Know Your Business and the Numbers Behind It

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Analytics and Strategic Communication

Businesses today are looking for people who make their operations run smarter. That requires skills in human resources, marketing, operations and other areas. It also means you need to know how to look at the numbers and understand what they mean relative to the task at hand while seeing the big picture. You must develop the ability to design communication strategies that convey your message to your customers. Build your knowledge and skills in these areas and businesses will be knocking at your door!

College of Saint Mary’s bachelor’s degree in business provides a classic business education plus coursework in the emerging areas of analytics and strategic communication. The curriculum blends in-class learning with two semester-long internships and one semester shadowing a professional in the field. Your capstone, or final course, is developing a business plan for an actual business.

 

Required Courses for Your Major

Business Communication

You will be introduced to current business communication technologies and techniques and to longstanding principles for communicating individually. You will create several written assignments, give a variety of business presentations and develop interpersonal communication skills.

Principles of Marketing

This course is a study of modern methods of marketing goods and services. You will learn buying and selling behavior and the marketing environment are related to promotion, pricing distribution and product design decisions.

Financial Management 

You will learn the principles governing the financial operations of business, the tools of financial analysis, the methods of financing an organization, capital budgeting, mergers, reorganizations and bankruptcy. The role of accounting information in the financial management process is emphasized in this course.

Management and Leadership

You will prepare for leadership roles by acquiring the knowledge, attributes, skills and resources for roles in the community and in your profession. You will learn both theory and practical skills to be effective in a variety of settings.

Advanced Business Law

Learn the differences among sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability corporations and corporations - and how to form and operate each. This course also includes incorporation procedures in Nebraska and the preparation and drafting of documents.

Business Analytics

This course is an introduction of the use of data driven, analytical, and computing approaches for effective business decision-making. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of business analytics, the role of analytics in business performance and the tools that can be used to perform analytics in different business functions.

Business Research Methods

You will develop an understanding of the meaning of research and will practice various research techniques, covering topics including survey, observation, data analysis, sampling and quasi-experiments as they relate to problems identified in an organizational setting.

Partner Internship

The internship will provide you with actual work experience in a business organization, using business management techniques that incorporate classroom learning with practical experience at the worksite.

Global Dimensions of Business

This course will study the world of international business and gain insight on global thinking. It will focus on seven main concepts; globalization, cultural differences, global politics, international trade and investment, international management and strategic management.

Advanced Business Analytics

This course is a continuation of the business analytics course. You will learn how to apply technologies such as Excel to solve complex business problems.

Strategic Communication

This course focuses on strategies for integrating and augmenting professional communication skills at the individual, group, organizational and public levels. 

Operations Management

This integrative course focuses on strategic, tactical and operational decision-making techniques. Decision-making areas covered include: service design, facility location, inventory, procurement, just-in-time, MRP I and II, project planning and total quality management.

Career Exploration

This course provides you with real-world experience through our business partnerships. You will go through career exploration by being attached with a person currently pursuing a career you have an interest in.

Business Policies

This course is a study of business problems from a top management perspective. Actual business situations are studied with case studies. 

Internship

The internship provides actual work experience in a business organization, giving you an opportunity to incorporate classroom learning with practical experience.

Concentration

You will take an additional 12 credit hours of business-related courses or an interdisciplinary selection of courses to complete the concentration requirement, allowing you to shape your degree program according to your preference.

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

You need 128 credit hours to graduate with a bachelor of science degree in business analytics and strategic communication.

  • 63 credit hours in required business and support courses
  • 12 credit hours in your chosen area of concentration
  • 44 credit hours in required core courses
  • 9 credit hours in electives

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.


IACBE Accreditation

College of Saint Mary has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, (913) 631-3009. The IACBE is the premier professional accrediting body that focuses on business programs that are offered by student-centered colleges and universities world-wide to promote and foster excellence in business education. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

Bachelor of science in business administration

The business administration program prepares women to enter the business world as well as continue their education in a business-related graduate program through professional coursework which builds upon a liberal arts foundation. Areas of concentration include :

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Business Communication
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources Management

 

Bachelor of science in business information systems

The Business Information Systems program prepares women to enter the workforce with technology-related skills as well as continue their education in a business- or technology-related graduate program through professional coursework built upon a liberal arts foundation. Areas of concentration include:

  • Accounting
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Computer Programming
  • Business Administration

 

Bachelor of business leadership and management

Designed for the working woman who wants to empower herself through education, the mission of the Business Leadership (BLD) Program is to provide an academically rigorous business education and a supportive community of leadership practice. The purpose of the BLD Program is to assist women in building on already-acquired knowledge, experience, and self-discipline. We are committed to working in partnership with other College of Saint Mary entities to ensure that students attain competencies and confidence in their discipline.

IACBE Philosophy

"In promoting and fostering excellence in business education, the IACBE takes a mission-based and outcomes-driven approach to accreditation, in which the assurance of academic quality is based on teh results of the assessment of educational outcomes rather than prescriptive input standards." 

Who To Contact

Narcissus Shambare, (402) 399-2672, or Jamal Haider. (402) 399-2628

Resources

Program Assessment Plan: Business Administration

Program Assessment Plan: Business Information Systems

Program Assessment Plan: Business Leadership and Management

Outcomes Assessment Plan: Business Leadership and Management

Outcomes Assessment Plan: CSM Business

Business Programs Strategic Plan

Annual Report

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfer students.
  • $30 application fee

Academic Description

Know Your Business and the Numbers Behind It

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Analytics and Strategic Communication

Businesses today are looking for people who make their operations run smarter. That requires skills in human resources, marketing, operations and other areas. It also means you need to know how to look at the numbers and understand what they mean relative to the task at hand while seeing the big picture. You must develop the ability to design communication strategies that convey your message to your customers. Build your knowledge and skills in these areas and businesses will be knocking at your door!

