Goldey-Beacom College recognizes that effective leadership requires a range of skills and a breadth of knowledge from a variety of disciplines. Therefore, the curriculum has two major components aimed at developing the full human and professional capabilities of the individual. These components are the concentration or major, and the liberal arts component.
Students may select a major or concentration of courses which provides specialization and builds particular competencies. Each degree curriculum provides a balance of general education and major/related courses. All undergraduate degrees are designed to meet a standard set of general education program goals, in addition to maintaining their own program-specific goals.
The Major Component
Each program of study at Goldey-Beacom College is fashioned around a common academic core of coursework designed to prepare the student for their chosen field (e.g. psychology, business, economics). All programs are carefully designed to give students an ideal mix of practical skills and in-depth theoretical understanding of the subject matter.
The Liberal Arts/General Education Component
The liberal arts/general education component is designed to provide students with the broader context of human, social, and economic perspectives which complement the content of business studies. Successful business leaders understand the implications their decisions have on themselves, their families, their communities, and their working environment. These decisions involve ethnical judgment, clear and analytical thinking, a sense of social responsibility, an understanding of people, and a notion of justice. Goldey-Beacom College's liberal arts/general education curriculum seeks to help students realize that business leadership is more than the mastery of a series of skills. It is the understanding of a complex social environment. Therefore, the course in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and communications foster:
- A faculty for critical and analytical thinking.
- A facility for quantitative analysis.
- An appreciation of our cultural and intellectual heritage.
- An international perspective.
- A moral and ethical awareness.
- A capacity for excellence in written and oral communications.
- An understanding of self and society
General Education Curriculum
Goldey-Beacom College's general education curriculum is designed to provide students with the broader context of global, social, historical, and economic perspectives which complement the content knowledge of major studies. All bachelor's degree programs follow the "60/40 rule" common in higher education that requires a balance of general education and major/related courses. Between 40 and 60 percent of any given bachelor degree program consists of general education courses, with the remaining 40 to 60 percent of the program consisting of major/related courses. The general education core broadens students' horizons, enabling them to understand the implications their decisions have on themselves, their families, communities, and their working environment. These decisions involve ethical judgement, clear and analytical thinking, a sense of social responsibility, an understanding of people, and a notion of justice.
Courses in humanities, mathematics, technology, social sciences, and communication nurture and cultivate the following skills and capacities in our students:
- Competence in writing for specific purposes, audiences, and genres
- Demonstrated ability to conduct college-level research
- Proficiency in using contemporary technologies for communication
- Effective oral and interpersonal communication skills
- Competence in mathematics and mathematical software applications
- Awareness and sensitivity to interpersonal and cultural relations
- High standards of professional, ethical, and academic behavior
The general education component is composed of the following courses for all bachelor degree programs at the College:
* BA English does not require STA 326
** Varies by program
Undergraduate General Education Program Goals
Upon successful completion of the Bachelor's degree in all programs within the College, students will:
- demonstrate competence in writing for specific purposes, audiences, and genres.
- demonstrate the ability to conduct college-level research.
- demonstrate competence in using contemporary technologies for communication.
- demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
- demonstrate competence in mathematics and mathematical software applications.
- demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to interpersonal and cultural relations.
- demonstrate an understanding of ethics and adhere to high standards of professional and academic integrity.
Business Studies Mission Statement
The Mission of the Business Unit at Goldey-Beacom College is to provide students a relevant and rigorous business education on both the graduate and undergraduate level. Studies will equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to obtain and excel in business careers through 1) a foundation understanding of all areas of business, 2) expertise in a focused area of business, and 3) an understanding of ethical practices in today's diverse and global business environment. The business studies provided by this unit, when coupled with the College's rich general education offerings, will produce well-rounded graduates valued by employers, capable of further advanced studies if desired, and recognized for mastery in their field.
Goals of the Business Unit at Goldey-Beacom College
- A broad based knowledge of the functional areas of business, including accounting, marketing, finance, and management
- Evident expertise in a chosen business area or concentration
- Research capabilities within the chosen business area or concentration, if selected
- Leadership skills needed to manage organizations that include communications, problem-solving, and utilization of technology taught within an ethical context
Business Administration, B.S.
Business Administration, Entrepreneurial Studies Concentration, B.S.
Business Administration, Financial Management Concentration, B.S.
Business Administration, Health Care Management Concentration, B.S.
Business Administration, Human Resource Management Concentration, B.S.
Business Administration, Information Technology Concentration, B.S.
Business Administration, International Business Management Concentration, B.S.
Business Administration, Legal Studies Concentration, B.S.
Business Administration, Management Concentration, B.S.
Business Administration, Marketing Management Concentration, B.S.
Business Administration, Organizational Psychology Concentration, B.S.
Business Administration, Sports Management Concentration, B.S.
Criminal Justice, B.A.
English, Culture and Technology Concentration, B.A.
English, Legal Studies Concentration, B.A.
Students may opt to earn a minor by typically completing a minimum of 9 credits or 3 courses above and beyond the courses required for the first degree, or major. Minors are to be completed concurrently with the program of study, or within a year, of graduation.
Goldey-Beacom College offers minors in the following areas:
Five-Year Bachelor/Master Degrees
With the demand for master's degree candidates drastically increasing in the corporate sector, Goldey-Beacom College is proud to offer the Five-Year Bachelor/Master Degree program. Students now have the opportunity to graduate with both a Bachelor of Science and either a Master of Business Administration or Master of Management degree in as little as five years.
Students in this program are invited to take two graduate courses in place of two undergraduate electives that will count towards both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. An undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required to participate in this program. To continue into the graduate program after the successful completion of the two graduate courses, students must meet all graduate admissions requirements and have earned a "B" or better in each graduate course taken.
Additional benefits include the waiver of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and waiver of the Graduate Program application fee. Scholarship assistance is available.
Here are some sample five-year programs:
- BS/MBA Finance
- BS/MBA Human Resource Management
- BS/MBA Marketing Management
- BS/MM Management
Contact the Admissions Office to learn more at (302) 225-6248.
To foster our students' professional growth, the College offers the following certificate programs: