Imagine Your Amazing Life
Imagine graduating with your own business plan ready to present to a panel of investors ... or your own original research to include in your graduate school applications. Imagine a meaningful internship in your field of interest to give you some hands-on experience before beginning your job search, and a service learning experience with a non-profit organization that allows you to apply your learning and skills in the real world. Imagine completing your degree with a digital resume showcasing your academic achievements and practical experience. Now stop imagining. Marymount alumni have reached professional success in all areas of business. Many former students own their own businesses, while others work in finance, management and marketing for companies such Toyota, Raytheon and Oracle. Your amazing life comes into view with a Marymount California University Bachelor’s degree in Business.
The Marymount California University Business degree will provide you with a solid foundation of knowledge and experience. Your classes will be small in size, which will allow you to fully engage in learning––including case study presentations, discussion and reflection on what you’ve learned. You will receive individual faculty mentoring and targeted advising from your professors. The University's Oceanview and Waterfront campuses, with close proximity to Los Angeles and its WorldPort, afford Business student many unique opportunities, including practical internships, where you can apply what you've learned in the classroom and make valuable connections with business professionals. Our goal is to graduate students who are prepared for the working world or graduate school––with an impressive resume and a unique e-portfolio of accomplishments.
Build a Solid Foundation
During the freshman and sophomore years, students build an educational foundation that prepares them for their upper division studies. Within the Business program, this includes completing requirements in Accounting, Economics and Mathematics.
Develop a Deeper Level of Understanding
During the junior year, students complete most of their core business courses and begin an in-depth study within one area of concentration:
The Entrepreneurship concentration allows students to learn through a case-study approach in a seminar setting. With guest speakers from both successful and struggling organizations, students have the opportunity to critique business plans, laying the foundation for the development of their own capstone project.
Global and Community Development
The Global and Community Development concentration was developed to provide students with a broad-based education, focused on the skills and abilities to successfully deliver community improvements, on both a local and global scale. This program starts with an understanding of how to identify needs within the defined community. It also includes understanding the role of both non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social entrepreneurs as agents of community change. Students are expected to be involved in some form of Community Development internship or practicum during their course study.
The Management concentration was developed to provide students with a solid understanding of the management field. There are three areas within this concentration. The first is focused on the traditional components of planning, organizing, staffing, controlling, and directing. The second introduces and familiarizes students with the field of leadership. Finally, students are exposed to leading edge theories that cross the spectrum of contemporary management.
Modern marketers are required to demonstrate robust problem solving skills and have the ability to communicate cross-functionally—whether in a small startup environment or a large, complex organization. The Marymount Marketing concentration is designed to address the needs of the modern marketplace. The curriculum begins with a study of business and marketing principles, builds on a set of related analytical methods, and develops students’ ability to work with diverse stakeholders to create value and build strong customer relationships.
Operations & Systems Management
The Operations and Systems Management concentration has been developed for students whose interests lie in the effective oversight of “value-adding” activities (the creation and delivery of the things customers pay for, and the services clients rely on) and have a desire to make this their professional career path. This concentration starts by evaluating the creation and evolution of traditional planning and control tools and practices in existence since the 1940’s. Students are then introduced to the evolution of those tools and practices within the broad field of Operations & Systems Management--leading up to and including the latest "systems-thinking." Within the field of Operations, these new tools and practices are called the Theory of Constraints, within Human Relations they are called Requisite Organization, and within Organizational Behavior they are referred to as a Learning Organization.
The Accounting emphasis was designed to provide students with the requisite number and variety of accounting classes needed to meet the current academic requirements for the CPA examination. Required courses include:
Financial Accounting – part of Business BA required courses
Managerial Accounting – part of Business BA required courses
Intermediate Accounting I & II
Federal Income Taxation I & II
CPA review course
(While a large portion of these courses will be classroom based, the Taxation and Auditing will involve some exposure to the ‘real-world’ issues facing today’s accountants.)
Take Your Learning to the Next Level–The Capstone Project
During senior year, students finalize the remaining coursework in their chosen concentration and undertake their Capstone Project–the culminating experience of a Marymount California University Bachelor of Arts degree. Each project is a year-long individual effort, involving theoretical and/or applied research completed with guidance from a faculty mentor. Capstone Project presentations and a professional e-portfolio represent the successful completion of the Bachelor's program.
A student completing a Marymount Bachelor’s degree in Business will possess the skills to:
- Prepare effective management reports and deliver effective verbal and digital presentations
- Understand financial statements, interpret business news, and use appropriate business / economic terminology, concepts, and data in the analysis and development of individual, departmental, divisional, and organizational plans
- Evaluate alternatives while reflecting on their ethical implications in support of business decisions that are aligned with organizational values
- Understand and articulate the perspectives of all affected stakeholders within a global context
- Effectively meet project and task goals by utilizing the appropriate set of business tools, drawing on practical experience and collaboration within and across a group