Arkansas Tech University has offered baccalaureate degrees with majors in business and accounting since 1950 and 1959 respectively. The degree programs were housed in the Division of Business and then in the School of Systems Science prior to the establishment of the School of Business in 1986. The School of Business became the College of Business in 2009. The College is comprised of a Department of Management and Marketing and a Department of Accounting and Economics. Business students may seek a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with major fields of study in Accounting, Economics & Finance, and Management & Marketing or a Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Education.
From its early years the College has used full-time faculty to teach primarily full-time undergraduate students. The faculty believe that teaching excellence and the currency of subject matter are best maintained through ongoing professional interaction with peers and the business community. In support of its mission, the faculty participates in service and engages in scholarly activities oriented towards professional practice and pedagogical research.
College of Business faculty and students use current technology to equip students with the necessary business competency skills needed to be successful leaders in business. Students and faculty are encouraged to participate actively in the learning process. A high degree of faculty-student interaction is sought through the management of class sizes and individualized advising. The College adheres to high levels of ethical conduct and promotes this ideal to its students as they prepare for personal and professional success in an evolving global business environment.
The Arkansas Tech University College of Business will be recognized as the premier undergraduate business program in the state of Arkansas.
The mission of the College of Business is to provide undergraduate students with the intellectual foundation for lifelong learning by combining a quality education in fundamental business management competencies with a broad exposure to the liberal arts.
Our Guiding Principles
The College of Business carries out its mission through its commitment to the following guiding principles and core values:
The College is committed to:
The College of Business offers programs of study leading to baccalaureate degrees as listed below:
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Business Data Analytics
Economics and Finance
Management and Marketing with concentrations in:
The College of Business is committed to preparing students for meaningful careers in business, industry, government or education; or for admission to and success in quality graduate programs. This commitment is founded on the belief that graduates from the College should have a strong background in the liberal arts as a basis for mature understanding of the problems of business leadership and management. The objective of the general education curriculum required of all College of Business majors is to ensure they acquire a knowledge and understanding of topics in the humanities, sciences, communications, social sciences and other related subjects to support a lifetime of continual learning.
Students who major in any of the bachelor degree programs in the College of Business are required to complete a common core of business courses. The learning goals of the BSBA degree program are to develop students’:
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree programs offered by the College of Business are accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for business schools, stressing academic excellence and a commitment to continuous improvement. Approximately one third of the business schools in the United States and several selected schools internationally have earned AACSB International accreditation.
The Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
In order to meet baccalaureate degree requirements, all transfer students must take in residence a minimum of fifty percent of the College of Business courses required for the degree. Of these courses, at least 24 hours must be 3000-4000 level, 12 hours must be in the student’s major field, and 9 hours must be in the business core curriculum.
Business courses taken at other institutions at the 1000-2000 level which are offered by Tech at the 3000-4000 level will be transferred as free electives. Business courses taken at other institutions at the 3000-4000 level are subject to validation by the College of Business.
A student who majors in one of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) programs in the College of Business must complete:
In order to enroll in 3000- and 4000-level courses offered by the College of Business, students majoring in business must have the proper course prerequisites and satisfy the following enrollment requirements:
Business students who meet enrollment requirements (1) and (2) above and have only completed fifteen hours of the foundation courses, may enroll in upper division business courses, provided they have the proper course prerequisites and they enroll in the remaining required foundation course in the same semester.
Students majoring in fields outside the College of Business may enroll in 3000- and 4000- level College of Business courses provided they have completed 54 credit hours, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, and approval from the College of Business Dean.
1Accounting majors must take ACCT 3023. All other business majors must take MGMT 4013.
2Students who have two years of high school Algebra with a grade of “C” or better and a math ACT score of 22 or above may omit College Algebra and enroll directly in MATH 2223, Quantitative Business Analysis.