Undergraduate Business Degree Program

The College of Business faculty works together closely to support the University’s liberal arts mission. Accordingly, the integrated curriculum provides a balanced rigorous foundation in the core areas of Accounting, Management Information Systems, Finance, Management, and Marketing, all in the context of the broad liberal arts environment provided by the University.

The Faculty hold high expectations of the students and themselves with the goal of developing skills in diagnosing, analyzing, developing and implementing solutions to a wide variety of problems in public and private organizations. The College promotes active learning by encouraging students to manage complex, interdisciplinary problems, marshal resources, and take responsibility for implementing effective solutions. Expected student involvement includes research problems, group case analyses, internships and consulting with organizations throughout the region. Students are encouraged to actively involve themselves in professional service, contributions to society, and the life-long pursuit of knowledge through scholarship and research.

In an environment of mutual trust and support, concerned faculty help students learn the elements of managing resources to achieve a purpose while emphasizing the skills of writing, presenting, and speaking; technological proficiency; and critical thinking in a global context. The students’ relationship with faculty  is facilitated by small class size. The faculty work closely with students to instill the values of intellectual integrity and objectivity; tolerance and respect for individuality and diversity; the intrinsic rewards of ethical behavior and social responsiveness; and appropriate competitive vigor balanced with the value of effective collaboration with others.

The Business Administration program provides students the opportunity to go forward in the broadest range of professional directions and build sound and rewarding careers.

The academic program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration provides a broad, intellectual outlook and analytical skills for students who wish to combine a liberal arts education with academically rigorous course work in administration and decision-making needed for an eventual career in management or in preparation for graduate study. Course work provides an understanding of the variety of approaches to the complexity of managerial decision-making in the contextual framework of a global society.

An “Executive-in-Residence” program offers students the opportunity for wide-ranging discussions and contact with chief executives from important organizations in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.

Scholarships available for majors in the College of Business include the Frances Holsclaw Brown ’44 Scholarship, the Coleman Family Farm Scholarship, the Evelyn Harrell Scholarship, the Fred. E. Miller Memorial Scholarship, the Benjamin T. Pitts Scholarship, The Elizabeth Griffith Schmidt ’35 Scholarship, the Harry Skinker Scholarship, the George and Monecial Helton Taylor, ’81 Scholarship in Business, and the Wachovia Scholarship in Business.

Students who establish outstanding records of academic achievement may be elected to Sigma Beta Delta, the national honor society in business management and administration.

Senior Business Administration majors who have a strong interest in research and an outstanding academic record may elect to pursue the Departmental Honors program. To be eligible, a student must have a 3.25 grade-point average in upper-division Business Administration courses and a 3.0 overall grade-point average. Honors work consists of expository or original research written in thesis format and defended before a Departmental Honors Committee of faculty. Students pursuing Departmental Honors in Business Administration register for three credits of 491 each semester of the senior year.

Experiential Learning

The Business Research Experience course provides students with another option (besides the internship option) for fulfilling the general education experiential learning requirement. The Business Research Experience course is designed to be taken simultaneously with DSCI 259: Applied Statistics and Business Research. The Business Research Experience requires students to undertake a rigorous business research project on behalf of a corporate or non-profit sponsoring organization. Students must submit a proposal by the fourth week of their DSCI 259 class that 1) specifies a corporate or non-profit research sponsor, and 2) outlines a clear problem statement and research plan. If the proposed project is granted approval the student must sign an experiential learning contract that obligates them to complete the stated research. Students who complete the project and achieve the objectives stated in the approved proposal will be deemed to have fulfilled the general education experiential learning requirement. Please contact the Associate Dean for Faculty for further details.