required Course Hours

56

 

 

 

*Elective Course Hours (select from 1000-4000 level courses)

28

 

 

 

Capstone Course

 

 

BS 4458

e-Portfolio in Business Administration
(Prerequisite: Within 12 hours of graduation)

4

 

Capstone Course Hours

4

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Bachelor's Degree

128

 

*Recommended Electives

 

BS 1405

Computers in Business

4

 

BS 2412

Financial Management

4

 

BS 3405

Business Statistics

4

 

BS 3406

Financial Accounting (Prerequisite: BS 2406)

4

 

BS 3430

Business Law

4

 

BS 4406

Managerial Accounting (Prerequisite: BS 3406)

4

 

BS 4450

Organizational Communication

4

 

Open Electives (select from 1000-4000 level courses)

 

 

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - General Business

Before being graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - General Business, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    Complete at least 128 semester hours of which at least 40 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University;

2.    Complete all required coursework for the respective degree;

3.    Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course;

4.    Pass the General Competency Test (GCT);

5.    Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

 

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – INFORMATION COMMUNICATION

The focus of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Communication is on information communication and interaction.  Students successfully completing this program will be able to enter business careers in areas where people and information come together to help provide their respective company or organization with a grounded competitive advantage.  With knowledge gained from an integrated general education and business core program  coupled with the information communication concentration courses, graduates will especially be prepared in the essential areas of communications; effective communication via the web and email; other technology enhanced communication systems; the analysis and organization of information; and project collaboration locally and via distance using leading-edge technologies.  Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter the workforce at entry levels in a broad spectrum of business–based positions or areas including technical communications specialists, technical writers, editors, public relations, marketing, web content specialists, customer relations management (CRM), information management, and other management and human interaction areas where effective communication is critical to the success of the respective organization, business, or corporation.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Information Communication, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Implement basic knowledge of business principles required for entry-level jobs in the business and non-profit organizations such as churches;

2.    Demonstrate skills and knowledge in general education areas that are foundation to life skills and further education;

3.    Effectively communicate between individuals, within organizations, and with customers or clients using a multitude of communications processes, systems, and leading-edge technologies to effectively work and contribute positively to the respective company or organization, and 

4.    Apply basic teaming, collaboration, and leadership skills in the workplace for improvement and effective operations at the individual, workgroup, corporate, and organizational levels.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course:

            BS 4458 – e-Portfolio in General Business Administration 

The Course Requirements of 128 semester credit hours for the degree program Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Communication includes general education courses (40 semester hours), program specific courses (56 semester hours), elective courses (28 semester hours), and a capstone course (4 semester hours).

General Education Courses

Sem. Hrs.

 

 

EH 1401

English Composition I

4

 

 

EH 1402

English Composition II

4

 

 

Mathematics

4

 

 

Social Science OR Behavioral Science

4

 

 

Humanities OR Fine Arts

4

 

 

Mathematics/Natural Science, Social Science/Behavioral Science, Humanities/Fine Arts

20

 

Total General Education Course Hours

40

 

 

Required Courses

 

 

1 Foundation – 4 Hours

 

 

FD 1412

Management Intervention (required at the beginning of the student’s program)

4

 

 

Total Foundation

4

 

 

 

 

 

5 Core – 20 Hours

 

 

BS 1401

Introduction to Business

4

 

 

BS 3400

Leadership and Organizational Dynamics

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BS 4456

Directed Field Experience in Area of Concentration
(Internship) (Prerequisite: Senior standing)

4

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

BS 4450

Organizational Communication

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BS 4465

Ethical Character of Business Leadership

4

 

 

CO 1405

Microcomputer Applications

4

 

 

Total Core

20

 

 

 

 

 

8 Concentration – Information Communication (IC) – 32 Hours

 

 

CO 2412

Creating a Business Presence on the Web

4

 

 

CO 2416

Technology Enhanced Communications I

4

 

 

CO 2420

Business Presentations and Publishing

4

 

 

