Business Administration Major

Business Administration, B.S.
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The Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration is awarded to students achieving proficiency in the University’s general education requirements and the Department’s integrated and advanced course requirements. Students successfully completing the program will be well prepared to assume careers in today’s competitive business environment, to start their own business, or to continue on to graduate school.

Students majoring in Business Administration will be well grounded in the liberal arts so they may develop their creative skills and have an understanding of the environment around them. In addition, students will acquire proficiency in basic skills such as computers, economics, mathematics, and communications as well as an international perspective. Through this unique business program, Eastern students will develop both a theoretical and pragmatic understanding of how businesses operate as successful competitive organizations. Through completion of appropriate advanced courses, majors can earn a concentration in one of the following fields: Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, or International Business.

Overall, the Business Administration major combines a thorough grounding in business concepts and applications with a liberal arts foundation.

Major Declaration
Students can apply for admission to the Business Administration major at anytime by completing the below Change of Major Form. Completed forms must be brought to the Department of Business Administration (Webb Hall – 423) and signed by the department chairperson.

This form may also be used to add concentrations within the Business Administration major.


Minimum GPA
The minimum GPA Required to declare a major in Business Administration is 2.7. If your cumulative GPA falls below 2.7 for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the program.

Capstone Course
The Capstone Course within the Business Administration Major is BUS 431 – Management Policy and Strategy. Before enrolling in BUS 431, all students are required to successfully complete the Business Administration Competency Exam (See Webb 423 to make an appointment) and the LAC Tier-3 course, BUS 351 – Advanced Business Concepts and Entrepreneurial Applications.

Transfer Students
The Department of Business Administration and the business faculty extend a warm welcome to transfer students from within Connecticut, from other states, and from countries around the world. Please speak with one of our business faculty advisors on all transfer questions related to this major. Students must take at least 24 credits of courses in the Business Administration Major at Eastern to earn a degree in Business Administration.



The following list of courses is the recommended course sequence for students seeking a bachelor of science in business administration. It’s recommended that students speak with their business faculty adviser to establish a course sequence which provides ample time for additional courses, professional work experiences and ensures a timely graduation. In addition to courses within the business administration major, Eastern requires the completion of various Liberal Arts Core (LAC) foundational courses. Please see the Requirements tab above for degree requirements.


Business Administration – Recommended Plan of Study
First Year Credits
LAC T1M Mathematics 3
LAC T1W College Writing 3
LAC T1HW Health & Wellness 3
LAC T1FY First Year Experience 3
LAC T1SS Social Sciences 3
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
MAT 216 Statistical Data Analysis 0-3
or
ECO 215 Statistics for Business and Economics 0-3
BUS 205 Information Management 0-3
LAC Other Tier 1 or Tier 2 categories 3-9
Total 30
Second Year Credits
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 0-3
MAT 216 Statistical Data Analysis 0-3
or
ECO 215 Statistics for Business and Economics 0-3
BUS 205 Information Management 0-3
BUS 201 Principles of Management 3
ACC 201 Principles of Accounting I 3
ACC 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 245 Business Finance 3
BUS 250 Business Law 3
BUS 225 Principles of Marketing 0-3
BUS 260 Operations Management 0-3
LAC Other Tier 1 or Tier 2 categories 0-3
Total 30
Third Year Credits
BUS 225 Principles of Marketing 0-3
BUS 260 Operations Management 0-3
BUS 301 Business Ethics 3
BUS 351 Advances Business Concepts & Entrepreneurial Applications 3
LAC Other Tier 1 or Tier 2 categories 9-15
LAC Tier 3 Capstone Independent Inquiry 3
BUS Business Major Electives & Concentration Courses 3-6
Minor Courses or Electives 3-6
Total 30
Fourth Year Credits
BUS 431 Management Policy and Strategy 3
BUS 490 Business Internship/Co-op 1-6
BUS Business Major Electives & Concentration Courses 3-6
BUS International Perspective Courses – Business Major 3
Minor Courses or other Electives 9-15
Total 30



Declare a Concentration
Individuals with a Business Administration major wishing to demonstrate specialized knowledge and skills in particular business disciplines may declare one or more concentrations within their major. Business Administration concentrations are available in the areas of Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, and International Business. To receive a Business Administration concentration and have it designated on a person’s graduation transcript, a student must take three or more designated unique advanced courses within the selected concentration discipline and submit a concentration request form to the Registrar’s Office.



Alpha Mu Alpha National Honor Society
Each year selected students are honored for their distinguished academic achievement by membership into Alpha Mu Alpha, National Marketing Honorary Society, sponsored by the American Marketing Association. Students eligible for Alpha Mu Alpha are recognized for their outstanding scholastic achievement in the field of Marketing.


Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society
Each year selected students are honored for their distinguished academic achievement by membership into Alpha Mu Alpha, National Marketing Honorary Society, sponsored by the American Marketing Association. Students eligible for Alpha Mu Alpha are recognized for their outstanding scholastic achievement in the field of Marketing.



