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Mission

It is the mission of the Department of Business & Economics to provide high quality undergraduate and graduate education in the business disciplines that actively engages students in the learning process, combines contemporary academic theory with relevant applications and experiential learning, and offers the global perspective necessary for today’s business professionals.

We achieve our mission through our distinctive programs, high level of student-faculty interaction, highly qualified faculty committed to scholarly activity and professional development, and with the assistance of a network of alumni and community partners.  We prepare students with the skills needed for today and for a future that will require life-long learning.

Vision

The Department of Business & Economics will be a leader in business education, engaging pedagogy, applied research and community engagement by building on our strengths and leveraging partnerships with students, alumni, faculty from other disciplines, and industry and community leaders.

Faculty

Hettler (chair), Adam, Akgun, M. Arshad Chawdhry, Adnan Chawdhry, Chicarelli, Cole, D. Jones, E. Jones, LaRosa, Lazorchak, Lennon, N. Li, Matecki, Michaels, Roberts, Schwerha

Programs

The department offers an Associate of Science (AS) in accounting, a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with majors in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, Interdisciplinary Studies in Business & Commerce, Management, and Marketing, a Bachelor of Science (BS) major in business administration with concentrations in Integrated Global Business (100% online) and Management Information Systems.  The department also offers minors in accounting, arts administration, economics, finance, forensic accounting, human resource management, management, management information systems, and marketing, and sub-baccalaureate certificates in forensic accounting and innovation & entrepreneurship.

Awards

Achievement is recognized in several ways. Membership is open to qualified successful students in Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society for Economics; Phi Beta Lambda - Future Business Leaders; Sigma Beta Delta, the International Honor Society for Business, Management and Administration, the Student Accounting Association; the Economics Club; the Finance Club; and the Student Marketing Association. These awards are presented to graduating seniors yearly: the Alfred Zeffiro Award for Excellence in the Study of Management, the Wall Street Journal Award for Excellence in the Study of Finance, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award for Highest Achievement in the Study of Accounting, and the Amy Lyne Marunyak Memorial Award for Excellence in the Study of Marketing.

 

Careers

Career opportunities include positions such as accountant, auditor, banker, city manager, general manager, government agency administrator, hospital administrator, industrial relations manager, insurance agent, office manager, personnel manager, production manager, purchasing agent, retail manager, sales manager, sales representative, securities analyst and stock broker.

 
Accreditation
Programs in the Department of Business and Economics are accredited by ACBSP.

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education supporting, celebrating, and rewarding teaching excellence. The association embraces the virtues of teaching excellence and emphasizes to students that it is essential to learn.

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Associate of Science (AS)

General Education (25 credits)
ENG 101, CDC 101, MAT 181, MIS 201, PSY 100, MAT 225 or BUS 281 or ENG 211, UNI 100 or 101, Humanities or Fine Arts Elective, Natural Science Elective

Major in Accounting (36 credits)
Required Courses (21 credits) ACC 200, 202, 331, ECO 201, 202, FIN 301, MGT 300

Accounting Electives (6 crs.): select courses with adviser's approval.

Related Electives (9 credits)
Select courses from the following list with adviser's approval: ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS, OR MKT (9 crs.)

 

The following four-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in two years.

 Semester 1
UNI 100 Freshman Seminar (1 credits)
ENG 101 Composition I (3 credits)
MAT 181 College Algebra (3 credits)
ACC 200 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
Gen Ed Elective (3 credits)

Semester 2
COM 101 Oral Communication (3 credits)
PSY 100 General Psychology (3 credits)
ACC 202 Accounting II (3 credits)
ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
Gen Ed Elective (3 credits)

Semester 3
FIN 301 Financial Management (3 credits)
ACC 331 Cost Accounting (3 credits)
Business Elective (3 credits)
MIS 201 Mgt Info Systems (3 credits)
Gen Ed Option Elective (3 credits)

Semester 4
MGT 300 Principles of Management (3 credits)
Accounting Elective (3 credits)
Accounting Elective (3 credits)
Business Elective (3 credits)
Business Elective (3 credits)

