Majors

Majors

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All freshmen enter the College of Business Administration as Pre-Business students with undecided majors. After completion of the Non-Business Foundation Requirements and fulfilling other academic requirements, students may declare one of the following majors:

Accounting

Accountants are needed in every industry—accounting firms, health, entertainment, education—to keep financial records of all business transactions. Public accounting firms and large corporations are the top recruiters of accounting majors. Government agencies also hire accountants, including the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Career opportunities include fields such as public or private accounting, budget planning, tax accounting or auditing. Our BBA in Accounting program provides courses in financial, managerial, cost, tax, systems, international, not-for-profit accounting and business law.

Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems option provides the student with the technical and managerial knowledge and skills required to enter the challenging and dynamic field of computers and information systems. The program is designed to meet the business community's demand for properly trained information systems specialists as well as providing the student with a solid background in the management and decision making to achieve career advancement in this rapidly expanding field. The student acquires knowledge in the variety of topics including a number of widely used programming languages and applications, the design, implementation and management of information systems, telecommunications, database development and manipulation, and advanced system concepts and technologies.

Economics

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The study of economics provides a good background for careers in business and government. It develops quantitative and analytical skills which are applicable to many jobs. Knowledge of economics is also essential for well-informed citizens to participate responsibly in public debate and decision-making on many issues. Because the range of interests among economics majors is quite broad, students are encouraged to work with a departmental advisor to discuss a plan of studies that fits their individual needs. A major in economics can also provide a background for postgraduate study in law, business, professional-level training in economics, public administration, professional health management, hospital administration, urban affairs, and transportation studies. Students find that Economics provides a good preparation for jobs such as: investment banker, statistician, budget analyst, financial analyst, trade specialist, program analyst, insurance broker, professor, revenue agent, consultant, economic analyst, loan officer.

Finance

Finance is the study of resource allocation, that is, the process, markets, institutions, and instruments that facilitate the transfer of money and wealth. The Finance major provides students with the theoretical framework and analytical tools and techniques to handle a variety of finance and business functions. The program is designed to prepare a student for financial positions with non-financial corporations, the financial services industry, energy companies, small businesses, and real estate firms. Concentrations in General Finance and Commercial Banking are available.

Management

If you're a natural leader who can motivate staff, coordinate projects and has knowledge of employment laws, you can be an integral part in the management of any organization or business.

This option is available with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, General Management and Human Resource Management. The general management program prepares students for positions in profit or non-profit organizations, small or large. Managers may have responsibility for a single work unit, a department, a division, or an entire organization. Graduates may initially enter into a management training / development program, but more typically begin their management careers as assistant managers. With experience they develop capabilities to assume responsibility at higher management levels. Careers in management may be found in any and all industries. Graduates in general management usually develop specific functional or subject matter expertise as their careers progress.

Human resource managers are involved in activities designed to ensure that an organization is effectively utilizing all employees so that it may achieve its strategic objectives. Human resource managers develop systems for recruiting, hiring and promoting employees; ensuring a competitive compensation and benefits program; training and developing employees; providing accurate and useful employee performance appraisals; and ensuring that an organization abides by legal regulations concerning employment practices. Director of human resources, recruiter, compensation analyst, affirmative action officer, and labor-relations specialist are just a few of the possible careers in human resource management.

Marketing

If you're an idea person full of creativity and business savvy, marketing may be for you. A marketing degree can put you at the door of advertising agencies, marketing firms, corporations and non­profit groups.

All organizations need people to perform marketing activities, from the U.S. Postal Service and religious organizations to the corner grocery store and Fortune 500 companies. Marketers must possess certain skills such as the ability to execute marketing plans and the technical competence to recognize customer's needs and satisfy them with their firms' products. Marketing provides one of the brightest career paths for rapid advancement in business. Whether in manufacturing industries, financial services, health care, or professional services, companies frequently pay high salaries to people who can develop new products, use marketing research to stay abreast of emerging trends, and overall, create sales. Broad areas of opportunity in marketing include marketing research, sales, purchasing, advertising, distribution, retailing, and direct marketing.

Operations and Supply Chain Management(OSCM/POM)

The program’s coursework focuses on integrating and managing the key business processes associated with the flow and transformation of goods and services, as well as the attendant information flows, both within and between the various organizations along the supply chain. Graduates from this program are able to offer strategies, processes, and ideas intended to achieve a sustainable competitive advantage, minimize system-wide costs, satisfy service level requirements, and maximize the overall value generated by the supply chain. The coursework emphasizes key SC business processes such as supply and demand management, sourcing of raw materials and parts, manufacturing and assembly, warehousing and inventory management, distribution across all channels, and delivery to the customer.

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General Business

The general business major is designed for students interested in obtaining a broad background in business administration without obtaining a high degree of specialization in any one area. Concentrations in International Business and Secondary Education are available.