Business and Management Strategies for the Private and Public Sectors


Fall 2013, Winter 2014 and Spring 2014 quarters

Taught by

political science, public administration
public administration, urban planning, information studies

This year-long, weekend-intensive, business and management program will assess business, management, and leadership in both the public and private sectors.  We will explore these in the context of contemporary technological advances and globalization and will examine organizations and governmental agencies within their economic, political, and social environment.  Organizational development and management strategies will be analyzed in terms of current and future utility and the delivery of the public good.  Traditional elements of management such as decision making, strategic planning, organizational behavior, human resources, and conflict management are incorporated throughout the program.  Application of theory and enhancement of critical thinking will occur through problem solving and case study analyses.  Assignments will place a heavy emphasis on developing analytical, verbal, written, and electronic communication skills through dialogue, seminars, critical essays, training modules, research papers, and formal presentations.  Managerial skills will be developed through scenario building, scripting, role-play, and case development among other techniques.

Winter quarter will focus on strategic management theory, policy analysis, and developing the ability to plan and execute a strategic plan. Learning objectives will include developing an understanding of basic finance, economic, and strategic management concepts.  Skill development objectives will include the ability to utilize analytical tools to assess a company’s or agency’s performance and to develop recommendations to ensure continued success in either sector. 

Spring quarter will focus on applying managerial skills and strategic management concepts and analytical tools in the workplace through internships.  Selected concepts in change management and managing people will be analyzed in terms of their utility in the workplace. Learning objectives will include developing an understanding of change management and of managing people.  Skill development objectives will include the ability to critique and apply people and change management concepts in the public or private sector workplace.

Students will be accepted in the program for winter quarter with signature approval of the faculty.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

public or private-sector management, business, international affairs

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Weekend

Advertised schedule: 9a-5p Sat/Sun (six weekends per quarter; fall: Sep. 28-29, Oct. 12-13, 26-27, Nov. 2-3, Nov. 23-24, Dec. 7-8; winter: Jan 11-12, 25-26, Feb 8-9, 22-23; Mar 1-2, 8-9; spring: Apr. 5-6; May 3-4, May 31 -June 1 )
Note that the first classes are the weekend before week one of fall quarter.


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning 25 - 49% Delivered Online:

Internship Required

In Spring Quarter students must complete an In-program Internship Learning Contract (designed for this program) in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising.


Date Revision
October 25th, 2013 Spring dates added.
September 30th, 2013 Winter dates added.
May 9th, 2013 Information added about required spring internship.
April 28th, 2013 This program has been changed to a 16-credit program with two faculty members.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 50


Course Reference Number

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 10315

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Accepting New Students

Course Reference Number

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 20227

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Enrollment Closed

Course Reference Number

Jr - Sr (16 credits): 30196

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