Business Administration - Leadership and Social Responsibility, B.S.

Business Administration - Leadership and Social Responsibility, B.S.

What is a leadership degree?

Leadership and Social Responsibility DegreeThe leadership and social responsibility degree program is designed for students who are interested in taking a leadership role in organizations and promote socially responsible behavior, high ethical standards and a positive impact on their world.

Whether you want to be a business executive, an innovative entrepreneur or be involved in social corporate responsibility, a leadership degree from Florida Tech develops strong skills in leadership and a concentrated background in socially responsible behavior and high ethical standards.

Gain Practical Experience

A leadership degree at Florida Tech gives students an opportunity to apply critical thinking to evaluate corporate social responsibility. This involves learning how to apply leadership theories and practices in making a positive impact on quality of life for the workforce, families and society as a whole.

In this professional internship course you apply your business skills and savvy within a dynamic local company. The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business developed partnerships with local businesses such as Northrop Grumman, Clear Channel Outdoor, Merrill Lynch, Harris Corporation and Kennedy Space Center. As a result, you get practical experience, an expanded professional network and perhaps even a pre-graduation job offer.

Build Professional Relationships

Beyond the classroom, leadership degree majors build leadership experience through exciting internships and participation in academic organizations like Delta Mu Delta (national business society), the Society for Advancement of Management, student government and over 100 other student organizations. In addition, there are also opportunities to build international networking relations in various study abroad programs to areas such as Spain, the Netherlands and Oxford, England.

Get Recruited Upon Graduation

Many large companies visit Florida Tech's Employer Day each semester, giving students the opportunity to network and search for internships. Career employers that have recruited Florida Tech students with a leadership degree for internships and careers include Clear Channel Communications, Merrill Lynch, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Northrop Grumman.

Earn an Advanced Degree

A Florida Tech leadership degree prepares students to go to graduate school, often at Florida Tech, to pursue their MBA the interdisciplinary M.S. in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, or to pursue a law degree.

Why pursue a leadership degree at Florida Tech?

One of the reasons why students choose the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech as their leadership college of choice is because our learning environment includes personalized support by faculty and staff. Students benefit from small class sizes, something not often found in larger institutions, resulting in intensive interaction with faculty mentors.

As a leadership college, Florida Tech offers many benefits:

  • Hands-on building experiences
  • Insight into industries and disciplines of interest
  • Business networking opportunities
  • Global perspective on business and management practices

Faculty Bring the Latest Developments Right Into the Classroom

Students who specialize in leadership and social responsibility as part of their business administration degree learn how to apply critical thinking to evaluate corporate social responsibility. In addition, students learn leadership theories and business practices that make a positive impact on the quality of life for the workforce, families and society as a whole.

With student success of utmost importance at Florida Tech, professors make sure that students are privy to valuable industry knowledge and expertise. The experienced faculty members at our leadership college have diverse backgrounds and work diligently to provide qualified instruction using real world experiences in hands-on projects, events, promotions or internships.

Program Curriculum Delivers an International Perspective

The Nathan M. Bisk College of Business is a well-respected leadership college with an international focus. Because of this, students gain a wealth of exposure to international learning opportunities. For example, students:

  • Study abroad
  • Take advantage of international internships
  • Work closely with high-quality faculty who have expertise in various international business disciplines such as economics, accounting, management, finance and marketing
  • Participate in innovative class projects

Business Competitions

As a leadership college Florida Tech gives students a chance to hone their business skills through hands-on projects and national competitions such as:

  • Strategic Management Intercollegiate Case Competition
  • Cadillac Case Competition, where Florida Tech students placed fourth among 53 universities
  • ANGA Collegiate Energy Challenge
  • Honda CRZ Social Marketing Challenge
  • Florida National Guard Promotion Challenge

Easy Access to High-Tech Facilities and Resources

As a leadership college, we support our students with the latest in modern high-tech facilities and resources. At Florida Tech you have easy access to facilities and resources on campus to support your studies, including the Major Field Practicum experience in Florida Tech's Student Business Incubator – a living, breathing center for new venture creation. Students may also choose to receive direct instructional help from our Academic Support Center.

Great Florida Location

Located on the Space Coast, Florida Tech is close to local business partners such as Northrop Grumman, Kennedy Space Center and NASA. The university's already established outside relationships help set a strong foundation for students who seek networking, internship and employment opportunities in their field. Year-round warm weather, close proximity to beautiful Atlantic Ocean beaches, NASA Kennedy Space Center, the Indian River Lagoon, Port Canaveral, Sebastian Inlet and a wealth of entertainment in Orlando make Florida Tech the leadership college of choice.

How will a leaderhip degree prepare me for the future?

