Saturday, May 05, 2007

Management Program, Drake University - CJT

The management major at Drake prepares students to take charge. Managers lead and coordinate; they make decisions and see that they are carried out. They coach, they direct, they strategize and resolve. Effective managers are vital to organizational success. Management students at Drake learn the basics of management by studying under well-trained faculty and listening to invited management professionals from private and public organizations. Drake management courses include role-playing, simulation exercises, individual and team projects, cases, facility tours, and other engaging learning activities. Students are challenged to learn how organizations can thrive under dramatic social and technological change in an increasingly competitive global marketplace. Plus, they are trained to perform careful, thorough analyses that accompany effective management decisions.

Drake’s management degree program is designed to make graduates extremely competitive in today’s dynamic market for entry-level managers. It develops the background and abilities needed to advance throughout a career and achieve success in both the profit and nonprofit sectors of the economy.

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in management

The seven members of the management faculty all have PhD degrees. They bring to the classroom a unique blend of business-world experience, academic training and research insight. Their specialties include performance management, organizational trust, management of diversity, and continuous operations improvement. BR>
While there are no specific high school level courses required for the management major, students are encouraged to take courses that help them develop good written and oral communication skills and to begin an early familiarization with computer technology and world events. Psychology at the high school level is also advantageous.

Management majors typically take psychology and sociology in the freshman year. Major courses taken in the junior and senior years include organizational theory, planning and control of operations, human resources management, and international business. Management majors also select two courses outside the department of management from one other major field in the College of Business and Public Administration or in another related field. This area of “special interest” is designed to reinforce the student’s career objectives.

The Drake Curriculum, required of all undergraduates, is designed to help students meet personal and professional goals as they acquire fundamental knowledge and abilities in ten Areas of Inquiry, including communication, critical thinking, artistic experience, historical consciousness, information and technology literacy, international and multicultural experiences, scientific and quantitative literacy, values and ethics and engaged citizenship. Students work closely with their academic advisers to craft a program of study in general education that prepares students for civic and professional leadership.

The Drake Curriculum also requires first-year seminars, which foster development of critical thinking and written and oral communication skills through a topical focus; and a Senior Capstone, in which students demonstrate the capacity to bring information, skills and ideas to bear on one project.

Paid internship opportunities are available during the school year and summer. Internships help majors gain valuable on-the-job experience and a competitive edge in today’s job market. A number of internships are available with organizations in the Des Moines area including: The Principal Financial Group, Wells Fargo, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Firestone, MidAmerican Energy, and state and local government agencies.

Drake’s eclectic approach to management exposes students to leadership, operations of businesses, work culture and functions of small, medium-sized and multi-national corporations. Graduates often begin their careers in management training programs or specialist positions. They advance to supervisory, middle management and senior level positions in business activities such as staff assistance, operations, human resource management, franchise management, and consumer relations. Graduates also pursue unique leadership roles in profit, not-for-profit, and public organizations.

Graduates are in the management hierarchy of leading companies throughout the world, including Procter & Gamble, Hallmark, Ralston Purina, Dun & Bradstreet, Hy-Vee, Target, Marsh and McClennan, US West Communications, Von Maur, Keystone Resort, Maytag, Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., Frito-Lay, ConAgra Inc., American Mutual Life, United Parcel Service, and The Principal Financial Group.

Organizations available to management majors include: Alpha Kappa Psi and Delta Sigma Pi, national professional business fraternities; and Beta Gamma Sigma, national professional business society. In addition, the Society for Human Resource Management student chapter, supported by the national SHRM and the central Iowa chapter, offers activities and resources for professional development. The Drake International Business Society offers information and activities for students who have an interest in international business.


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  • Joseph Williams, BN'75, senior vice president/director of equities, Commerce Trust Company (Commerce Bank), Kansas City, MO
  • Patrick Meyer, BN'87, general manager, Pella Corporation, Pella, IA
  • Paul Doucette, BN'97, legislative director, US Representative Judy Biggert - IL, US Congress, Alexandria, VA

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