School of Business Administration

 SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Dean: Dr. M. Elizabeth Wilson
         Business History Building, Room 213
         (229) 931-2120
         liz.wilson@gsw.edu 
Professors: Dr. Michael Fathi, Dr. Philip I. Szmedra, Dr. M. Elizabeth Wilson
Associate Professors: Dr. Brian Heshizer, Dr. Curtis Howell, Dr. Yangil Park, Dr. John S. Stovall, Dr. Dawn B. Valentine, Dr. Randall C. Valentine
Assistant Professors: Joseph Krupka, Dr. Cecilia Maldonado, Dr. Feng Xu
Lecturer: Brian Flynn
Instructors: Carol C. Bishop, Susan M. Robinson
Director of the Center for Business and Economic Development: Gaynor Cheokas
Director of External Programs: Shannon Perry

General Definition of the BBA degree program:

The BBA degree program in business educates students in a broad range of knowledge and skills including accounting, human resource, management, and marketing majors as a basis for careers in business. Learning expectations build on the students' pre-collegiate educations to prepare students to enter and sustain careers in the business world and to contribute positively in the larger society. Students achieve knowledge and skills for successful performance in a complex environment requiring intellectual ability to organize work, make and communicate sound decisions, and react successfully to unanticipated events. Students develop learning abilities suitable to continue higher-level intellectual development.

ACCREDITATION

The School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in business education and has been earned by less than five percent of the world's business schools. AACSB International is located at 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL 33602-5730 USA, telephone number 813-769-6500 and fax number 813-769-6559 (www.aacsb.edu).

Vision Statement

A premier School of Business Administration within the University System of Georgia offering undergraduate and graduate programs in business.

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Business Administration is to provide its diverse student population quality undergraduate and graduate-level educational programs that produce graduates with the knowledge and skills to help them excel in their business careers, further academic studies, and fulfill their personal potential. The School strives to enhance students' academic experience through relevant faculty teaching activities, community service, applied scholarly endeavors relevant to the southwest Georgia region, and professional activities. This commitment includes abiding by the following standards:

  • Honesty and integrity in interactions and undertakings
  • Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others
  • Accountability for personal behavior

Approaches to Assurance of Learning

There are three direct assessment methods to assure that the school is meeting the learning objectives: selection, course-embedded measurement, and stand-alone testing or performance.

The selection process in recruiting students in the School of Business Administration complies with the University standards.

The School of Business Administration uses the following assessment methods:

  • course-embedded measurements
  • standardized tests (ETS Major Field Test)
  • EBI exit survey (indirect method)

GOALS

The learning goals describe the desired educational accomplishments of the BBA degree program. These goals state the broad educational expectations for the BBA degree program and specify the intellectual and behavioral competencies the program is intended to instill. By developing operational definitions of the goals and assessing student performance, the school measures its level of success at accomplishing the goals.

General knowledge and skills areas for the BBA program are:

  • Business Knowledge
  • Communication (Oral and Written)
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Critical Thinking / Analytical Skills
  • Use of Information Technology
  • Globalization and Diversity
  • Teamwork

Based on these knowledge and skills areas the following goals and corresponding objectives are established. The learning objectives for each of the goals establish the way the learning goals are achieved. At the same time, these objectives describe a measurable attribute of the overall learning goal.

LEARNING GOAL 1: Our graduates will have core business knowledge.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • Our students will apply accounting knowledge to solve a specific problem.
  • Our students will develop a SWOT analysis in a case scenario.
  • Our students will apply macroeconomic knowledge to solve a specific problem.
  • Our students will apply finance theory knowledge to solve a finance related case.
  • Our students will succeed in the Major Field Test.

LEARNING GOAL 2: Our graduates will be effective communicators.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • Our students will develop professional quality presentations accompanied by appropriate technology.
  • Our students will produce professional quality business documents.

LEARNING GOAL 3: Our graduates will understand the importance of behaving ethically in their professional lives.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • Our students will identify an ethical dilemma in a scenario case and apply an ethics model to propose and defend a resolution.

