Antioch University Los Angeles’s (AULA) Business and Management Studies (BMS) Concentration is designed to help students develop the knowledge necessary for understanding and critiquing the professions they will enter and lead. Business professionals must meet the challenge of understanding the complex technological, social, political, ethical, and ecological issues in the world. Critical thinking and problem-solving skills in broad interdisciplinary frameworks are essential. Issues of diversity in the workforce, economic and environmental sustainability, the changing role of capital in the global economy, and the place of information and technology are among the topics to be addressed together with a critical appreciation of the responsibilities of people in for-profit and non-profit organizations. Concerns of leadership, governance, human resource management, and strategic planning are all matters for business management in all types of organizations. Interdisciplinary coursework in philosophy, psychology, and political theory are integrated with the theory and practice of socially-responsible business management, making the curriculum relevant for entrepreneurs, for-profit and nonprofit leaders.
Business and Management Studies is offered as a major or minor area of concentration of the BA in Liberal Studies degree at AU Los Angeles.
The courses in the BMS concentration highlight the potential for business to contribute to the work of social change. BMS students may earn their degree in the Nonprofit emphasis or Social Entrepreneur emphasis. BMS will examine organizing strategies of nongovernmental organizations and nonprofits, the individuals and organizations that foster entrepreneurial change in the social sector and the innovative business practices that effect positive social outcomes.
The Business and Management concentration is available for undergraduate students pursuing a Liberal Studies degree as a major or minor area of concentration. Students must earn 40-80 units for a major area of concentration, and at least 20 units for a minor area of concentration; at least half of the major or minor should be upper division and include appropriately chosen core courses as recommended by the student’s advisor.
The core curriculum serves as a guide to students in the concentration for establishing a strong foundation and the faculty strongly recommend that BMS students take as many of the core courses as possible during their enrollment.
The BMS concentration core curriculum courses are offered at least annually. Student in this concentration are advised to build these courses into their program of study to whatever extent scheduling allows.
Recommended Core Curriculum
- BUS 4010 Foundations of Business Practices
- BUS 3550 Principles of Marketing
- BUS 4050 The Psychology of Leadership
- BUS 3530 Internship
To attain the BMS concentration, students are required to earn at least forty credits from the course offerings listed in the catalog for this concentration. A student would not be required to name an emphasis but could do so as desired.
BMS provides two emphasis options to tailor the degree in this concentration: Nonprofit Studies and Social Entrepreneurship. The area of emphasis will require students to complete the recommended core curriculum.
For detailed curriculum and degree requirements, please visit the AULA catalog.
The Certified Nonprofit Professional credential (CNP) is the only nationally recognized nonprofit credential preparing students for leadership in the nonprofit sector. Students who complete a leadership development program at one of the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s (NLA) affiliated colleges or universities are awarded the credential and gain access to a network of non-profit resources. Antioch University Los Angeles is in the unique position of being the only campus in Los Angeles County affiliated with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance offering the Certified Nonprofit Professional credential.
Students must complete the following in pursuit of earning the national credential:
- Demonstrate competency on ten (10) core competencies for nonprofit professionals through qualifying coursework. (Students may also use AULA “Prior Learning” or “Self-Directed Independent Study” formats to demonstrate competencies.)
- Provide documented evidence of leadership and service
- Attend one of the qualifying annual conferences sponsored or sanctioned by Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (locally – Center for Nonprofit Studies’ annual 501(C) conference, Los Angeles.)
- Complete 300-hour internship within a nonprofit organization or provide qualifying evidence of professional nonprofit sector experience to waive the requirement.
BMS students are advised to take a broad range of liberal arts courses, particularly those in the arts and in history, science, philosophy, and mathematics, in addition to the core courses listed specifically for the concentration.
MA in Nonprofit Studies (MANM) Fast Track Option
The MA in Nonprofit Studies Fast Track option is available to AULA undergraduate students with 8 units remaining in their last quarter before graduation. Students who are approved for the MANM Fast Track option may enroll in the first quarter of the MANM program while concurrently enrolled in their last quarter of undergraduate studies.
Application for the MANM Fast Track option should be made two quarters prior to the student’s final undergraduate quarter. Fast track students who wish to start in the Fall Quarter should apply by the previous May 1. Students who wish to start in the Winter Quarter should apply by the previous August 1.
- Fast Track students will pay undergraduate tuition at the undergraduate rate for their final quarter of enrollment in undergraduate studies.
- Fast Track students will not be eligible for MANM program scholarships during their first quarter of the MANM program but will be considered for scholarship awards in subsequent quarters if they demonstrate graduate-level proficiency during their first quarter.
- AULA UGS Students considering the MANM degree are not required to choose the NP emphasis in undergraduate work. Students will be exposed to the NP emphasis during their MANM program. Students seeking the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential offered by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance may do so at either the graduate or undergraduate level. It should be noted that the graduate program fulfills most of the CNP requirements.
Fast Track Requirements
Prior to the fast track quarter, applicants must:
- Be in good academic standing
- Have met their undergraduate degree requirements:
- For the BA in Liberal Studies degree, requirements are: domains of knowledge, math, writing, non-classroom learning requirements, and area of concentration, if applicable. If their major area of concentration is BMS, they must have completed a minimum of 32 units in the concentration.
- For Applied Studies degree students, requirements are: domains of knowledge, math, writing, non-classroom learning requirements, pro-seminar requirements, and core classes. Some Applied Studies degree students will be able to fulfill some core class requirements with MANM fast track courses and should consult with their undergraduate faculty advisor for specific guidance.
- Have completed 172 units toward their undergraduate degree.
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