Business Administration

Degrees

Classes

ACC 310 : Essentials of Accounting

This is a comprehensive course which covers accounting principles associated with financial and managerial accounting. The course focuses on understanding and measuring business transactions and the capture of related economic data in the accounting system.

Credits

4

BUS 208 : Career Professionalism

Preparation of students for career success. Students will evaluate appropriate career direction, create relevant goals, identify transferable skills and experience, and effectively market themselves in resumes, cover letters, portfolios, networking environments, and employment interviews.

Credits

1

BUS 210 : Principles of Management

A survey of effective management techniques for achieving organizational objectives in business, non- profit institutions, and government agencies with emphasis the four basic functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.  The course introduces Social Entrepreneurship with a focus on the triple bottom line.

Credits

3

BUS 302 : Governance, Business, and Society

The course involves analyses of the intersection of government, business, law, and society. Policies, ethics, and the maintenance and regulation of competition at the local, national, and global levels are explored in relation to how organizations are governed – internally and externally.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BUS 303 : Business Law

A systematic analysis of the legal concepts applicable to business organizations, legal rights and remedies, secured transactions, commercial paper, property, and bankruptcy.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Junior or senior status or permission of instructor.

BUS 306 : Principles of Marketing

A survey of activities involved in the marketing of products to consumer and industrial markets. Topics include pricing, product development, promotion, distribution, and environmental forces that affect marketing.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BUS 310 : Consumer Behavior

An introduction to consumer behavior as it affects an organization’s marketing strategy and policy decisions. The course offers various perspectives on marketing activities with emphasis on basic psychological, social, cultural, and situational influences.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BUS 311 : Operations Management

Examination of techniques and procedures relating to the design of operations, including planning and control, quality control, inventory management, maintenance management, and product planning systems. Not repeatable for credit.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BUS 315 : Organizational Behavior

An introduction to the management of individuals and small groups in the work place. This course studies the basic theory of behavior within organizations, including topics such as the dynamics of small groups, informal structures within an organization, and the significance of the social environment.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BUS 330 : Business Process & Design Improvement

This course introduces concepts and tools for analyzing and improving existing processes or designing new ones. The main focus is on Lean Six Sigma concepts but includes other tools and concepts. The course also introduces the strategic application of quality management concepts and quality systems with an emphasis on value creation. Upon completion of the course, the student should understand and be able to apply the ASQ Six Sigma Yellow Belt Body of Knowledge.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Or permission of instructor.

BUS 375 : Human Resource Management

Study of the process of managing human resources to achieve organizational objectives. Students will build a foundation for the process of personnel selection, development, and maintenance, as well as consider the activities of unions and other employee organizations.

Credits

3

BUS 402 : Marketing Research and Analysis

Study of how management uses marketing information systems and marketing research as decision- making tools with emphasis on research design, questionnaire construction, sampling, data processing, quantitative analysis, and research applications.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BUS 306 and BUS 323

BUS 415 : Social Entrepreneurship

Social Entrepreneurship is Part one of the capstone experience required for completion of the Business Administration Major and Social Entrepreneurship Minor. An examination of the activities involved in the planning, establishing, and launching a social business enterprise. Students will explore the various start-up options for businesses and non-profits, then prepare a business plan for the proposed enterprise. 

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Senior status in the Business Major or Social Entrepreneurship Minor.

BUS 420 : Business Capstone

Part Two of the Business Capstone Experience.  Students will complete the business plans started in BUS 415, prepare for and compete in the Arkansas Business Plan Competition.  Additional topics include, project implementation, career development, and career planning.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BUS 430 : International Business

An overview of international business activities with emphasis on gaining an international perspective of cultural dynamics, business practices, political and legal environments, and global market strategies.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BUS 435 : Special Topics in Social Entrepreneurship

Special topics or projects in social entrepreneurship include participation in social business competitions as directed by the instructor. May be repeated for up to 4 credits if topics or projects are different. 

Credits

1 - 4

Prerequisites

And permission of the instructor.

BUS 445 : Field Study in Small Business Management

Practical experience exposing students to real business situations. Students will serve as consultants to small business owners in the region and prepare a case report at the end of the semester containing their findings and recommendations. 

Credits

1 - 3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor.

BUS 450 : Internship in Business Administration

Students will gain field experience through direct, supervised work in a selected, approved company. The internship will involve a minimum of 140 contact hours over the course of a semester, and interns will provide periodic reports to the faculty supervisor. Course can be taken two times for credit. 

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Declared Business or Economics major in senior year with cumulative GPA minimum of 2.75

BUS 455 : Senior Thesis

Students will conduct independent research on a selected subject in the area of business administration. Faculty members will guide students through the research process to accomplish agreed upon objectives, and students will submit a research paper and make an oral presentation at the end of the semester. Prerequisite:

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Declared Business major in senior year.

BUS 458 : Internship in Social Entrepreneurship

Students will gain field experience through direct, supervised work in a selected, approved company. The internship will involve a minimum of 140 contact hours over the course of a semester, and interns will provide periodic reports to the faculty supervisor.   The internship will primarily focus on Social Entrepreneurship or CSR (corporate social responsibility) topics and projects.  

Credits

1 - 4

Prerequisites

Permission of the instructor

BUS 480 : Business Strategy

Examination of the problems involved in the formulation and execution of business policies and maintenance and development of an effective organization. Includes the use of case studies as a basis for discussion.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Declared major in final spring semester.

ECO 340 : Sustainable Economic Development

An introduction to key concepts in economic development with a focus on social and environmental sustainability. Topics are presented mainly from a regional economics perspective. The role of social entrepreneurship in creating social capital and economic development is also examined. 

Credits

3

Prerequisites