The role of the Department of Management and Business at Skidmore College is to provide a distinctive undergraduate program in management and business which builds on and enhances the liberal arts experience of the College. Our aim is to prepare global citizens committed to a process of life-long learning and capable of pursuing careers in management, in the professions, and in community leadership. The Department of Management and Business has created an interdisciplinary learning environment that encourages the integration of management theory, faculty research, ethical behavior, and business practice. Our vision is to become among the best departments of Management and Business in undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the Nation.
The department provides a foundation in core functional areas, advanced courses and a wide variety of co-curricular learning opportunities. While all courses take into account the linkages across management disciplines, the cornerstone and capstone courses utilize an explicitly integrative approach. Permeating our educational offerings is an emphasis on international dimensions, discernment of ethical values and development of communication skills. Flexibility in the program enables students to concentrate within a management discipline or pursue joint programs with other departments to prepare for careers and graduate education. The program serves the larger college community by offering all students a conceptual basis for managing fiscal and human resources in scientific, artistic, human service and business undertakings. Both in its presentation of foundation courses and in its upper level courses, departmental offerings provide avenues for exploring the relationship between business and society. In addition, departmental faculty develop and contribute to a variety of interdisciplinary courses and programs. Thus, the Department of Management and Business serves not only its own majors but adds depth, breadth and value to the liberal education of students concentrating in other disciplines.
Finally, the Department of Management and Business affirms the commitment contained in the mission statement of the College that "Underpinning the entire enterprise are the faculty's scholarly and creative interests, which inform their teaching and contribute, in the largest sense, to the advancement of learning."