Study business for the greater good
Antioch’s Business and Management Studies (BMS) Concentration is designed to help students develop the knowledge to succeed in and critique the professions they will enter and lead. The courses in the BMS concentration highlight the potential for business to contribute to the work of social change. BMS students examine the strategies of nongovernmental organizations and nonprofits, the individuals and organizations that foster entrepreneurial change in the social sector and the innovative business practices that affect positive social outcomes.
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.
Those who already have experience in business and management may qualify to earn additional units through Prior Learning projects. BMS students may pursue an emphasis in Nonprofit Studies or Social Entrepreneurship and earn a Certified Nonprofit Professional credential (CNP) alongside their BA degree. Eligible BMS students may also apply to Fast Track into our Masters in Nonprofit Management, potentially saving time and tuition costs.
In addition to the general degree requirements outlined on the BA in Liberal Studies page, students must successfully complete a minimum of 20 units (Minor) or 40 units (Major) for the Business and Management Studies Concentration. These units can be transferred or earned at Antioch. If the student has not fulfilled these unit requirements, the Area of Concentration will be designated as Liberal Studies.
Sample Core Courses
- Foundations of Business Practices
- Principles of Marketing
- The Psychology of Leadership
- Leadership & Project Management
- Business Ethics & Social Responsibility
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.
Sample Nonprofit Studies Emphasis Courses
- Storytelling and Narrative Strategy in Nonprofit Organizations
- Nonprofit Management
- Social Change and the Nonprofit Sector
- Nonprofit Advancement
- Program Design and Evaluation
- Business in the Multicultural Workplace
- Sustainability, Justice, and the Solidarity Economy
- Toolkit for Community Leaders
Sample Social Entrepreneurship Emphasis Courses
- Transformative Forces: Case Studies in Social Entrepreneurship
- The Business of Social Change
- Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace
- Management in the Multicultural Workplace
- Social and Ethical Issues in Management
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 Antioch University, the only Los Angeles county Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) affiliated university, are awarded the credential and gain access to a network of nonprofit resources.
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 Management (MANM) Fast Track Option
The MA in Nonprofit Management (MANM) 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. Units earned in Fast Track apply toward both the student’s bachelor’s and master’s degrees, saving significant time and money.
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. UGS Students considering the MANM degree are not required to choose the Nonprofit Studies emphasis in undergraduate work. Students seeking the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential offered by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance may do so at either the graduate or the undergraduate level.
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