CO 2422

Communicating via the Internet

4

 

 

CO 3412

Business Communication through Data

4

 

 

CO 3420

Managing Business Projects via Technology

4

 

 

CO 3424

Networking Systems and Data Communications I

4

 

 

CO 3430

Web Design and Applications Management I

4

 

 

Total Concentration

32

 

Total Required Course Hours

56

 

 

 

 

 

*Elective Course Hours (select from 1000-4000 level courses)

28

 

 

 

 

 

Capstone Course

 

 

BS 4458

e-Portfolio in Business Administration
(Prerequisite: Within 12 hours of graduation)

4

 

Capstone Course Hours

4

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Bachelor's Degree

128

 

*Recommended Electives

 

BS 1405

Computers in Business

4

 

BS 2400

e-Commerce

4

 

BS 3405

Business Statistics

4

 

BS 3430

Business Law

4

 

BS 4450

Organizational Communication

4

 

CO 1416

Operating Systems

4

 

CO 4430

Entrepreneurship and Creating a Winning e-Business
(Prerequisite: CO 3429)

4

 

Open Electives (select from 1000-4000 level courses)

 

 

 

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Information Communication

Before being graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Information Communication, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    Complete at least 128 semester hours of which at least 40 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University;

2.    Complete all required coursework for the respective degree;

3.    Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course;

4.    Pass the General Competency Test (GCT);

5.    Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION – INFORMATION SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

The focus of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Systems Management ranges from working with computer workstations, networks, intranets, the Internet, and training employees how to use these systems for the establishment of web servers and maintenance and security of Internet and Intranet systems.  With knowledge gained from an integrated general education and business core program  coupled with the business information services concentration courses, graduates will especially be prepared in the essential areas of information systems security, network systems, data communications systems, wireless technologies, voice–over-IP systems, training and development in information services, web design, applications management, and collaboration technologies in areas where business information services is critical to the success of the respective organization, business, or corporation.  Graduates will especially be prepared to assume positions in information technology, technical support and training, data communications specialists or analysts, management of information technology systems and services, database specialists, and internal and external customer service technology operations positions.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration -- Information Systems Management, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Implement basic knowledge of business principles required for entry-level jobs in the business and non-profit organizations such as churches;

2.    Demonstrate skills and knowledge in general education areas that are foundation to life skills and further education;

3.    Utilize current information systems, technologies, and operations to effectively work and contribute positively to the respective company or organization; and 

4.    Apply basic teaming, collaboration, and leadership skills in the workplace for effective operations at the individual, workgroup, corporate, and organizational levels.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course:

            BS 4458 – e-Portfolio in General Business Administration

The Course Requirements of 128 semester credit hours for the degree program Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Information Systems Management includes general education courses (40 semester hours), program specific courses (56 semester hours), elective courses (28 semester hours), and a capstone course (4 semester hours).

General Education Courses

Sem. Hrs.

 

 

EH 1401

English Composition I

4

 

 

EH 1402

English Composition II

4

 

 

Mathematics

4

 

 

Social Science OR Behavioral Science

4

 

 

Humanities OR Fine Arts

4

 

 

Mathematics/Natural Science, Social Science/Behavioral Science, Humanities/Fine Arts

20

 

Total General Education Course Hours

40

 

 

Required Courses

 

 

1 Foundation – 4 Hours

 

 

FD 1412

Management Intervention (required at the beginning of the student’s program)

4

 

 

Total Foundation

4

 

 

 

 

 

5 Core – 20 Hours

 

 

BS 1401

Introduction to Business

4

 

 

BS 3400

Leadership and Organizational Dynamics

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BS 4456

Directed Field Experience in Area of Concentration
(Internship) (Prerequisite: Senior standing)

4

 

 

 

-OR-

 

 

 

BS 4450

Organizational Communication

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BS 4465

Ethical Character of Business Leadership

4

 

 

CO 1405

Microcomputer Applications

4

 

 

Total Core

20

 

 

 

 

 

