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Principled Management Professional Pathway



Do you desire to be a leader in your professional life? If you desire to influence the people and organization where you work, you must be able to go beyond the simple command and control of people, beyond the rote enforcement of rules and regulations, beyond seeking organizational stability and efficiency; you—as today’s manager—must understand and employ the full breadth of management skills and capabilities.

All organizations—whether for-profit, not-for-profit, military, or public—are facing tremendous competitive pressures and difficult challenges caused by global, social, technological, and economic changes. Managers must perform effectively at all levels of their organizations to guide their people to success. Anyone who aspires to be a successful manager must be able to make the leap from being a productive individual who contributes to organizational success to being an effective leader who gets organizational work done primarily by influencing and guiding the efforts of others.

The Principled Management Pathway at The Citadel’s Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business will educate you to recognize, understand, and proactively address the ethical issues that arise in all competitive environments in whatever profession you pursue and wherever in the world you work. In the Principled Management Pathway, you will build upon the cadet core values of “Duty, Honor, Respect” by not only studying the latest management tools and techniques but also by focusing on the moral and ethical foundations that undergird our nation’s free market system and finest character. Unfortunately, throughout history managers emerge who fail their organizations—their superiors, their peers, and their subordinates—by engaging in actions that prove to be ethically corrosive to the firm and to themselves. Recently, this phenomenon arose in a dramatic way as the actions of senior managers in Wells Fargo & Company caused lower-level managers to treat customers unethically and to damage the reputation of the company.


As a Principled Manager, you will develop the professional knowledge and skills to build interpersonal trust, inspire commitment to shared vision and values, and unleash people's creativity and enthusiasm in more fully achieving organizational goals. Going beyond rote memorization of the components of management (i.e. planning, organizing, leading, and controlling organizational resources), you as a Principled Management Pathway graduate will be able to successfully engage your future profession by giving you greater choice in career preparation and offering you specialized academic opportunities in your chosen field.

Within the Principled Management Pathway, you will receive a Baker School of Business faculty member selected for you to offer tailored professional advice and academic guidance in your chosen field. Additionally, through participation in the Mentors Association you receive guidance from a professional in the business world. Experientially, you will be exposed to a variety of career options through internships and professional development. Faculty and staff members will work closely with you as a Principled Management Pathway participant and will strongly encourage you to take part in an industry internship. This internship is offered for academic credit and involves supervised work experience directly related to your desired career objectives.

Career Plans & Pay

principled-mgmt-salary-chartEmployment of management occupations is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations, which will result in about 505,400 new jobs according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment growth will be driven by the formation of new organizations and expansion of existing ones, which will require more workers to manage these operations.

The median annual wage for management occupations was $100,790 in May 2016, which was the highest wage of all the major occupational groups.

Because of the many possible careers in the financial services industry, there is also a broad spectrum of possible salaries. Students should review the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook for detailed information regarding the management field or a specific career title. While salary is certainly not the only reason to choose a career, it is a very important part of planning your career path. In addition, the matrix at left shows the most recent statistics of median management salaries for the listed occupation titles.

Because the responsibilities of general and operations managers vary significantly among industries, earnings also tend to vary considerably.


The Principled Management Pathway consists of 24 credit hours (eight courses) from among the Business major courses and general college courses that contribute to a robust understanding of management. Twelve hours are required courses and the remaining twelve hours are from four elective courses.

Principled Management Pathway Academic Process Map

Professional Pathway Declaration

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