College of Saint Mary’s bachelor’s degree in business provides a classic business education plus coursework in the emerging areas of analytics and strategic communication. The curriculum blends in-class learning with two semester-long internships and one semester shadowing a professional in the field. Your capstone, or final course, is developing a business plan for an actual business.

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.


IACBE Accreditation

College of Saint Mary has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, (913) 631-3009. The IACBE is the premier professional accrediting body that focuses on business programs that are offered by student-centered colleges and universities world-wide to promote and foster excellence in business education. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

Bachelor of science in business administration

The business administration program prepares women to enter the business world as well as continue their education in a business-related graduate program through professional coursework which builds upon a liberal arts foundation. Areas of concentration include :

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Business Communication
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources Management

 

Bachelor of science in business information systems

The Business Information Systems program prepares women to enter the workforce with technology-related skills as well as continue their education in a business- or technology-related graduate program through professional coursework built upon a liberal arts foundation. Areas of concentration include:

  • Accounting
  • Electronic Commerce
  • Computer Programming
  • Business Administration

 

Bachelor of business leadership and management

Designed for the working woman who wants to empower herself through education, the mission of the Business Leadership (BLD) Program is to provide an academically rigorous business education and a supportive community of leadership practice. The purpose of the BLD Program is to assist women in building on already-acquired knowledge, experience, and self-discipline. We are committed to working in partnership with other College of Saint Mary entities to ensure that students attain competencies and confidence in their discipline.

IACBE Philosophy

"In promoting and fostering excellence in business education, the IACBE takes a mission-based and outcomes-driven approach to accreditation, in which the assurance of academic quality is based on teh results of the assessment of educational outcomes rather than prescriptive input standards." 

Who To Contact

Narcissus Shambare, (402) 399-2672, or Jamal Haider. (402) 399-2628

Resources

Program Assessment Plan: Business Administration

Program Assessment Plan: Business Information Systems

Program Assessment Plan: Business Leadership and Management

Outcomes Assessment Plan: Business Leadership and Management

Outcomes Assessment Plan: CSM Business

Business Programs Strategic Plan

Annual Report

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • High school transcript with GPA and class rank. Unofficial transcripts may be reviewed for admissions purposes, but official transcripts are required before you start classes.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 860 – 890 (verbal + math) or higher
  • Personal interview (if applicable)
  • Transcripts from any post high school institutions for transfer students. Students who have earned 12 or more credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.0 from other institutions qualify as transfer students.
  • $30 application fee

Curriculum

 

Required Courses for Your Major

Business Communication

You will be introduced to current business communication technologies and techniques and to longstanding principles for communicating individually. You will create several written assignments, give a variety of business presentations and develop interpersonal communication skills.

Principles of Marketing

This course is a study of modern methods of marketing goods and services. You will learn buying and selling behavior and the marketing environment are related to promotion, pricing distribution and product design decisions.

Financial Management 

You will learn the principles governing the financial operations of business, the tools of financial analysis, the methods of financing an organization, capital budgeting, mergers, reorganizations and bankruptcy. The role of accounting information in the financial management process is emphasized in this course.

Management and Leadership

You will prepare for leadership roles by acquiring the knowledge, attributes, skills and resources for roles in the community and in your profession. You will learn both theory and practical skills to be effective in a variety of settings.

Advanced Business Law

Learn the differences among sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability corporations and corporations - and how to form and operate each. This course also includes incorporation procedures in Nebraska and the preparation and drafting of documents.

Business Analytics

This course is an introduction of the use of data driven, analytical, and computing approaches for effective business decision-making. You will be introduced to the fundamentals of business analytics, the role of analytics in business performance and the tools that can be used to perform analytics in different business functions.

Business Research Methods

You will develop an understanding of the meaning of research and will practice various research techniques, covering topics including survey, observation, data analysis, sampling and quasi-experiments as they relate to problems identified in an organizational setting.

Partner Internship

The internship will provide you with actual work experience in a business organization, using business management techniques that incorporate classroom learning with practical experience at the worksite.

Global Dimensions of Business

This course will study the world of international business and gain insight on global thinking. It will focus on seven main concepts; globalization, cultural differences, global politics, international trade and investment, international management and strategic management.

Advanced Business Analytics

This course is a continuation of the business analytics course. You will learn how to apply technologies such as Excel to solve complex business problems.

Strategic Communication

This course focuses on strategies for integrating and augmenting professional communication skills at the individual, group, organizational and public levels. 

Operations Management

This integrative course focuses on strategic, tactical and operational decision-making techniques. Decision-making areas covered include: service design, facility location, inventory, procurement, just-in-time, MRP I and II, project planning and total quality management.

Career Exploration

This course provides you with real-world experience through our business partnerships. You will go through career exploration by being attached with a person currently pursuing a career you have an interest in.

Business Policies

This course is a study of business problems from a top management perspective. Actual business situations are studied with case studies. 

Internship

The internship provides actual work experience in a business organization, giving you an opportunity to incorporate classroom learning with practical experience.

Concentration

You will take an additional 12 credit hours of business-related courses or an interdisciplinary selection of courses to complete the concentration requirement, allowing you to shape your degree program according to your preference.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

You need 128 credit hours to graduate with a bachelor of science degree in business analytics and strategic communication.

  • 63 credit hours in required business and support courses
  • 12 credit hours in your chosen area of concentration
  • 44 credit hours in required core courses
  • 9 credit hours in electives