8 Concentration – Information Systems Management (ISM) – 32 Hours

 

 

CO 1403

Management Information Systems (MIS) in Business

4

 

 

CO 2410

Database Management (Prerequisite: CO 1405)

4

 

 

CO 2446

Open Source Business Systems I

4

 

 

CO 3420

Managing Business Projects via Technology

4

 

 

CO 3421

Principles of Training and Development in IT

4

 

 

CO 3424

Networking Systems and Data Communications I

4

 

 

CO 3426

Security Measures in Business (Prerequisite: CO 3424)

4

 

 

CO 3430

Web Design and Applications Management I

4

 

 

Total Concentration

32

 

Total Required Course Hours

56

 

 

 

 

 

*Elective Course Hours (select from 1000-4000 level courses)

28

 

 

 

 

 

Capstone Course

 

 

BS 4458

e-Portfolio in Business Administration
(Prerequisite: Within 12 hours of graduation)

4

 

Capstone Course Hours

4

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Bachelor's Degree

128

 

*Recommended Electives

 

BS 1405

Computers in Business

4

 

BS 2400

e-Commerce

4

 

BS 3405

Business Statistics

4

 

BS 3430

Business Law

4

 

BS 4450

Organizational Communication

4

 

CO 2447

Open Source Business Systems II (Prerequisite: CO 2446)

4

 

CO 3425

Networking Systems and Data Communications II
(Prerequisite: CO 3424)

4

 

Open Electives (select from 1000-4000 level courses)

 

 

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Information Systems Management

Before being graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Information Systems Management, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    Complete at least 128 semester hours of which at least 40 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University;

2.    Complete all required coursework for the respective degree;

3.    Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course;

4.    Pass the General Competency Test (GCT);

5.    Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: HUMAN RESOURCE LEADERSHIP

The emphasis of the Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership is enhancing human effort, human relationships, and human leadership.  The focus is on maintaining, securing, and effectively working with those who make up the organization.  The leadership requirements involve screening employees, meeting training and human-relation needs, making human resource forecasts, and developing compensation systems.  Successful leadership includes evaluating the effects of human-relation policies and systems on organizational performance and applying analysis and research methods to the leadership process.  The leader will need to know how to govern, measure, integrate, and reward those within the organization.  It also provides preparatory training for law school, graduate school, public relations, sales, management, church management, government work, and many other management and human interaction areas.  This program also serves as a foundation for graduate-level degrees in Organizational Leadership and Management, Pastoral Counseling, Ministerial Leadership, Professional Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy degrees offered by the University.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Implement skills and knowledge necessary to effectively function in human resource management in church organizational settings and other leadership positions.

2.    Demonstrate skills and knowledge in general education areas that are foundation to life skills and further education.

3.    Describe prominent  management principles related to Human Resource Leadership

4.    Develop a basic understanding of organizational leadership.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course: 

            HD 4424 – Human Labor Relations

The Course Requirements of 128 semester credit hours for the degree program Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership includes general education courses (40 semester hours), program specific courses (48 semester hours), elective courses (36 semester hours), and a capstone course (4 semester hours).

 

General Education Courses

Sem. Hrs.

 

 

EH 1401

English Composition I

4

 

 

EH 1402

English Composition II

4

 

 

Mathematics

4

 

 

Social Science OR Behavioral Science

4

 

 

Humanities OR Fine Arts

4

 

 

Mathematics/Natural Science, Social Science/Behavioral Science, Humanities/Fine Arts

20

 

Total General Education Course Hours

40

 

 

Required Courses

 

 

BS 3430

Business Law

4

 

 

FD 1412

Management Intervention (required at the beginning of the student’s program)

4

 

 

HD 4407

Motivation and Performance

4

 

 

HD 4420

Human Resources Management: Analysis and Procedures

4

 

 

HD 4422

Employment Law for Organizations

4

 

 

HD 4426

Fundamentals of Effective Leadership

4

 

 

MC 4401

Leadership Principles and Ethics

4

 