To graduate with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration students must complete between 63 and 66 credits in total. Requirements consist of 33 credits in common business courses, 12-15 credits in advanced business courses, 12 credits in advanced business elective courses, and 6 credits from completion of the International Perspectives Requirement**. A minimum of 27 semester hours of business elective courses must be completed in residence at Eastern. Transfer students with more than 30 credits should consult with the Department Chair as early as possible. To check which CT Community College courses are equivalent to ECSU courses, please see the Transfer Student Course Equivalency Tool.

Students interested in graduate school can substitute an BUS/BIS 480 Independent Study in research for the internship requirement. Calculus is a prerequisite for the Independent Study in research. Students completing a minor related to Business Information Systems, may substitute a BIS 490 Internship for BUS 490 Internship for 3 credits.

All B.S. Business Administration majors must complete all courses listed below.


Business Administration – Major Requirements

Related Business Course Requirements Credits
ECO 200 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
BUS 205 Information Management 3
MAT 216 Statistical Data Analysis 3
or
ECO 215 Statistics for Business and Economics 3
Total Credits 12
Common Business Course Requirements Credits
ACC 201 Principles of Accounting 3
ACC 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 201 Principles of Management 3
BUS 225 Principles of Marketing 3
BUS 245 Business Finance 3
BUS 250 Business Law I 3
BUS 260 Operations Management 3
Total Credits 21
Advanced Business Course Requirements Credits
BUS 301 Business Ethics 3
BUS 351 Advanced Business Concepts & Entrepreneurial Applications 3
BUS 431 Management Policy and Strategy 3
BUS 490 Internship in Business Administration 3 or 6
Total Credits 12-15
Business Electives Credits
BUS 300/400 Business Elective Course ** 3
BUS 300/400 Business Elective Course ** 3
BUS 300/400 Business Elective Course ** 3
BUS 300/400 Business Elective Course ** 3
Elective Courses
Total Credits 12
Additional Requirements Credits
International Perspectives Requirement ~~ 6
Total Credits 6

** Students who take nine or more unique credits of their electives in one field earn a concentration in that field. Concentrations are available in Finance, Human Resource Management, Management, Marketing, Operations Management, and International Business. Students should see the Business Administration Major – Concentrations and Electives Advisement Worksheet for a detailed listing of courses approved for the various concentrations. For descriptions of the business concentrations and related jobs see Business Administration Concentrations.


~~ Students must fulfill the International Perspectives Requirement by completing one of the following options:
Option 1: Complete 4 years of a foreign language at the high school level.
Option 2: Complete 2 or 3 years of a foreign language at the high school level and 1 additional year of the college 200 level or higher of the same foreign language.
Option 3: Complete 2 Business Elective courses from the International Business section shown on the Business Administration Advisement Worksheet (These courses will not count towards the international business concentration or the 12 credits of required business electives).
Option 4: Declare an international studies minor such as Canadian Studies, Latin American Studies, Spanish or French.
Option 5: Complete a study abroad semester.
Option 6: Be an international student either being: A) in the United States on an F-1, J-1, H1-B or related Visa classification or B) another category of international student with the department chair’s permission obtained.

Requirements for Students Starting before Fall 2010

MAT 216 – Statistical Data Analysis

Multidisciplinary, data-driven course in applied statistics. Topics selected from exploratory data analysis (tables, graphs, central tendency and variation), correlation and regression, probability and statistical inference (confidence intervals and hypothesis testing). Emphasis placed on interpretation and analysis of real-data sets. Use of statistical computing software is integral to the course.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1M or GER student with IIIA or SAT 550+

ECO 200 – Principles of Macroeconomics

Study of the principles of economics designed to acquaint the student with the organization and function of the American economic system. Discussion of money and banking, national income, public finance and an analysis of income determination, and the use of monetary and fiscal measures of stabilizing the economy.

ECO 201 – Principles of Microeconomics

Study of individuals and firms as economic decision-makers, the social institutions that influence choice, and introduces economic way of thinking. Course emphasizes the use of microeconomic theory to analyze its role and applications in our daily lives including current issues such as the distribution of income, labor issues, international trade, the role of government, welfare economics, and the environment.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1SS course or GER student

ECO 215 – Statistics for Business and Economics

A practical course in statistics with applications to economics, business and science. Emphasis placed on probability, probability distributions, statistical inference, correlation and regression.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1M course or GER student

ACC 201 – Principles of Accounting

An introduction to the fundamental accounting concepts and generally accepted accounting principles. Emphasis is placed on understanding accounting as it is applied in serving the needs of business and society, the evolution of accounting, the basic accounting structure, and the preparation and interpretation of financial statements.

ACC 202 – Principles of Managerial Accounting

An introduction to the principles and concepts needed to generate information for managers. Emphasis is placed on managerial accounting principles, cost systems and strategic decision making.

