Interdisciplinary Studies - Service Management and Leadership, Bachelor of Arts

NAU Yavapai

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Providing quality service to internal and external customers through effective management and leadership is becoming increasingly critical to the growth of large and small businesses. Gain the skills necessary to lead and manage great programs and teams with a bachelor’s degree in Service Management and Leadership at NAU–Yavapai.

Prepare for leadership positions in today’s economy by learning how to examine strategic planning, operations, marketing and technology. Classes are taught by expert faculty with advanced degrees and years of experience in a variety of industries.

This plan will not be available to new students after Summer 2018

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.

    The full policy can be viewed here.

In addition to University Requirements:

  • 30 units of Service Management and Leadership specialization requirements

  • Completion of a Concentration, Minor, or Certificate

  • Completion of Computer Literacy, Communication Skills, and Science or Language Requirements

  • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.

  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units.

Please note that students may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Highest Mathematics Required MATY 142
Emphasis, Minor, or Certificate Required Required
Foreign Language Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
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Purpose Statement

The Service, Management and Leadership (SML) program’s mission is to prepare students for success in becoming better managers and leaders in service and non-service related organizations.  The purpose of this program is to provide students with the required tools, including servant leadership, problem solving, team dynamics, various toolsets and methodologies, and effective communications.  All course content is relevant to today’s business environment, and each one provides a chance for students to engage in real-world problem solving applications.  Effectively, our program is designed to give our student an advantage for success in their chosen industry locally and globally.
Integrated into the SIMY program BA requirements, are two interrelated courses, specifically effective business communications, and professional practices and ethics.  The former course addresses student needs regarding communicating effectively internal and external to the business.  All too often, these needs are unmet in today’s business climate.  The latter is a capstone course which provides students with a unique outlook as to the challenges organizations are faced with on a regular basis, and gives students a chance to address them through their capstone project.
Our program is also designed to be offered through the online community for those who are unable to partake in the hybrid format at our campus in Prescott Valley.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize and solve business problems in a professional  and ethical manner.
  • Analyze and utilize business information to effectively assess functional units internal and external to organizations.
  • Work well in diverse teams, including virtual settings.
  • Effectively apply servant leadership methodologies in working with others.
  • Understand and apply core business concepts, tools, and methodologies in a managerial or supportive role.
  • Communicate and present well researched business information professionally.
  • Communicate effectively, in written, oral, and non-verbal forms of expression.
  • Apply leadership skills in management or leadership role.
  • Articulate the shared and unique contributions that result from diversity in global, social, and cultural systems.
  • Demonstrate the depth and breadth of knowledge required to meaningfully participate in local and global societies.

Liberal Studies Requirement
    • Students with a completed AGEC from Arizona Community Colleges will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
    • Students with a completed IGETC from a California Community College will have met the 35 units of liberal studies requirements.
    • Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.
Major Requirements
Certificate Requirements
  • Complete a NAU-Yavapai certificate (at least 15 units) outside your Specialization field. Additionally, students in this Service Management and Leadership Specialization may not complete the Entrepreneurship Certificate.

Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements
  • Computer Literacy (3 units)
    This coursework must help you to understand, in general, the technical components of computers and information systems, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, database management, graphic information software, website development, graphic design and use of statistical analysis software. Subject to advisor approval.

  • Communication Courses (6 units)
    You must choose 6 units in the following two categories. 
    • Performance-based courses, select one from the following (3 units):
    • Theory-based course (3 units):
  • Please note that you cannot use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the program director.

  • Language Requirement (16 units)
    You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to four terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP, or other exams.

General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also successfully complete. For prerequisite information, click on the course or see your advisor.