West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Management
College of Business and Public Management
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Name: Dr. Xiaowei (Linda) Zhu
Position: Department Chair
Name: Dr. Li Lu
Position: Assistant Department Chair
Name: Denise Gonzalez
Position: Department Secretary
The B.S. in Management provides students with the skills necessary to manage organizations effectively. Students will acquire business knowledge and learn to think critically, solve problems analytically and communicate effectively. In addition, they will develop an ethical mindset and a global perspective on business.The breadth and depth of management makes it an ideal degree choice for furthering careers in a variety of organization types, including small businesses, large corporations, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies.
Reflecting the growing globalization of commerce and the expansion in opportunities for international careers, the Management Department offers a Bachelor of Science in International Business.
The B.S. in International Business is grounded in the School of Business, but draws from a range of disciplines across the university. The program's design enables students to gain the knowledge, skills and experience needed to understand and make international business in a cross- and multi-cultural context. The program encourages and facilitates the completion of an international education experience (i.e. "study abroad"), a complementary minor, and/or a foreign language proficiency.
The complexities of the twenty-first century workplace require that managers at all levels of an organization have a strong working knowledge of laws that impact them. Managers who fail to grasp this reality run the risk of incurring liability for their organization. The Business Law Minor is designed to help students develop a practical understanding of law as it applies to organizational decision-making and strategy.
The 18-credit Entrepreneurship minor introduces students to the theory and practice of entrepreneurship. This minor is designed for students from all WCU majors who want to start a business now or in the future, work in a startup or small business, or learn about entrepreneurship. The minor blends the theory and practice of entrepreneurship. Courses address creativity and idea generation, ethics, social entrepreneurship, lean startup principles, feasibility, business models, business plans, market research, financing, intellectual property, and many other entrepreneurship concepts and practices. Students develop an idea for a business, test its feasibility, write a business plan, and present it. Students experience entrepreneurship first-hand through a 3- or 6-credit internship with a small or startup organization.
Human resource management plays a vital role in the life of all organizations and the field has evolved such that human resource professionals are now viewed as strategic business partners who assist senior managers in key areas of organizational leadership. The 18-credit blended Minor in Human Resource Management will introduce students to the core competencies of the field including employment law, staffing and development, and compensation. In addition, students will gain key insights about organizational behavior and a marketable skillset that transcends disciplines.
Reflecting the growing globalization of commerce and the expansion in opportunities for international careers, the Management Department offers an International Business Minor.
Students are allowed to choose electives from a variety of related courses in areas such as anthropology, literature, economics and finance, geography, history, and political science. Students can also select approved courses "culture cluster" courses offered by the Department of Foreign Languages.
Depending on the interests of the student, it might be appropriate to select a body of courses for the minor that pertain to a particular country or region of the world. This approach would allow a degree of specialization regarding that country or that geographic region. As one example, students who select courses related to the Spanish language might also take elective courses related to Spain or to Latin America.
West Chester University's 30-credit online Master of Science in Human Resource Management is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and aligned with the curriculum standards developed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). The Degree prepares individuals to advance within the human resource profession at the highest levels. It trains students in all facets of human resource management across industries and organizational types. The curriculum focuses on the development of core competencies in the areas of: compensation and benefits; employee and labor relations; ethics; global human resources; human resource metrics; leadership and change management; and workforce planning. The program is offered entirely online in a seven-week format to meet the needs of working professionals.
West Chester University's 12-credit online Certificate in Human Resource Management is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). The Certificate is designed for both HR and non-HR professionals across industries and organizational types seeking to advance their skillset within the field of human resources. The 12-credit curriculum is structured to help students develop core competencies in critical areas of HR management such as employment and labor relations; compensation and benefits; employee and labor relations; ethics; global human resources; human resource metrics; leadership and change management; and workforce planning. The program is offered entirely online in a seven-week format to meet the needs of working professionals.