A leadership internship at a local business provides Florida Tech students with an opportunity to test their skills in a real-world environment. By forging relationships with companies through these internships, students are able to work at many well-known companies, including:

  • Northrop Grumman

  • Clear Channel Outdoor

  • Merrill Lynch

  • Harris Corporation

  • Kennedy Space Center

Bridge Classroom Learning and Real World Experience in the Major Field Practicum

In addition to a leadership internship, The Major Field Practicum, a six-hour community service requirement, allows students to gather workplace experience in a local business while helping their community at the same time. Each student is matched with a host organization of interest learns how the organization functions and gains practical insight into problem-solving and decision-making processes.

Students also may be invited to independent study and research positions alongside faculty where they can learn and participate in the creation of marketing knowledge or in servicing a real client. Students also gain experience in corporate social responsibility by becoming actively engaged in a community organization. These experiences enhance classroom learning and prepare students for success during their leadership internship and in preparation for future careers.

Campus-Based Research Opportunities

Campus-based research opportunities build skills for leadership internships and future management jobs. They include:

  • Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development - The center focuses on entrepreneurial education, global innovation and practical research in pursuit of new venture creation, sustainability, social value creation and venture acceleration.
  • Center for Ethics and Leadership - The mission of the center is to promote the practice of ethical behavior and effective leadership through in activities that provide a forum for research, discussion and better understanding of ethics and leadership amongst all stakeholders in society.

Student Business Incubator – A Business-Launching Boot Camp

With the Student Business Incubator, Florida Tech provides an opportunity for students with exceptional business ideas to turn those concepts into business realities. The program gives select student startup businesses office space, computers and other supplies to help the business get off the ground. Our students can use this equipment, along with skills obtained from business courses and leadership internships, to turn their ideas into realities.

International Focus

Business students learn alongside their international peers both on campus and through virtual teams by bringing together students from around the globe using Cloud and Web technologies. Business majors also have an opportunity to study abroad through programs to areas such as Spain, the Netherlands and Oxford, England. These experiences give students new methods for finding leadership internships and jobs.

Make Contacts in a Club or Organization

Professional organizations are the perfect way for students to develop skills and network for leadership internships and jobs. The business honor society Delta Mu Delta helps students make connections nationally and internationally as they prepare to enter a global job market. Delta Mu Delta also works to recognize academic excellence in business students. The Florida Tech Entrepreneur Club also allows students to meet with local entrepreneurs to learn more about business first hand and exchange creative ideas.

What can you do with a leadership degree?

A BS in business administration, leadership and social responsibility from Florida Tech provides a solid foundation to pursue exciting careers in leadership and social responsibility anywhere around the world.

A business administration degree is a valuable commodity in any business environment–public or private, for-profit or nonprofit, large or small. If you're interested in fostering ethical decision-making and becoming a leader that makes thoughtful decisions, sets high standards and promotes corporate accountability, then any number of careers in leadership and social responsibility are for you.

Career Outlook

Whether you embark on a leadership career immediately after graduation or wait to complete graduate school, a Florida Tech degree will prepare you well for opportunities in commerce, industry, government or international law.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides detailed information about hundreds of leadership careers, entry-level education, overall working environment and employment prospects.

According to the bureau, employment among managers in finance and international business will continue to grow as the economy grows, and as more companies expand their businesses abroad.

One of the most desirable leadership careers is that occupied by management analysts. The Bureau estimates that employment for management analysts is expected to grow 22% between 2010 and 2020. Much of the growth is a result of U.S. organizations expanding their businesses abroad. These companies need professionals with the skills necessary to develop successful strategies for competing in the international arena.

Large organizations may have several layers of administrative managers who specialize in different areas such as operations, IT, finance and accounting, marketing, facilities and sales. As companies become more sophisticated and implement different employee and business initiatives, social responsibility is a new area that demands skilled business managers.

Check the handbook on these careers and similar jobs.

Career Options

  • Chief Executive Officer

  • Chief Marketing Officer

  • Chief Technology Officer

  • Administrative Services Manager

  • Marketing Manager

  • Computer Information Systems Manager

  • Financial Manager

  • Human Services Manager

  • Medical and Health Services Manager

  • Executive Director

  • Training and Development Manager

  • Sales Manager

  • Social and Community Services Manager

  • Corporate Philanthropy Director

  • Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Corporate Sustainability Expert

  • Founder and Director – Charitable Foundation

Entry Level Salary Expectations

Entry-level leadership careers are reported by PayScale.com to be $47,700 with opportunity to grow to $85,400. Payscale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation.

While the site does not specifically report data for the new management area of corporate social responsibility, similar leadership careers can provide insight into the career opportunities you might find. With many industry variables in which to work, the country you might work in and the level of your education, further research can help you see the financial potential of a management career.

Business: $41,400 - $70,000
International Business: $42,500 - $76,600
Public Administration: $41,500 - $59,700
Organizational Management: $40,700 - $58,400

Get Recruited Upon Graduation

Companies such as Harris Corp., Northrop Grumman, Rockwell, NASA Kennedy Space Center and Clear Channel Outdoor recruit business graduates. Florida Tech graduates are especially competitive in the market for leadership careers because of the experience and education gained while earning their degree.

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