Management, B.S. (Capital)

Program Code: MNGMT_BS

Program Description

This major provides students with the knowledge and skills managers need in today's dynamic business environments. Core management courses instill key management competencies, such as effective leadership, team building, conflict management, and facilitating organizational change. Beyond the core courses, an array of supporting courses enables students to focus on areas such as entrepreneurship and small business management, corporate innovation and knowledge management, international management, social entrepreneurship, managing diversity, and so on. Career opportunities exist in general management and management trainee positions, in internal and external management consulting, human resource management, organizational change agents, small and family businesses, as well as entrepreneurial contexts.

What is Management?

Organizations need managers and leaders: people who can effectively lead organizations and manage the people in them, as well as develop and implement strategies that will lead to success. Management majors gain the knowledge and skills that will enable them to deal with the contemporary challenges facing organizations including leading and motivating people, working effectively in teams, developing effective organizational cultures, thinking ethically, inclusively, strategically, and sustainably, balancing the interests of multiple stakeholders in complex, legal, political, and ethical environments, and leading change.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You have an aptitude for leadership or team-building.
  • You have strong communication and motivation skills.
  • You enjoy working with people.
  • You want a career in business or human resources.

Entrance to Major

Entry to the Management major requires the completion of 8 entry-to-major courses: ACCTG 211, ECON 102, ENGL 15* or ENGL 30T* or ENGL 30H* or ESL 15*, FIN 301, MATH 110* or MATH 140*, MGMT 301*, MKTG 301, SCM 200* or STAT 200*; and a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

Additional information about this major is available in the office of the Director of Undergraduate Studies, School of Business Administration at Penn State Harrisburg.


requires a grade of C or better

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Management, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives (non-business courses) 8
Requirements for the Major 85

18 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.

Consistent with Senate Policy 83-80.5, at least 24 credits of course work in the major and the capstone course must be completed at the Capital College to earn the degree.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
BA 364YInternational Business and Society3
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
ECON 104Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
FIN 301Corporation Finance3
MIS 390Information Systems Management and Applications3
MKTG 301Principles of Marketing3
SCM 301Supply Chain Management3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BA 462Business Strategy3
ENGL 202DEffective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MGMT 301Basic Management Concepts3
MGMT 400Organization Development3
MGMT 420Negotiation and Conflict Management3
MGMT 433Leadership and Team Building3
Additional Courses
BA 241
BA 242
Legal Environment of Business
and Social and Ethical Environment of Business
or BA 243 Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
MIS 204Introduction to Management Information Systems Keystone/General Education Course3
or MIS 250 Introduction to Problem Solving with Spreadsheet Analysis and Information Systems Management
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 110Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course4
or MATH 140 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
SCM 200Introduction to Statistics for Business Keystone/General Education Course4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from the following in ENGL or ESL:3
Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Honors Freshman Composition First-Year Seminar Keystone/General Education Course
Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
ESL Composition for American Academic Communication II Keystone/General Education Course
Select 9 credits in MGMT at the 300-400 level from the following (at least 3 credits at the 400 level), in consultation with an academic adviser:9
Organizational Behavior and Design
Human Resource Management
Leadership and Change in Organizations
Social Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
Managing a Diverse Workforce
Creativity and Innovation
International Management
Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12 credits from 200-400 level business courses from: ACCTG, BA, ECON, FIN, MIS, MGMT, MKTG, or SCM in consultation with an academic adviser and in support of the student's interests12

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required and Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Breadth in the Knowledge Domains (Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Integrative Studies

  • Inter-Domain Courses (Inter-Domain): 6 credits


  • GN, may be completed with Inter-Domain courses: 3 credits
  • GA, GH, GN, GS, Inter-Domain courses. This may include 3 credits of World Language course work beyond the 12th credit level or the requirements for the student’s degree program, whichever is higher: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Integrated B.S. in Management and M.B.A. in Business Administration

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Management and M.B.A. in Business Administration can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Learning Outcomes

Student graduates of our baccalaureate degree programs should be:

