The College of Business offers the following majors for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree and also offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in economics and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in statistics.
ACCOUNTING prepares students for careers as professional accountants in industry, public accounting, the public sector and taxation. Accountants are trained to measure and communicate financial information to decision-makers such as investors, business managers, government entities and others. Accounting students who intend to take the C.P.A. examination should refer to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for exam requirements. Students may also pursue a Five-Year (150-Hour) Professional Accounting Program. Accounting Program, see information (pdf format). Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit the Department of Accounting.
ACTUARIAL SCIENCE provides the foundation for improving financial decision-making by developing models to evaluate the current financial implications of uncertain future events. Actuaries have been called financial architects and social mathematicians because of their combination of analytical and business skills; they are the mathematical experts of the insurance and employee benefits industry. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit the Department of Management Science and Statistics.
CYBER SECURITY provides a training ground for needed information assurance professionals. Students will learn to protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring their availability, integrity, authentication and confidentiality. The program has been named a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit the Department of Information Systems.
ECONOMICS studies how people and the organizations they create interact with natural resources and technology to determine how much and what kinds of goods and services will be produced; how resources will be combined to make the output; and how the output will be distributed among people and across time. This degree includes course work oriented toward a broad background in business. Students may also pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. Refer to the catalog for BBA in Economics degree. For more information, visit the Department of Economics.
ENTREPRENUERSHIP is a study of the leadership, decision-making, management practice and interpersonal skills necessary to start and successfully operate a new business. Students gain expertise in strategic problem solving, business plan development, organizational growth and innovation and the unique financial, marketing and managerial problems experienced by startup businesses. Theory and practical experience are blended throughout the curriculum. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements.
FINANCE provides a forum for students to study the basic and applied theories of finance, and to apply the skills and techniques needed in managerial financial decision making. Finance covers raising capital for and allocating capital to various corporate activities. Sub-specializations in finance include corporate finance, investments, banking, insurance, real estate and financial institutions and markets. Another resource for jobs in finance is through the Financial Management Association site: www.fma.org. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit the Department of Finance.
GENERAL BUSINESS is an interdisciplinary degree plan in business. It focuses on general management with the opportunity to select coursework to enhance skills or interest areas without specialization. It is most suited to students who are already in careers and want a degree in business to advance or become more competitive in the marketplace. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit the Department of Management.
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT is the study of policies and practices that emphasize the contribution of people to organizational success. Human resources is a management specialty in which students acquire expertise in hiring, training and compensating a workforce; understand the role of people in creating competitive advantage; and recognize the contribution human resource managers make to a variety of organization activities. Human resource proficiency requires knowledge of human behavior, employment law and labor relations as well as a thorough understanding of organizational functions. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit the Department of Management.
INFORMATION SYSTEMS provides the foundation to apply an information resources perspective to all aspects of the organization. It applies basic information technologies in a business organization, including computer hardware and software analysis and design and telecommunications to business issues such as information flow, decision making, organizational design, strategic planning and new product development. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit the Department of Information Systems.
MANAGEMENT exposes students to the leadership and administrative tasks involved in transforming complex organizations in rapidly changing environments. Management majors learn to think strategically and develop a comprehensive view of organizations, and they learn to act tactically to direct people, promote effective communication and oversee many different kinds of processes. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit the Department of Management.
MANAGEMENT WITH A CONCENTRATION IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS conditions students for a world where distinctions between domestic and international business are increasingly blurred. Business subjects are taught from both general and international perspectives, and studies of foreign cultures are approached with the aim of enhancing graduates' effectiveness in an international business context. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit the Department of Management.
MANAGEMENT SCIENCE supports and supplements decision-making abilities. It uses computers, mathematics and statistics to aid in analyzing, understanding, visualizing, interpreting and forecasting data. It seeks to provide a rational basis for decision analysis across a broad spectrum of contemporary business problems. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit the Department of Management Science and Statistics.
MARKETING helps develop and supplement knowledge and skills for marketplace strategy and decision making through the perspective of both macro and micro levels of marketing. The program stresses the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively analyze, understand, evaluate, interpret, communicate and manage the complex market- directed activities of organizations. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit the Department of Marketing.
REAL ESTATE FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT is designed for students interested in managing businesses associated with real estate and the planning, financing, developing and construction of building projects. Graduates will be able to explore career opportunities in areas such as financial analysis, market analysis, mortgage banking and real estate finance, real estate development and real estate investment. Students have the opportunity to minor in either building development or finance. The building development minor is offered in conjunction with the School of Architecture. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit Real Estate Finance and Development.
SPORT, EVENT AND TOURISM MANAGEMENT provides students with background in sport, event, and tourism management with an option to specialize in any one area. Prepares students for careers in amateur athletics, facilities management, health and fitness, professional sports, sports media; marketing and management in nonprofit organizations, meeting facilities, trade associations, and corporations; destination management and marketing organizations, hospitality firms, and attractions. Refer to the catalog for degree requirements. For more information, visit the Department of Marketing.
STATISTICS is a science that deals with principles and procedures for obtaining and processing information in order to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. In particular, it deals with collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of numerical information to answer questions in almost every aspect of modern day life. Statistical methods are used to address complex questions common in business, government, and science. For more information, visit the Department of Management Science and Statistics.