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  • Major Requirements

    Organizational management courses

    The Bluffton cohort-based organizational management program (BCOMP) is an intensive, accelerated degree-completion program for adults, which provides students with knowledge and skills in management. In this program, qualified students currently working in business, industry, health and public service sectors can complete their course work in as few as three semesters.


    1. to prepare students for managerial-level positions;
    2. to enhance the skills of students currently holding managerial positions;
    3. to enable students to capitalize on their work and life experience; and
    4. to help working adults finish their degree through a program that is convenient, structured and tailored to meet their needs.


    1. curriculum designed to apply current principles of adult learning;
    2. utilization of studentsí experiences and skills learned on the job;
    3. a current, integrative, comprehensive approach to management;
    4. the opportunity to investigate an area of special interest through an applied research project;
    5. one four-hour class session per week; and
    6. classes of 15-20 people remaining together throughout the program.

    Special admission requirements
    Admission requirements address the applicantís ability to perform well in a demanding academic environment and the ability to apply classroom learning in an appropriate work setting and to contribute to the classroom experiences. The following criteria must be met:

    1. applicants must have at least 60 semester or 90 quarter hours of transferable college work;
    2. applicants must be at least 23 years of age;
    3. applicants must be regularly employed or actively involved in an organization; and
    4. applicants must demonstrate minimum proficiency in writing skills.

    Major (38 hours)
    OMP 200 Technology Tools and Theory (3)
    OMP 301 Group and Organizational Behavior (3)
    OMP 303 Organizational Theory and Design (3)
    OMP 304 Principles of Management and Leadership (3)
    OMP 306 Business Communication (3)
    OMP 308 Management Control Systems (3)
    OMP 407 Faith and Community (4)
    OMP 409 Personal Values and Business Ethics (3)
    OMP 305 Research and Statistical Methods (3)
    OMP 406 Human Resource Management (3)
    OMP 410 Living in the Global Community (4)
    OMP 412 Independent Research Project (3)

    Liberal arts and sciences core program
    The liberal arts and sciences requirements listed below must be met to graduate.  This can be done through course work at Bluffton, transfer credit, DSST, CLEP or academic credit by examination.  An advisor will work with you to determine the best option.  The  completion of English composition is required before beginning BCOMP.  It is recommended, but not required, that the remaining liberal arts and sciences core be completed before beginning the program as well.


    semester hours

    English composition




    Fine arts appreciation (art, music or theatre)


    Natural science (must be in two areas of science, one must be a lab course)


    Other objectives of the Bluffton liberal arts and sciences core program, including studies in religion and theology, cross-cultural experience and the social sciences, are met through the organizational management sequence of courses.

    OMP 140 Portfolio Development for Assessment of Prior Learning (2)
    Because not all learning takes place in the college classroom, students may earn college credit for professional and technical training associated with their employment and learning associated with work, home, community and other environments. This course teaches students to: 1) identify those areas that warrant college credit; 2) write life-learning essays that articulate prior learning; and 3) gather appropriate documentation to support the petition for college credit. A maximum of 24 semester hours can be earned through the portfolio.

    OMP 200 Technology Tools and Theory(3)
    This class is designed to provide a familiarity with the hardware, software and functions of microcomputers. It will introduce the student to the operating system, word processing, presentation software and spreadsheets. The student will also learn the terminology associated with the computer and programs. Specific course assignments will target the OMP major field of study.

    OMP 301 Group and Organizational Behavior (3)
    A study of group behavior in the context of the larger organization. Emphasis is placed on understanding the impact of various internal processes and the broader organization environment on the outcome of the group work.

    OMP 303 Organizational Theory and Design (3)
    An examination of the formal and informal functions of organizations and problem solving within an organization, using a systems model.

    OMP 304 Principles of Management and Leadership (3)
    Students examine motivational theory and its application to individual and group functioning in work situations. Leadership styles related to particular circumstances are analyzed. Negotiation is studied through reading and class practice with an analysis of the effect on productivity.

    OMP 305 Research and Statistical Methods (3)
    Research design and data analysis techniques are presented. Application of empirical methods for the research project are covered.

    OMP 306 Business Communication (3)
    An introduction to the communication process with special attention given to building skills in listening, verbal and nonverbal communication, public speaking and written expression.

    OMP 308 Management Control Systems (3)
    The primary objective of this course is an understanding of managerial accounting concepts and the way in which they impact the organization. Throughout the course, a simulated business will be used to illustrate these concepts and formulate and application of the material.

    OMP 406 Human Resource Management (3)
    An exploration of policies and practices regarding recruitment, selection, training and development of employees including EEO and OSHA legislation.

    OMP 407 Faith and Community (4)
    The role of the Christian community in developing moral values and assisting in the decision-making process will be explored. Students learn to identify the historical and biblical roots of faith, articulate the claims of faith and analyze the role of faith in their lives.

    OMP 409 Personal Values and Business Ethics (3)
    A course designed to explore the intricacies of business and personal ethics through the study of the basic philosophical theories of ethics. Theories are applied to current case studies of business and personal ethics situations.

    OMP 410 Living in the Global Community (4)
    An interdisciplinary examination of issues concerning the economic, environmental and social sustainability of the global community. The aim of this course is to help students relate their own lives and actions and those of their organization to the global context and understand some implications of their global citizenship.

    OMP 412 Independent Research Project (3)
    Students combine research with practical implementation of theories and concepts and develop either a team or individual project. Students will be encouraged to work in teams focusing on service learning projects; however, an individual project focusing on a studentís workplace may also be acceptable. The project will empirically examine a problem in a community-based organization or within a studentís place of employment. Library research methods and resources are introduced to assist students in the development of this project. The team of students, or individual student, will present the results of their project in oral and written form in class and to the community-based organization where service learning occurred or to their employer.