 

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
General Education (40/41 credits)

UNI 100 or 101, ENG 101, 211, CDC 101, MAT 181, 225, MIS 201, PSY 100, BUS 281, Health and Wellness Elective, Humanities Elective, Fine Arts Elective, Ethics and Multicultural Emphasis Elective

Business Core (30 credits)
ACC 200, 321, BUS 242, 381, 499, ECO 201, 202, FIN 301, MGT 300, MKT 300

Major Courses (30 credits)

Accounting Major (30 credits)
ACC 202, 218, 301, 302, 318, 331*, 341, 401, 441
Related Electives:  ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT courses, 300-level or above not already included in the Required Major Courses or Concentration Courses above. Recommended: ACC 491, BUS 345 (6 crs.)
* ACC 331 replaces ACC 321 in the Required Major Courses for this concentration

Economics Major (30 credits)
ECO 301, 302, 421, plus 9 credits ECO courses 300+ (maximum of 3 credits of ECO 492) (18 credits)
Required Minor/Certificate (12 credits): Students select one of the following minors or certificates: Accounting, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing or the Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Certificate in Spanish for Business.  Students may select a different minor or certificate, with the approval of their advisor.

Finance Major (30 credits)
FIN 302, 304, 305, 311, 331, ECO 304 (18 credits)
Required Minor/Certificate (12 credits): Students select one of the following minors or certificates: Accounting, Economics, Forensic Accounting, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing or the Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Certificate in Spanish for Business.  Students may select a different minor or certificate, with the approval of their advisor.

Human Resource Management Major (30 credits)
BUS 342 or 345, HRM 300, 310, 330, 322, 400
Required Minor/Certificate (12 credits): Students select one of the following minors or certificates: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing or the Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Certificate in Spanish for Business.  Students may select a different minor or certificate, with the approval of their advisor.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Business & Commerce Major (30 credits)
With approval of their advisor, student chooses ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT courses, 300-level or above not already included in the Required Major Courses above or ACC 491, BUS 492, ECO 492, FIN 491, HRM 492, MGT 492, MIS 492 or MKT 492
Required Minor/Certificate (12 credits): Students select one of the following minors or certificates: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing or the Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Certificate in Spanish for Business.  Students may select a different minor or certificate, with the approval of their advisor.

Management Major (30 credits)
BUS 345, HRM 300, HRM 330, MGT 301, MGT 311, MGT 431
Required Minor/Certificate (12 credits): Students select one of the following minors or certificates: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Management Information Systems, or Marketing or the Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Certificate in Spanish for Business.  Students may select a different minor or certificate, with the approval of their advisor.

Marketing Major (30 credits)
MKT 321, 341, 351, 401, 421, 431
Required Minor/Certificate (12 credits): Students select one of the following minors or certificates: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Human Resource Management, Management, or Management Information Systems, or the Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Certificate in Spanish for Business.  Students may select a different minor or certificate, with the approval of their advisor.

 

Free Electives: 19-21 credits
Note: all students must complete a Special Experience course, a Laboratory course, and two Writing Intensive courses.

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

Semester 1
ECO 201: Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
ENG 101: Composition I (3 credits)
MAT 181: College Algebra (3 credits)
UNI 100: First Year Seminar (1 credit)
Gen Ed/Electives (6 credits)

Semester 2
BUS 281: Management Science I (3 credits)
ECO 202: Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
ENG 211: Business Writing I (3 credits)
PSY 100: General Psychology (3 credits)
Gen Ed/Elective (3 credits)

Semester 3
ACC 200: Financial Accounting (3 credits)
BUS 242: Business Law I (3 credits)
CDC 101: Public Speaking (3 credits)
MAT 225: Business Statistics (3 credits)
Gen Ed/Electives (3 credits)

Semester 4
ACC 321: Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
BUS 381 Management Science II (3 credits)
MGT 300: Prin. Of Management (3 credits)
MKT 300: Prin. Of Marketing (3 credits)
Gen Ed/Elective3 (3 credits)

