Learning Communities

LEAD: Learn. Engage. Achieve. Distinguish.

LEAD from your first day on campus by being a part of Management LEAD! LEAD provides incoming freshmen with the opportunity to develop close relationships with peers and faculty through clustered courses.

Learn about the university, the college, your major, and yourself

Engage with other students, faculty, peers, and advisors

Achieve milestones and gain skills for success

Distinguish yourself from others


  • academic advising from the College of Management from day one of enrollment
  • close relationships with peers through smaller classes
  • help getting acclimated from peer LEADers, who serve as upper-class mentors
  • integration with the Management Achievement Program
  • guaranteed seat in LEAD courses, making registration less stressful
  • enrollment in a special section of the Introduction to Business course (MGT 130), for management majors, or the Problem Solving course (IT 110), for information technology majors, in the first semester, providing early exposure to the fundamentals of business and information technology
  • enrollment in BUSADM 101, the College of Management’s 1-credit transition-to-college course just for LEAD students


The College of Management reserves sections of courses just for students in the LEAD program. This gives students enrolled in Management LEAD a guaranteed seat in some very high demand courses, making the registration process easier. 

Management LEAD does not add any additional curricular requirements, but instead takes those requirements and clusters them into specific groupings that ensure students will meet prerequisites and requirements in an appropriate progression. We continue the system of grouping classes for LEAD students for the first four semesters, as outlined below, until students reach upper level status and delve into the management core and concentration coursework.

First Two Years of Courses
Freshman Year Fall Courses (15 credits) Freshman Year Spring Courses (15 credits)
MGT 130 Introduction to Business
ENGL 101 Freshman English I *
ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics *
A math course leading up to MATH 134,
Managerial Calculus, as determined by the math 
   placement exam  (MATH 115, MATH 129 or MATH 134)*

First Year Seminar of student’s choice
MSIS 110 Introduction to Computers & Information Systems
ENGL 102 Freshman English II
ECON 102 Introduction to Macroeconomics
MATH 129, Pre-Calculus for Management, or  MATH 134
           or a selected General Education course

General Education course of student’s choice
Sophomore Year Fall Courses (15 credits) Sophomore Year Spring Courses (15 credits)

AF 210 Financial Accounting
MSIS 111 Managerial Statistics
BC 230 Fundamentals of Business Communication &
    Critical Analysis or BC 290 Professional Written
    Communication & Critical Analysis *

Selected General Education course
General Education course of student’s choice

AF 211 Managerial Accounting
MSIS 212 Managerial Decision Making
BC 290
or Non-Business Elective of student’s choice
Selected General Education course
General Education course of student’s choice

* These courses require a placement exam


TRAIL: Transfer Resources for Academics, Involvement, and Leadership

Peer mentors in the TRAIL (Transfer Resources for Achievement, Involvement, and Leadership) Program assist incoming College of Management students as they transition from a community college or a four-year institution. TRAIL mentors work collaboratively with each other and the student services specialist to implement supportive resources, class topics, and events for incoming transfer students.


3YD: Three Year Degree Pathway

The College of Management offers a program for students to earn a bachelor of science in management in only three years (3YD).

This program offers the existing degree requirements in a reformatted package coupled with additional support that will lead to an earlier graduation date and start to your career.


Students participating in 3YD will:

  • Complete 17–21 credits per semester, compared to the traditional 15 credits per semester for a four-year degree (3YD assumes a student enters with 9–12 college credits from AP, IB, or dual enrollment.);
  • Enjoy the flexibility to complete an optional internship during the second summer of the program and to participate in the Emerging Professional Society to prepare for the internship experience;
  • Have the potential to save up to a year’s worth of tuition and fees.


Students who are accepted into the management major as a first year student for the fall semester will be eligible to join the three-year degree pathway. Since this program is more academically strenuous than the typical four-year degree pathway, students enrolling in this program will need to demonstrate their academic strength by earning at least a 3.25 GPA each semester to stay on track and enrolled as a 3YD student. This program is compatible with the university Honors College and campus involvement opportunities.