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Become a Strategic, Ethical Leader

Undergraduate Leadership & Management Program

As a student in the St. Thomas Leadership & Management program, you will develop the skills and mindset for leading people, processes, and projects across all aspects of an organization. Study the effects of organizational change on managing people and achieving goals. To give you highly applicable, practical knowledge, we combine classroom studies with real project management work for a local organization. In addition to core business courses, you’ll take classes that teach you:

  • Effective leadership from both individual and organizational perspectives
  • The concepts and tools to establish an organization’s long-term vision and goals
  • How to oversee and improve upon a company’s daily routines
  • The role of the leader in leading organizational change and influencing systems
Our highly engaged faculty and small class sizes ensure that you receive plenty of individual attention, and your faculty advisor supports and guides your student journey. Forward-thinking, holistic, ethical leaders are needed in every organization, regardless of the industry. Prepare for your career in leadership at St. Thomas.

Program Overview

  • Courses
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degree Awarded
  • Tutoring
  • Internships
  • Courses

    As an undergraduate Leadership & Management major, you’re required to take core courses, concentration courses related to your major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business.

    Business Core Courses

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Concentration Courses

    MGMT 382 Leadership Development
    MGMT 480 Strategic Management
    MGMT 482 Leading Organizational Systems
    BUSN 202 MS Excel Business Applications (0 credits)
    or CISC 200 Intro to Computer Technology & Business Applications

    You must also take TWO of the following management courses:

    MGMT 360 Organizational and Employee Development
    MGMT 384 Project Management
    MGMT 388 Leading Diverse Teams

    Allied Courses

    ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics
    STAT 220 Statistics I

    You must also take ONE of these math courses:

    MATH 101 Finite Mathematics
    MATH 109 Calculus with Review II
    MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science
    MATH 113 Calculus I

    You must also take ONE of these classes:

    COJO 100 Public Speaking
    COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace
    COJO 370 Intercultural Communication
    ENGL 211 or above

    Four-Year Plan

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Allied courses: economics, math and statistics.

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Years 3 & 4

    At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll declare a business major. As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum  throughout your four years.

    Degree Awarded

    BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership & Management

    Tutoring

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    Internships

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    Courses

    As an undergraduate Leadership & Management major, you’re required to take core courses, concentration courses related to your major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business.

    Business Core Courses

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Concentration Courses

    MGMT 382 Leadership Development
    MGMT 480 Strategic Management
    MGMT 482 Leading Organizational Systems
    BUSN 202 MS Excel Business Applications (0 credits)
    or CISC 200 Intro to Computer Technology & Business Applications

    You must also take TWO of the following management courses:

    MGMT 360 Organizational and Employee Development
    MGMT 384 Project Management
    MGMT 388 Leading Diverse Teams

    Allied Courses

    ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics
    ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics
    STAT 220 Statistics I

    You must also take ONE of these math courses:

    MATH 101 Finite Mathematics
    MATH 109 Calculus with Review II
    MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science
    MATH 113 Calculus I

    You must also take ONE of these classes:

    COJO 100 Public Speaking
    COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace
    COJO 370 Intercultural Communication
    ENGL 211 or above

    Four-Year Plan

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Allied courses: economics, math and statistics.

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Years 3 & 4

    At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll declare a business major. As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum  throughout your four years.

    Degree Awarded

    BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Leadership & Management

    Tutoring

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    Internships

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    Learning Through Service: Business 200

    We believe that businesses need to be socially responsible in the communities where they operate. All undergraduate business majors and minors are required to complete BUSN 200, a zero-credit, tuition-free course that includes 40 hours of community service and a series of reflective seminars. This service learning helps you grow into a highly principled global business professional, and an effective and ethical leader who’s prepared to make positive contributions in both your profession and community.

    St. Thomas Career Services

    The experts in the Career Development Center can help you find internships, develop job hunting skills, and put you in touch with business leads—both alumni and UST connections in the broader Twin Cities business scene. We can help you:

    • Clarify your strengths and how they relate to majors and career fields
    • Map out a career plan
    • Create your résumé and prepare for interviews
    • Look for internships and jobs
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    Career Opportunities

    The Leadership & Management concentration sets students up for success in leadership development rotation programs at various companies. Typical Leadership & Management jobs also include:

    • Business Analyst
    • Project Manager
    • Leadership Development Associate
    • Management Consultant
    • Business Development Manager

    Management Department

    Learn about our outstanding faculty members, who have a wealth of academic and professional experience. Read detailed course descriptions.