Management is a field that focuses on the crucial processes by which the resources of an organization are systematically directed toward the achievement of its mission. Management majors gain the flexibility to apply their skills in a variety of settings. Some management graduates go to work in small business environments while others begin their professional careers as management trainees in large organizations.

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Dr. William E. Jackson III, Department Head
Office: 104 Alston Hall

Every successful person, at some point, has to manage others. Some people experience this early in their careers when they are appointed to lead a key team on a major project. Others may encounter the experience later as a successful business venture requires hiring additional people. No matter when it happens, you will likely need, use and desire skills taught within the management department.

Students enrolled in management courses hone skills and add to their knowledge base through courses in leadership, innovation, communication and decision-making. The content taught within these classes is supplemented by the latest trends in technology and by the global perspective necessary for success in today’s multicultural world.

Faculty within the department of management stay on the leading edge of current trends and research findings and remain dedicated to making sure that each student has a meaningful educational experience in all of our classes.

The department of management includes these majors and specializations:


Other Management Specializations

Note: The following specializations are open to all Culverhouse majors except the management major.

Management Communication

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Jefrey S. Naidoo

The courses in this specialization help students manage what they communicate as young professionals. They improve the impression they make when communicating orally and visually.  They exercise their emotional intelligence to gain acceptance as leaders when communicating interpersonally. They gain professional experience by managing a client project and refining their interpersonal, oral, visual and written communication skills. Students get hands-on, in-class practice with individual mentoring in all three courses.

Management CommunicationMore Information

MGT 412Management Presentations3
MGT 422Leadership Communication3
MGT 452Project Management Communication3
Total Hours9

New Venture Creation

New Venture Creation

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Louis D. Marino

The New Venture Creation specialization provides students with a strong foundation in the skills needed to create, develop and operate a new business venture. Students will work closely with industry-experienced lecturers and faculty throughout their coursework to provide a real-world perspective to their degree and career choices. Courses focus on opportunity recognition, creativity, and innovation and growth processes to help students realize their goal of creating a new venture.

New Venture Creation

MGT 386Foundations of Entrepreneurship3
MGT 387Creating, Recognizing, Evaluating and Pitching Opportunities3
MGT 388Starting, Growing, and Harvesting New Ventures3
MGT 481New Venture Finance3
Total Hours12


Department Head
  • William E. Jackson III
  • Daniel E. Bachrach
  • Ronald E. Dulek
  • Jonathon R. Halbesleben
  • Louis D. Marino
  • A.J. Strickland, III
  • Theresa M. Welbourne
  • Eric S. Williams
Associate professors
  • Craig E. Armstrong
  • Paul L. Drnevich
  • Michael T. Ford
  • Vishal K. Gupta
  • James E. King
  • Jeffrey A. Martin
  • Russell A. Matthews
  • Marilyn V. Whitman
Assistant professors
  • Justin A. DeSimone
  • Thomas M. English
  • Peter D. Harms
  • Maura J. Mills
  • Jefrey S. Naidoo
  • Kimberly Stowers
  • Larry E. Baldwin
  • Laquita Blockson
  • Jessica N. Crew
  • David M. Ford
  • Chapman L. Greer
  • J. Gorman Houston
  • Kimberley A. Laing
  • Joyce L. Meyer
  • Sarah E. Miesse
  • Rachael R. Smallwood


Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Ideation

Provide students with the skills necessary to apply business creativity in developing innovative solutions to problems in uncertain and dynamic business environments.

Introduction to Health Systems

Detailed study of components of the health care delivery system in the United States. The course emphasizes history, roles, and interactions of the various providers, consumers, and governments.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 121 or MATH 125; and AC 210 and LGS 200 and ST 260 and CS 102
Prerequisite(s) with concurrency: MGT 300
Freshman Compass: CBA

An introduction to the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. Topics include adjustment to college life, study skills, career exploration, and majors offered in the College.

Freshman Compass

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