  1. Effective communicators.
    1. Present verbally, thoughts and ideas in a way that can be clearly understood by a target audience.
    2. Convey ideas in a clear, coherent manner in written communication.
  2. Ethical and socially responsible.
    1. Be competent in analyzing social and ethical decision making issues in organizations.
  3. Critical thinkers.
    1. Be able to think and identify multiple dimensions of company issues and performances and make an assessment of company performances in achieving financial and strategic objectives, tracking their achievements, and giving management of companies a more complete and balanced view of how the organization is performing.
  4. Competent in the Management Discipline through knowledge of:
    1. Leadership and Team Building.
      1. Demonstrate skills and knowledge necessary to become effective leaders in organizations, including leadership styles, styles of influence, persuasion, and negotiation.
      2. Demonstrate skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively with others in team settings, including team building techniques, team performance management, and conflict management.
    2. Human Resources Management.
      1. Demonstrate skills and knowledge necessary to plan and implement human resources management functions including staffing, development, appraisal, and rewarding.  Learning skills and knowledge of recruiting, training and developing human capital for organizations.
    3. Negotiation and Conflict Management.
      1. Recognize and describe the critical concepts in negotiation and conflict management.
      2. Develop the ability to negotiate effectively.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.



David Morand, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Olmsted Building E356
Middletown, PA 17057

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2024-25 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition.

Management, B.S. at Harrisburg Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
ENGL 15, 15S, 30T, or ESL 15‡#3CAS 100A or 100S3
MATH 110 or 140#†4STAT 200 or SCM 200#†4
General Education Course3MGMT 301*#3
ECON 102#†3General Education Course3
General Education Course 1.5General Education Course3
 14.5 16
Second Year
ACCTG 211# 4FIN 301# 3
MKTG 301# 3MIS 204 or 2503
General Education Course3ENGL 202D3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 16 15
Third Year
BA 2412MGMT 420*3
BA 2422MGMT 433* 3
ECON 1043MIS 3903
SCM 3013Human Resources Concentration or Entrepreneurship Concentration or Individualized Concentration*3
MGMT 341* 3Non-Business Elective3
General Education Course 1.5 
 14.5 15
Fourth Year
BA 364Y3BA 462* 3
Human Resources Concentration or Entrepreneurship Concentration or Individualized Concentration*3300-400 level credits in MGMT * 3
200-400 level Business courses in consultation with adviser6200-400 level Business courses in consultation with adviser6
Non-Business Elective2Non-Business Elective3
 14 15
Total Credits 120

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education


Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ), Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) and Integrative Studies (Inter-domain) requirements. N or Q (Honors) is the suffix at the end of a course number used to help identify an Inter-domain course, but the inter-domain attribute is used to fill audit requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Advising Notes

  • Courses required for the major must be generally taken within 10 years of entrance to major.
  • MGMT 495 - Internship satisfies a business support requirement. For more information, contact the Management Program Coordinator.
  • Students must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures (US)" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)." B A 364 (US/IL) may be used to meet either the IL or US requirement, but may be used to fulfill only 3 of the 6 credit requirement. 
  • 30 credits of GA, GH, GHW, GN, and GS to include 6 Integrative Studies credits.
  • 15 credits of GQ and GWS require a grade of "C" or better.

Career Paths

The Human Resources Management concentration prepares students for a career in human resource management by developing skills and competencies including managing diversity and equal opportunity, ethical and fair treatment of employees, planning and staffing, training and development, compensation and benefits, performance management, and protecting employee safety and health. The Entrepreneurship concentration introduces undergraduate students to the process of new venture development. Topics include business plan development, the nature of management in small business, and the role of creativity and innovation in the entrepreneurial process. Opportunities are provided for student participation in the development of an actual new business venture.


Opportunities for Graduate Studies

The School of Business Administration offers a limited number of academically superior Bachelor of Science in Management candidates the opportunity to enroll in an integrated, continuous program of study leading to both the Bachelor of Science in Management and the Master of Business Administration.



The B.S. in Management offered by the School of Business Administration at Penn State Harrisburg, the Capital College, is accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  AACSB’s mission is to foster engagement, accelerate innovation, and amplify impact in business education.  Synonymous with the highest standards of excellence since 1916, AACSB provides quality assurance, business education intelligence, and professional development services to over 1,600 member organizations and more than 800 accredited business schools worldwide.  AACSB International (AACSB) connects educators, students, and business to achieve a common goal: to create the next generation of great leaders.




Olmsted Building E355
Middletown, PA 17057