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Appalachian’s Department of Management offers new concentrations this fall

BOONE—The Department of Management in the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University will offer three new concentrations as part of its B.S.B.A. degree in management. Beginning this fall, students majoring in the department can choose entrepreneurship, human resource management or a general management concentration.

“For some time we have had a general management major that did not provide students the opportunity to focus on a particular area,” department chair Stella Anderson said. “The reformulated major allows students to choose one of the three concentrations.”

Students will take 18 semester hours in their concentration in addition to coursework required by the department and the business college.

The concentration in entrepreneurship will allow students to customize the program based on their individual interests. For example, students interested in marketing can take marketing electives. Students interested in technology may take, with permission from the appropriate department, electives in computer information systems, computer science or technology.

“There is increasing interest in entrepreneurship among both business and non-business students at Appalachian,” says Bryan Toney, director of Appalachian’s Center for Entrepreneurship. “This new concentration is a first step in providing more entrepreneurship education opportunities for all of our students. It not only helps better prepare students who want to own their own business, but it also makes them more valuable employees in an increasingly entrepreneurial world.”

“Management is the largest major in the Walker College of Business,” said Dr. Hugh Hindman, who coordinates the human resource management track. “We wanted to give students some options for specialization. Student interest drove creation of the entrepreneurship concentration, and our faculty expertise in human resource management led to that concentration.”

For years, the management department has collaborated with the Department of Psychology to offer a master’s degree in industrial/organizational psychology and human resource management.

“We’d like to have an Appalachian graduate in human resources offices in companies across the state,” Hindman said.

The general management concentration provides an overview of the profession.

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