Undergraduate Catalog
Colleges

College of Business

Dr. R. Edward Bashaw, Dean
Rothwell Hall, Room 433
(479) 968-0490
ebashaw@atu.edu
Fax: (479) 968-0677

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, Business Data Analytics, Economics & Finance, and Management & Marketing or a Bachelor of Science with a major in Business Education.

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.

Our Vision
We will be known for the opportunities we create for our students. Keys to our success will be to help make our students career-ready by:

Our Mission
We produce quality business professionals prepared to meet the demands of our dynamic marketplace from among a campus population where business students are underrepresented.

Our Guiding Principles

The College is committed to:

Programs of Study

The College of Business offers programs of study leading to baccalaureate degrees as listed below:

Bachelor of Science
Business Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Accounting
Business Data Analytics
Economics and Finance
Management and Marketing with concentrations in:
   Entrepreneurship
   International Business
   Management
   Marketing

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.

Learning Goals

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’:

  1. Ability to use technology to support business decisions.
  2. Overall communication skills in a business context.
  3. Ability to think critically and reason effectively about business problems.
  4. Ethical awareness and ethical decision-making framework in a business context.
  5. Foundation knowledge for conducting business in a diverse, global environment.

Accreditation

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).

Transfer Students

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.

The Curriculum

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:

  1. The general education requirements as described in this catalog.
  2. The following business core requirements:

    ACCT 2003 Accounting Principles I
    ACCT 2013 Accounting Principles II
    ECON 2003 Principles of Economics I
    ECON 2013 Principles of Economics II
    BLAW 2033 Legal Environment of Business
    BUAD 1111 Introduction to Business
    BUAD 2003 Business Information Systems
    BUAD 2053 Business Statistics
    BUAD 3023 Business Communications
    ACCT 3063 Managerial Accounting OR ACCT 4023 Cost Accounting
    ECON 3003 Money and Banking
    FIN 3063 Business Finance
    MKT 3043 Principles of Marketing
    BDA 2003 Business Problem Solving
    MGMT 3003 Management and Organizational Behavior
    MGMT 3103 Operations Management
    MGMT 4013 Management Information Systems OR ACCT 3023 Accounting Information Systems1
    MGMT 4083 Business Policy

  3. The following courses in the quantitative area:

    MATH 1113 College Algebra2
    MATH 2223 Quantitative Business Analysis

  4. Requirements that are listed on the following pages under each major.
  5. Sufficient elective hours to bring the student’s total hours to 120 (the number required for graduation).

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:

  1. Must have completed a minimum of 54 hours.
  2. Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above.
  3. Completion of the following eighteen hours of business foundation courses:

    ACCT 2003 Accounting Principles I and ACCT 2013 Accounting Principles II
    ECON 2003 Principles of Economics I and ECON 2013 Principles of Economics II
    Six hours from BDA 2003 Business Problem Solving, BLAW 2033 Legal Environment of Business, BUAD 2053 Business Statistics

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 courses 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 Accounting Information Systems. All other business majors must take MGMT 4013 Management Information Systems.
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.