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ACC 201, 202 Principles of Accounting I and II (4 SH). A two-semester study of the basic principles and concepts underlying the measurement of financial activity, and the preparation and use of financial statements. Among the topics will be basic accounting theory, transaction analyses, income determination, asset and liability valuation. The second semester will be a continuation of the basic accounting concepts, plus issues that relate to the financial management of a company, cost behavior, cost control, capital budgeting and profit planning. Prerequisite: ACC 201 for ACC 202.

BA 140 The American Workplace (4 SH). An introduction to the nature of work and organizations. The course will explore the functions of managers in work environments, and the issues that shape contemporary management such as global competition and information technology. This course cannot be taken for credit if you have received credit for BA 310 (or are currently enrolled). This course is not open to junior or seniors except by permission.

BA 220 Statistics (4 SH). An introductory course in the analysis and interpretation of quantitative data. Attention is given to the binomial distribution, the normal distribution, sampling, introductory probability theory, and hypothesis testing. Real world applications are used with computer software for statistical analysis. Not available to students with credit in BIO 206, MTH 335, PSY 201, PS 301, SSC 251, or SSC 252. Prerequisite: MTH 130 or 131 (or concurrent enrollment in MTH 131). (Also listed as ECO 220.)

BA 221 Business Research Methods (4 SH). A course in the commonly used statistical methods. Broad coverage is given to research design and hypothesis testing. Included are chi-square test of independence, analysis of variance, multiple regression and correlation analysis, and non- parametric statistics. Applications are used with computer software for statistical analysis. Prerequisites: BA/ECO 220 (or equivalent) and MTH 131.

BA 230 Business Law (4 SH). A study of law as it pertains to business. Legal principles pertaining to a variety of topics, including the Uniform Commercial Code, will be presented and applied to business entities. Text and case study will emphasize legal reasoning processes.

BA 305 Marketing (4 SH). A study of the process by which products or services are brought to targeted consumers. The discussion includes consumer behavior, formation of a marketing plan and strategy, and marketing ethics. The approach is from the position of a business; however, consumer issues and concerns will also be discussed. Prerequisites: BA 140 or PR 101 or ECO 150.

BA 310 Organizations and Management (4 SH). A course that studies the behavior of people in a work organization. Topics include motivation, leadership, group processes, job and organizational design, communications, effectiveness and ethics in the workplace. Prerequisites: ECO 150 and junior standing.

BA 325 Management Information Systems (4 SH). The course provides a basic understanding of how organizations develop, use, manage, and secure their information systems. The course examines the impact of information systems at the strategic and operational levels of an organization. Key system applications, such as electronic commerce and enterprise information systems, are examined as well as the technological infrastructure that supports them. Prerequisites: ACC 201, ACC 202, BA/ECO 220 (or equivalent), and MTH 131.

BA 601 Strategic Management (4 SH). A capstone course that focuses on general management skills involved in choosing an organizational strategy, committing critical resources to implementation, and appropriately reevaluating that strategy as internal and external organizational environments change. The course integrates the major business functions using top management’s generalist view. The primary method of instruction is case analysis. Prerequisites: BA 305, 310 and 350.

ECO 150 Principles of Microeconomics (4 SH). Fundamental economic concepts and theories of supply and demand, resource allocation, taxation, international trade, externalities, public goods, market models, and labor markets. An emphasis on applications in both public policy and individual decision making will be recurrent throughout the course.

MTH 131 Applied Calculus (4 SH). A one-semester study of applications of differential and integral calculus with emphasis on polynomials, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, business and economics applications. This course is for individuals with a good high school background in mathematics. This course does not provide the background for a student to continue on to Calculus II. Not available to students who have credit for MTH 150, MTH 152, or MTH 250. Prerequisites: C or better in MTH 130 or permission of the instructor or department chair.

PR 101 Principles, Practices and Theory of Public Relations (4 SH). A concept course which will make students familiar with the background and content of public relations management and help them understand the nature of managerial and ethical responsibilities of public relations practitioners. Attention will be given to the codes of ethics and enforcement processes of national societies of public relations professionals. The primary focus will be on management’s critical areas of accountability: the conceptualization and specification of the tasks and responsibilities which define the nature, scope and warranty of public relations activity. The course also will provide an overview of the various sectors of public relations such as public affairs, community relations, employee relations, financial and shareholder relations, consumer relations, international relations, crisis management and issues management.

PR 202 Advertising and Public Relations: Approaches and Methods (4 SH). This course will examine the current practices of advertising and public relations with a particular emphasis on how these two areas work together in serving the client. Prerequisite: successful completion of PR 101.

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BA 326 E-Commerce (4 SH). The course examines fundamental areas of e-commerce: the economic and strategic implications of the Internet; the uses of Internet technology to manage and redesign a business’s value chain; financing and valuing e-commerce organizations; the economic, regulatory and technical environment of e-commerce; risk management issues associated with e-commerce. A number of case studies will be employed to illustrate the principles discussed. Prerequisites: BA 140 and ECO 150.

BA 335 Sports/Event Planning and Management (4 SH). A study of the principles involved in successful sports/event planning and management including, Meeting and Business Events Competency Standards (MBECS), risk management, stakeholder management, accounting and financial planning, planning and designing the environment, marketing, site and promotion planning. Prerequisite: BA 140

BA 390 Buyer Behavior (4 SH). Study of major theories of consumer and industrial buying behavior, consumerism, and the ethics of marketing. Prerequisites: BA 220 and 305.

BA 410 Global Marketing Management (4 SH). An introduction to the complexities of marketing goods and services to international consumers. The environment of international marketing will be addressed from conceptual and applied perspectives. Topics include the various economic, social, political and legal dimensions confronted in international marketing. Prerequisites: junior standing and BA 305.

BA 590-594 Field Experience/Internship (1–4 SH). Will not be counted in the minimum number of courses needed in the major. All grading S/U. Prerequisites: six courses in accounting, economics and/or business, junior or senior standing, consent of department, and a GPA of at least 2.0.


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