 

MC 4403

Organizational Theory and Behavior

4

 

 

MC 4405

Contemporary Supervision

4

 

 

MC 4406

Professional Public Relations

4

 

 

MC 4407

Management Principles

4

 

 

MC 4408

Money Management and Personal Finance

4

 

Total Required Course Hours

48

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Course Hours (select from 1000-4000 level courses)

36

 

 

 

 

 

Capstone Course

 

 

HD 4424

Human Labor Relations

4

 

Capstone Course Hours

4

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Bachelor's Degree

128

 

Recommended Electives

 

NT 3403

Introduction and Survey of the New Testament

4

 

OT 3401

Introduction and Survey of the Old Testament

4

 

PH 4401

World Views: Islam, Humanism, Marxism, Christianity

4

 

TH 4405

Systematic Theology

4

 

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership

Before being graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Leadership, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    Complete at least 128 semester hours of which at least 40 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University;

2.    Complete all required coursework for the respective degree;

3.    Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course;

4.    Pass the General Competency Test (GCT);

5.    Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE: MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION

This program combines the strengths of traditional management principles and practices with the art and science of traditional and emerging communication strategies to provide the essentials and enhancements required for a successful career in business and the Christian community.  Graduates will especially be prepared in such essential areas as management, leadership, team building, decision-making, critical thinking, and the knowledge of the relationship between communications strategies and the successful manager in today's fast-paced workplace.  Students will be exposed to related theories, operations, practices, and technologies in both for-profit and non-profit arenas.  It also provides preparatory training for law school, graduate school, public relations, sales, management, church management, ministerial communication, government work, and many other management and human interaction areas.  This program also serves as a foundation for graduate-level degrees in Leadership and Management, Behavioral Leadership and Management, Pastoral Counseling, Ministerial Leadership, Professional Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy degrees offered by the University.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Management Communication Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Implement basic knowledge of management principles required by ministers and for other leadership functions.

2.    Demonstrate skills and knowledge in general education areas that are foundation to life skills and further education.

3.    Develop a basic understanding of organizational leadership.

4.    Develop basic skills for effective public and private communications in the church setting and with other organizations.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course: 

            MC 4409 – Conflict Management and Negotiation

The Course Requirements of 128 semester credit hours for the degree program Bachelor of Science in Management Communication includes general education courses (40 semester hours), program specific courses (36 semester hours), elective courses (48 semester hours), and a capstone course (4 semester hours).

 

General Education Courses

Sem. Hrs.

 

 

EH 1401

English Composition I

4

 

 

EH 1402

English Composition II

4

 

 

Mathematics

4

 

 

Social Science OR Behavioral Science

4

 

 

Humanities OR Fine Arts

4

 

 

Mathematics/Natural Science, Social Science/Behavioral Science, Humanities/Fine Arts

20

 

Total General Education Course Hours

40

 

 

Required Courses

 

 

FD 1412

Management Intervention (required at the beginning of the student’s program)

4

 

 

MC 4401

Leadership Principles and Ethics

4

 

 

MC 4402

Communication in Professional Settings

4

 

 

MC 4403

Organizational Theory and Behavior

4

 

 

MC 4404

Human Relations and Problem Solving

4

 

 

MC 4405

Contemporary Supervision

4

 

 

MC 4406

Professional Public Relations

4

 

 

MC 4407

Management Principles

4

 

 

MC 4408

Money Management and Personal Finance

4

 

Total Required Course Hours

36

 

 

 

 

 

Elective Course Hours (select from 1000-4000 level courses)

48

 

 

 

 

 

Capstone Course

 

 

MC 4409

Conflict Management and Negotiation

4

 

Capstone Course Hours

4

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Bachelor's Degree

128

 

Recommended Electives

 

NT 3403

Introduction and Survey of the New Testament

4

 

OT 3401

Introduction and Survey of the Old Testament

4

 

PH 4401

World Views: Islam, Humanism, Marxism, Christianity

4

 