LEARNING GOAL 4: Our graduates will demonstrate problem solving skills, supported by appropriate analytical, critical thinking, and quantitative techniques.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • In a case setting, the students will use the appropriate analytical techniques to identify and solve a business problem.
  • Our students will draw statistical conclusions using appropriate methodology.

LEARNING GOAL 5: Our graduates will demonstrate problem solving skills supported by the correct use of information technology in their everyday life.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • Our students will use software to manipulate and present data in a professional format.
  • Our students will do research using the Internet and other databases as the resource.
  • Our students will create a professional presentation using MS PowerPoint.

LEARNING GOAL 6: Our graduates will have a global perspective.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • Our students will identify cross-cultural business issues in a case setting and propose appropriate solutions

LEARNING GOAL 7: Our graduates will be able to work in teams.

Corresponding Objectives:

  • Our students will demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in a team setting.

PRE-BUSINESS ADVISEMENT

A student who meets the criteria for admission to Georgia Southwestern State University may be admitted to the University for any semester and be classified as a pre-business student. Pre-business students will be assigned an advisor within the School of Business.   Admission to the University as a pre-business student allows the student to take general core curriculum courses (Area A-E and PE), required Area F courses and 6 credit hours of business core courses.  Pre-business students are not guaranteed admission to the Bachelor of Business Administration degree programs.

ADMISSION ELIGIBILITY

In order to be considered for admission into one of the School of Business degree programs, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Attain admission in good standing to the University.
  • Complete all general core curriculum from Area A with a grade of C or better.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 semester hours from general core curriculum (Areas A-E and PE), required Area F courses, and allowable business core courses with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) on all work taken, whether at Georgia Southwestern State University or other colleges/universities.
  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 2.25 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher in all program course work taken, whether at Georgia Southwestern State University or at other colleges/universities, is required to be admitted and to remain in a Bachelor of Business Administration degree program.
  • Earn at GSW a minimum of 50% of the semester credit hours in business required for the School of Business Administration undergraduate programs.

UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION DEGREE

BBA Degree in Accounting: The accounting program is designed to prepare students for the numerous types of positions available in the accounting such as public accounting, tax accounting, industry, and government. The program focuses on accounting skills from a base of general and business areas. Leadership, communication, technical, and interpersonal skills will be integrated throughout the accounting and business curriculum. BBA in Accounting Curriculum Sheet

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BBA Degree in Management: The BBA degree in Management is designed to give students objective knowledge and skills development in the major functional areas of management: planning organizing, leading and controlling. The management concentration allows the graduate flexibility in career opportunities, and is an excellent choice for the individual who may want to start his or her own business. The management major will build on a general core and business disciplines of accounting, finance, marketing, information systems, and policy. Communication, computer skills, and international business concepts will be integrated throughout the management curriculum. BBA in Management Curriculum Sheet

BBA Degree in Human Resource Management: The BBA degree in HR Management is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for successful entry into Human Resource management positions. The program equips students with the training to enter into careers such as health and safety administration, recruiting and training for profit and not-for-profit organizations. The HR management major will build on a general core and business disciplines of accounting, finance, marketing, communication, computer skills, and international business concepts throughout the HR management curriculum. BBA in HR Management Curriculum Sheet

BBA Degree in Marketing: The BBA degree in Marketing is designed to stress the importance of creating and maintaining successful relationships with customers. Upon completion of this program, the students will be prepared to begin careers in sales, advertising, planning or self-employment. The program emphasizes the use of analytical and behavioral skills in approaches to market position, consumer behavior, product development, and marketing management. The marketing major will build on a general core and business disciplines of accounting, finance, marketing, information systems, and policy. Communication, computer skills, and international business concepts will be integrated throughout the marketing curriculum. BBA in Marketing Curriculum Sheet

MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Minor fields of study in Business Administration may be pursued by students in other degree programs. Business Administration minors are available in accounting, management, human resource management, and marketing. The BBA degree programs do not have minor fields of study.

Minor in Business Administration Curriculum Sheet and Requirements.
ACCOUNTING MINOR
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT MINOR for CIS Majors
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT MINOR
MANAGEMENT MINOR
MARKETING MINOR