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With an emphasis on developing a strong portfolio of specialized knowledge and practical skills for managers and leaders in a variety of business environments, the Bachelor of Arts in management offers a solid foundation upon which students can build as they progress in their personal and professional development and in their careers.  Students will learn to organize, motivate, and lead individuals in diverse public and private business enterprises. Students can also choose from a menu of course options that allow them to tailor their studies around their unique professional and career interests.

Throughout their course of study, students will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with faculty who are themselves business owners, specialists, experts, and consultants in their fields. The faculty and staff who work with students in the Bachelor of Arts in Management program are deeply committed to the academic success as well as to the personal and professional development of students.

As a transfer-friendly degree, the Bachelor of Arts in Management is designed to maximize the number of transfer credits counted toward the degree which can facilitate accelerated degree completion that compliments the student’s schedule and career aspirations. The Bachelor of Arts in management also provides preparation for success at the master’s degree level in programs such as the Master of Science in Human Resource Management, the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, the Master of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, the Master of Public Administration, as well as the MBA.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Management

The BA in Management requires completion of 120 units follows: 36 units of general education, 33 units of major, and 51 units of elective courses, including courses taken toward minors. (See Declaring Minors below for more information.) Each course listed carries three semester units of credit, unless otherwise noted. A cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 “C” or higher is required in all courses taken at Golden Gate University.

All degree-seeking undergraduate students must complete their English, mathematics and critical thinking requirements within their first 27 units at Golden Gate University, unless they have already earned credit for the equivalent courses from another institution and have had those courses accepted in transfer by Golden Gate University. If either Math or English requirements for the degree have not been satisfied, newly enrolled students must take placement tests to ensure proper placement in the appropriate Math or English course. Students may also choose to waive the placement tests and enroll in the first course in either series, which are ENGL 10A and MATH 10. (See the course descriptions below to identify courses that have prerequisite course requirements.)


Lifelong Learning and Self Development - 3 units

UGP 10
Gateway to Success

Communication and Critical Thinking - 9 units

Critical Thinking
Research Writing
Plus one of the following:
Speech Communication
Understanding Communication

Quantitative Reasoning - 3 units

One of the following:

Applied Intermediate Algebra
From Numbers to Decisions

Liberal Studies - 21 Units

Contemporary Arts and Culture (or any other ARTS course offered)
Contemporary American Economic History (or any other HIST course offered)
HUM 50
Examining the Humanities (or any other HUM course offered)
LIT 10
LIT 10 Foundations of Literary Study OR LIT 160 Business in Movies (or any other LIT course offered)
Professional & Personal Ethics (or any other PHIL course offered)
SCI 50
Science, Technology & Social Change (or any other SCI course offered)
American Government in the 21st Century (or any other SOSC course offered)


Introduction to Psychology (or any other PSYCH course offered)


Foundation Courses - 12 units

Introductory Financial Accounting
Principles of Microeconomics


Principles of Macroeconomics
ENGL 120
Business Writing

Management Courses - 15 units

MGT 100
Manager as Communicator
MGT 140
Management Principles
MGT 141
Organizational Leadership
MGT 160
Management & Leadership Strategy
OLHS 115
Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations

Emphasis Courses - 6 units

Students may select one course from each group or both courses from the same group.

Emphasis on Leadership, Human Skills Development, and Diversity Skills and Knowledge
MGT 165
Corporate Social Responsibility
MGT 190
Entrepreneurship and Small Business
OLHS 110
Emotional and Social Intelligence at Work
OLHS 114
Leading Effectively through People, Teams, and Organizations
OLHS 116
Innovation and Creativity in Organizations
OLHS 117
Adaptability and Agility in a Disruptive World
Psychology of Leadership
Emphasis on Qualitative and Technical Skills and Knowledge
Introductory Managerial Accounting
Introduction to Business & Data Analytics
DATA 101
Data Visualization for Business
FI 160
Personal Financial Planning
MGT 173
Human Resource Management
MGT 179
Introduction to International Business
MKT 100
Principles of Marketing


Select seventeen additional 3-unit upper or lower-division courses from any subject for a total of 51 units. Note: courses used tocomplete minors also count toward this requirement.

Declaring Minors

To be eligible to declare minors, students must have already completed the required coursework, or be able to complete it intheir final terms without requiring waivers, substitutions, or directed study courses, unless they are approved in advance by thedepartment chair, program director, or dean.

Students may declare minors when they have completed the required coursework, or after the “Last Day to Drop Course with-out Tuition Charge” (per the Academic Calendar) for their final terms.

Students may declare up to two minors in a given degree program. Students seeking to declare more than two minors will be re-quired to appeal to the dean for approval. Students’ diplomas will list the minors that they had successfully completed at thetime their degrees were conferred. Students may not declare additional minors after their degrees have been conferred.

The following minors are available for this major:

  • Accounting Minor
  • Business Minor
  • Data Analytics Minor
  • Finance Minor
  • Human Resource Management Minor
  • Information Technology Minor
  • International Business Minor
  • Law Minor
  • Literature Minor
  • Management Minor
  • Marketing Minor
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management Minor
  • Organizational Leadership and Human Skills Development Minor
  • Psychology Minor
  • Public Administration Minor

Management Minor

The Management Minor offers a selection of specialized courses that address current, emerging, and future areas of managementand leadership practice. Specifically, this program of study offers students an introduction to essential management concepts,techniques, practices, and strategies all of which are designed to strengthen employee engagement, boost morale, and accelerateorganizational performance.

Required Courses - 15 units

MGT 100
The Manager as Communicator
MGT 140
Management Principles
MGT 141
Organizational Leadership
MGT 160
Management and Leadership Strategy
MGT 165
Corporate Social Responsibility
MGT 165
Corporate Social Responsibility
MGT 190
Entrepreneurship and Small Business
OLHS 110
Emotional and Social Intelligence at Work
OLHS 114
Leading Effectively through People, Teams, and Organizations
OLHS 115
Diversity and Inclusion in Organizations
OLHS 116
Innovation and Creativity in Organizations
OLHS 117
Adaptability and Agility in a Disruptive World
Psychology of Leadership


Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Management, including the general education curriculum, will be able to:
  • Construct written communications that clearly articulates and promotes business ideas, arguments, or solutions (written communication)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal communication skills in collaborative projects, through persuasive speech, and in providing clear directions, instructions, and guidelines within a business setting (oral communication)
  • Address a complex problem in business management using strategies and tactics that lead to the development of actionable solutions (problem solving/critical thinking)
  • Demonstrate ethical decision-making in business and develops strategies, practices, and policies that advance ethical management practices and corporate social responsibility (ethics/specialized knowledge)
  • Locate, evaluate and apply information, using a variety of research tools, in analysis of a complex business management problem (information literacy/critical thinking)
  • Analyze and interpret quantitative data and apply results to improve business management strategy, tactics, and practice (quantitative fluency)
  • Demonstrate the self-awareness and habits required to identify, integrate, and apply new information and skills that increase personal and professional effectiveness in business contexts (lifelong learning)
  • Define, explain, and correctly apply concepts, theories and practices in business management (specialized knowledge)
  • Develop innovative approaches and solutions to an existing or emerging challenge in business management that also draw on disciplinary perspectives of ethics, other humanities and/or social sciences (broad integrative knowledge/creative thinking/problem solving)
  • Integrate and apply concepts, theories, strategies, and tactics of business management in the construction of summative projects (specialized knowledge/broad integrative knowledge)

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