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Areas of Specialization

Students Entering Prior to August 2011

For students entering American University prior to August 2011, Kogod offers specializations in the following areas of study:

 

 

Accounting

For the Accounting specialization, students are required to complete the following 12 credit hours. 

If you are pursuing the CPA, please review the requirements closely on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website.

  • ACCT-340 - Intermediate Accounting I (3) 
  • ACCT-341 - Intermediate Accounting II (3)  
  • ACCT-345 - Cost Accounting and Strategic Cost Management (3)
  • ACCT-443 - Federal Income Taxation of Individuals and Businesses (3)

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Entrepreneurship

The entrepreneurship specialization provides students with the entrepreneurial mind-sets, skills and tools for starting a business and/or being an entrepreneur in corporations, non-profit organizations, government or international organizations.

Students learn how to identify and assess opportunities, develop a new venture business plan, and practice entrepreneurship in multiple environments. This specialization offers the opportunity to learn how to think and behave like an entrepreneur whether you are leading your own new venture or working in an organization. 

For the entrepreneurship specialization, students are required to complete 12 credit hours, as follows:

Required Courses (6 credits):
  • MGMT-382 - Entrepreneurship and Innovation (3)
  • MGMT-383 - Entrepreneurial Business Plans – Creating, Building and Managing Ventures (3)
Additional Courses (6 credit hours from the following):
  • MGMT-360 - Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship (3)  
  • MGMT-361 - Global Entrepreneurship and Micro Enterprises (3)
  • MGMT-385 - Entrepreneurship Financing and Legal Strategies (3)
  • MGMT-409 - Leading High Performance Teams (3)
  • MGMT-465 - Negotiations (3)

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Finance

The finance specialization is designed to meet the growing demand of investment firms, venture capital companies, real estate firms, and major corporations for technically adept experts in finance. Graduates in this highly sought-after specialization enter the marketplace prepared to manage significant financial issues, including portfolio management, sell/lease decision-making, risk hedging, risk management, and debt/equity management.  

Kogod finance students examine real world financial issues by analyzing case studies, performing industry analyses, performing country analyses, and producing investment proposals. Students can create and publish equity research reports on publicly held companies in the Washington metropolitan region that are not routinely covered by financial analysts. 

For the finance specialization, students are required to complete 12 credits as follows:

Required Courses (3 credits):
  • FIN-468 - Intermediate Corporate Finance (3)
    OR
  • FIN-469 - Investment Analysis (3)

9 credit hours from the following:

  • FIN-460 - Financial Modeling (3)
  • FIN-462 - Private Wealth Management (3)
  • FIN/IBUS-463 - International Finance (3)
  • FIN-464 - Financial Markets and Institutions (3)
  • FIN-465 - Derivative Securities (3)
  • FIN-468 - Intermediate Corporate Finance (3) - If not taken to meet requirement above
  • FIN-469 - Investment Analysis (3) - If not taken to meet requirement above
  • REAL-467 - Real Estate Finance and Economics (3)

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Information Systems & Technology

The Information Systems and Technology (IST) specialization is designed for those students interested in combining their business education with the evolving field of information technology. Through the extensive application of coursework, students learn to design, construct, and maintain successful systems that enable greater connectivity and competition among businesses and organizations worldwide.

Because it integrates many professional disciplines, the IST specialization provides business students with a tremendous amount of career flexibility. Students graduate with an outstanding foundation and are prepared to excel in many areas of the increasingly competitive and growing field of technology.

For the Information Systems and Technology specialization, students are required to complete 12 credit hours, as follows: 

Required Courses (6 credits):

  • ITEC-455 - Business Process and Requirements Analysis (3)
  • ITEC-470 - Databases, Data Mining, and Knowledge Management (3)
Additional Courses (6 credit hours from the following):
  • ITEC-333 - Topics in Information Technology (3)
  • ITEC-334 - Online Application Development (3) 
  • ITEC-350 - Digital Leadership and Strategy (3)
  • ITEC-454 - Fundamentals of Electronic Commerce (3)

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International Business

The International Business specialization is a multidisciplinary course of study combining the international aspects of marketing, finance, accounting, and human resource management. This specialization represents a unique Kogod opportunity to combine traditional business disciplines with a global perspective.

Students who choose a specialization in International Business must satisfy a global experience requirement. This can be met either through completion of an approved study abroad program, an international internship, or successful completion of a comparable American University global immersion course. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Department of International Business. International students are exempt from this requirement.

For the International Business specialization, students are required to complete 12 credit hours as follows:

Required Courses (9 credits):
  • IBUS-301 - International Marketing (3)
  • IBUS-402 - International Human Resource Management (3)
  • IBUS/FIN-463 - International Finance (3)
Additional Courses (3 credits from the following):
  • IBUS-303 - Learning from Global Enterprise Failure (3)
  • IBUS-408 - Export - Import Management (3)
  • IBUS-404 - International Accounting and Financial Consulting (3)

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International Finance

In preparation for financial careers in today's global market, the specialization in International Finance combines the traditional skills of financial management with international business principles. Students focus on financial markets, financial management, and multinational accounting issues along with circulation of money, granting of credit, making of investments, and provision of banking facilities.