TH 4405

Systematic Theology

4

 

Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Management Communication

Before being graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Management Communications, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    Complete at least 128 semester hours of which at least 40 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University;

2.    Complete all required coursework for the respective degree;

3.    Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course;

4.    Pass the General Competency Test (GCT);

5.    Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher; and

6.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF SCIENCE IN LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

Through the down-sizing, re-engineering, and global competitive forces of recent years, today's organizations have fewer professionals who carry a heavier workload than in previous decades.  Likewise, the extremely tight labor market in today's organizations must provide a work environment and benefits designed to keep its most productive employees or lose them to other organizations, or worse, competitors.  As a result of this changing workplace, today's management professionals must be well versed in a wide variety of management skills that include team building, leadership development, conflict resolution, negotiations, diversity issues, productivity improvement strategies, planning, organizational development and change, and creative and efficient use of emerging technologies.  Equally important, in keeping with Amridge University’s Christian heritage, these skills are provided in a context of ethical and moral approaches that are so badly needed in today’s society and business world.  The Master of Science in Leadership and Management is specially designed to provide our graduates with these critical skills and knowledge that will help them in an organization in today's competitive workplace.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Leadership and Management Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Apply a wide variety of management skills which are effective in church settings or in other groups and organizations.

2.    Implement ethical and moral regulations needed to operate in social, religious, and business communities.

3.    Describe methods of team building.

4.    Identify conflict resolutions, diversity issues, and productive improvement strategies.

5.    Plan for and develop change.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course:

            LD 6555 – Strategies for Organizational Change 

Applications for admission to the Master of Science in Leadership and Management program will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Science in Leadership and Management may be completed in 4 semesters.  A student may take his or her courses on a part-time (one course per semester) or full-time basis (two courses per semester).

The Course Requirements of 40 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Science in Leadership and Management includes program specific courses (30 semester hours) and non-specific courses (10 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Master of Science in Leadership and Management

Sem. Hrs.

 Specific Courses

 

  

LD 6551

Leadership Foundations

5

 

 

LD 6552

Building Effective Organizations

5

 

 

LD 6553

Leadership Vision and Values

5

 

 

LD 6555

Strategies for Organizational Change (Capstone Course)

5

 

 

LD 6557

Organizational Communication

5

 

 

RS 6539

Research and Evaluation

5

 

 Total Specific Course Hours

30

 

 

 

 

 

 Non-Specific Courses

 

  

 

The student may choose two courses from the following:

10

 

 

LD 6520

Managerial Finance

 

 

 

LD 6554

Systems for Today’s Leaders

 

 

 

LD 6556

Organizational Group Leadership

 

 

 

LD 6558

Theories of Motivational Leadership

 

 

 

LD 6559

Military Leadership Models

 

 

 

LD 6560

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

 

 

 

LD 6561

Organizational Development

 

 

 

LD 6562

Spiritual Leadership within the Organization

 

 

 

LD 6570

Organizational Behavior

 

 

 

LD 6572

Management of Teams

 

 

 

LD 6573

Project Management

 

 

 

LD 6574

Leadership through Coaching and Mentoring

 

 

 

LD 6575

Team Leadership for Church Development

 

 

 

LD 6580

Human Resource Leadership

 

 

 

RS 6545

Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology

 

 

 Total Non-Specific Course Hours

10

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Masters Degree

40

 

 

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Science in Leadership and Management

Before being graduated with the Master of Science in Leadership and Management, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A total of 40 graduate semester hours of the required course work;

2.    At least 25 of the graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University.  Also, any possible transfer of graduate credits taken from another accredited institution must be agreed upon by the end of the first enrolled semester at Amridge University;

3.    Complete all required coursework for the degree;

4.    Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course;

5.    Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0;

6.    Students who expect to pursue further graduate study beyond this degree should maintain a 3.0 GPA; and

7.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

ADMISSION AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN BEHAVIORAL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

The Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management is designed for individuals who need a more in-depth and comprehensive preparation for leadership than that provided in the Master of Science program.  The Master of Arts program provides the student with knowledge and skills for leading individuals, groups and organizations.  The program addresses the behavioral attributes and appropriate leadership skills for organizations as well as individuals.  The student will be prepared to perform leadership responsibilities for industry, business, organizations or informal groups. Through the down-sizing, re-engineering, and global competitive forces of recent years, today's organizations have fewer professionals who carry a heavier workload than in previous decades.  Likewise, the extremely tight labor market in today's organizations must provide a work environment and benefits designed to keep its most productive employees or lose them to other organizations, or worse, competitors.  As a result of this changing workplace, today's management professionals must be well versed in a wide variety of management skills that include team building, leadership development, conflict resolution, negotiations, diversity issues, productivity improvement strategies, planning, organizational development and change, and creative and efficient use of emerging technologies.  Equally important, in keeping with Amridge University’s Christian heritage, these skills are provided in a context of ethical and moral approaches that are so badly needed in today’s society and business world.  The Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management is specially designed to provide our graduates with these critical skills and knowledge that will help them in an organization in today's competitive workplace.

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management Program, the graduate will be able to:

1.    Implement necessary knowledge and skills for leading individuals in church settings or in other groups and organizations.

2.    Perform leadership responsibilities for church, industry, business, or informal groups.

3.    Discuss a wide variety of leadership and management strategies.

4.    Seek employment to teach on the college level.

5.    Identify ways to change behaviors within organizations.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course: 

LD 6555 – Strategies for Organizational Change

Applications for admission to the Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management program will not be considered complete until all of the following items are properly will not be considered complete until the following items are completed and submitted:

1.    Application with fee.

2.    Official transcript showing an earned 4 year Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally or selected nationally accredited institution.

If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation.  The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation.  No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management may be completed in 6 semesters.  A student may take his or her courses on a part-time (one course per semester) or full-time basis (two courses per semester).

The Course Requirements of 60 semester credit hours for the degree program Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management includes program specific courses (30 semester hours) and non-specific courses (30 semester hours).

 

Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management

Sem. Hrs.

 Specific Courses

 

  

LD 6551

Leadership Foundations

5

 

 

LD 6552

Building Effective Organizations

5

 

 

LD 6553

Leadership Vision and Values

5

 

 

LD 6555

Strategies for Organizational Change (Capstone Course)

5

 

 

LD 6557

Organizational Communication

5

 

 

RS 6539

Research and Evaluation

5

 

 Total Specific Course Hours

30

 

 

 

 

 

 Non-Specific Courses

 

  

 

The student may choose six courses from the following:

30

 

 

LD 6520

Managerial Finance

 

 

 

LD 6554

Systems for Today’s Leaders

 

 

 

LD 6556

Organizational Group Leadership

 

 

 

LD 6558

Theories of Motivational Leadership

 

 

 

LD 6559

Military Leadership Models

 

 

 

LD 6560

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

 

 

 

LD 6561

Organizational Development

 

 

 

LD 6562

Spiritual Leadership within the Organization

 

 

 

LD 6570

Organizational Behavior

 

 

 

LD 6572

Management of Teams

 

 

 

LD 6573

Project Management

 

 

 

LD 6574

Leadership through Coaching and Mentoring

 

 

 

LD 6575

Team Leadership for Church Development

 

 

 

LD 6580

Human Resource Leadership

 

 

 

RS 6545

Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology

 

 

 Total Non-Specific Course Hours

30

 

 

 

 

 

Total Hours for Masters Degree

60

 

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management

Before being graduated with the Master of Arts in Behavioral Leadership and Management, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A total of 60 graduate semester hours of the required course work.

2.    At least 35 of the graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University.  Also, any possible transfer of graduate credits taken from another accredited institution must be agreed upon by the end of the first enrolled semester at Amridge University;

3.    Complete all required coursework for the degree;

4.    Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course;

5.    Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0; and

Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site.  The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate.  Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met.  Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.


 

 


 

 

Source Notes