The Business Administration program provides an academic environment which prepares students for graduate school and for professional roles in a global economic system. It provides a broad background in basic business principles and is supported by a strong liberal arts education. Emphasis is placed on helping the student understand
- the operation of a business enterprise;
- the economic and legal environments in which businesses operate;
- the importance of the business management profession and its responsibilities and
- essential problem solving or critical thinking abilities.
The program incorporates extensive experiential learning opportunities for students including setting up and running a small business and mentoring local businesses. Furthermore, the program offers e-business and e-commerce applications.
To be effective in a managerial role, one must be prepared to handle demanding and changing situations. The students who major in Business Administration have opportunities to develop the administrative skills and the background knowledge necessary for dealing with these situations. Business majors develop strengths in oral and written communications, and quantitative decision-making skills.
During the freshman and sophomore years, the student concentrates in the liberal arts and receives an introduction to the basic functions and tools of business. In the junior and senior years, the student has flexibility in determining the area of professional concentration that will meet particular academic and career plans.
Students are urged to get involved in student organizations and clubs such as ENACTUS-Entrepreneurial Action Us. Such award-winning organizations enhance the students’ understanding of theoretical concepts, provide a service to the community, and help build their resume. The globalization of the U.S. enterprise system necessitates exposure to other cultures, languages and customs, and a better understanding of political and historical events. Business students are urged to take courses in languages, political science, and history, and to prepare for graduate school.
The five emphasis areas (Business Analytics, Financial Management, Management, Marketing and Sports Management) offer the business student an opportunity to emphasize an area of special interest and prepare for a specialized business career. The recommended off-campus internship gives students a real work experience prior to completion of their bachelor’s degree requirements.
Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship. A minimum of 2.0 grade point average is a prerequisite for the internship.
Experiential Component (Complete 1 of the Following Courses:)
Liberal Arts and Program Specific Requirements (12 Credit Hours)
Common Required Courses (24 Credit Hours)
Sports Management Emphasis (24 Credit Hours)
The growth of sports as a major industry has increased the need and opportunity for well-trained professional managers. A well rounded business education which includes Finance, Accounting, Management, Marketing and Quantitative Skills with a focus on sport management skills is essential in this rapidly growing field. Sport Management majors can expect to find careers in professional sports, sports and fitness clubs, golf clubs, ski areas, education, the media, athlete representation, nonprofit recreation for such organizations as the YMCA, Boy and Girls Clubs, community programs, intercollegiate athletics and in the consumer segment.
It is recommended that the student choosing the Sports Management Emphasis obtain a license in First Aid Response.
Students using Sports Management as their emphasis are encouraged to take REC 350 - Risk Management, Safety, and Legal Issues in Recreation Administration as one of their approved electives.
Approved Electives (6-12 Credit Hours)
Students choose 6-12 credits (depending on Emphasis) from Accounting, Business, or Economics. Courses from other disciplines may be selected but must be approved by a Business Program Advisor. At least 9 (6 for the Analytics Emphasis) credits must be at the 300-400 level. Students may choose to select these approved electives in such a way as to complete additional emphasis areas in business administration or to work toward a minor in another discipline. Students should work with a Business program advisor to determine the course that will be designated as approved electives.