Semester 5
FIN 301: Financial Management (3 credits)
MIS 201: Management Info Sys (3 credits)
Concentration/Bus. Electives (6 credits)
Gen Ed/Electives (3 credits)

Semester 6
Concentration/Bus. Electives (9 credits)
Gen Ed/Electives (6 credits)

Semester 7
BUS 499: Integrated Strat. Capstone (3 credits)
Concentration/Bus. Electives (9 credits)
Gen Ed/Electives (3 credits)

 Semester 8
Concentration/Bus. Electives (9 credits)
Gen Ed/Electives (6 credits)

 

Bachelor of Science (BS)
General Education (40/41 credits)
UNI 100 or 101, ENG 101, 211, CDC 101, MAT 181, 225, MIS 201, PSY 100, BUS 281, Health and Wellness Elective, Humanities Elective, Fine Arts Elective, Ethics and Multicultural Emphasis Elective

Required major courses Business Administration Major (30 credits)
ACC 200, 321, BUS 242, 381, 499, ECO 201, 202, FIN 301, MGT 300, MKT 300

Students must choose one of the following concentrations:

Integrated Global Business Concentration, 100% online (30 credits)
BUS 345, ECO 460, HRM 462, MGT 431, 461, MKT 401
Required Minor/Certificate (12 credits): Students select one of the following minors or certificates: Forensic Accounting, Management, or the Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Certificate in Spanish for Business.  Students may select a different minor or certificate, with the approval of their advisor.

Management Information Systems Concentration (30 credits)
CIS 120, 299, MIS 321, 375, 385, 401, 421
Related Electives: ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS, or MKT courses, 300-level or above not already included in the Required Major Courses or Concentration Courses above.  No more than 6 credits can be MIS 492.

 Free Electives: 19-21 credits

Note: all students must complete a Special Experience course, a Laboratory course, and two Writing Intensive courses.

 

The following eight-semester schedule of courses provides a recommended framework for completing this program of study in four years.

 Semester 1
ECO 201: Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
ENG 101: Composition I (3 credits)
MAT 181: College Algebra (3 credits)
UNI 100: First Year Seminar (1 credit)
Gen Ed/Electives (6 credits)

Semester 2
BUS 281: Management Science I (3 credits)
ECO 202: Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
ENG 211: Business Writing I (3 credits)
PSY 100: General Psychology (3 credits)
Gen Ed/Elective (3 credits)

Semester 3
ACC 200: Financial Accounting (3 credits)
BUS 242: Business Law I (3 credits)
CDC 101: Public Speaking (3 credits)
MAT 225: Business Statistics (3 credits)
Gen Ed/Electives (3 credits)

Semester 4
ACC 321: Managerial Accounting (3 credits)
BUS 381 Management Science II (3 credits)
MGT 300: Prin. Of Management (3 credits)
MKT 300: Prin. Of Marketing (3 credits)
Gen Ed/Elective3 (3 credits)

Semester 5
FIN 301: Financial Management (3 credits)
MIS 201: Management Info Sys (3 credits)
Concentration/Bus. Electives (6 credits)
Gen Ed/Electives (3 credits)

Semester 6
Concentration/Bus. Electives (9 credits)
Gen Ed/Electives (6 credits)

Semester 7
BUS 499: Integrated Strat. Capstone (3 credits)
Concentration/Bus. Electives (9 credits)
Gen Ed/Electives (3 credits)

Semester 8
Concentration/Bus. Electives (9 credits)
Gen Ed/Electives (6 credits)

 

Minors in Business Administration
Accounting Minor (21 credits)
Required Courses (15 credits):  BUS 100*, ECO 100 or 201 or 202, ACC 200, 202, 301.
Accounting Electives (6 credits):  Select upper-level (300 and above) ACC courses.
* may be replaced by a 300+ business course.

No more than 9 credits may be used to satisfy requirements of the student’s major or concentration.