Prerequisite: ACC 201

BUS 201 – Principles of Management

This course provides and introduction to the foundations of management. Instruction emphasizes the history of management; the practical use of theories, frameworks and models; integrating functional areas of business; and other special topics including: corporate culture, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship; and international, public, and nonprofit management.

Prerequisite: ENG 100, 100P, 200, or HON 200

BUS 205 – Information Management

The course introduces the use of information technology for ethical problem solving and decision-making across all major functions of organizations. Particular attention is given to the critical analysis, organization, communication and presentation of information for organizational planning and control, with critical reflection on project work.

Prerequisite: LAC student with T1M course or GER student

BUS 225 – Principles of Marketing

An introduction to the field of marketing. This course is designed to expose students to the elements of the marketing mix and processes involved in market planning and control. Concepts associated with buyer behavior, marketing information systems and product planning are discussed.

Prerequisite: ENG 100, 100P, 200, or HON 200

BUS 245 – Business Finance

Basic financial concepts of risk and return, time value of money, criteria for investment decisions, financial markets and securities, financing decisions, forecasting, asset management and dividend policy.

Prerequisite: ACC 201 and MAT 101 or Equivalent

BUS 250 – Business Law I

A study of the American legal system including a study of the history and development of law in general, a specific study of constitutional law as it applies to the business environment, the law of torts and crimes, dispute resolution methods, and the law of contracts and agency.

BUS 260 – Operations Management

Fundamentals of production planning and control, quality control and facilities management. Focuses on management systems for greater competitiveness in manufacturing and the service sector.

Prerequisite: MAT 216 Or Equivalent Statistical Course

BUS 301 – Business Ethics

In this course, students who are already familiar with the core areas of business administration and the ethical issues faced in those areas will engage in writing intensive examination of classical and modern approaches to business ethics and exploration of their own moral values.

Prerequisite: ACC 202, BUS 225, BUS 201, BUS 245, BUS 260, and LAC student with at least two Tier II courses or GER student

BUS 351 – Advanced Business Concepts & Entrepreneurial Applications

This course provides the fundamental concepts, principles and practices of the functions underlying a successful business enterprise. The relationship among disciplines is emphasized to provide a holistic picture of the business venture. In addition, the students will develop and present a business plan in order to further integrate the material previously taught. The course is taught by a team of faculty, each of who has expertise in one of the major disciplines, as well as an understanding of business administration.

Prerequisite: MAT 216 Or Equivalent Statistical Course

BUS 431 – Management Policy and Strategy

Capstone course in management open only to seniors. Focuses on the entrepreneurial and administrative tasks of a general manager who must formulate and implement strategy. Includes strategies for new enterprises. Satisfies requirements in Finance, Management and Marketing specializations.

Prerequisite: BUS 351 and Completion of Competency Exam (Contact the Advising Center)

BUS 490 – Internship in Business Administration

Intensive field work experience in economics and business administration. Assignments in private, nonprofit and public institutions in areas such as manufacturing, retailing, finance, accounting, personnel or government services. Student should schedule a minimum of two full days per week.

Prerequisite: Open Only to Seniors by Application

BUS 330 – Labor Relations and Employment Laws

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BUS 333 – Human Resource Management

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BUS 433 – Strategic Talent Management

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BUS 436 – Global Human Resource Management

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faculty Dr. Ronald Lowy PHD – Kent State University
Business Administration Department Chair – Professor
office Webb Hall – Office 452
phone number (860) 465-5254
fax number (860) 465 – 4469

faculty Dr. Jeffrey Schaller PHD – University of Florida
Business Administration Department Assistant Chair – Professor
office Webb Hall – Office 449
phone number (860) 465-5226
fax number (860) 465 – 4469

faculty Dr. Wayne Buck PHD – Yale University
Assistant Professor
office Webb Hall – Office 440
phone number (860) 465-0107
fax number (860) 465 – 4469

faculty Dr. Branko Cavarkapa PHD – University of Sarajevo
Professor
office Webb Hall – Office 428
phone number (860) 465-4628
fax number (860) 465-4469

faculty Dr. Craig Erwin PHD – University of Arizona
Associate Professor
office Webb Hall – Office 434
phone number (860) 465 – 4632
fax number (860) 465 – 4469

faculty Dr. Paul Gilson PHD – Georgia Tech
Assistant Professor
office Webb Hall – Office 446
phone number (860) 465 – 0758
fax number (860) 465 – 4469

faculty Dr. Fatma Pakdil PHD – Uludag University School of Business
Assistant Professor
office Webb Hall – Office 447
phone number (860) 465 – 0880
fax number (860) 465 – 4469

faculty Dr. Emiliano Villanueva PHD – University of Barcelona
Assistant Professor
office Webb Hall – Office 444
phone number (860) 465 – 0478
fax number (860) 465 – 4469