Students are exposed to the latest technologies and decision making methodologies, and complete traditional study in management including accounting, finance, marketing, economics, human resources management, small business management, information systems and other areas. General management majors also take the General Studies Curriculum and the Business Core — the combination of the specialized management classes, general studies and the business core is what makes them so valuable to corporations today!
What Does a General Manager Do?
General Management graduates manage the many services that allow organizations to operate efficiently, including:
- Conference Scheduling and Travel
- Iinformation and Data Processing
- Materials Scheduling and Distribution
- Printing and Reproduction, Records Management
- Telecommunications Management
- Personal Property Procurement, Supply, and Disposal
Specific duties for these managers vary by degree of responsibility and authority. First-line administrative services managers directly supervise a staff that performs various support services. Mid-level managers, on the other hand, develop departmental plans, set goals and deadlines, implement procedures to improve productivity and customer service, and define the responsibilities of supervisory-level managers. Some mid-level administrative services managers oversee first-line supervisors from various departments, including the clerical staff. Mid-level managers also may be involved in the hiring and dismissal of employees, but they generally have no role in the formulation of personnel policy. Some of these managers advance to upper level positions, such as vice president of administrative services.
Careers in General Management
General Management graduates have a lot of options with their advanced business knowledge, the benefits of the liberal arts curriculum at Catawba, and internships. One recent graduate works as a captain of a large, privately owned yacht! Other recent graduates have gone to work as the following:
- Insurance Specialists
- Finance Specialists
- Administrative Officers in Banking, Retail Operations, Purchasing, and Marketing
Many recent graduates are attending graduate school at UNC Charlotte and UNC Greensboro. Both of these schools are within an hour of Catawba and both have excellent Masters and Ph.D. programs in business related areas.