 Arts Administration Minor (21-24 credits)
Select 6 credits from ACC 200, BUS 100, BUS 242, MGT 300, MKT 300
Select 12 credits from ACC 341, FIN 301, 304, MGT 303, 305, MKT 311, 341, 361
Select 3-6 credits from ART 329, BUS 479, 492, GCM 495, MUS 488

This minor is available only to students enrolled in the following majors: Art (BA and BFA), Commercial Music Technology, Graphic Design, Graphics and Multimedia, Theater

Business Minor (21 credits)
Required Courses (12 credits):  BUS 100*, ECO 100 or 201 or 202, ACC 200, MGT 300
Business Electives (9 credits):  Select upper-level (300 and above) ACC, BUS, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT courses, no more than one course from each prefix. No more than 3 credits can be internship courses (ACC 491, BUS 492, ECO 492, FIN 492, HRM 492, MGT 492, MIS 492, MKT 492).
* may be replaced by a 300+ business course.

No more than 9 credits for the minor may be used to satisfy requirements of the student’s major or concentration.

Economics Minor (21 credits)
Required Courses (9 credits):  BUS 100*, ECO 201, 202
Economics Electives (12 credits):  Select upper-level (300 and above) ECO courses. No more than 3 credits can be internship course (ECO 492).
* may be replaced by a 300+ business course.

No more than 9 credits may be used to satisfy requirements of the student’s major or concentration.

 Finance Minor (21 credits)
Required Courses (15 credits):  BUS 100, ECO 100 or 201 or 202, ACC 200, FIN 301, 304
Finance Electives (6 credits):  Select upper-level (300 and above) FIN courses. No more than 3 credits can be internship course (FIN 492)
* may be replaced by a 300+ business course.

No more than 9 credits may be used to satisfy requirements of the student’s major or concentration.

Forensic Accounting Minor (21 credits)
Required Courses (21 credits) ACC 200, 301, 441, 450, 451, BUS 345, MGT 376

No more than 9 credits may be used to satisfy requirements of the student’s major or concentration.

Human Resource Management Minor (21 credits)
Required Courses (15 credits) BUS 100*, PSY 100, ECO 100 or 201 or 202, HRM 300, 400
Human Resource Management Electives: Choose 6 credits from HRM 310, 322, 330
* may be replaced by a 300+ business course.

No more than 9 credits may be used to satisfy requirements of the student’s major or concentration.

Management Minor (21 credits)
Required Courses (12 credits):  BUS 100*, ECO 100 or 201 or 202, MGT 300, 301
Management Electives (6 credits):  Select upper-level (300 and above) MGT courses.
Business Elective (3 credits): Select upper-level (300 and above) ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT course
* may be replaced by a 300+ business course.

No more than 3 credits may be internship courses (MGT 492 or BUS 492). No more than 9 credits may be used to satisfy requirements of the student’s major or concentration.

Management Information Systems Minor (21 credits)
Required Courses (21 credits): BUS 100*, ECO 100 or 201 or 202, CIS 120, MIS 201, 321, 375, 401
* may be replaced by a 300+ business course.

No more than 9 credits may be used to satisfy requirements of the student’s major or concentration.

Marketing Minor (21 credits)
Required Courses (9 credits):  BUS 100*, ECO 100 or 201 or 202, MKT 300
Marketing Electives (12 credits):  Select upper-level (300 and above) MKT courses. No more than 3 credits may be internship (MKT 492).
* may be replaced by a 300+ business course.

No more than 9 credits may be used to satisfy requirements of the student’s major or concentration.

 

Certificates in Business Administration

Forensic Accounting Sub-baccalaureate Certificate (21 credits)
Required Courses (21 credits) ACC 200, 301, 441, 450, 451, BUS 345, MGT 376

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Sub-baccalaureate Certificate (15 credits)
Required Courses (9 credits) MGT 303, 305, 403

Elective courses (6 credits) Choose from FIN 341, 371, MGT 377, MKT 311, or any other 300+ ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS, or MKT course with advisor approval