Students who choose a specialization in International Finance must satisfy a global experience requirement. This can be met either through completion of an approved study abroad program, an international internship, or successful completion of a comparable American University global immersion course. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Department of International Business. International students are exempt from this requirement.

For the International Finance specialization, students are required to complete 12 credit hours as follows:

  • FIN/IBUS-463 - International Finance (3)  
  • FIN-464 - Financial Markets and Institutions (3) 
  • FIN-468 - Intermediate Corporate Finance (3)
  • IBUS-404 - International Accounting and Financial Consulting (3)

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International Management

The specialization in International Management enhances traditional management skills with a global perspective. Courses focus on the Multinational Enterprise (MNE) and the adaptations that MNE managers must make to accommodate differing legal, political, social, regulatory, and cultural environments in a global economy. This specialization is for students who wish to enter the fields of Human Resources or Management for the global marketplace. Students study the cultural environment of international business, international human resource management, entrepreneurship, and electronic commerce.

Students who choose a specialization in International Management must satisfy a global experience requirement. This can be met either through completion of an approved study abroad program, an international internship, or successful completion of a comparable American University global immersion course. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Department of International Business. International students are exempt from this requirement.

For the International Management specialization, students are required to complete 12 credit hours by completing the following:

  • IBUS-401 - Cultural Environment of International Business (3)
  • IBUS-402 - International Human Resource Management (3)
  • ITEC-454 - Fundamentals of Electronic Commerce (3)
  • MGMT-386 - Entrepreneurship (3)

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International Marketing

In the International Marketing specialization, students focus on marketing challenges in the global economy, including export/import management, consumer behavior, and marketing research. Students explore the global marketing environment for public, private, nonprofit, and international organizations, with a focus on the behavioral trends and cultural dimensions involved in conducting business across national boundaries.

Students who choose a specialization in International Marketing must satisfy a global experience requirement. This can be met either through completion of an approved study abroad program, an international internship, or successful completion of a comparable American University global immersion course. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted on a case-by-case basis by the Department of International Business. International students are exempt from this requirement.

For the International Marketing specialization, students are required to complete the following 12 credit hours:

  • IBUS-301 - International Marketing (3)
  • IBUS-408 - Export/Import Management (3)
  • MKTG-301 - Consumer Behavior (3)
  • MKTG-302 - Marketing Research (3)

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Management

The Management specialization provides professional skills for individuals to succeed as managers and leaders. Students will find these skills make them more successful in their careers, allowing them to take on increasing responsibilities, facilitating promotions, and achieving career enhancing transfers. Specifically, students will be able to take active and productive roles in leading and working in teams, understanding their organization's performance drivers, and managing human capital.

In addition, emphasis on practical skills such as negotiation, consulting/project management, and managing change/innovation or entrepreneurship helps students in careers in large, small, and changing businesses. Students are encouraged to combine the management area of specialization with another Kogod area of specialization.

For the Management specialization, students are required to complete 12 credit hours as follows:

  • MGMT-381 - Managing Human Capital (3)
  • MGMT-409 - Leading High Performance Teams (3)

Plus, two from the following:

  • IBUS-402 - International Human Resources Management (3)
  • MGMT-360 - Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship (3)
    OR
  • MGMT-382 - Entrepreneurship and Innovations (3)
  • MGMT-465 - Negotiation (3)
  • MGMT-484 - Consulting and Project Management (3)

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Marketing

The marketing specialization prepares students for successful careers in advertising, product and market research, consumer behavior, distribution strategy, client management, and sports and talent marketing.

For the Marketing specialization, students are required to complete 12 credit hours from the following:

  • MKTG-301 - Consumer Behavior (3)
  • MKTG-302 - Marketing Research (3)

Plus, two of the following:

  • IBUS-301 - International Marketing (3)
  • MKTG-311 - Internet Marketing (3)
  • MKTG-402 - Marketing Strategy (3)
  • MKTG-411 - Advertising and Marketing Communications Management (3)
  • MKTG-412 - Advertising and Promotion Campaigns (3)
  • MKTG-421 - Brand Management (3)
  • MKTG-431 - Direct Response Marketing (3)

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Real Estate

For the Real Estate specialization, students are required to complete 12 credit hours from the following:

6 credit hours from the following:

  • REAL-373 - Real Estate Principles and Transactions (3)
  • REAL-474 - Real Estate Finance and Economics (3)
  • REAL-475 - Real Estate Management and Development (3)

6 credit hours from the following:

  • FIN-464 - Financial Markets and Institutions (3)
  • FIN-465 - Derivative Securities (3)
  • FIN-469 - Investment Analysis (3)

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