Career Concentrations

Career Concentrations

Human Resource Management Career Concentration

The Human Resource Management Career Concentration is designed for those students who desire careers in this increasingly important field. Rated the 5th best HR program in the nation in 2003 and 9th best in 2004," its goal is to provide students with the knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary for short and long-term success in this field. Specifically, the HR concentration has the following objectives:

  • To provide students with the knowledge and skill necessary to develop and implement the full range of human resource practices.
  • To provide students with an understanding of the relevant laws and government regulations necessary to develop and implement human resource practices consistent with the highest level of ethical and professional standards.
  • To provide students with an understanding of HR's role in the development and achievement of the strategic goals of an organization.
  • To develop student's self-awareness, improve their communication and people-management skills, and increase their sensitivity to workplace diversity and social responsibility issues.
  • To provide students with information on the professional field of HRM and to provide an avenue for students to interact with HR professionals in the region through internships, projects and membership in the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management
Career Information

Someone wishing to enter the HR field may choose one of two routes -- HR generalist or specialist.

HR Generalists: These individuals perform virtually all facets of HR work. Entry-level HR generalist positions are most often found in small to mid-sized organizations that employ few HR professionals-one or two people who must "do it all."

HR Specialists: In larger organizations, each HR professional's area tends to be more focused, zeroing in on particular HR tasks, such as compensation, labor relations, employment, or training.

Salaries

According to a 2000 survey sponsored by the Society for Human Resources Management, top corporate executive generalists earn an average salary of about $150,000. HR professionals with 3 - 5 years experience earn between $62,000 and $83,000, depending on the size and location of the company. Entry-level generalists (i.e. HR Assistants) average $27,000 -- $33,000 annually.

*Based on a survey conducted by Educational Benchmarks, Inc., in which the students' responses regarding the quality of BU's HR courses were compared to students' responses from 182 other universities including Cornell, George Washington, Maryland, Arizona State, Michigan State, Syracuse, Massachusetts, and Virginia.

Internship requirements, evaluation

Supply Chain Management Career Concentration

The supply chain encompasses all activities associated with the creation of products, from the raw materials stage through to the consumer, including related value-adding services and the associated data and information flows. Supply Chain Management is the integration of these activities through improved supply chain relationships to achieve sustainable competitive advantage.

This concentration is interdisciplinary and develops students’ skills in information and technology management, operations and supply management, and marketing. It includes topics such as enterprise systems, risk management, project management, distribution and logistics, process design and efficiency, supplier relationship management, customer relationship management, business-to-business marketing, inventory levels and positioning, and E-commerce.

Vision

Offer students a distinct competitive advantage for career development in dynamic global business environments through transparent interdisciplinary curricula in interactive supply chain contexts.

Mission

Provide students a business process-focused, enterprise-wide, technology-rich Supply Chain Management career concentration that emphasizes relationships among business disciplines and organizations, enabling better decision making that optimizes supply chain performance.

Recommended Course Sequence (Note scheduling constraints in parentheses)

Recommended Course Sequence
(Note Scheduling Constraints in Parentheses)

Junior Year
Senior Year
Fall Spring Summer I Fall Spring
ITM 321
Information Technology Management
MKTG 350
Retail Management
MGMT 351
Managerial ERP (offered online only)
MGMT 448
Supply Chain Operations
ITM 322
Project Management
      MKTG 331
E-Marketing

OR

MKTG 480
B-to-B Marketing

MGMT 451
Supply Chain Seminar
(offered Spring semester only)
Career Information

Opportunities in supply chain management are numerous, varied, and global. Entry-level positions include project managers, process schedulers, distribution managers, logistics specialists, purchasing agents, information technology specialists, technology support specialists, customer relationship specialists, and opportunities in consulting, Internet applications, and alliance coordination. Salaries are dependent on education, experience, and location. These are just a few examples: the 2009 median salary for a supply chain manager having a bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years experience was $94,000 (source: http://swz.salary.com); buyers in supply management having a bachelor’s degree and less than five years experience averaged $72,000 (source: Institute for Supply Management) in 2008

Interested?
Department Contacts:

Information & Technology Management

  • Dr. Al Fundaburk
  • Professor Carolyn LaMacchia

Management o Dr. Christian Grandzol

  • Dr. John Grandzol

Marketing

  • Professor Monica Favia
  • Dr. Yang Xia