Doors open for students with business management degrees

Dr. Susie Cox & the BBA in management online

The College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers the Bachelor of Business Administration in management in multiple formats, including completely online. Students can choose whether they want to focus on human resource management, general business management, or innovation and entrepreneurship.

Maybe you’re already in a career field you love, but you’re looking for a way to expand your options in the workplace. Perhaps you haven’t chosen a career just yet, and you’re interested in a degree that’s as open and versatile as you are.

If gaining transferable skills and advancing your career are at the top of your wants list, you may be interested in seeking a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in management.

Business administration covers a broad field of study, from marketing and information systems to management and human resources. Business students gain knowledge in all areas of modern business and across all industries. Students also reap the benefits of learning leadership skills that go beyond any specific field or workplace.

In addition to this, many courses emphasize communication skills, team-building abilities, and critical thinking skills, preparing students to be effective leaders. Students in a business degree program do not confine themselves to a particular field, leaving the door open for many possibilities. Business people at a meeting

The College of Business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock offers the Bachelor of Business Administration in management in multiple formats, including completely online. Students can choose whether they want to focus on human resources management or general business management.

Dr. Susie Cox, professor and chair of the Department of Management, speaks to the variety of options for management degree holders, even for those who are unsure of where they are headed in their careers.

“When you get a management degree, you may not know exactly what you want to do, but you know you want to be in business, or you want to be in the management of a business,” Cox said. “So for many students the choice is, ‘What industry to I want to go into,’ rather than, ‘I want to be a manager.’ We see our students in a variety of industries, a variety of jobs, [and] levels within the organization. You determine your own destiny when you get a management degree.”

The management faculty offer the added benefit of experience within the online environment, Cox adds. “Specifically for [the College of Business], we were teaching this in an online environment for over a decade now. So we have professors that are very comfortable managing online classrooms.” She points out that nearly half of the students within the online business programs are considered “non-traditional” in the sense that they are working adults who study part time.

woman on laptop outside The flexible format of the online management program also makes it an excellent option for traveling students. “We have several students that began their programs here at UA Little Rock, and they chose to move out of state. They are able to continue their degree,” Cox said. “We have people in Louisiana, in California, [and] in Washington DC that are in our program because they have an attachment to UA Little Rock. They want to finish their degree with UA Little Rock, and we are offering that now with the online campus.”

The BBA in management is a 120-hour degree program that “prepares students for professional leadership positions in small businesses, corporations, and government,” according to the Department of Management website. Management majors gain the knowledge and skills to prepare them for positions such as general manager, project manager/specialist, employee relations manager, and training specialist.

The human resources emphasis “focuses on the development of knowledge and applied skills in managing people and solving people-related problems.” Students are prepared for entry-level careers in human resource management and for management roles in organizations of all sizes. Students explore topics such as the legal environment of employee relations, employee training and development, employee productivity improvement, and union-management relations.

Cox expresses genuine pride in the management faculty and department. “It’s the strength and experience and concern that our faculty have for students,” she said. “The online experience will be very valuable. Our faculty are very engaged in our online classes. We get great feedback… Our faculty are accustomed to teaching online and know how to engage students. It’s different.”

To explore the business degree programs available through UA Little Rock Online, including the BBA in management, please visit our “Business Programs” page at ualr.edu/online/program-types/business.

Spanish certificate helps meet demand for bilingual workers

Workplace Spanish Certificate – UA Little Rock Online

To meet the increasing demand for bilingualism in our diverse world, UA Little Rock now offers a Workplace Spanish certificate that you can earn 100% online, on your own schedule. Taught by our experienced and knowledgeable on-campus faculty, this program will help you gain a practical skill that can boost your career and allow you to reach Arkansas’s growing Spanish-speaking population.

“Are you bilingual?” “¿Hablas español?”

These questions are becoming more common both on job applications and in the workplace. Answering “yes” could connect you with new clients and patients, or even help you land your dream job.

To meet the increasing demand for bilingualism in our diverse world, UA Little Rock now offers a Workplace Spanish certificate that you can earn 100% online. Taught by our experienced and knowledgeable on-campus faculty, this program will help you gain practical skills that can boost your career and allow you to reach Arkansas’s growing Spanish-speaking community.

Learn a practical skill for any profession

Dr. Erin Finzer, associate professor of Spanish and chair of the Department of World Languages at UA Little Rock, said the purpose of the certificate is to give students a more practical use for the language.

“We built this (certificate) program, building on curriculum that we already had in place, and seeing that our students were really looking to Spanish, not so much for the literature and cultural studies background that they used to,” Finzer said, “but more for a practical Spanish for the professions.”

Denzel Jenkins, one of the students in the program, is planning to major in both Spanish and Mass Communication. He said he hopes to use his Spanish proficiency in his filmmaking career.

“I have a passion for film, so I want to make movies in various languages besides English,” Jenkins said.

Expand your reach in a diverse world

Arkansas’s Latino population grew 10 percent to an estimated 205,000 between 2010 and 2014, according to the Pew Research Center. Latinos now make up more than 7 percent of the state’s total population, and that number is expected to increase.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the national Hispanic and Latino population to be around 57 million in 2015.

Finzer said some career areas that would particularly benefit from the Workplace Spanish certificate include business, nursing, criminal justice, and construction management.

This interdisciplinary certificate is aimed at students who don’t have a lot of room for electives, Finzer said; it can be completed in as little as 15 credit hours, or less than a year.

As a result, the program isn’t meant for fluency but for basic proficiency.

“It doesn’t promise fluency in Spanish,” Finzer said, “but a strong working foundation in communication basics where students can navigate a diverse world.”

Boost your career

Employers across all industries are increasingly hiring workers who can speak multiple languages.

Research published in March 2017 by New American Economy shows that the demand for bilingual workers in the United States more than doubled, with about 240,000 job postings aimed at bilingual workers in 2010 increasing to 630,000 postings in 2015.

With the United States having the second largest Spanish-speaking population in the world, it’s no wonder why.

Learn more about this program:

Workplace Spanish certificate information
Sources
PEW Research Center, “Demographic profile of Hispanics in Arkansas, 2014
U.S. Census Bureau, “Sumter County, Fla., is Nation’s Oldest, Census Bureau Reports (Release Number: CB16-107)
New American Economy, “Not lost in translation: The growing importance of foreign language skills in the U.S. job market
The Guardian, “US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more