Business Administration

Business Administration Course Offerings

Business Administration course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of BUAD in the course listings.

105 – Perspectives on Organizations in Society (3)

The evolution of economic systems from political, sociological, and cultural perspectives are examined in order to understand the interactive nature of business, governmental, and societal systems. This course introduces the conceptual foundations necessary to make informed, well-reasoned analyses of the current issues involving an array of organizations from the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors of the economy.

350 – Business Communication (3)

Prerequisites: DSCI 152, 259; and business administration major or permission of the Associate Dean for Faculty. In this course students study Business Communication as a strategic process. The emphasis of the course is on the practical application of written and oral principles of business communication, including audience management, information control, and mastery of language. Additional areas of study include discourse analysis, oral and multimedia presentation techniques and critiques, intra- and inter-cultural differences in communication, impromptu speaking, and structured and planned briefings.

411 – Financial Modeling (3)

Prerequisite FINC 301.  This course introduces students to technology supporting financial modeling and decision making.  Students will learn to apply and extend the concepts they have learned in the introductory finance course into a spreadsheet model framework of Microsoft Excel.  The course will examine modeling in four primary areas: (1) corporate finance models, (2) fixed income securities models, (3) portfolio models, and (4) option price model.

412 – Advanced Corporate Finance (3)

Prerequisite: FINC 301.  This course develops the processes of making optimal strategic decision by applying corporate financial theory to cases of financial policy, financial instruments and valuation.  The course will focus on six broad topics including cost of capital and capital budgeting, discount cash flow valuation and financial multiples, payout policy, equity and debt financing, corporate control and recapitalizations, and corporate governance.

426 – Communication and Technology (3)

Prerequisite: Business administration major or permission of the Associate Dean for Faculty. This course emphasizes the growing role of digital communication within the business sector. Students will analyze, design, implement and test a website or interactive media project. In so doing, students will be introduced to broader communication concepts such as written and visual rhetoric, digital design, information architecture, and organizational image.

464 – Business Ethics (3)

Prerequisite: Senior status; and business administration major or permission of the Associate Dean for Faculty. A study of ethical conduct in management and the elements involved. The course will use a series of applied case studies (illustrating both positive and negative models) to provide an understanding of how to recognize a moral dilemma, evaluate the implications of proposed actions and develop a response. The student should leave with an understanding of ethics and social responsibility as they relate to management.

471 – Business Administration Seminars (1-3)

Prerequisite: Business Administration major, permission of instructor, and permission of the Associate Dean for Faculty. Special topics of interest to staff and students are discussed in individual seminars which focus on specific areas within the various disciplines of Business Administration.

473 – Environment of International Business Seminar (3)

Prerequisites: ECON 201; and business administration major or permission of the Associate Dean for Faculty. The political, cultural, and economic aspects of the international business environment are explored in depth. The goal of this seminar is to develop an understanding of the forces at work in the global conduct of business across national boundaries.

491 – Individual Study in Business Administration (variable credit, 1–3)

Prerequisites: Junior or senior status, requires permission of instructor and permission of the Associate Dean for Faculty. Directed by a department faculty member, students conduct individual research focusing on an approved topic of interest in business administration. This course does not satisfy the upper-level elective requirement for the major.

499 – Internship (variable credit, 1–3)

Prerequisites: Junior or senior status; business administration major, minor or 15 hours of BUAD courses or equivalent; permission of instructor and permission of the Associate Dean of Faculty.  A supervised work experience in a sponsoring organization developed in consultation with, and under the supervision of, a department faculty member. This course does not satisfy the upper-level elective requirement for the major. Directed by a department faculty member, students conduct individual research focusing on an approved topic of interest in business administration. A maximum of three (3) credits of 499 courses may count toward the upper level elective requirement.