Business Administration

Degrees

Classes

ACC 210 : Principles of Accounting I

A course designed for all students interested in understanding the financial accounting and reporting process. No previous background in accounting or business is required. The course focuses on developing an understanding of the accounting cycle and its role in converting data related to business events into financial knowledge, which is then used to inform decision-making by investors, creditors, and other external parties. 

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Sophomore status

ACC 211 : Principles of Accounting II

The first component of this course builds on ACC 210, extending the external financial accounting model to consider the reporting of equity and debt financing decisions by corporations with emphasis on the corporate income statement and statement of cash flows. The second component of this course focuses on managerial accounting and explores the internal use of accounting information in the organizations’ decision-making process.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ACC 300 : Accounting Systems

An introduction to the design, implementation, and control of accounting information systems. Students will perform a series of hands-on projects to reinforce the conceptual and theoretical aspects of accounting systems.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

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

ACC 320 : Cost Management I

An introduction to the basic concepts and tools associated with cost management information systems, including an in-depth examination of product costing, planning and control, and cost analysis within the context of the traditional, functional-based cost systems companies in both the manufacturing and service sectors use.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ACC 325 : Cost Management II

Examination of the latest developments in course management systems Topics include activity-based costing, strategic cost management, process value analysis, kaizen costing, quality costing, productivity, environmental cost management, and the balanced scorecard. Students will also examine the role of cost information in management decision-making and the models used to facilitate this process.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

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.

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 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 325 : Production 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.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BUS 210 and 323

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 : Entrepreneurship

Part one of the capstone experience required for completion of the business administration major. An examination of the activities involved in the planning, establishing, and launching a 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 or economics major.

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 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. 

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Declared Business 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 470 : Topics in Business Administration

Concentrated study of selected topics, such as compensation, diversity, staffing, negotiation and conflict management, and organizational development.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

BUS 210 and 306 and ECO 102

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.