Recognizing the importance of broad understanding and perspective in problem solving and innovation, the School will eliminate its individual Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) programs in Marketing, Finance, and Management Information Systems. The material covered in these programs will be brought together under a single generic BBA in Business Management program and students will be able to concentrate within the program on specific areas such as finance, marketing and management information systems. To focus its investments in high-demand programs, the School will eliminate its Bachelor of Arts in Economics program. These changes will ensure that the School offers programs that are relevant and strike a balance between comprehensiveness and focus.
(Formerly known as Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics)
The Accounting program provides students with the knowledge and skills required by the twenty-first century accounting industry.
The BBA Accounting Program is fully accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Program (ACBSP). Students attend courses, seminars and gain hands-on experiences with current applicable accounting software that will acquaint them with the latest concepts in accounting. Students majoring in Accounting are required to complete 126 credit hours for graduation, of which 33 credits in major requirements, 56 credit hours are ancillary requirements, including the Business Core, 34 credits are in general education courses, and 3 credits in elective courses. Students who already have a bachelor’s degree in accounting and want to sit for the uniform certified public accountant (CPA) examination may structure their course work in order to sit for the examination and receive the M.B.A. degree.
Effective fall 2014, the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Finance, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the Bachelor of Arts in Economics were discontinued for new and incoming transfer students. They remain degrees in our teach-out program. Finance is now a concentration in the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Management, see Management with the Finance concentration curriculum.
The concentration in Finance presents an integrated treatment of the operational aspects of business financing and investments, and the functions of financial organizations. It also examines the interaction of government and business with respect to financial development and controls. Current students in the teach out program are required to complete 126 credit hours for graduation, of which 30 credits in major requirements, 56 ancillary credit hours are business core, and 34 credits are in general education courses. The program leads to careers in corporate financial management, commercial banking, thrift institution administration, mortgage lending, brokerage of securities, real estate, insurance, financial counseling, and investment management, or to government careers in regulatory agencies and budgeting. An understanding of business statistics leads to careers in business research, operations research, as well as staff advisory to top management.
The Bachelor of Arts program in Economics offers students career flexibility. Courses foster an understanding of economic systems while also improving analytical reasoning and cognitive skills. Degree requirements provide an abundance of elective choices that enable majors to become well prepared for whatever follows their undergraduate years. Students may select electives that prepare them for advanced study or employment in such fields as law, business, international relations, or journalism. Students who plan to pursue an M.A. program or higher in economics are strongly advised to take contemporary quantitative tools of analysis, which include statistics and calculus. The student adviser can recommend the proper levels of these quantitative courses. Students majoring in Economics are required to complete 120 credit hours for graduation, of which 27 credits are major requirements, 12 credits are required ancillary courses, 37 credits general education courses, and 42 credits are free electives.