Reese Construction Management

Construction Management Students

Construction Management

What is construction management?

Construction Managers ensure construction projects are completed on time and on budget, without sacrificing the quality of work, or the safety of their workers. From design to completion, Construction Managers work through the entire process of turning a blueprint into reality.
As cities grow, so does both the demand for Construction Managers and the career potential of our graduates. Build hospitals, universities, or refineries, from an office chair or on site – the possibilities are as varied as our students’ interests

Is construction management the right fit for me?

  • Do you like solving problems?
  • Do you like working with people?
  • Do you like variety?
  • Do you want to travel?
  • Do you want a career that is in-demand?
  • Do you want to build something that lasts?


What are some of the courses I might take?

Project Management

Safety Management

Cost Estimating

Planning and Scheduling


Degree Course Requirements 


What kind of path will I take upon graduation?

Adding a concentration in construction management to your general business degree will prepare you to work inside an industry that employs over 6 million individuals and creates nearly $1 trillion work of structures each year.  Your construction management courses include hands-on training and a required internship so you graduate with real world experience. Additional business coursework combined with high level knowledge of construction projects will make graduates competitive in auxiliary roles within construction companies, such as human resources, marketing, sales, purchasing, and project management. For work as an estimator, scheduler, or superintendent, additional coursework or training may be required.

Construction Management majors often become

  • Schedulers/Estimators/
  • Superintendents
  • Construction/Project Manager
  • Safety Manager
  • Business Owner


Department Chair

Letter From the Department Chair

Dr. Marleen Swerdlow

Welcome to Lamar University’s College of Business! The Office of General Business Programs offers seven concentrations in General Business:  Advertising and Communications, Business, Business Education, Construction Management, Entrepreneurship, Industrial Engineering, and Retail Management. 

The College of Business through its business core provides our students with a firm foundation in business.  Each of the General Business Concentrations adds specialization courses in various areas to provide the student with additional business or nonbusiness classes to prepare them for their future career. 

There are five interdisciplinary concentrations with other Colleges at Lamar. The degree plan for Advertising and Communication Concentration provides the student with additional Marketing classes as well as classes from the Department of Art and the Department of Communication. This concentration combines a solid knowledge of business with the creation and placement of information designed to produce sales.  The Retail Management Concentration requires one additional marketing course and the remaining specialization courses are from the Department of Family and Consumer Science. This concentration is designed for individuals wanting to pursue career paths in fashion coordination, visual merchandising, and buying and retail management.  The specialization courses for the Industrial Engineering Concentration are taught in the Department of Industrial Engineering.  This combined education enables a graduate to make decisions concerning products to manufacture or services to provide, layout of the production facilities, materials used in manufacturing a product, production procedure, quality control, and inventory control as well as methods of motivating and rewarding employees.   The degree plan for the Business Education Concentration degree plan contains additional business courses and all of the pedagogy courses from the College of Education that would be necessary to work towards obtaining Teacher Certification in Secondary Education. Our newest interdisciplinary concentration is in Construction Management.  Its specialization courses are all taught by Construction Management faculty and this concentration enables a graduate to focus more on the financial and managerial roles in the construction organization and to pursue employment as office managers, sales representatives, human resource managers, and purchasing representatives.

Two of our Concentrations provide additional specialization courses in business:  The Concentration in Business (General Business) provides additional courses in Accounting, Finance, Management, and Marketing so that a graduate with this concentration would be able to work in a small to medium size company and know a little about every subject without having to major in one.  The Concentration in Entrepreneurship provides additional courses in Accounting, Finance, and Management as well as three courses designed for Entrepreneurs or people who want to work for Entrepreneurs. 

Once again, I welcome you to Lamar University. I am always happy to visit with potential students about the various General Business Concentrations.  Please contact me with your questions.


Marleen Roosth Swerdlow

Interim Chair, Department of Business